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He Paid $150 to Play With Leopard. It Doesn't End Well

Sanctuary owner facing charges, lawsuit in Florida and man is injured

(Newser) - A Florida man got more than he bargained for when he paid $150 to play with a leopard. Dwight Turner was mauled in the backyard of a home in Davie, near Fort Lauderdale, on Aug. 31, leaving his scalp "hanging from his head," according to investigators with the... More »

They Were Camping in the Arctic. Then, a 4am Visitor

Polar bear kills one in Norway's Svalbard Islands

(Newser) - A polar bear attacked a camping site and killed a foreign national in the remote Svalbard Islands on Friday, authorities said, adding that the animal itself was killed as well. The man was rushed to the hospital in Longyearbyen, where he was declared dead by doctors, Deputy Governor Soelvi Elvedah... More »

Conservationist Killed by Own Lion as Wife Watched

West Mathewson had defended his lions as friendly and playful

(Newser) - West Mathewson rescued two white lion cubs from a facility where they were bred to be hunted when they were just days old. It was the start of a loving friendship. The South African conservationist raised the lionesses, keeping them in an enclosure at his safari lodge, Lion Tree Top... More »

Cougar Emerges From Bushes, Attacks 6-Year-Old

Girl escapes mauling with minor injuries after an adult started punching the big cat

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl is recovering from minor injuries after a mountain lion (also known as a cougar or puma) attacked her in a California nature preserve. KGO reports that the child was walking with her parents, four other adults, and four other children around 10am Sunday in the Rancho San... More »

Dog Attack May Have Revealed Dogfighting Ring

Deputies found 14 dogs at the South Carolina property where woman was mauled

(Newser) - A 71-year-old woman was helping to take care of a family member's 14 dogs when one of them attacked her—and in investigating the mauling, police think they've uncovered an illegal dogfighting ring. Deputies responded Saturday to a 911 call from the York County, SC, property and found... More »

She Was Getting Mauled by a Dog. He Grabbed a Toy Soldier

88-year-old Leonard Miller saves young neighbor in Ohio with plastic Christmas decoration

(Newser) - A young girl in Ohio is alive thanks to a quick-thinking man next door and a plastic Christmas decoration. Leonard Miller says he was in his Perry Township home Sunday when his 13-year-old neighbor started banging on his door, yelling that her 10-year-old sister was being attacked by a pit... More »

He Returned From Jail to Find Wife's Mutilated Body

Ohio's Mary Matthews likely killed by her Great Danes

(Newser) - A man was released from jail Friday, only to find his wife had been killed the same day, likely by her own dogs, according to Ohio police. Dale Matthews says he called his son to pick him up from Warren County Jail, where he was held on a warrant for... More »

Family: Before Girl Was Mauled, Dad Argued With Dog Owner

Emma Hernandez's aunt says that happened about a week before 9-year-old was killed

(Newser) - The fatal mauling of a 9-year-old girl in Detroit came just a week after her father argued with the dogs' owner about the need to properly contain them. Emma Hernandez was riding her bike in an alley behind her home Monday when three pit bulls attacked. Emma's aunt tells... More »

He Had a Window Seat. The Dog Lunged From the Middle: Suit

Suit says he bled so much after attack on Delta flight 'entire row of seats had to be removed'

(Newser) - A Delta flight Marlin Jackson took in June 2017 from Atlanta to San Diego ended up being a horrific one, he claims—and now he's suing the airline and another passenger for negligence after an animal attack he says caused him "severe physical pain and suffering," as... More »

Sanctuary Founder After Tiger Attack: My Bad

Arizona's Jonathan Kraft has broken bones, but no ill will toward the animal

(Newser) - "My fault." That's what the founder of an Arizona wildlife sanctuary had to say Wednesday after surviving an attack by a Bengal tiger. Staff at Valentine's Keepers of the Wild Nature Park were moving big cats so they could take shelter from a severe thunderstorm Monday... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Monk Meditates in Tiger Reserve, Gets Killed by Leopard

Not a great choice of locale

(Newser) - A Buddhist monk’s monthlong forest meditation was interrupted in a most horrid way Wednesday in India. Rahul Walke, 35, was meditating under a tree in Maharashtra’s Ramdegi forest, home to a Buddhist temple and a protected tiger reserve, when a leopard attacked, reports the Times of India . A... More »

Wheelchair-Bound Woman Hurt After Finding Bear in Kitchen

Black bear reportedly entered through screen door

(Newser) - A 71-year-old New Hampshire woman received a start and a nasty whack Tuesday when she found a black bear trapped in her kitchen in Groton. Apryl Rogers, who is bound to a wheelchair, suffered cuts to her head and neck when she accidentally cornered the bear, but she was able... More »

A Week After Starting 'Dream Job,' a Bear Attack

Amber Kornak's quick thinking helped her survive mauling in the mountains of Montana

(Newser) - On May 11, Amber Kornak posted her new job on Facebook—a "dream job" with the US Fish and Wildlife Service that involved working with grizzly bears, People notes. But less than a week later, the 28-year-old was mauled by a bear in Montana, though her quick thinking helped... More »

Woman Killed in Attack by 7 Dachshund-Mix Dogs

One of the dogs even went after first responders

(Newser) - They weighed no more than 40 pounds each and reached just up to one's knees, but all together, a pack of seven dachshunds proved a deadly force in Oklahoma. Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says 52-year-old Tracy Garcia was mauled and killed Thursday night by her neighbor's dogs... More »

Lion Mauls Man Who Bottle-Fed Him as a Cub

Michael Hodge suffered lacerations and a broken jaw

(Newser) - The owner of a wildlife park in South Africa is recovering from several lacerations and a broken jaw after a lion attack on Saturday, reports Newsweek . Michael Hodge was investigating a strange smell in the lion's enclosure at the Marakele Animal Sanctuary , near Thabazimbi; it seemed to be disturbing... 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 »

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