Saturday, October 5, 2013

Strange animal news from around the web

By Evann Gastaldo, Newser

 A fisherman in Belarus was bitten to death by a beaver, and all he was doing was trying to take its picture, Sky News reports.

The man spotted the beaver while fishing with friends at Lake Shestakov, but as he approached to take a photograph, the beaver bit him on the thigh. The animal managed to sever an artery, and his friends couldn't stop the blood flow.

Sky News helpfully reminds us that beavers can, of course, bite through trees.

Beaver attacks are rare, though, and when they do occur, rabid beavers are generally to blame (as in the 2012 attack in upstate New York ).

But just this week, a video was posted on YouTube showing a beaver going after a Russian man, reports the Telegraph, and two girls were seriously injured after being mauled by a beaver in Virginia last year.

In similar news with a happier ending, the AFP reports that a Komodo dragon "sunk its teeth into" an 83-year-old Indonesian woman on Tuesday -- but she was able to fend it off.

Police K9 Found Dead From Heat Stroke in Officer’s Patrol Car
By Brandy Arnold, Front Page News
 (disclaimer: not actual dog in story)
Officer Chad Berry of the Woodstock, Georgia Police Department is on paid administrative leave while detectives conduct an internal investigation into the death of his K9 police dog, Spartacus.

Spartacus, a 3-year old Belgian Malinois, was found dead around 9:00pm Monday night in the back of his handler’s car. A necropsy revealed that heat stroke was the cause of his death.

Officer Berry has been with the Woodstock Police Department for 9 years, having spent 7 of those years as a K9 handler. His first K9 partner, Atticus, is living with Berry as a family pet since retiring from the force.

A Pickens County Sheriff Dept. spokesman said investigators are trying to determine how long the dog was left in the car and whether Officer Berry will face criminal charges.

Loose Pig Leads Cop On 2-Hour Chase
WSVN TV-7 News
Police are trained for high-speed chases, but one Pinecrest officer surely never expected to have to run after a rebellious pig for nearly two hours (insert cop jokes here).

A 200-pound pot-bellied pig named Mud escaped from his enclosure at a Pinecrest home on Friday while the owner was asleep, WSVN reports.

After a neighbor, her nanny, three kids and a German Shepard failed to corral the escapee, it was officer Edison Cruz of the Pinecrest Police Department that finally captured Mud after about a two-hour chase through the streets, according to the Miami Herald.

"He was a good strong little pig there, Cruz told WSVN. "Put up a good fight."

The Herald reports that after finally pinning the beast, it took nearly half an hour for backup to arrive. Eventually, however, Mud did what all perps do: ride off in the back of a cop car, after which he was delivered back home unharmed.

 And hey, at least he stayed out of the water (unlike our friend below!)!

If I feature animals again, MY name will be Mud!

And there you have it!

Now, armed with all the news that's fit to print, until next time:

Keep your hog tied, your beaver beached, and your pooch properly penned! Woof!

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