Vicious Beaver Attacks and Kills Man in Belarus

And he only wanted a photo.

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A beaver swims in a pool at a zoo in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

A man in Eastern Europe has reportedly died after being attacked by a beaver he was attempting to photograph.

The 60-year-old former serviceman was on a fishing trip at Lake Shestakov, Belarus, with two companions when the group stopped to snap the animal by the side of the road, according to the Daily Telegraph. But the incensed rodent viciously pounced on the victim and bit his thigh.

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“It was early morning and already light when they saw a beaver by the road, which was unusual because beavers are nocturnal,” Sergei Shtyk, deputy head of the local wildlife inspectorate, told the British newspaper. “One of them went up to be photographed with it, and the animal attacked him and bit him twice, cutting an artery in his thigh, before running away.”

The unfortunate victim, who hailed from Brest in the country’s southwest, bled to death before an ambulance could be summoned, despite the best efforts of his friends to administer first aid.

Experts estimate that there are around 80,000 beavers in Belarus, with the population growing rapidly since the fall of the Soviet Union as demand for their fur has declined. Beaver attacks are unusual and the rare occasions that the animals do savage humans are usually spurred on by rabies, reports Sky News.

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Nevertheless, a video posted on YouTube earlier this week shows a man in Russia’s Tver region, northwest of the capital Moscow, narrowly escaping an attack by a beaver that he was attempting to film.

And similar incidents have also occurred in the U.S.; two young sisters escaped with only scratches during an encounter with a beaver at a lake in Virginia in July, according to the Daily Mail; while an 83-year-old woman was hospitalized in September after being mauled in Fairfax County, Va., reports the Washington Post.

Beavers have extremely powerful jaws and sharp teeth that they use for gnawing through trees to build dams on rivers. Anyone coming across beavers in the wild is advised not to approach or make them feel in any way trapped or harassed.

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67 comments
ThomasSams
ThomasSams

"I don't trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn't die"...

sandmat383
sandmat383

*sigh* The operative phrase here, folks, is WILD ANIMALS. Why do fools think they can walk up to a WILD ANIMAL to take a stupid picture? It's not Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom and they aren't sitting on their couches watching tv.

I say it's Mother Nature's way of keeping the gene pool a little cleaner.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

If it can chew through a tree don't get near it.

TXJK
TXJK

The Tombstone will read Killed by Beaver with a big Snapper.

TimeBandit
TimeBandit

Alright, alright.  MGM, pretty high school comment.  Reality time for everyone.  Beavers are, get this, wild animals!  They are highly, highly protective of their territory and nests.  I've seen some pretty aggressive behavior from beavers, so I'm not surprised to see this.  You would think though that an adult would use common sense.  It's no doubt sad this happened and I suppose it can be attributed to the fact that beavers have almost been wiped out several times in their natural ranges by trapping, so the guy just wasn't aware.  But, come on!  Wild?  Animal?  Close and personal?

MetalGuitarMaster
MetalGuitarMaster

I was attacked by a viscous beaver as well in college.  I almost died but I finally got rid of the crabs and made a full recovery.

RobertaRobinson
RobertaRobinson

wow, callous is a nice way of putting it, that man was trying to take a picture not grab the thing, maybe the beaver should of stayed in it's own territory not like the man was going to go swimming with his camara in the water, (of course no one likes someone's face in their face either which I understand)after all man has as much right to be there as the beaver, to often I read comments about staying out of this animal or that animals territory, I find this distrubing because it belongs to us too, they don't have a monopoly claim on the earth do they? we share the earth with them, they don't own  it and people are not intruders, we are as much a part of this wonderful world as the animals, now whether people act responsibly is another matter. even animals don't always act wisly and get hurt (like the moose that messed with a porcupine and got quills in its leg and of course will die from it) but making a mistake is not justification for saying he deserved to die for it we all learn not only from mistakes we make, if we survive it, as we learn from seeing the conseqences of mistakes others make..

AndrewJamesWright
AndrewJamesWright

Alot of you people are just callous and ignorant. Instead of showing sympathy for a man who died and a family who is distraught you blame the victim and say he deserves to die. I bet none of you have read the studies that show that youtube and social media has made society more unsympathetic, narcissistic, and less empathetic. I bet if someone you cared about died like that you wouldn't want small minded people posting ignorant comments like that. And all your defences will be "he acted stupid, he deserves to die." Firstly, most people do stupid things in their lives that are dangerous like texting/drinking and driving, drinking, eating,smoking themselves to death. Secondly, even if people act stupid that doesn't mean they deserve to die.Every time people tell me how enlightened society is I simply find articles like this, pint to the various commentaries, and then say "look at these!"

TimeBandit
TimeBandit

@AndrewJamesWright You are right.  The problem is that this guy was either drunk or stupid.  Darwin award material in an off year.  It's terrible, and his family will suffer as a result.  He didn't deserve to die.  But do any of us deserve to live?  There isn't a great plan.  Life is life and sometimes bad things happen.  We aren't in Disneyland.  Stupid, ignorant comments are small minded people's way of coping with a world they don't understand and aren't too connected to.

AndrewJamesWright
AndrewJamesWright

Alot of you people are just callous and ignorant. Instead of showing sympathy for a man who died and a family who is distraught you blame the victim and say he deserves to die. I bet none of you have read the studies that show that youtube and social media has made society more unsympathetic, narcissistic, and less empathetic. I bet if someone you cared about died like that you wouldn't want small minded people posting ignorant comments like that.

And all your defences will be "he acted stupid, he deserves to die." Firstly, most people do stupid things in their lives that are dangerous like texting/drinking and driving, drinking, eating,smoking themselves to death. Secondly, even if people act stupid that doesn't mean they deserve to die.

Every time people tell me how enlightened society is I simply find articles like this, pint to the various commentaries, and then say "look at these!"

RonWBallew
RonWBallew

I surprised a beaver once, when I was deer hunting.  It was really big; at least half my size.  Although I was armed, the beaver could have had me before I got the gun pointed in his direction.  It was fast.  Like most wild animals, it fled when the human got too close.  It was at the edge of the small lake, and jumped into the water.  They don't look so big in the water with just their head showing.


brad.bartkus
brad.bartkus like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Beaver? Then why the photo of an otter??? Idiots.

moleman
moleman

Not to mess with them. Was fishing in waist deep water on a Connecticut stream once...and was evidently trespassing.  Beaver started to slap the water with its tail and then disappear into the water around me. Considering my " nads" were at surface level, I got out of the water mighty fast. Got to respect that toothy authority!

JanieJones13
JanieJones13

A foolish and thoughtless man was killed by a beaver defending its territory and its life.  The man's friends and family said they were saddened but surprised that it took so long for something like this to happen to their senseless and stupid friend and relative.  One family member expressed relief. "I loved my cousin all his life. But as ignorant and dumb as he was, I was sure that whatever stupid act he committed that would result in his death would end up killing anybody else nearby.  Thanks to a a loving and just God, our family and this world is a safer and slightly smarter place."

gpaucek
gpaucek like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

The most vicious beaver I have ever encounterd walked away with 75% of what I owned

Rick1024
Rick1024 like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

A man attacked while trying to photograph a beaver... Not the first time I've heard that said...

BruceMorganWilliams
BruceMorganWilliams

Take a couple shots at them with a potato gun.  they tend to stay away after that.

JanieJones13
JanieJones13

@BruceMorganWilliams Or maybe just stay out of their territory rather than harass them like an idiot.  Or did you mean take a couple shots at ignorant fools who can't leave a wild animal alone?

curriewilliam
curriewilliam

i grew up in north carolina,and behind our house was a swamp.i use to see them all times of day. 

pigkiller
pigkiller like.author.displayName 1 Like

I'll never be able to eat a beaver again without thinking of it eating me.

CollettiLisa
CollettiLisa like.author.displayName 1 Like

Beavers are not nocturnal.  They swim around in daytime.

LisaColletti
LisaColletti

@CollettiLisa  I only know because whenever my boyfriend and I would go fishing in Lunga Reservoir or Burke Lake we would always see a beaver going along swimming doing its beaver like business and we always found them to be friendly..  They will protect their area.  We tried to give them their space.. as I think most people should do.

VeraJohnson
VeraJohnson like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

He should have skinned the guy and made a hat in revenge for all beavers!

DeeBaggus
DeeBaggus like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

I seek out "vicious beaver" every weekend.

Rick1Hodad
Rick1Hodad like.author.displayName 1 Like

@DeeBaggus

I was savagely lipped recently.

kholman
kholman like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

Here is a great example of the media exaggerating again. This beaver was protecting itself and just happened to bite this man in an artery. he should have not messed with this wild animal. 

stuart1648
stuart1648

@kholman another eggspurt;you and 'anne "make a great pair

kholman
kholman like.author.displayName 1 Like

Wth is an eggspurt? Clearly you aren't one in spelling.

anopinionatedsob
anopinionatedsob like.author.displayName 1 Like

For the record, the zoo should know better than to call any self respecting river otter a beaver! And to think these are the people we in trust our future extinction to....

anne10
anne10 like.author.displayName 1 Like

There's no such thing as a 'vicious beaver'..Vicious denotes a beaver that thought about it and then attacked.  Animals protect themselves when they think they're in danger. 

stuart1648
stuart1648

@anne10 and who appointed you animal psychologist Anne?...if anne is really your true name?

anne10
anne10

Stuart (if that's your real name)--you don't have to be a genius to know that.  Or am I asking the wrong person?

anne10
anne10

My true name is anne--and Plato said knowledge is true opinion.  So what's your point?

Pedro1648
Pedro1648

@stuart1648 @anne10 So much talk for a Beaver. I think you are confusing it with the Justin. Just is the other name. Stuart the genious

stuart1648
stuart1648

@anne10 a true genius know and respects his humility..see Einstein ///and yes ..my true name is stuart...but we still dont know yours, "Anne"

recently_sacked
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mybuyxyz

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