ross-merrill - August 1, 2016
The recent tiger attack in China, which left one woman dead, has re-awakened an interest that I thought was over: Animal-attack videos. Thrilling and terrifying, these videos serve as cautionary tales for anyone who thinks wild animals are as tame and friendly as in the movies.
I scoured the internet for interesting videos of animal mayhem, trying to complete a sort of Noah's Ark of attacks. The only requirements were that the animal had to be attacking a human...and it had to look cool. Here's part one.
In the US, our pests are mice and roaches. In India, the pests include leopards. One of these wild cats wandered into a village and hid in a building. When a posse of concerned citizens tries to capture it by entering from the roof, the leopard bounds up through the hole and starts attacking people in a whirlwind. The leopard eventually leaps to the ground, unharmed, avoids some more captors, and finds another place to hide. The speed of the creature and agility of its turns are amazing.
This ranger is just trying to help the moose population of Maine, but the moose doesn't care. The ranger wore a GoPro camera while he tagged and collared a young female moose for scientific research. But when he takes off her blindfold and untied her legs, instead of running off, she shows her displeasure by knocking him down and stomping on him over and over -- even when he's clearly no longer a threat. The camera gives us a great POV of the encounter, and you almost feel every kick. "That's the first time I ever got beat up by a baby moose!" says the ranger.
One elephant in a crowded area can be dangerous. Two can be more so. How about three? A traveling circus let their pachyderms bathe in the sea, to the delight of tourists. But when it's time for the animals to go back to their enclosures, they get agitated. The handlers try to corral them by hand while frightened people quickly back out of the way. One handler hits an elephant and it gets angry, smashing a car's window, lifting it off the ground, and pushing it into towards onlookers. It's a shocking look at the power of these creatures (who all performed in the circus that night, without incident).
What are you afraid of at the beach? Sharks? Jellyfish? How about a wild boar? Beachgoers on the shore of the Baltic Sea get a shock when a huge boar emerges from the water and races around adults and children. When a few brave tourists try to grab it, it knocks them down with breathtaking force. Finally, the boar makes its way back into the forest.
Some people think Yellowstone is just a large zoo. But while the wildlife there may be used to humans, that doesn't mean they're domesticated. Or even friendly. This chilling footage shows two POV's of a bison running amok through a parking lot at Yellowstone. First we see the bison from a distance, attacking people hiding in a group of trees...and then we see the video from those people in the trees. The screams at the end are downright terrifying.
When an alligator blocks traffic on Louisiana, three morons decide there's no point in waiting for the police or animal control. They figure they'll get the giant carnivorous amphibian off the road themselves. This is the latest in a long line of bad choices, which includes wearing American flag board shorts and cowboy boots. The bros try to blindfold the gator by throwing their shirts over its eyes. Finally, the creature shows who's boss by snapping its jaws on one of the guys' hand. He ended up in the hospital with 80 stitches. The gator just wandered away.
What animal attacks would you like to see? I'll put 'em in the next installment.
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