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She Got the Dog to Protect Her Family. It Ended Up Killing Her

Chico the staffordshire terrier may not end up being put down after killing woman and her son

(Newser) - A German woman identified only as Lezime K. bought a staffordshire terrier named Chico eight years ago, before her ex-husband—who had attacked her with an axe and left her wheelchair-ridden—was released from prison. She told neighbors she got the dog because she was afraid for her and her... More »

Kayaker on Otter Attack: 'It Didn't Want to Come Off'

Sue Spector needed stitches after tussle in Florida

(Newser) - Sue Spector thought the sighting of an otter would cap off her "pristine" Sunday morning spent kayaking on Florida's Braden River. The guide leading her group had said to keep an eye out for the swimmers, per the Bradenton Herald . But when one came into view, its reaction... More »

Coyote Involved in Rash of NY Attacks Had Rabies

6 people were attacked, animals were attacked and killed

(Newser) - Over a 24-hour period last week, a coyote or coyotes attacked multiple people, killed a dog, and may have mauled three sheep—one fatally—in Yonkers and surrounding areas of New York. Now authorities say a coyote believed to have been involved was rabid. The coyote was captured and killed... More »

'Lion Whisperer' Took 3 Lions for Walk. It Did Not End Well

22-year-old woman mauled to death in South Africa

(Newser) - A lion that mauled a young woman to death in South Africa was under the care of a man known as the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators in his animal sanctuary. Kevin Richardson, who keeps lions at his "intimate glam camp" in the Dinokeng... More »

Camper in California Is Gored by a Bison

Visitor to Catalina Island is said to be in stable condition

(Newser) - A camping trip turned quite unpleasant for a man on Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California, when he was gored by a bison Saturday evening. The animal was grazing near a log upon which the man was sitting at Little Harbor Campground, authorities tell the Orange County Register... More »

A Volunteer Was Training a Dog. Then It 'Turned on Her'

Carol Harris fatally attacked by Akita in Phoenix

(Newser) - An animal rescue volunteer who helped rehabilitate Akita dogs was ultimately killed by one. Carol Harris, 69, who worked with rescue group Akita Advocates, was training a dog on the grounds of Phoenix's Canine Country Club and Feline Inn when she was fatally attacked Wednesday, the group says in... More »

Sheriff Shares 'Most Important Detail' in Woman's Dog Mauling

Trying to put to rest speculation that the dogs didn't kill Bethany Lynn Stephens

(Newser) - News that a 22-year-old woman was mauled to death by her two pit bulls in Virginia Thursday night was met with sadness—and plenty of doubt . Amid a sea of cries that the dogs would not have harmed Bethany Lynn Stephens, and perhaps were indeed trying to protect her from... More »

He Took Care of Swans for a Living. Then One Turned

Wife of Anthony Hensley, who drowned during 2012 swan attack, is suing

(Newser) - It was his job to take care of the swans, and it was a swan that ended up ending his life. Now the wife of a Des Plaines, Ill., man who died in 2012 after a swan attack in a condo complex's retention pond is suing the companies that... More »

'Unpreventable Tragedy': Elephant Attacks, Kills Handler

Others say performing elephants' plight makes Thailand incident unsurprising

(Newser) - In July, World Animal Protection issued a report on the "thousands of elephants exploited for tourism" in Asia, with Thailand listed as a "main concern." One of those elephants, a well-known performer in films and ads, may have rebelled against his own conditions Monday, crushing to death... More »

When Shark Came, Surfer Remembered a Trick

Charlie Fry punched it in the nose, escaped

(Newser) - A novice surfer mastered a pro's move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws, per the AP . The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm. Fry, a... More »

Dog That Killed Owner Likely High on Crack

Cocaine was detected in his urine, says toxicologist

(Newser) - It looks like a dog that fatally attacked its owner in London was high on crack cocaine. During a coroner's inquest, a veterinary toxicologist testified that high levels of the drug and of morphine were found in the urine of the Staffordshire bull terrier named Major following the March... More »

Whale Kills Fisherman Who Rescued It

Canada's Joe Howlett had spent the past 15 years saving whales in trouble

(Newser) - Joe Howlett had just tapped into his extensive knowledge of knots to free yet another whale off the coast of New Brunswick on Monday, part of his job with Canada's Campobello Whale Rescue Team, and then: "Some kind of freak thing happened and the whale made a big... More »

3 Men Were Camping. Then They Heard: 'Help, Help'

A hiker had been attacked by a bison in North Dakota

(Newser) - An Alaska man is recovering after being attacked by a bison while hiking in western North Dakota's Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Park official Eileen Andes says the 65-year-old hiker encountered the large animal on a trail after taking photos of a sunset. He tried to walk around the bison... More »

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 »

Zookeeper Killed in Tiger Enclosure

Visitors were evacuated after tiger attacked female zoo worker

(Newser) - Details are emerging of a "freak accident" Monday at Hamerton Park Zoo in Cambridgeshire, UK, that resulted in the death of a female zookeeper. The Telegraph reports that witnesses heard “screaming” as workers rushed to help a zookeeper in an animal enclosure, where a tiger had attacked her.... More »

Woman Who Lost Limbs After Donkey Attack Settles Lawsuit

She was bitten during feeding time at Georgia farm

(Newser) - Feeding donkeys is more hazardous than it might seem, according to a former Georgia resident's lawsuit. Anna Maria Giacomi sued a commercial farm in the state after she was attacked by the animal while feeding it two years ago and ended up losing an arm and a leg, the... More »

Man Uses Plastic Bat to Defend Son From Goose, Gets Ticket

James McDaniel says he was just trying to protect his 4-year-old son

(Newser) - An Indianapolis man says he shouldn't have been ticketed for using a plastic bat to protect his 4-year-old son from an aggressive Canada goose, the AP reports. James McDaniel tells WXIN the goose came across a field and chased his son, so he struck it with the bat. McDaniel... More »

Ignored Warnings Led to Komodo Dragon Attack

Tourist had been taking photos and got too close

(Newser) - When traveling to unfamiliar lands, it pays to listen to the locals—especially when you're on the island of Komodo and they're telling you to stay away from the dragons. A 50-year-old Singaporean tourist who failed to heed that advice was severely bitten on the left leg after... More »

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