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Knife-Stealing Crow Wreaking Havoc Again

This time Canuck attacked a mail carrier

(Newser) - It’s been awhile since Canuck stole a knife from a crime scene, so perhaps boredom had set in. Or perhaps the crow just has a taste for blood. Either way, the local celebrity in Vancouver, Canada, shut down mail service to several addresses in the city for more than... More »

Quick-Thinking Friend Saves Bicyclist From Bear Mauling

'This dude saved my life,' Alaska's James Fredrick says of Alex Ippoliti

(Newser) - A charging brown bear proved no match for two friends on a bike ride near Eagle River, Alaska, who fought off the ursine attack with a canister of bear spray. Alaska Dispatch News reports on James Fredrick and Alexander Ippoliti's ordeal, which began as they were pedaling on military... More »

Maine Woman Drowns Rabid Raccoon With Bare Hands

'Imagine the Tasmanian devil,' says Rachel Borch

(Newser) - Rachel Borch was out for a jog in the woods near her home in Hope, Maine, when a "ferocious-looking" attacker with beady eyes and tiny teeth made a beeline for her, reports the Camden Herald . Borch, 21, knew immediately that something was wrong with the raccoon that was charging... More »

A Tragic Attack, a Dead Man's Mockery

Tommie Woodward allegedly said 'F--- that gator!' before gator killed him

(Newser) - Tommie Woodward gained fame in his death on a July night nearly two years ago, and his family has been trying to keep people from laughing about his demise ever since. Thomas Golianopoulos writes for BuzzFeed about the tragic end to the 28-year-old's life when he jumped into a... More »

Family Saves 4-Year-Old Girl From Mountain Lion

Attack occurred while they were camping in Idaho

(Newser) - Kelsi Butt is 4 years old, and the attack happened so fast, she thought it was a bicycle coming toward her. Instead, it was a mountain lion at her family's campsite in eastern Idaho, reports the Rexburg Standard Journal . The big cat actually grabbed Kelsi and tried to drag... More »

Eagle Snatches Hiker's Phone

It happened in a 'birder's paradise' in Alaska

(Newser) - Unalaska is described as a "birder's paradise" on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's website . But a Coast Guard officer had a decidedly different experience in this town nestled in the Aleutian Islands when a leisurely hike turned into a blitz against him by a bald... More »

Black Bear Tangles With the Wrong Ex-Boxer

Canadian survives with his fists and his knowledge from the boxing ring

(Newser) - When a 61-year-old Canadian man startled a bear cub while walking his dog Sunday near Sudbury, the tiny "yelp" the baby bear made wasn't endearing. "I knew right away I was in trouble," Rick Nelson tells CBC News . "It's calling for mommy." Sure... More »

Croc Drags Aussie Camper From Tent

Expert says teen's tent was too close to water

(Newser) - A family fishing and camping trip in Australia's Northern Territory turned terrifying Monday when a crocodile snuck up out of a creek about 50 feet from their campsite and dragged a 19-year-old from his tent, the Guardian reports. The croc yanked the teen out by his right foot at... More »

911 Calls for Baby Mauled by Dog Went Unanswered

San Diego parents called for help twice, but no one picked up on the other end

(Newser) - Police in San Diego say a couple whose 3-day-old baby was mauled to death by the family dog made two unsuccessful 911 calls before getting frustrated and driving the boy to the hospital themselves, the AP reports. Police Lt. Scott Wahl told KNSD-TV Saturday that the parents waited 28 seconds... More »

Aggressive Goats Get Idaho Trail Closed

It seems they expect food from humans

(Newser) - The US Forest Service has temporarily closed a northern Idaho hiking trail over concerns about aggressive mountain goats after one animal bit a hiker and others reportedly tried to head-butt or charge visitors. Scotchman Peak Trail, which leads to the summit of Bonner County's tallest mountain, was closed Friday,... More »

The Surprising Animal Most Likely to Kill You

Give sharks a break: Bees are the real killers

(Newser) - Sharks are often considered one of humans' deadliest predators, partly because shark attacks like those this week in North Carolina and Florida are so well-publicized. As Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post points out, it's all just a bunch of baloney. Data on animal-caused deaths in the US from... More »

75-Year-Old Attacked by Rabid Raccoon Strangles It

Cas Overton knew she couldn't get away from it

(Newser) - In 2012, a troop of Boy Scouts stoned a rabid beaver to death. Those upstate New York boys have nothing on Cas Overton, who strangled an attacking raccoon to death with her bare hands on Saturday afternoon. It's worth noting the Henrico County, Va., woman is 75 years old,... More »

Jogger's Scalp Punctured by Owl

Ron Jaecks thought it was a mugger, or an aneurysm

(Newser) - Ron Jaecks thought he was being attacked by a person, or possibly that he was having a stroke or an aneurysm. But the truth turned out to be much stranger. The Oregon man was jogging in a local park around 5:15am Tuesday when his stocking cap was pulled off... More »

Beaver Savagely Attacks Kayaker

Man is recovering, but being treated for rabies just in case

(Newser) - More proof that beavers are scarier than sharks : A kayaker in Upstate New York was hospitalized after being attacked by a beaver in Irondequoit Creek last week. Michael Cavanaugh was knocked into the water when the beaver jumped out of the creek and started mauling him, biting him on his... More »

Cops Rescue Family From Irate 22-lb. Cat

Himalayan attacked, family locked themselves in bedroom

(Newser) - Portland police got a very strange call Sunday: A family was cowering in a bedroom after their 22-pound Himalayan cat went on the rampage, the Oregonian reports. "It has gone over the edge," Lee Palmer told dispatchers. "He's trying to attack us—he's very hostile.... More »

Crocodile Snatches 12-Year-Old

Increasing calls for a cull in Australia

(Newser) - A teen swimming with a group of friends in Australia's Kakadu National Park yesterday was attacked by a crocodile and escaped—only to have the croc move on to one of his friends, a 12-year-old now believed dead. The Telegraph reports that if the younger boy was indeed taken... 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 »

Wildcat Kills Animal Sanctuary Worker in Oregon

Rescue crews have trouble getting to her due to other cats in enclosure

(Newser) - Terrible news out of northwest Oregon, where a wildcat attacked and killed a woman at an animal sanctuary near Portland last night. The woman's name hasn't been released, but fire and rescue officials told local outlets she was 35 years old and an employee at the WildCat Haven... More »

Zookeeper Killed by Charging Elephant

'Patience' had a history of aggression

(Newser) - A longtime zookeeper in southwest Missouri was killed today when he was charged by an elephant, a spokeswoman for the city of Springfield said. John Bradford, 62, died when he was attacked by an elephant inside the area at the Dickinson Park Zoo where the elephants are housed, city spokeswoman... More »

Surfer: 'Amazing' Morning —Til That Shark Bit Me

Jay Scrivner describes Northern California attack

(Newser) - It was a perfect day for surfing. Except for the shark. Jay Scrivner, a 45-year-old college English teacher, was waiting for waves off the Northern California coast near his hometown of Eureka on Sunday morning when a great white shark he estimated at about 8- to 9-feet-long bit his thigh... More »

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