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Caiman attacks wildlife presenter filming in Argentina

By Ella Davies

Earth News reporter

A spectacled caiman attacked wildlife presenter Steve Backshall during filming for the BBC in Argentina.

Backshall was looking for yellow anacondas as he waded through wetlands but was taken by surprise by the crocodilian reptile.

The presenter was treated for puncture wounds to his calf before completing filming.

The incident was caught on camera by crew filming for the current series of CBBC's Deadly 60.

Presenter Steve Backshall witnessed first-hand the powerful bite of the spectacled caiman when he surprised one in the marshes of northern Argentina, close to the border with Paraguay.


MMWR. 2009. “Nonfatal Fall-Related Injuries Associated with Dogs and Cats --- United States, 2001--2006”. MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), vol. 58, no. 11 (27 March 2009), pp. 277-281,

Cat and Mouse

Page last updated at 18:31 GMT, Friday, 16 May 2008 19:31 UK

Cat and mouse blamed for blackout

Albanians may have found a new villain to blame for the frequent power cuts that have been blighting their lives.

The country's main electricity company says a cat chasing a mouse caused a 72-hour blackout in parts of the capital, Tirana.

The animals ran into an area of high-voltage cables and were electrocuted, a spokeswoman for the firm - Kesh - told Reuters news agency.

"We took pictures because we've never had anything like this," she said.

Powers cuts have been endemic in Albania for many years.

The authorities usually blame drought and the dilapidated state of the communist-era grid, which appears to be buckling under the strain of the extra demand caused by the Albanians' recent access to modern amenities.

Cattle (Cows and Bulls)

Lloyd, M.S. 2004. “Matador versus taurus: bull gore injury”. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 86, pp. 3-5. And Crumplin, M.K.H. 2004. “Response to paper by Mark Sheldon Lloyd, Matador versus taurus: bull gore injury”. Annals of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, vol. 86, pp. 402.

MMWR. 2009. “Fatalities Caused by Cattle — Four States, 2003–2008”. MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), vol. 58, no. 29, pp. 800-804,

First published: 25 Jun 2002, 13:52

Cows rampage in Norway

In a bizarre series of incidents, two farmers in different parts of the country were hospitalized after being attacked by cows. Elsewhere, four men narrowly missed having their car crushed by a crash-landing cow.

This kind of entertainment - cow pushing, from the Norwegian Idiot Association's annual meeting - is no longer funny.

Friday saw the first attack in the odd cow crime wave. Stian Skoglund, 23, was bashed and trampled by a furious cud-chewer. Stian was helping his girlfriend with her summer job on a farm in Belta in Åsnes when the attack occurred.

"The cow attacked me. I was going to scare up the cows at about four in the afternoon and chase them over to where they are milked twice a day," Stian recalled.

As he approached he noticed that one of them was uneasy. He made eye contact with the animal and tried to calm it. Instead, the beast became provoked and charged.

"The cow butted me and I fell," Stian said. He got up and tried to escape but the cow again knocked him to the ground before it began to hop and trample him. The cow shattered one of his legs just four centimeters below the knee. Skoglund also suffered several broken ribs, cuts and bruises. The attack finally stopped when he played dead.

Now he wonders if the attack might have been connected to a job he did a few days earlier when he drove away the body of a calf that had died on the farm.

"Maybe it was her motherly instincts being aroused. I have also heard that I shouldn't have made eye contact with her, that only provokes them," Skoglund said.

A 45-year-old farmer in Nordby, Raelingen was hospitalized Tuesday in stable condition after an encounter with a cow he found leaving Jahr farm. The animal first charged his wife. After waving his arms to distract the animal, the farmer found himself being knocked to the ground.

"The cow went berserk and couldn't be stopped. The farmer was thrown into the air and landed injured on the ground," a witness said.

While terrified witnesses tried in vain to calm the rampant cow others contacted authorities who sent an ambulance and a medical helicopter. A veterinarian was also summoned. He tranquilized the animal and a decision about it future is likely today.

The attack at Jahr farm comes a year after a nearby farmer was trampled to death by several bulls.

A flying - and landing - cow accounted for a close encounter with death on road E39 near Rogaland on Monday night.

Four men traveling in a car saw only a large shadow in the sky before a massive impact shook the ground. Driver Olav Kjeldstad managed to avoid hitting the object, looked behind him and saw a cow in the road.

Police deduced that the cow must have fallen from a ten-meter high cliff overhanging the road. The animal only managed a few moos before dying of its injuries.

"I was pretty shaken afterwards but I have to admit we had a laugh as well. The whole thing was tragicomic," Kjeldstad said.

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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 10:08 GMT 11:08 UK

'Killer cow' arrested in Nigeria

Police in Nigeria have detained a cow after it killed a bus driver.

The stray animal attacked the man from behind as he was urinating on a motorway near the country's commercial city of Lagos, a police spokesman said.

"As the man fell down, the cow repeatedly hit him with its hooves and horns until he died," spokesman Olubode Ojajuni told the AFP news agency.

Mr Ojajuni said police were now seeking the cow's owner who would be charged for failing to control the animal.

Several bystanders were also injured in the incident before the horned African cow was arrested.

Some people demanded the animal be shot on the spot, but a police chief in the Ojo district of Lagos ordered it to be taken alive.

"The cow went mad, ran into a bus driver and knocked him down. Efforts to revive him were fruitless," Mr Ojajuni told Reuters news agency.

"You know what it will take to arrest a mad cow?" one of the policemen taking part in the operation was later quoted as saying by a local newspaper.

"We applied ingenuity and arrested the cow, which is now being detained at the station," he said.

Tourists warned to stay away from angry cows

Tuesday, July 27 02:07 pm

British tourists in France have been told to stay on the lookout for a group of aggressive mountain cows responsible for a series of ferocious attacks on ramblers. Skip related content

A number of visitors to the Pyrenees have recently been attacked by the combative cattle. The worst incident occurred last Friday when a German woman was hospitalised by the angry bovines and is now in critical condition.

The attack occurred while the rambler and her husband and two children were walking along the mountainside. The cows began trampling, gorging and biting them.

The woman fell unconscious but her husband managed to escape and call for emergency services who later arrived by helicopter. A fifty-year-old man was also hospitalised last week in a separate incident when an elderly cow left him with serious head injuries and trauma.

As a result of the attacks, local mountain police, who say the cows “knew exactly what they were doing”, have told holidaymakers that under no circumstances should they look the mountain cows in the eye or approach them.

Experts say cows can be particularly aggressive during hot weather and when they think their young might be in danger.

13 November 2010 Last updated at 22:47 GMT

Walker killed and wife critically hurt in bull attack

A 63-year-old man has been killed and his wife, 67, was critically injured in an attack by a bull in Nottinghamshire.

The couple, wearing walking gear, were near the Leicestershire border when it happened at about 1630 GMT on Friday.

It is unclear why the bull attacked the pair, who were walking on a footpath near the village of Stanford on Soar.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. His wife is said to be in a critical condition in the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.

It is understood the woman had to crawl under a hedge and managed to get to the nearby road just after the attack.

She flagged down a passing female motorist who contacted emergency services.

The couple, who have not yet been named, were both from Glen Parva, Leicester, and had two sons who both travelled to be at their mother's bedside on Saturday, Nottinghamshire Police said.

The man's elderly parents have also been informed about his death.

Police said the couple had been in a livestock field as darkness was falling when the bull attacked.

The animal was contained by the farmer and put down.

Detective Inspector Melanie Bowden said: "This was a truly tragic incident. The family are distraught and we are supporting them through this difficult time."

Police inquiries will now continue in a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place early next week.

Cattle, Dead

Friday, April 29, 2005

Story last updated at 10:49 AM on Friday, April 29, 2005

Neighborhood history: Bryant students learn the stories behind the area they call home

By Kelly Evenson, The Examiner


Barbara Wiley, president of the McCoy Neighborhood Council, said the council wanted to help students learn more about their neighborhood. The tour began at McCoy Park with stops at Harry Truman's home, the Lewis/Webb House, the 1859 Jail on Main Street, the Madeline Etzenhouser home and the site of the exploding cow.

The story of the exploding cow took place in the Arnold-Dodsworth house, originally on Liberty Street. One of the original owners had a cow that he occasionally took care of in his kitchen. One day when the cow was in the kitchen, it died, and before he could remove it from the house, it became bloated and exploded. The story has been part of the neighborhood lore ever since.



5 May 2012 Last updated at 15:51 GMT

Violet D'Mello tells of Port Elizabeth cheetah mauling

A British tourist who tried to protect a girl being mauled by captive cheetahs has told of how the animals then turned on her.

Violet D'Mello, 60, from Aberdeen, said she survived by "playing dead" at the Kragga Kamma Game Park in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last weekend.

She and another family had entered the enclosure for a photo next to the cats when the child was attacked.


She said that the animals were not being "vicious" when they attacked her.

"It was, I think, a playful attack... I just remember something biting my head and dragging me down.

"But even then I was just thinking of the children [in the enclosure]. We were told they would never attack adults, it was the children we were concerned about."

Last Updated: Sunday, 15 April 2007, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK

BBC presenter Simon King, best known for the Big Cat Diary programmes, was attacked by a rabid cheetah while filming in Kenya, it has emerged.

King was filming the story of orphaned cheetah cub Toki when a wild female ran at him, leaping up at his body.

Both he and assistant Stephen Nangunye were bitten and scratched during the attack but were not badly hurt.

The men were given rabies jabs after the incident last summer. The wild cheetah later died of the disease.

"The attack was unprecedented - cheetahs just don't do this," said King in the documentary, Toki's Tale, which will be screened on BBC Two next month.

"Having spent 20 years watching cheetahs in the wild, I was utterly shocked by this female's behaviour".

Toki's Tale tells the story of King's attempts to return a hand-reared cub to the wild.

The animal was raised by humans after its twin brother, Sambu, was killed by lions - as seen in King's previous film, Fast Track to Freedom.

The wild female cheetah was discovered near Toki's enclosure a few days before his release.

Seeing that she appeared tame, King assumed the animal was also hand-reared and approached it cautiously before it attacked.

"I managed to plant a foot in her chest and push her back," the photographer and film-maker wrote on his website.

But the animal attacked again, biting Nangunye and leaving King with cuts.

Tests were carried out and the animal was diagnosed with rabies.

"It was desperately sad that such a beautiful animal should succumb to such a deadly virus," said King.

"I, meanwhile, am fine. Seven jabs later, I should be able to bathe in the rabies virus without being infected."

Cougars / Mountain Lions

Beier, P. 1991. “Cougar Attacks on Humans in the United States and Canada”. Wildlife Society Bulletin, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 403-412.

Manfredo, M.J., H.C. Zinn, L. Sikorowski, and J. Jones. 1998. “Public Acceptance of Mountain Lion Management: A Case Study of Denver, Colorado, and Nearby Foothills Areas”. Wildlife Society Bulletin, vol. 26, no. 4, pp. 964-970.


Carbyn, L.N. 1989. “Coyote Attacks on Children in Western North America”. Wildlife Society Bulletin, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 444-446.

Young musician dies from coyote attack

Hunt on for animal that mauled, bit 19-year-old hiker on Cape Breton trail

By Our Staff

Thu. Oct 29, 2009 - 4:46 AM

CONSERVATION officers in Cape Breton were still hunting Wednesday for one of the coyotes that took the life of a young Toronto musician who was on an East Coast tour.

Taylor Josephine Stephanie Luciow, 19, a folksinger and songwriter who was known onstage as Taylor Mitchell, died in hospital Wednesday morning, a day after the attack.

Ms. Mitchell was hiking, apparently alone, on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park when she was mauled by two coyotes, said RCMP spokeswoman Sgt. Brigdit Leger.

RCMP received a 911 call at about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday that two coyotes were attacking a hiker. When they arrived, they found only one of the animals.

"For officer and public safety, an RCMP member shot a coyote that was still present at the scene," Sgt. Leger said. "The coyote, although thought originally to be dead, kind of hobbled off to the side."

Paramedics rushed Ms. Mitchell, who had bites all over her body, to Sacred Heart Hospital in Cheticamp. She was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax early Tuesday evening, where she succumbed to her injuries Wednesday morning, Sgt. Leger said.

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