Bear eats campers as they slept

Friday, July 30, 2010

One man was killed and a man and a woman were injured afterbeing eaten by bears in attacks in the middle of the night on Wednesday at a popular campground on the edge of Yellowstone Park, Montana in late July 2010.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department spokesman Ron Aasheim said it was believed one bear was involved and at least two tents were left in tatters in the attack, which occurred at the height of the tourist season.

"I thought I would be dinner," said Deb Freele, 58, of London, Ontario, who recalled awakening from in her tent to find a bear chewing on her arm.

"Within hundredths of seconds, I felt the teeth in my arm, heard bones breaking. I screamed and that seemed to aggravate him. He sunk his teeth into me again," she recounted in a telephone interview from her hospital room in Cody, Wyoming.

“I had a sense that something wasn’t right, but I hadn’t heard anything. I had just woken up and felt a bit of pressure on the tent, and he closed his jaws right down on my arm. Then I screamed. Then he bit harder and I screamed more,” Freele said from her hospital bed.

“It was a brutal attack. It wasn’t like, ‘Oops, I made a mistake.’ He was out to get me and the other people,” Freele said. She described the bear’s attack as silent and methodical, giving her the feeling that she was being hunted.

“It hurt. I can’t describe the pain. I couldn’t control the screaming, and I knew what was happening. I thought I was dead, and couldn’t believe it was happening. I thought, ‘This doesn’t compute, it just doesn’t jive, with what I understand about bears,’” she said.

Here's a picture of the 'mother' bear that was caught with some others that were believed to have been the people eaters. The fate of this bear was to be put down after it was determined after DNA tests confirmed it was the responsible bear. This was done using hair, saliva and tissue samples. Her three cups would be sent to a local zoo.

Soda Butte, which offers 27 campsites in a national forest known for its blue-ribbon trout fishing, was immediately evacuated and nearby campgrounds were closed after Wednesday's attacks.

Wildlife officials launched an all-out search for the bear, or bears, including the use of airplanes and helicopters on the lookout for radio-collared animals or others in the vicinity. Eventually the beers were caught in the traps as seen in the photograph bellow:

Tony Latham, a retired conservation officer who has investigated previous bear maulings in the region, said predatory attacks on people are unusual, especially if fatal.

"In my 22 years as an officer in Idaho, there was only one predatory attack, and the person got away by getting into a river," he said. "I don't believe there was ever anyone killed in Idaho by a bear in those 22 years."

Would you wear a Kakapo Ejaculation Helmet?

Thursday, July 29, 2010
So like this must be the oddest thing Wellington's Te Papa Museum has on display: The Kakapo Ejaculation Helmet. I know it's not really an animal eating animal but it's just kind of our crazy to be print worthy...

the kakapo ejaculation helmet
You put a Kaka's what where?
So the Kakapo is an engangered NZ parrot. There are like only about 100 of the cute birds about.

These green parrots obviously need to breed to survive but they aint got the message. So concerned Kiwis have set up a breeding programme to help them out.

These people discovered that male kakapo have a tendency to engage people's heads in a sexual mating fashion. So in an effort to collect Kakapo sperm for the breeding programme, some wiseguy invented The Ejaculation Helmet. I kid you not, that's what it is called. I pity the fool that whore it...

The above pix is is from the Te Papa Museum. The accompaning caption said that the helmut was not successful. So some guy once got fucked on the head by a parrot for nothing.

Aussie croc eats bull shark

Wednesday, July 28, 2010
crocodile catches and eats a bull shark in a river

Check out this crocodile chowing down on a straying bull shark in the Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory.

A bunch of tourists looked on in 'shock' when they saw the crocodile chomping on the shark at the upper flood plains of the South Alligator River. Hmm, maybe the shark should have check the name of the river before he swam up it. The shark had already been bitten in two by the hungry beast when this photograph was taken.

The bull shark had probably sauntered up the aptly named South Alligator River in search of food. The crocodile had the home-turf advantage because the seagoing shark was swimming through fresh water at the time of the attack and was possibly fatigued. The only thing we can be certain of is that he ended up in the crocodiles's hungry belly and that's what counts at Animals Eating Animals!

Check out more crocodiles eating sharks

If you think this  croc is interesting, check out the massive jaws of the tiger fish!

What do Jelly Fish eat? And who eats them?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010
These Jelly Fish are the right way up!
Like boobies, Jellyfish come in all shapes and sizes and indeed, colours. But what do they eat? How to they catch their food and do they eat with ketchup? Or who eats them? What creatures find jelly fish  tasty?

First up, what are Jelly Fish? Are they actually fish? The internet reveals allJellyfish (also known as jellies or sea jellies or medusozoa) are free-swimming members of the phylum Cnidaria. Jellyfish have several different morphologies that represent several different cnidarian classes. Medusa is another word for jellyfish, and as such is used to refer specifically to the adult stage of the life cycle. 

Really? I thought Medusa was a lady with snakes in her head.... but I digress, what have we appeared to have learned here children? Jelly Fish are not actually fish. Fish are fish. Fish are also friends, not food

Okay, I told a lie, Jellyfish eat fish. Indeed, when ordering pizza, they order extra anchovies.
Jellyfish are actually carnivorous. They eat a healthy diet of  zooplankton, smaller fish and sometimes other jellyfish. Bigger jellies eat large crustaceans like shrimp.

This guy is simply here because he looks cool!
I may have written above that fish are friends and not food, we know that's not necessarily true - the same does not apply to Jelly Fish. Many sea creatures find jellies and the members of the Medusa family to be tasty treats. Like jelly is.

So fish like to eat Jelly Fish:

Starfish seem to like to eat them, but how the fuck to they catch them? Sneak up on them when they are dead? That's what sunstars do with octopus...

And there's always a hungry turtle around that's keen to try any fish once...

Alligator eats boy's hand clean off in Florida

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Look Ma, no hand....

Man survives alligator attack put loses arm!

A Florida teenager was attacked by an alligator and had his left hand torn off when swimming in a popular neighborhood canal.

The above picture is of Eighteen-year-old Tim Delano recounting the crazy story of an alligator biting off his left hand during a press conference at Lee Memorial Hospital on Friday, July 16, 2010 in Fort Myers.

Tim Delano, 18, of Golden Gates Estates, was attacked by the 10-foot long alligator while he was swimming at dusk Sunday in a drainage canal known to locals as "The Crystal."

"I saw my bone, I had no hand," Delano told the Naples News.

The animal attacked Delano, pulling him underwater and going into a "death roll," during which gators roll over and over until their prey drowns and then they eat them.

"Fortunately, I had enough sense to take my right hand and I started punching it," Delano said. He got the alligator to release him, but when Delano got to the surface he realized that his left hand was gone.

Delano started screaming, saying that the pain was "excruciating." No shit, Sherlock.

With the help of his dumbstruck friends, Delano called 911, and while awaiting the emergency medical services arrival he called his mother, leaving her the message: "Mom, I have no left hand. Goodbye." [That's not  bad effort for some one in shock eh?]

Delano was airlifted to an area trauma center, while the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought in a tracker, who was able to locate and capture the alligator.

The hand was recovered from the animal's stomach, but doctors would not reattach it "because it would be too toxic," said Delano. "I was just happy the other people with me did not get injured, or I'd really hate myself."

He now hopes to get the popular swimming hole closed, "so no accidents like this will happen again."

Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman and megababe Gabriella Ferraro said that people should recognize that any freshwater body in Florida could have alligators, and that the animals hunt primarily at dawn and dusk.

"If there is an item there and the opportunity presents itself, they will prey," said Ferraro.

That's true - remember the crocodile that bit off the vet's arm? You know what other problems Florida has? Anaconda eating their alligators in the Everglades! Life, it's a vicious school of feeding....

Also reading this story reminds of that guy from Happy Gilmore with no hand....

When Morary Eels feel pekish, what do they eat?

What do Morary Eels eat when they feel pekish?

Moray eels are carnivores and their diet consists mainly of other fish or cephalopods, as well as mollusks and crustaceans. They go hunting mostly at night and their chief hunting tool is their excellent sense of smell which makes up for their poor eyesight. This means that weakened or dead creatures tend to be easy to detect and are therefore the moray eel's favoured food source.

Moray eels
 are cosmopolitan eels of the family known as  Muraenidae. The approximately 200 species in 15 genera are almost exclusively marine, but several species are regularly seen in brackish water. 
Don't not confuse them with fresh water eels or Boris the Eel

The longest moray species, the slender giant moray (Strophidon sathete) reaches up to 4 metres (13 ft). The largest in terms of total mass is the giant moray (Gymnothorax javanicus), which reaches almost 3 metres (9.8 ft) and can weigh over 36 kilograms. That's more than Posh Spice!

Got my eye on you buddy!
Moray eels' heads are too narrow to create the negative pressure that most fish use to swallow prey. Quite possibly because of this, they have evolved a second set of jaws in their throat called pharyngeal jaws, which also possess teeth. When feeding, morays launch these jaws into the mouth, where they grasp prey and transport it into the throat and digestive system for a yum sea food dish. Moray eels are the only animal that uses pharyngeal jaws to actively capture and restrain prey, check out the diagram below of how it works.

This is direct proof that Moray eels are descendants of the Aliens from the Sci fi movies:

If that doesn't convince you, would telling you they are also descendents of leopards help? I bring you the leopard moray eel! So named for its spots, it was picked on at eel school by the other eels as they thought he had real bad acne....
I'm a leopard, hear me roar!
Moray eel are not known to go about deliberately attacking divers but when startled they do not hesitate to lash out with their infamous 'double jaw attack move'. This picture below is supposedly the result of the bite of a startled eel:

Sorry if you lost your lunch there with that last image. Any ways, enjoy some more pictures of moray: 



 and a dirty red one thus being you an eel traffic light!

What do eels eat? Ducks? Fish?

Monday, July 12, 2010
Spare duck, maam?

What do eels eat? Ducks? Fish?

Well apparently Boris the eel likes to eat baby ducklings so we might be on to something. But first what are eels?

Eels are elongated fishes, and look like snakes. Most eels prefer to dwell in shallow waters or hide at the bottom layer of the ocean, sometimes in holes. Some eels dwell in water as deep as 4,000 metres (13,000 ft). Others are fairly active swimmers and some have even been known to travel across dry land in search of bodies of water. 

Did I leave the oven on?
But what do they eat? This article suggests that a freshwater eel is believed responsible for the disappearance of water fowl, small ducks and possibly birds at the pond near the Eagle Vale Leisure Centre, somewhere in Australia.

New Zealand's department of Conservation's site tells us that freshwater eels eat "live" food. Small long-finned eels living amongst the river gravels will feed on insect larvae, worms and water snails. When they get bigger, they begin to feed on fish. They will also eat fresh-water crayfish and even small birds like ducklings (like Boris!).

Sometimes however, eels with find themselves on the back foot - nature will strike back and in return for eating a swan's sweet tasty little goslings, the swan will simply eat the eel!

No gag reflex?
Humans also love to eat eels as well. The Japanese and Maori people are well known to love eel on their sushi or smoked. And sometimes kids land grown up kids love to go eeling for the sake of it:

And another proud Kiwi family showing off their catch:

When the Lappet Vulture interrupted the Jackal

Saturday, July 10, 2010
When the Lappet Vulture interrupted the Jackal's dinner, it was not a pretty occasion. It did make a pretty picture though...

I love how calm the vulture appears to be totally calm as the jackal snarls at him!
This hungry jackal got more way more than he bargained for when an enormous Lappets vulture with an approximate 12ft wingspan interrupted his tasty meal in the Serengeti desert in Tanzania. After being grabbed by the giant bird's talons the bullied jackal made a hasty retreat - pretty fair given the numbers of vultures that dropped by for lunch!

This picture was taken by Robert Fuller and was source from the Telegraph

My friends are currently in Tanzania, here's their blog, This Aint No Toto Song and below is a picture of the idyll life....where are the lions?

Boris the Eel, off the hook!

Friday, July 9, 2010
Michelle Cook and her sons Jacob and Carter watch Boris the eel
THERE SHE IS: Michelle Cook, and her boys Jacob Hitchcock, 5, left, and Carter Hitchcock, 3, were very pleased to see Boris, inset, swimming happily near the Teahouse .
Boris the enormous eel can get back to keeping the local duckling population under control now a nasty hook is out of her lip.
The famous long-finned fish had Pukekura Park staff extremely anxious earlier this week after a member of the public spotted her swimming about with the barb in her mouth.
Park curator Chris Conolly said the fishing hook had probably been left behind by a bunch of children who captured and killed a number of other eels at the park a fortnight ago.
"We needed to remove the hook for her own health, rather than let it rust out," Mr Connolly said earlier this week.
He had planned to set a net for the injured Boris on Thursday night, then take the hook out, but the clever creature appears to have saved him the trouble by working the barb out by herself.
The park's Teahouse manager, Jodie Paice, was the first to see Boris without her unwelcome accessory.
"She normally comes out about lunchtime when there's lots of people here feeding the ducks," Miss Paice said.
"So I saw her on Thursday afternoon and I didn't see the hook or any tears in her mouth or anything."
The Taranaki Daily News then went on an eel hunt of its own, along with Mr Connolly, and managed to get some photographs of the two-metre-long Boris swimming happily near the Teahouse deck.
There was no sign of the hook or any injuries, except perhaps in the way the elderly eel only mouthed some food, rather than gobbling it whole as usual.
"I'm just so pleased to see that she's OK," Mr Connolly said.
Some of the smaller visitors to the park were glad to see Boris was OK, too, especially one very excited Carter Hitchcock, 3.
"There he is! There he goes! There he is again," little Carter said.
"Oh, I like him."
Carter didn't like the eel enough to take her home, however – even though his mum offered him the chance – so Boris will remain at the lake for now, hopefully without any more hassles.
All plants and animals, including eels at Pukekura Park are protected. Anyone breaking that rule can be prosecuted.

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