Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 - AUG - Animal Attacks

2014-08-31 - Leopard snatches 2-year-old girl and runs off, in Ghoong (India):

Quote: "Darshana Shivram Bhoir, a resident of a tribal hamlet on the foothills of a mountain close to the village, was playing with her four-year-old brother outside her house around 8.30 am on Wednesday, when a leopard jumped across a 10-foot wide stream next to her house, bit into her neck and disappeared into the bushes with her."

Quote: "Villagers say the incident has come as a huge shock to them as Ghoong has not seen an attack on a human being by a wild animal in a decade."

Quote: "A senior official told mid-day that the chances of finding Darshana's body were very slim now as the animal that attacked her must have eaten all of her in five days."

2014-08-31 - Shark attacks and lightly injures girl at New Smyrna Beach (Florida):,0,6830590.story

Quote: "Officials said this shark attack was the sixth this year in Volusia County."

2014-08-30 - Shark attacks and lightly injures man near Wilmington (North Carolina):

Quote: "The station reported that it was the third shark bite near that area in the last two months."

2014-08-29 - Pit bull attacks and injures owner in Orange County (Florida):

2014-08-29 - Dog attacks and injures 6-year-old child at home, face attack, in Sharonville (Ohio):

2014-08-29 - Possible shark attack injures child at Atlantic Beach (Florida):

2014-08-28 - Dog attacks and injures two children at school in Amherst (Massachusetts):

2014-08-28 - Swarm of bees attacks three illegal immigrants near Douglas (Arizona):

Note: Well, they wanted to bee here!

2014-08-27 - Mountain lion attacks and injures dog at home in Boise (Idaho):

2014-08-26 - Leopard attacks and injures woman, she fights it for half an hour and kills it, in Uttarakhand (India):

Quote: "She said she managed to smash some of the animal's teeth during the struggle. 'I fought head on with it for almost half an hour. Then I came to know it was dead,' she told reporters from hospital in the nearby town of Srinagar Garhwal. Doctors were surprised she had survived."

2014-08-25 - Multiple dog attacks injure 6 people in two days in Racine (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Six people fell victim to dog attacks in Racine within two days, including Jessica Rooney's 5-year old daughter."

2014-08-25 - Raccoon follows cat inside home, attacks and injures woman, in Hamden (Connecticut):

Quote: "The raccoon bit her elbow, hand, forearm, lip and chin, police said. 'She’s a tough old bird,” said the victim’s son, Malcolm McKernan. “She fought it off and was able to call on the phone. That’s pretty remarkable.' The raccoon also charged at two officers when they arrived on scene."

2014-08-25 - Decapitated head of a cobra bites chef and kills him in Guangdong Province (China):

Quote: "'It is perfectly possible that the head remained alive and bit Peng's hand,' says an expert, adding that reptiles can usually function for up to an hour, even after being decapitated."

Note: First post-mortem animal attack I've seen. Zombie cobra!

2014-08-24 - Crocodile attacks and injures two people in canal in coastal Coral Gables (Florida):

2014-08-24 - Snake sightings and attacks on the rise in southeast New Mexico:

2014-08-23 - Hundreds of people stung by jellyfish in Volusia County (Florida):

2014-08-22 - Coyotes killing peoples' dogs in Arapahoe County (Colorado):

2014-08-21 - Sinkhole opens on street in coastal New York City (New York):

2014-08-20 - Wave of bee attacks hits Abyei (Sudan), children flee school, people panic:

Quote: "A wave of attacks by bees in Abyei resulted in dozens of bee stings and forced at least one school to shut its doors. Alor Kor Deng, a teacher at Comboni School, told Radio Tamazuj that the bees caused panic and fear among residents and that children ran away from the school, leading to a temporary halt of educational activities. Several local residents also complained to Radio Tamazuj of the rise in swarms of bees."

2014-08-20 - Two dogs attack and seriously injure young girl, head attack, in Brookline, Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania):

Quote: "Sabrina has multiple lacerations to her head and ears and needed stitches. She has a bite mark on her left arm that goes through to the muscle."

2014-08-20 - Two dogs attack and injure woman in Industry (Maine):

2014-08-20 - Dog attacks and injures man in Brockton (Massachusetts):

Note: None of the above five dogs were pit bulls. Pit bulls may be the culprits in many dog attacks, but definitely not all of them. Nor is it just dogs getting all attacky either...

2014-08-20 - Two pit bulls attack and injure woman in park, face attack, in coastal Milford (Connecticut):

2014-08-19 - Swarm of bees attacks four workers in Lake Havasu City (Arizona):

2014-08-19 - Cat terrorizes women at home in coastal Chula Vista (California):

2014-08-18 - Crocodile named Michael Jackson attacks and kills man on the Adelaide River near Darwin (Australia):

Quote: "A fisherman has been killed by a rare 15ft crocodile called Michael Jackson as his wife looked on."

Quote: "The attack took place in a stretch of the river close to where cruise ships show sightseers crocodiles leaping from the water to snatch chicken carcasses suspended from poles. The killer crocodile is believed to be a rare half-albino who had regularly approached the cruise ships."

2014-08-18 - Bear chases dog in park in Boulder (Colorado):

2014-08-18 - Woman attacked and injured by her son's dog at home in Houma (Louisiana):

Quote: "They (deputies on the scene) were able to speak to her, but they said the scene was pretty horrific. It was a pretty bad scene..."

2014-08-18 - Pit bull attacks and injures 5-year-old boy in DeSmet (Idaho):

2014-08-17 - Dog attacks and injures 11-year-old boy on street in Grand Rapids (Michigan):

2014-08-17 - Pit bull attacks and lightly injures teen girl, face attack, in Lancaster (Pennsylvania):

2014-08-16 - Two dogs attack and injure woman and 2-year-old boy at home in Rio Rancho (New Mexico):!bFqvwQ

Quote: "Police say they responded to a 911 call and saw a dog attacking a woman. They tried to get the dogs off and when they couldn't, officers shot them. They say the woman was shielding a 2-year-old from the dogs, but police say that toddler was still badly injured. An 8-year-old was also had a minor injury."

2014-08-16 - Bull charges and injures man, gets shot dead, in Littleton (Massachusetts):

Quote: "An 1,800 pounds bull charged and possibly broke a man’s ribs on Saturday afternoon."

Note: That's a bunch of bull!

2014-08-16 - Mountain lion snatches dog and runs off, in Fontana (California):

Quote: "The investigation turned up paw prints, a small blood trail and a broken fence where the mountain lion jumped over. The resident who originally saw the cougar said the mountain lion has been seen in the area before and seemed to have little fear of people."

2014-08-16 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills two dogs in Tucson (Arizona):

Quote: "Both dogs have been declared dead, crews could not find a beehive near the incident."

2014-08-15 - Two bulldogs attack and injure two teens in coastal Washington DC:

2014-08-15 - Coyotes kill pet dog in coastal Galveston (Texas):

Quote: "Police said coyotes are responsible for the death of a small dog on the island Wednesday morning, the third pet reported killed by the predatory animals in the last six months."

2014-08-14 - Two family dogs attack and injure 6-year-old girl at home in Louisville (Kentucky), dogs shot dead:!bEoFtk

Quote: "Their neighbor, who lives a distance away, happened to hear the screams. When came up on the attack, he grabbed his gun from his pickup and shot both dogs. Josie's mother, Heidi Cooley, heard the shots. 'Even standing at the door and seeing the dogs and seeing Michael with the gun shooting them, I still didn't put it together that she could be being attacked by the dogs,' said Cooley. The family said they may never know what sparked the unusual attack."

2014-08-14 - Hawks attacking people at university in Las Cruces (New Mexico):

Quote: "Dr. Benjamin Diven says most of the patients had cuts or abrasions on their heads but that one was struck hard enough to have post-concussion symptoms that included dizziness and nausea."

Note: Maybe they nested here in the first place because of the abundance of fresh human scalp meat!

2014-08-13 - Pack of ravenous wolves attacks village in Xinjiang (China), 6 injured, one man's ear torn off:

Quote: "A pack of ravenous wolves plunged a remote grasslands village in Xinjiang, the far-western region of China, into terror on Monday night with a rare summertime attack. By the time the wolves made their escape into the night, six villagers were left injured: lacerated by claws and teeth. The five wolves, thought to have been enticed by the scent of the sheep kept by the villagers, stole into the village of Kalazhuole at 2am. Their low howling woke the inhabitants, who rushed out to protect the flock but found themselves confronting a pack too hungry to be easily deterred."

Note: From the full hypothesis: "Predators will attempt to adapt to the changes in the biosphere and may turn to our pets or to us as an alternate source of nutrition."

2014-08-13 - Pit bull(s) attack and kill 4-year-old boy at home in coastal Miami (Florida):

2014-08-11 - Dolphin tries to kill man off the coast of Ireland:

2014-08-10 - Pit bull attacks and injures two boys in Indio (California), pit bull attacks on the rise in Indio:

2014-08-10 - Dozens of snakes move into home in coastal Punta Gorda (Florida):

2014-08-09 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills man in coastal Mayaro on the island of Trinidad:

2014-08-09 - Shark attacks and injures 7-year-old boy in Lake Pontchartrain (Louisiana):

2014-08-09 - Large 12-foot Burmese python found eating neighborhood cats in coastal Port St. Lucie (Florida):

2014-08-09 - Alligator knocks on door at home in Viera (Florida):!bAziT7

Quote: "'I ran to the door, and I opened it, and in shock, I see this huge alligator staring me eye to eye,' she said. Needless to say, she did not let him in."

2014-08-08 - Tiger snatches woman off boat in shallow river and disappears, in the Sunderbans (India):

Note: If this sounds familiar, it's because a tiger snatched a man off a boat and dragged him away in the Sunderbans in late June too, mentioned in the 2014-06-26 update. I don't know if tigers have always done this or whether this is a tactic they have learned more recently. It seems perfectly suited for hunting helpless people on small boats, who have no way to escape...

2014-08-08 - Beaver viciously attacks woman, two children and dog, on the Schwechat River in Schwechat (Austria):

Quote: "Even when they ran out of the river and onto dry land it pursued them and bit their dog, taking a chunk of fur."

2014-08-08 - Police dog attacks and injures cop at 3 AM in Humble (Texas), near Houston:

Quote: "Houston police responded to a burglary alarm at a smoke shop east of Humble overnight, resulting in a search for the suspect. During the search, a Harris County Pct. 4 police dog bit an Houston Police Department officer on his elbow. The officer was taken to the Kingwood Medical Center for treatment."

2014-08-08 - Family dog attacks and injures 18-month-old boy, face attack, in coastal St. Petersburg (Florida):

Quote: "The dog has been a longtime family pet that hasn’t been aggressive to the child, police said."

2014-08-08 - Swarm of bees attacks and lightly injures man in Tuscon (Arizona):

2014-08-08 - Ten avalanches hit Lyngen in Troms (Norway):

2014-08-07 - Two pit bulls attack and kill 6-year-old boy in Fanning Springs (Florida):

2014-08-07 - Alligator attacks and lightly injures woman in the Hillsborough River near coastal Tampa (Florida):

Quote: "'In the 23 years we’ve been in business, we’ve never had an incident like this,' said Michael Cole, manager of Canoe Escape."

2014-08-07 - Alligator attacks and lightly injures 9-year-old boy at Lake Tohopekaliga in St. Cloud (Florida):

Note: What WON'T eat you in Florida?!

2014-08-07 - Monkey attacks and injures woman outside pizzeria in Cherry Valley (California):

2014-08-07 - In two incidents, wolves attack and kill four hunting dogs on the Upper Peninsula (Michigan):

2014-08-07 - Pit bull attacks and injures woman on street in Hamilton (Ohio):

2014-08-06 - Shark attacks and lightly injures 10-year-old boy at Folly Beach (South Carolina):

2014-08-06 - Two pit bulls attack and injure woman in her driveway in Harris County (Texas):

2014-08-05 - Shark attacks and lightly injures woman at Cocoa Beach (Florida):

2014-08-05 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures two people at recycling business in Victoria (Texas), near the coast:

2014-08-05 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures three people in Las Vegas (Nevada):

2014-08-05 - Pit bull attacks and injures 1-year-old girl, face attack, in Racine (Wisconsin):

Quote: "A 1-year-old girl is recovering from severe facial injuries she suffered in a dog attack in Racine. Police say the girl was visiting her grandparents Tuesday evening when she was suddenly attacked by their dog."

2014-08-05 - Two pit bulls run loose, chase people, one tased and killed, in Peoria (Illinois):

2014-08-04 - Shark attacks and injures boy, pulls him under, near Tables Beach (Florida):

2014-08-04 - Police dog escapes yard and attacks and injures two neighbors in Alexander (Arkansas):

Quote: "Beth was getting ready to water his lawn around 7 p.m., when he was attacked by a K-9, trained as a police dog. 'Seemed like a long time but probably wasn't five minutes at least,' Beth said. 'That's a long time when you're being attacked by a police dog.'"

2014-08-04 - Family dog attacks and kills woman at home in Madison Township (Ohio):

2014-08-04 - Dog attacks and seriously injures 6-year-old boy in Chicago (Illinois):

2014-08-03 - Dog attacks and injures 5-year-old boy in Kansas City (Missouri):

2014-08-03 - Swarm of bees attacks and injures man in Temple (Texas):

2014-08-03 - Swarm of Africanized bees attacks and injures several people in coastal East Coast Demerara (Guyana):

Quote: "Pandemonium broke out yesterday when a swarm of Africanized bees attacked an East Coast Demerara family, injuring an infant and two other persons. Maureen Mc Almond of Lot 72 Rabindra Street, Annandale recounted that around 10:00 a.m. she was at home with her children when she saw her neighbour running from his back yard. He was weeding at the time. 'I didn't know why he was running until the swarm started to enter my windows and attack my children.'"

2014-08-02 - Shark attacks and lightly injures 7-year-old boy at beach in Brevard County (Florida):

2014-08-02 - Shark attacks and injures man at Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town (South Africa):

2014-08-02 - Dog attacks and injures girl and man, face attack on girl, man bitten on the balls, in Albuquerque (New Mexico):

Quote: "According to police, the dog bit the man's testicles when he attempted to help his daughter. He was immediately taken to a hospital."

Note: That's just...nuts! *rimshot*

2014-08-01 - Otter attacks and injures boy and grandmother in the Pilchuck River near Lake Stevens (Washington):

Quote: "The boy needed stitches for bites, and his grandmother could lose an eye from the attack Thursday morning in the river near Lake Connor Park, which is between Lake Stevens and Machias."

Quote: "This is an extremely rare incident. Otters are not known to be aggressive toward people."

2014-08-01 - Pack of coyotes chases man and dog in Burbank (California):

Quote: "'I started making noises at them, screaming at them, yelling at them — nothing. They would not respond. They stood their ground,' Mendoza said. 'I started backing up and they started advancing.' That’s when Mendoza got really scared, worrying he wouldn’t be able to get his dogs inside before an attack."

2014-08-01 - Swarm of bees attacks and kills pregnant woman, 32, in Fredericksburg (Virginia):

2014-08-01 - Brown recluse spider bites on the rise:

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