Monday, September 24, 2012

What I missed

Some of the bad animals that were hoping I wasn't watching while I was in Japan:

- Woman, 83, attacked by rabid beaver at Lake Barcroft in Fairfax County
The creature knocked Lillian Peterson off her feet as she was climbing out of Lake Barcroft after a swim. The 83-year-old woman twisted around to see what attacked her and noticed one thing: large, orange teeth.

A 35-pound, 24-inch rabid beaver had bitten her on the back of the leg and would not let go, sparking an ordeal that lasted more than 20 minutes Tuesday evening. The Falls Church woman and a friend battled the animal with canoe paddles, a stick and bare hands as it came at them again and again. Peterson was seriously injured.

- Illegal monkey living on Frosted Flakes bites woman

A Javan macaque monkey being kept as a pet and living on a diet that included Frosted Flakes and juice has been quarantined after it bit a Paso Robles woman multiple times on the hand and arm.
The monkey, which authorities said was being kept illegally as a pet, attacked the woman Aug. 29, inflicting several severe bites to her arm and fingers.
Quotes from the county Animal Services Manager make it unclear whether it's the bitten woman he's most concerned about:

“This kind of animal is never meant to be kept domestically. It is illegal... It lived on a diet including Frosted Flakes and juice. We strongly discourage the keeping of any such animal." He added: "And that is entirely the wrong kind of diet.”

- Man injured by grizzly in Madison Range

This was another case where officials seemed unclear whose side they were on:

He was using an elk call when the grizzly emerged from nearby brush, jumped on the man, bit him and ran off. Jones says the grizzly was not killed because it was acting defensively.
Reports did not clarify why a bear would feel the need to defend itself from an elk call.

 Beaver teeth by Flickr user born1945.

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