fisher cat or fox attack in MA

REHOBOTH, Mass. (WPRI) – A young boy was taken to the hospital after he was bitten by a wild animal on Monday night near his Rehoboth home.Police and firefighters were notified shortly after 9 p.m. Monday that a 12-year-old boy who lives on Route 44 was bitten by an animal. Animal control officers in Rehoboth believe that the wild animal may have been a fisher cat or a fox.

“The animal had bitten him and he had tried to get into the house. The boy slammed the door on it,” said Animal Control Officer Jane Foster. “The animal just wouldn’t let him go. Finally the animal let him go and the mother threw something I think she threw a hammer or something at him to get him away and we didn’t find the animal.”

Since the animal has not been found or tested to check for rabies, rabies shots are the safest response to the bite. According to Foster, the boy had bite marks on his left leg and right hand. A neighbor told Eyewitness News that wild animals run rampant around rural Rehoboth. “Usually if you don’t bother them they don’t bother you. But this one seemed to have a problem. It must’ve been either protecting its young or it was rabid,” said Dan Carr.

On Tuesday morning, animal control officers set a large trap near the boy’s home.


China hornets kill 41 in north since July

Attacks by hornets in northern China have killed 41 people since July, state-run media report.

More than 1,600 people have also been injured by stings in Shaanxi province, according to China News Agency. It says 206 people are still being treated in hospital, with 37 patients remaining in a critical condition.

Local officials have been quoted as saying that drier and warmer weather this year may have contributed to a rise in hornet numbers in the area. Environmental activists have also blamed rapid urbanisation for worsening the problem as more rural land is swallowed up for urban development, intruding into habitats where hornets hunt and build their nests.

The cities of Angkang, Hanzhong and Shangluo have been worst affected by the spate of attacks over the past three months. The provincial government has dispatched pest control experts to help deal with the situation. China News Agency says local police and fire-fighters have been given equipment and protective clothes to help remove and destroy hornet nests.

Hornet attacks are a recurring problem in Shaanxi province in particular, but the authorities have released no casualty figures for previous years.

Zhao Fang, a city government official in Ankong, told the China Daily newspaper that hornet attacks had increased in recent years as the "local ecological environment improved".

Winters have been getting milder and summers hotter and more humid in Shaanxi, which may have helped caused hornet numbers there to rise. The Chinese term for hornets is "hu feng" - those behind the deadly attacks this summer appear to be the Asian giant hornet, or Vespa mandarinia. They can grow up to 5cm long with a 6mm sting.

The area is also home to the smaller Asian hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax.

italian scorpion stings wellesley (massachusetts) woman

A Wellesley family found a surprise Sunday afternoon while unpacking from a trip to Italy: A stowaway scorpion. The aggressive arthropod stung one person, who sustained slight injuries, Wellesley police said. Around 3 p.m., Wellesley police were called to a home where a family member had captured a baby scorpion that had apparently hitched a ride in the family’s luggage.

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snakes in the garden (section of walmart)

Dude was bitten while trying to buy mulch for his medical marijuana plants!

Mica Craig said the reptile pounced as he was shopping at the store in the north-western US state of Washington. The 47-year-old stamped on the serpent and was later treated at hospital with anti-venom, after his hand suffered serious swelling.

Wal-Mart apologised, and said it was investigating how the snake had entered the store in the city of Clarkston.

Kayla Whaling, a spokeswoman for the chain, said: "At this point, it appears to be an isolated incident. "We are working with a pest management team, which is conducting a sweep of the property to ensure there is no additional rattlesnake activity."

Another customer, Maria Geffre, told Reuters news agency the snake was at least 1ft (30cm) long with four rattles.

Mr Craig said the serpent attacked as he reached down to brush away what he thought was a stick from a bag of mulch. The purchase was intended for his marijuana plants, which Mr Craig said he was licensed to grow for medical reasons.


Africanized Bees Kill Mother of 8 in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A mother of eight has died in the South American country of Guyana after she was attacked by a swarm of Africanized bees. Police said Friday that 47-year-old Munia Sanchara was attacked while picking mangoes from a tree at her house in the coastal community of Cane Grove. Police said she was declared dead after arriving at a hospital in the capital of Georgetown.

Guyana has reported several fatal bee attacks in recent years. Africanized bees from South Africa were introduced to Brazil in the late 1950s for a crossbreeding program and some accidentally were let loose.


Coyote attacks toddler in Weymouth (MA)

WEYMOUTH — Police are searching for a coyote that bit a young girl’s head as she was walking with her grandmother in South Weymouth on Wednesday.

Capt. Joseph Comperchio said the 2-year-old girl suffered non-life threatening injuries, including a laceration on her head, after the animal bit her at about 11:30 a.m. on Clarendon Street. Comperchio said Weymouth officers and the state Environmental Police are still searching the area for the animal. The girl was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Comperchio said the grandmother thought the coyote was a dog when it began approaching. It then bit the girl and ran away when the grandmother screamed.

“It left the area, and we’re looking for it as we speak,” Comperchio said. Comperchio said there is some concern the animal may be rabid since coyotes usually avoid people, especially during the daytime.


Spider blamed for interstate crash

FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Police say a spider apparently caused an Edgecomb woman to crash her car on Interstate 295 in Freeport Monday.

Susan Sefcik told investigators that she lost control of her 2007 Jeep when she swatted at a spider that lowered itself in front of her face as she was driving. The Jeep rolled several times and hit a tree.

Sefcik and her husband George suffered minor injuries in the crash. Both were wearing their seatbelts, and police say that "quite probably saved their lives".

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Brighton (MA, USA) squirrel's dying act is to bite bartender

Boston — At 7:15 a.m. on Sunday, July 17, a 32-year-old unmarried bartender came to the police station to report that he had just been bitten by a squirrel in front of his neighbor's house on Wade Street in Brighton.

According to police, the man found the animal on the ground and said it appeared to be dying. He allegedly tried to put the animal in a tree to give it a "dignified death," but it bit him, then died. Police said animal control would follow up on the matter.