We don’t live in the wild, where we have to protect ourselves from big cats and dangerous cats. In fact, we don’t even live near wildlife anymore. To live in tall buildings and be surrounded by roads means that the threat of becoming an animal dinner is far from our sensibilities. We don’t think about it. However, that doesn’t mean the threat doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, some people still fall prey to mankind’s arch-enemies. And sometimes, just sometimes, these animals win. Today we are going to look at 10 scary and sometimes devastating tragic stories about man-eating animals.
Wrestling with sharks
Wrestling with sharks is definitely not your idea of fun, but that’s exactly what Vance Flosenzier had to do when his grandson was attacked by a Shark. I believe you will do the same. Jessie Arbogast was 8 years old in 2001 and was lucky enough to play with her family on Florida’s Santa Rosa Island. Unfortunately, while playing in the shallow waters of the Island with her cousin, Jessie was attacked by a Bull Shark. His parents were sunbathing on the beach when they heard Jessie’s frantic screams.
At that point, Jessie’s uncle, Vance Flosenzier, took action. He got into the water and immediately pulled Shark away from his nephew. It all happened so fast that it was like a scene from an action movie. Unfortunately, that’s not the end of this incredible story. Vance was able to get Jessie out of the Shark’s mouth, but Jessie’s arm flew off and got caught in the Shark’s throat. Now, this is where the story gets incredible. While Vance’s wife took the kids to safety, he grabbed Shark and dumped it on the beach. He did it because other kids were in the area and he was afraid that the Sharks might hurt them. Thankfully, the park rangers came and killed the Shark. Jessie’s arm was removed from its throat and reattached. Unfortunately, Jessie suffered permanent brain damage following the attack.
Being attacked by a bear
Bear hugs from people you love are amazing. Hugs from the Bears are definitely not fun. 46-year-old hunting guide Kootoo Shaw was at work when a polar bear attacked. The year is 2003, the location is Canada and Shaw’s life is in grave danger. The polar bear attacked Shaw’s tent by carving a giant hole in the Canvas. When he woke up, he was about to run away, but he tripped over a rock and fell.
This makes it easier for the bear to attack. Instead of killing Shaw on the spot, the bear dragged its prey with its toes to the edge of the ocean. What the bear did next is pretty predictable. He sank his class into Shaw’s back and continued to tear his scalp like paper. Thankfully, the team’s chef shot and killed the polar bear before causing further damage. Shaw was transferred to a hospital where he underwent surgery over 13 hours and received about 300 stitches to reattach his scalp.
Siberian tiger kills man at Copenhagen Zoo
In 2012, a 21-year-old man ԀɪᴇԀ after being severely bitten in the throat, chest and face. A zookeeper found his body in a Siberian tiger cave. The zoo’s CCTV footage confirmed that the man had climbed over the low wall surrounding the cave; then he went into the moat inside the encirclement. It is not clear why the man climbed the wall and entered the tiger’s den, but suicide is the most likely motive.
Elephant crushes photographer
Del Yotel Annie, a 66-year-old retired teacher, was trampled to death while trying to photograph a herd of elephants in Bokkapuram, India. Her son, Frederick Jean Lue, was also injured in the stampede, along with two other companions. According to the coordinator of the World Wide Fund for Nature, it was an “avoidable tragedy”. Annie got too close while taking pictures, causing the adult elephant and the young to rush over.
African wild dog kills 2-year-old boy
In 2011, a two-year-old boy fell into a zoo enclosure at the Pittsburg Zoo and was attacked by 11 wild African dogs. According to RIA Novosti, the accident happened on November 4 when the boy’s mother tried to lift him up and put him on a 1.2 meter high fence. “The boy lost his balance and fell inside the crate and was immediately attacked by 11 dogs,” Lieutenant Kevin Kraus of the Pittsburgh Police Department told the AP.
The attack happened in an area where African wild dogs are kept, which contains several endangered species such as the “painted dogs” with large ears and brown circles around their eyes. Adults usually weigh about 36 kilograms. According to Kim McCreery, a senior researcher with the African Wild Dog Conservancy in Tucson, Arizona, African wild dogs have never attacked humans in the African bush.
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