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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 »

After Fatal Gator Attack, Disney Builds a Wall

Part of its safety plan after toddler was killed this year

(Newser) - It might be too little and it's definitely too late, but workers are building a stone wall around a Walt Disney World lake where an alligator killed a toddler earlier this summer. The barrier wall is part of the new security plan following the death of 2-year-old Lane Graves,... 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 »

Mom Killed Trying to Rescue Daughter From Tiger Attack

They apparently thought they'd left the park, got out of car

(Newser) - Siberian tigers killed a woman and seriously injured her daughter Saturday after the pair left their vehicle in a drive-thru wildlife park in China. Surveillance video from Badaling Wildlife World, located near a section of the Great Wall of China in Beijing, shows the younger woman exit the car's... More »

Disney Fires Worker After Gator Tweet, Thinks Again

Shannon Sullivan tweeted photo of sign asking workers to play dumb about alligators

(Newser) - "If a Guest asks if we have gators in the water around Tom Sawyer's Island (or any other bodies of water), the correct and appropriate response is, 'Not that we know of, but if we see one, we will call Pest Management to have them removed.'... More »

Woman Viciously Attacked by Beaver on Beaver Lake

67-year-old Betsy Bent was paddle boarding

(Newser) - The irony of the situation likely wasn't lost on Betsy Bent, who while paddle boarding on North Carolina's Beaver Lake on Friday was attacked by a, yes, beaver. The 67-year-old describes her ordeal to the Asheville Citizen-Times , explaining that after she saw a splash, something swam under her... 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 »

In Florida Gator Attack, Boy Fell Victim to 'Perfect Storm'

Also, gator sightings at Disney not uncommon

(Newser) - The death of a toddler dragged away by an alligator at a Disney resort in Orlando was what CNN calls a "perfect storm" of circumstances. Among other things, this is prime feeding season for alligators; the animals tend to go after smaller prey rather than, say, grown humans; and... More »

Ohio Zoo Kills Endangered Gorilla After Boy Falls in

A 'tough choice,' but the 'right choice'

(Newser) - The Cincinnati Zoo closed its gorilla exhibit after a special zoo response team shot and killed a 17-year-old gorilla that grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into a moat. Zoo officials said the boy fell after he climbed through a public barrier at the Gorilla World exhibit Saturday... 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 »

Family Dog Fatally Mauls 3-Day-Old Baby

The dog was startled when the baby's mother coughed

(Newser) - A 3-day-old boy was fatally mauled by a pet dog as his parents watched helplessly in their San Diego home, the AP reports. Sgt. Tu Nguyen said the parents were in bed watching TV with their newborn son and pit bull-mix Thursday night when the mother coughed, startling the dog.... More »

Agitated by Car Horns, Stray Lion Attacks

Victim in stable condition with broken bone, cuts

(Newser) - A warning: When a lion is on the loose, it's best to keep your distance and skip the selfies. A 63-year-old man is recovering in a hospital after a lion strayed from a national park in Kenya on Friday. The black-maned lion was spotted prowling beside a four-lane highway... More »

Tiger Killed by Mating Partner at California Zoo

Attack occurred within moments of introduction

(Newser) - A Sumatran female tiger was killed at the Sacramento Zoo by her mating partner Wednesday after the two felines were put in the same enclosure for breeding, zoo officials said. The male tiger became aggressive with the 15-year-old Baha minutes after a physical introduction, the zoo said in a statement.... More »

As Boy Scout Leader Enters Cave, Bear Grabs His Foot

Christopher Petronino struck bear with rock hammer, then assumed the fetal position

(Newser) - Since the time he was a much younger man, Christopher Petronino has been exploring a cave at Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township, NJ. On Sunday, the 50-year-old Boy Scout troop leader decided to show the cave he first entered some three decades ago to his son and the two... More »

Woman's Death Ruled Suicide by Pit Bull

But details of Rebecca Hardy's death are still murky

(Newser) - Rebecca Hardy jumped a fence and entered a backyard on Thursday in Port Huron, Mich., where she was mauled by two dogs and later died. It's been a mystery why the 22-year-old entered the yard, but the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office has now ruled her death a... More »

Man Adopts Shelter Dog, Is Killed by It Within Hours

Rottweiler mauls Tennessee man just 5 days after coming off the streets

(Newser) - A Tennessee man whose ex-wife says "related to dogs better than to people" was killed by a stray dog he adopted, the same day he took it home from an animal shelter, the Jackson Sun reports. Anthony Riggs, 57, left the Madison County Rabies Control facility on Thursday with... More »

Cops Save Guy Being Crushed by 125-Pound Python

Reptile store owner wasn't breathing when officers arrived

(Newser) - The owner of a northern Kentucky reptile store is recovering after police officers removed the 125-pound python that was crushing him. Newport police tell local news outlets that Terry Wilkens was feeding the snake Monday when the 20-foot python attacked. Police Chief Tom Collins says Wilkens wasn't breathing when... 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 »

Florida Woman Loses Arm in Gator Attack

She was attacked by 9-foot gator, since euthanized

(Newser) - A Florida alligator has paid the ultimate price after an attack that claimed a woman's arm in the Wekiva River on Saturday. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation says Spanish teacher Rachael Lilienthal, 37, was swimming away from a crowded beach area near Wekiva Island when a gator bit... More »

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