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Guy Mauled by Croc After Jumping in River to Prove Point

Lee De Paauw denies being 'one of the stupidest people around'

(Newser) - An Australian teenager mauled after getting drunk and jumping into a crocodile-infested river to impress a woman he had just met denies being "one of the stupidest people around." "Haters gonna hate," says 18-year-old Lee De Paauw, per the Courier-Mail . He suffered gouges and two broken... More »

Wild Javelinas Maul Arizona Woman

Fountain Hills attack blamed partly on neighbors

(Newser) - An Arizona woman was walking her two dogs last weekend when a herd of javelinas—hoofed mammals also known as peccaries or "skunk pigs" —charged and viciously mauled her, the Arizona Republic reports. They tore away at her upper body and neck with their teeth, forcing her to... More »

Yellowstone Hiker Mauled to Death by Grizzly

Montana man found Friday; evidence points to mama, cub

(Newser) - A Montana hiker found dead in Yellowstone National Park was the victim of a bear mauling, reports the AP , and tracks and evidence indicate that at least an adult female and a cub were involved. The man's name was not released and won't be until next of kin... More »

Guy Survives Getting Mauled by Bear, Shot by Friend

Rescue attempt goes wrong

(Newser) - A hunter in British Columbia was being attacked by a grizzly bear when his hunting partner came to his rescue—only to accidentally shoot him. Despite the really bad day, it seems his injuries aren't life-threatening, the National Post reports. The 56-year-old, whose name is given as Wilf Lloyd... More »

White Tiger Mauls Zoo Visitor to Death

The man somehow ended up in tiger's enclosure

(Newser) - What is certain is that a young man was mauled to death today by a white tiger at the New Delhi zoo. What is less certain is how he ended up in the enclosure. The Times of India and BBC use words like "tumbled" and "slipped": A witness... More »

2 Hunters in Brazil Killed ... by Giant Anteaters

Animals are normally harmless to humans, but startle easily

(Newser) - Some 5,000 giant anteaters are thought to exist in the wild, and encounters with humans are rare and largely harmless. The hairy animals with long noses and an appetite for insects do sport "pocketknives" for front claws, AFP reports, which they typically put to use digging into anthills.... More »

Couple Tries to Break Up Dog Fight, Husband Killed

Couple's pets turned on them: reports

(Newser) - The husband of a former Arizona mayor was killed and she was injured after they tried to break up a fight between their pet dogs Saturday night and the animals turned on them. Tom and Diane Vick attempted to intervene when their 40-pound boxer attacked a smaller dog, a cocker... More »

Pit Bull Tears Off Owner's Hands, Likely Eats Them

56-year-old Connecticut woman brutally attacked

(Newser) - The Connecticut Post describes it as "a scene out of a horror movie": On Monday morning, a pit bull attacked its 56-year-old owner so savagely her left arm was ripped off; Anne Murray also lost her other arm up to the elbow, and sustained many bite wounds. More gruesome... More »

Guy Tosses Meat to Bear, Gets Mauled

Story ends the way you'd expect...

(Newser) - It's not a good week for tipsy guys : An overly generous—and possibly inebriated—man tossed barbecued meat to a black bear near an Alaska campground. His reward: getting mauled, state troopers say, per the Anchorage Daily News. The man had been at a church picnic at Eklutna... More »

Boy Mauled at Zoo Lunged Forward: Witnesses

Maddox Derkosh's mother won't be charged in 'tragic accident'

(Newser) - The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was mauled to death after falling into an exhibit of wild African dogs won't be prosecuted, but authorities are still investigating the zoo for possible criminal negligence. The district attorney said yesterday that Maddox Derkosh's death at the Pittsburgh Zoo was... More »

US Student Mauled by Chimps in Critical Condition

Andrew Oberle broke the rules by going through the first of 2 fences

(Newser) - New details are slowly emerging in the story of the US grad student mauled by chimps at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden in South Africa, including one particularly heart-wrenching one: Conservationist Eugene Cussons said it was the first time he had asked Andrew Oberle to speak to visitors. Oberle,... More »

Polar Bear Kills Tourist in Norway

Four others injured in attack

(Newser) - A British tourist is dead and four people are seriously injured after a polar bear attacked them today in Norway. The five were part of a group of campers in the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard, according to a district governor's spokesperson. The group reported the mauling via satellite phone... More »

Alaska Bears Severely Maul Group of Teens

Mother, cub attack group during survival skills training

(Newser) - Four teenagers were critically injured in an attack by a brown bear sow and her cub as the boys hiked through the Alaskan wilderness, reports CNN . The four, all between the ages of 16 and 18, were at the head of a group of seven teens, there as part of... More »

As Grizzly Charged, Man Told Wife to Run

Bear in Yellowstone attack has not been located

(Newser) - The grizzly bear who fatally mauled a hiker yesterday is still roaming Yellowstone National Park, though officials have closed campgrounds and trails near the scene of the attack. The 57-year-old victim and his wife actually encountered the bear twice during their hike, a park spokesperson says, but the first time... More »

Mauling Chimp's Owner Dead

Sandra Herold was being sued for $50M

(Newser) - The owner of the chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a Connecticut woman in 2009 has died, her lawyer tells the Stamford Advocate . Sandra Herold, 72, suffered an aortic aneurysm. She was being sued for $50 million by the family of mauling victim Charla Nash, and "her heart, which had... More »

Crazed Chimp, Owner Acted Like a Couple

Animal was surrogate spouse for his owner

(Newser) - Sandra Herold and her chimp, Travis—who viciously mauled her friend—were unusually close, sharing wine and lobster and exchanging gifts, the New York Post reports. “What she had with that monkey was not normal,” one friend said. But Herold said outsiders don’t understand: “Until you've... More »

'He's Ripping Her Apart,' Chimp Owner Screams on 911 Call

Owner gave pet Xanax before it attacked friend

(Newser) - "He's killing my girlfriend! He's eating her!" the frantic owner of a chimpanzee screamed in a call to police as the animal viciously attacked her friend. "You have to shoot him!" the Connecticut woman tells the dispatcher in a chilling tape of the call as the... More »

Chimp Shot After Vicious Attack on Woman

Victim fighting for her life after Connecticut family's pet goes berserk

(Newser) - Connecticut police shot dead a pet chimpanzee yesterday after it critically injured a woman in a vicious attack, the Stamford Advocate reports. The owner of the 200-pound chimp stabbed it with a butcher knife after it leaped on her visiting friend for no apparent reason. A police officer who arrived... More »

Baby Killed by Grandma's Dogs

Infant's death renews calls for tougher laws

(Newser) - A sleeping infant was killed by his grandmother’s two dogs yesterday, the Times of London reports. “The grandmother was screaming, ‘The baby is dead!’” said one neighbor, who witnessed a "severe injury" to the baby's neck. Another speculated the dogs were jealous of the... More »

Kinky Lawyer Gets 15-to-Life in Horrific Dog Maul Death

'Blamed' victim 'left to die alone,' says judge

(Newser) - The owner of a dog who fatally mauled a neighbor as she watched has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for murder, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Lawyer Marjorie Knoller lost control of her vicious 140-pound dog, who attacked neighbor Diane Whipple in 2001 in the hallway... More »

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