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The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News... More »

She Wrestled Cougar Off Her Son, Credits 'Praying in Tongues'

Canadian Chelsea Lockhart thinks a miracle happened Friday

(Newser) - The 7-year-old's mistake was in running. Good thing he had a badass Canadian mom looking out for him. Chelsea Lockhart tells CTV News she heard a commotion outside her home on British Columbia's Vancouver Island Friday and emerged to find her son, Zachery, being dragged by a juvenile... More »

Woman Injured by Jaguar at Zoo Has Her Say

She disputes story of a selfie gone awry

(Newser) - A woman who visited an Arizona zoo and ended up becoming a national headline is disputing the widely reported view that she was a misguided selfie-seeker—though she does acknowledge being "in the wrong" for leaning over a barrier. In an interview with AZfamily.com , the woman identified only... More »

Woman in Pursuit of Selfie Attacked by Jaguar in Arizona

Incident happened Saturday at Wildlife World Zoo

(Newser) - "Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight." So reads a Saturday night tweet from Arizona's Wildlife World Zoo in the wake of an incident involving a guest and a jaguar. The Litchfield Park zoo says that same evening a female... More »

He Kept 2 Lions in His Yard. The Inevitable Just Happened

Czech Michal Prasek mauled to death on family farm

(Newser) - When Michal Prasek was attacked by a lion in 2012, he admitted it was his own fault. "Every morning I went to feed it, but this time I put on a coat that smelled of dogs," the amateur lion breeder said, per the UK Week . He added that... More »

Thousands Trying to Save Dog That Bit Off Boy's Hand

Child stuck his arm under fence, husky may have thought it was a game of tug of war

(Newser) - More than 85,000 people have so far signed a petition to save Polar and Bear—two huskies that are now quarantined in Utah, one of which might be put down after he bit a child's hand off over the weekend. Layton Fire Battalion Chief Jason Cook says that... More »

Runner's Wild Cougar Killing Is Confirmed

Necropsy describes 'blunt trauma and strangulation' to juvenile cat

(Newser) - As mountain lions can weigh up to 180 pounds, it's no surprise few have been killed by claw-less humans of a similar size. Now, a necropsy helps explain how 150-pound Travis Kauffman managed the incredible feat in self-defense last month, reports the Coloradoan . His animal attacker was 3 to... More »

Bite From 'Emotional Support' Pit Bull Brings $1.1M Suit

Girl left with permanent scarring after 2017 encounter at airport

(Newser) - A mom wants $1.1 million from Alaska Airlines and the owner of a pit bull that bit her 5-year-old's face at Portland International Airport in 2017. It was part of a spike in incidents involving emotional support animals, as reported by various airlines. Alaska Airlines was among those... More »

A Ball May Have Doomed Zoo Intern Killed by Lion

Witness says ball blocked gate, allowing lion to reach intern; zoo disputes account

(Newser) - How did a lion at North Carolina's Conservators Center animal preserve get to intern Alexandra Black, fatally mauling her on Dec. 30 ? A witness tells authorities it was due to a blocked gate, according to a report obtained by WRAL . Animal trainer Ashley Watts says she separated the... More »

Authorities Not Sure What Kind of Animal Killed Elderly Teacher

DNA testing is underway to find out what attacked 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton in NC

(Newser) - Sad news out of North Carolina, where authorities are trying to figure out what animal killed an elderly English teacher. The New York Daily News reports on the death of 77-year-old Brenda Hamilton, who was found by paramedics Friday in Pantego after a 911 call came in shortly before 6am,... More »

Man Explains How He Killed Attacking Mountain Lion

Colorado man says he had to suffocate it

(Newser) - Travis Kauffman says he's sad that a mountain lion had to die—but since the animal had leaped at him and latched onto his wrist with its jaws, he had little choice but to fight back. At a news conference Thursday, the 31-year-old, who needed 28 stitches, recounted his... More »

Plan to Mate Endangered Tigers Has Deadly End

The signs were 'positive,' but one Sumatran tiger ended up dead

(Newser) - The aim was a noble one: Bring the male Sumatran tiger Asim from Denmark to the London Zoo to mate with a female named Melati as part of an effort to increase the endangered species' population. What happened instead left the zoo heartbroken: The two were brought together for the... More »

Attacked Runner Kills Cougar, Drives to Hospital

Somebody had a really bad Monday

(Newser) - The survival instinct kicked in for a northern Colorado man, who not only killed a mountain lion that attacked him as he was running in a mountain park on Monday, but then hiked out of the area, and drove himself to a hospital. "The runner did everything he could... More »

Scientists Ponder Ocean's Latest 'Anomaly'

There are fewer unprovoked shark attacks worldwide; researchers aren't quite sure why

(Newser) - Despite the massive media coverage when a shark attack happens, the worldwide number of such unprovoked attacks actually fell sharply in 2018: down to 66 from 2017's 88, reports Quartz ; the five-year average had been 84. Of those 66 attacks, four led to fatalities—a figure that's also... More »

She Was Taking Care of Business. Then, 'Midstream,' a 'Sharp Tap'

Aussie woman bitten by carpet python while on the toilet

(Newser) - Australia has been mired in quite a heat wave , and the snakes are taking to the toilets to cool off. Newshub reports that a Brisbane woman found that out, um, "midstream" after a carpet python hiding in her porcelain throne apparently freaked out when she went to take care... More »

In 'Horrible Incident,' Woman Falls Into Croc Pit

Woman killed at Indonesian pearl farm where reptile was illegally kept

(Newser) - "Merry" doesn't really seem like an appropriate name for a giant pet crocodile, and markedly less so after it mauled a woman to death. Deasy Tuwo—who ran a lab at a pearl farm in Minahasa, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, where the crocodile was illegally kept—... More »

'Aggressive' Otter Injures 3 in Florida

'The scariest part was that it didn’t let go'

(Newser) - Otters aren't the first animal to come to mind when most people think of dangerous Florida wildlife—but a run-in with an aggressive and probably rabid one left a woman temporarily unable to walk. Maitland resident Ann-Christine Langselius tells Fox News that she was walking her Goldendoodle on a... More »

Cops: Dog Owner Bit Jogger After Dog Attacked Her

Alma Cadwalader says her dog didn't do anything wrong and that she bit jogger in self-defense

(Newser) - A dog may have done the initial attacking, but a human was ultimately busted for biting. Alma Cadwalader, 19, was arrested after an incident Thursday in Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland, Calif., with Cadwalader claiming self-defense and the alleged victim saying Cadwalader bit her forearm, USA Today reports. Per... More »

Escaped Lion Kills 22-Year-Old Intern

She was 10 days into new job at NC zoo

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman was killed by an escaped lion just 10 days after starting an internship at a North Carolina wildlife conservatory. The Conservators Center in Burlington, around 50 miles northwest of Raleigh, says Alexandra Black was killed Sunday when the lion "somehow left a locked space" while its... More »

'The Bear Wouldn't Show Her No Mercy'

But the 51-year-old woman still survived

(Newser) - A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the beast, the AP reports. Melinda LeBarron has broken bones, cuts and bruises and multiple bites after the attack outside her home in rural Pennsylvania on Wednesday evening,... More »

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