Stories of people and dangerous animals abound.
Just reported yesterday on Foxnews.com, a Florida man who had fortunately grown up on a farm, had a run in with a bob cat, and won. He was taking out his trash, and when he realized that the huge cat he was looking at was a bobcat, he set down his trash cans. When he didn’t move, and the cat didn’t move, he knew that it was going to attack him, reports Fox News.
That’s when the intuition and experience of a country upbringing paid off for Dale Rippy of Wesley Chapel, Florida. The 62 year old man said, “When it growled, I knew it was going to jump and bite me.” And the bobcat did; it jumped on him and began to bite him. Rippy was confident that he could choke him if he could get a grip, but he knew that he was probably going to risk a couple of bites.
“I started choking it when got a good hold,” he said. “I choked it ’til he died. I got scratched up pretty good.”
Upon inspection from Animal Control, the bobcat was found to have rabies. Rippy never went to the hospital but did receive an exam at a doctor’s office due to the scratches and a puncture wound to the stomach.
In Buffalo, New York, a man recently placed a call to Department of Environmental Conservation when he realized that he could no longer take care of his pet alligator, which had grown to eight feet long and weighed 170 pounds. He had been keeping the animal in his basement, according to Fox News.
John and Laura Paner, reptile experts, came up to Buffalo from Tampa, Florida, to pick up Jojo the alligator. Jojo’s owner also had twenty other reptiles in his possession, as he was an enthusiast. Although it is illegal in New York to keep an alligator, the man will not be charged as he gave up the animal voluntarily. Also, the Paner’s stated that Jojo was very clean and healthy.
In Connersville, Indiana, Phyllis G. Carroll has been killed by one of her two chow mix dogs, reports the Associated Press.
The two dogs, one male and one female, had been from the same litter and Carroll kept them in a yard behind her home. Last Sunday, as she carried treats for them out to the yard, one of the dogs attacked her and bit her on the arm, then her throat. She bled to death from the wounds. Sources say her friends had become increasingly wary of the aggressive dogs. It is believed to have been the male that attacked her.
“In 34 years of investigating deaths I have never, ever had a vicious animal attack that resulted in the death of the victim,” said Fayette County Coroner Joe Todd.
Man Survives Bobcat Attack by Choking Animal to Death
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Audrey Bright
8-Foot Alligator Found in New York Basement
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Maureen Scarpelli
Woman Killed by Her Own Pet Dog
Monday, June 18, 2007