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After Girl, 7, Mauled to Death by Dog, 4 Family Members Charged

Olivia Floyd died after Rottweiler attacked her in Va.; grandparents charged with murder

(Newser) - A family tragedy around the horrific death of a 7-year-old Virginia girl has been compounded by the arrests of her grandparents and parents. Earlier this year, WHSV reported on a dog attack in Augusta County, Va., in which Olivia Grace Floyd was killed. Police who arrived at a Waynesboro residence...

Soldier Killed by Bear in Alaska Came Upon Its Den

Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant had been at the base since July

(Newser) - A soldier who had served a combat deployment in Afghanistan was fatally mauled by a bear in Alaska Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Seth Michael Plant served with the 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and was stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The 30-year-old was prepping for land-based navigation exercises in a...

DNA Confirms Coyote Shot by Police Attacked Girl

Results from rabies tests are not in yet

(Newser) - Update: A DNA test has confirmed that the coyote that attacked a 2-year-old on a California beach last week has been killed. State officials said a DNA sample from the girl's arm matched one of the two coyotes police shot Thursday night near the spot on Huntington Beach where...

Dolphin Attacks Trainer During Show at Miami Seaquarium

Seaquarium determined the dolphin had accidentally been scratched

(Newser) - The Miami Seaquarium's Dolphin Flipper Show didn't go to plan on Saturday: a dolphin reportedly attacked a trainer in the water mid-show. Audience member Shannon Carpenter videoed the incident and tells WSVN what he saw: It "looked like the dolphin rammed into the trainer. There was a...

Shark Attack Was So Brutal It Lost a Tooth

Great white carried out fatal Dec. 24 assault on Tomas Butterfield in Morro Bay, Calif.

(Newser) - A California bodyboarder killed on Christmas Eve met a great white shark, who left huge bite marks and a tooth behind, according to an autopsy report. Tomas Abraham Butterfield, 42, of Sacramento left his mother's home in Morro Bay, which he was visiting for the holidays, to head to...

Officials: Missing Hiker Was Mauled by Grizzly

Montana's Craig Clouatre was found Friday after 'extensive search' in Paradise Valley

(Newser) - A dad of four from Livingston, Mont., never met back up with a friend after they got separated during a hike in Paradise Valley Wednesday, and now, a sad development. Local authorities say it appears 40-year-old Craig Clouatre was fatally mauled by a grizzly bear in the Six Mile Creek...

It Was a 'Stupidly Hard Ride.' That Was Before the Bull

3 cyclists attacked on course Saturday in California

(Newser) - "The world famous Bianchi Rock Cobbler is a stupidly hard ride bordering on a race ... conceived by drunken madmen," explains the website for the ride . But while those "drunken madmen" designed a roughly 80-mile California off-road course with as much as 6,500 feet of elevation gain,...

Iditarod Rookie Describes 'Most Horrific 24 Hours of My Life'

Bull moose attacked Bridgett Watkins' dogs for nearly an hour during a training run

(Newser) - A woman training for the Iditarod in Alaska on Friday says she and her sled dogs withstood a harrowing, hour-long attack—not by a bear, but a bull moose. The state's Department of Fish and Wildlife says more moose-related injuries are logged each year than those inflicted by bear,...

Lawsuit: 'Bloodthirsty' Attack Badly Disfigured Dog Walker

Dogs ripped off Texas student's ears and most of her face, suit says

(Newser) - Jacqueline Durand, a college student who walked dogs for extra money, went to a Dallas-area home for a job on Dec. 23. What happened when she opened the front door was the stuff of nightmares. According to a lawsuit filed against Dr. Justin Bishop and his wife, Ashley, two of...

Parkgoer Says He Was Nearly Killed in Otter Attack

Graham George Spencer says he sustained 26 bites in just seconds

(Newser) - A British man saw a pack of about 20 otters on a nearby path in the Singapore Botanic Gardens in late November. What happened next nearly killed him. Graham George Spencer says the group "went crazy" after a runner using the same path as the animals approached them. He...

Sheep Kills Volunteer Alone in Pen on Therapy Farm

Kim Taylor, 73, was apparently rammed repeatedly

(Newser) - A "treasured volunteer" at a Massachusetts therapy farm for children was killed on Saturday by one of the animals kept at the farm. Kim Taylor, 73, was alone in a pen feeding animals at the Bolton farm when a sheep apparently repeatedly rammed into her; the New York Times ...

Mother Chases Down Leopard To Rescue Son

Predator struck at night in an Indian village

(Newser) - When a little boy was snatched by a leopard in India, his mother wasted no time in getting him back. Armed with nothing but her instincts, officials in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh told CNN the woman chased the animal as it dragged the boy away from their...

His Odds of Surviving Were 'About Zero,' Yet He Did

Aussie man fends off crocodile with a pocketknife

(Newser) - An Australian senior's day of fishing last week was marred by a crocodile attack, and authorities say it's amazing he's alive. AFP reports the 60-year-old Queensland man headed to a river on his property in the far reaches of the Cape York Peninsula and found a bull...

She Heard a Noise in the Kitchen. Then, a 'Big Paw Right on My Face'

Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, who has cancer, fought off bear in her Lake Tahoe vacation cabin

(Newser) - For Laurel-Rose von Hoffmann-Curzi, her Lake Tahoe vacation home has been a refuge during the pandemic, especially since she has stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma and is particularly vulnerable to COVID. But the 66-year-old retired doctor says she won't be going back to the cabin anytime soon after a black...

With Single Kick, Man Survives Attack From 500Lb. Bear

Unidentified cyclist suffered only one bite from brown bear in Alaska

(Newser) - An armed cyclist suddenly accosted by a 500-pound brown bear in Alaska survived despite only protesting with a single kick. The male told authorities that he was riding his bike along a riverbed in Cantwell around 9:30am on Oct. 19 when he spotted the bear sprinting toward him at...

Shakira: I Was Attacked by Wild Boars

Singer says hogs stole her bag in Barcelona

(Newser) - Shakira says she was attacked by a pair of wild hogs. The Colombian singer described the apparent attack in a Barcelona park, where she was walking with her son, on Wednesday in videos posted to her Instagram stories, which are no longer visible. The Grammy winner, who is married to...

Otters Are On the Attack in This City

Woman, boy bitten in Anchorage, Alaska; officials aren't sure why the rare attacks are taking place

(Newser) - The Anchorage Press has lifted its paywall on a recent story to deliver a very important message to locals: "Beware of aggressive river otters." Friday's warning from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game came after a woman, a child, and at least two dogs were attacked...

Remains of Man Attacked in Hurricane Floodwaters Found Inside Alligator

Police have identified the remains inside captured gator

(Newser) - Update: The human remains found inside a Louisiana alligator are indeed those of Timothy Satterlee, the 71-year-old who was attacked by a gator in floodwaters outside his home after Hurricane Ida on Aug. 30. Authorities had captured the animal almost two weeks later, and now they have confirmed the remains...

He Felt the Polar Bear's Tooth on His Eye

Elijah Kaernerk recalls terrifying attack in Nunavut, Canada

(Newser) - Few people know the feeling of a polar bear tooth pressing onto one's eye. Elijah Kaernerk is unfortunately one of them. He'd been warned that a polar bear was nearby while traveling with his partner and sister-in-law to his cabin near Sanirajak on Foxe Basin in Nunavut, Canada,...

Child's Evening Frolic on Cape Cod Beach Ends With Coyote Bite

Luckily, animal didn't have rabies; child said to be recovering from non-life-threatening injuries

(Newser) - A child's visit to a Provincetown beach turned ugly on Wednesday evening. A coyote bit the unidentified youngster at North Herring Cove Beach, part of the Cape Cod National Seashore, around 8:30pm, sending the child to Cape Cod Hospital with what the National Park Service says were non-life-threatening...

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