Thursday, 11 April 2013

Definitely not a nice Beaver.

In the news today, a man on a fishing trip on Lake Shestakov in Belarus has been killed after being attacked and bitten by a beaver. The shocking incident took place when the man attempted to take a photograph of the mammal and it took a chunk out of his leg.

The man’s fishing companions attempted to stem the flow of blood from the wound but the animal’s bite had severed a main artery and the poor man bled to death.  It is not unheard of for Beavers, which are the second largest rodent in the World, to attack humans.  With a man attacked in New York & two girls badly injured last year in Virginia, these reports are all the more worrying as the mammals are usually rabid.

I’m just trying to picture the scene which provoked this oversized rat into striking out with such deadly force.  It was either incredibly wound up by the ill-fated fisherman or really, really didn’t want its photo taken.  Whatever happened, it has to be looked upon as an amazing unfortunate piece of luck that it hit a main artery.  I’m not going to be panicking about gangs of beavers hunting down humans just yet. 

Earlier in the week a video was posted on YouTube showing a man in Moscow, running away from a beaver who charged at him as he was filming.  Are we looking at some kind of payback for all the years of David Attenborough invading their lives? Such a shame that the deceased man, who has not been named, will be forever remembered as the guy killed by a beaver.  Not a claim to fame I’d aspire too.  

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