Unfortunately, the ways of nature are not always nice and fluffy. Sometimes when animals follow their natural responses, the results can be crazy and even scary. Take a look at what happened when these animals switched to attack mode. Make sure to watch your step.
Where: Sydney, Australia
What Happened: One surfer had an unlucky landing while he was out riding the waves. Bill O'Leary fell off his board and onto a shark. The animal bit him twice, slicing down to the bone. Friends helped O'Leary back on shore, stemmed the bleeding and had him moved to a hospital for treatment.
SOMEBODY IS WATCHING YOU
Where: New South Wales, Australia
What Happened: An Australian woman, Kirrily McWilliams, claims that an aggressive female kangaroo stalked her before attacking her. The animal was hanging around McWilliams' house for several days, but Wildlife Services refused to remove the kangaroo, saying she should leave on her own. Instead of hopping off, the kangaroo cornered McWilliams when she was leaving her car and beat her. Fortunately, no serious injuries resulted from this one-sided boxing match.
NOT SO PLEASURE CRUISE
Where: Kimberly, Australia
What Happened: Things went from peaceful to panicky when a cruise boat let passengers off in Australian waters to take a dip. One of the crew members was bitten on the leg in shallow water by a crocodile. She survived the attack thanks to a passenger who pulled her away from the animal. The captain of the boat claims that the water was checked for crocs prior to the swim.
Animal: Venomous Spiders
Where: Guwahati, India
What Happened: Swarms of this tarantula-like spider are appearing in an Indian town. Doctors are unsure what type of arachnid it is, but are seeing a rising number of bites. The town is treating the area to fight against the spider, but the pest's powerful bite has already claimed the lives of two people.
SURVIVING THE STING
Animal: Box Jellyfish
Where: Queensland, Australia
What Happened: 10-year-old Rachel Shardlow astounded doctors when she survived numerous stings from the deadly box jellyfish. The girl's leg got tangled in the tentacles of the sea creature while she was swimming in a river with her brother. Her brother pulled her out of the water with the jellyfish still attached. Shardlow spent six weeks in a hospital recovering from the stings that are usually so painful they can cause heart failure in victims. (Sky News)
Where: Speedway, Ind.
What Happened: A man called local police stating that a kitten he found in a wood pile attacked him and bit his hand. When a police officer arrived on the scene, he found the kitten to be very calm. The caller had a small and extremely minor injury on his thumb. (WRTV)
Where: Anchorage, Alaska
What Happened: Several Anchorage residents had a memorable Memorial Day, but not for the reasons one would hope. During the holiday, there were two different moose attacks. In both cases, the animal charged several unsuspecting people who were able to seek shelter before sustaining serious injuries. (Alaska Dispatch)
FORGIVE AND FORGET
Animal: Pit Bull
Where: Chicago, Ill.
What Happened: Bill Lesinski was taken by surprise when a neighborhood dog that he had known since the animal was a puppy attacked him and bit off his nose. Lesinski will require about $200,000 worth of surgery to reconstruct his face. Regardless, the man has forgiven the dog, stating that it is not the breed that is to blame but the owner who raised him.
Where: Kincumber, Australia
What Happened: Keith Davies had the misfortune of meeting an extremely hostile late-night visitor. Davies heard scratching at the back door of his home. When he opened the door to investigate, a possum jumped up and attacked his leg. The animal tore through his pajamas, leaving Davies with cuts that required treatment at the hospital. (Express Advocate)
FEEDING TIME GONE WRONG
Where: Everglades, Fla.
What Happened: An airboat captain from an Everglades tour company lost his hand after an alligator bit it off his arm in front of a group of tourists. Witnesses to the attack said that the man was feeding the gator prior to the injury and had done so on previous occasions. The captain is in stable condition, and doctors hope to reattach his hand. (NBC News)
Animal: Wild Turkey
Where: Detroit, Mich.
What Happened: Edna Geisler has a real poultry problem. The woman is being stalked by a wild turkey that she not-so-fondly named Godzilla. The bird arrives on Geisler's property from the woods around 6 a.m. every day and stays until 7 p.m. Geisler says she is afraid to leave her home because the turkey charges and claws her whenever she tries to approach her car. For now, the woman is forced to adjust her schedule to avoid Godzilla until Animal Control steps in. (Detroit Free Press)
Where: Whistler, Canada
What Happened: A hot-tub-lounging tourist at a Whistler resort came to face to face with an uninvited guest. A bear came out of the woods and whacked the man on the back of the head with its paw. The guest quickly came to and realized what he was sharing the jacuzzi with. In response, the man grabbed his towel and rushed back into the resort.
PLUS SIZE PESTS
Animal: Giant Snails
Where: Miami, Fla.
What Happened: Giant African snails, the size of a human hand, caused all kinds of destruction to the suburbs surrounding Miami. The slow-moving crawlers ooze an excrement that can cause meningitis in humans and also eats away at the foundations of houses. Officials believe the snails were brought into the area by a religious cult that believes the creatures hold healing properties. (NPR)
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SNAKE IN THE GRASS
Animal: Water Moccasin Snake
Where: Lakeland, Fla.
What Happened: A deadly water moccasin found its way onto Jennifer Nelson's property where her seven dogs promptly started barking at the reptile. When Nelson rushed out to see what the noise was about, she spotted the snake. Nelson attempted to cover the snake so she could move the canines away, but the creature lunged at her. At that point, Nelson's Miniature Pincher stepped in and started attacking the water moccasin. The dog received a few bites and is now being treated. The tiny pooch is expected to recover. (WTVT)