Animals, no matter how tame or domesticated they may seem, are still animals and just like the Steppenwolf sings “like a true nature’s child we were born, born to be wild;” animals are, yes, born to be wild.
When they are agitated, hungry, or scared, they go back to the very essence of what makes them animals – the animal instinct, the instinct to survive no matter the cost. In 25 Worst Animal Attacks In Recent History, we look back at the events that remind us to never be complacent around our beastly friends.
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In March 2002, Roy Horn, of the popular German-American duo of entertainers Siegfried & Roy, was bitten on the neck by a 600-lb. white Bengal tiger named Montecore during a performance at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Horn survived the attack but was in critical condition for several weeks after. It was reported that Horn suffered a stroke and partial paralysis and doctors had to remove one-quarter of his skull during an operation called a decompressive craniectomy to remove pressure off of his swelling brain.
On April 22, 2008, animal trainer, wrangler and stunt double, Stephan Miller was killed during a routine training exercise when Rocky, a 5-year-old grizzly, attacked him. Reports state that Miller was bitten in the neck by the 7½ foot tall, 700 lb bear, killing him within minutes after the incident.
A stray leopard caused total panic when it wandered into an Indian village where it mauled 11 people. Six villagers, a policeman, and four forest guards were injured by swipes from the leopard’s claws. Wildlife officials managed to take the beast down with tranquilizer darts.
Andrew Oberle was studying chimp behaviour at the Goodall Institute in South Africa. According to reports, Oberle bypassed two safety fences to get close enough to the chimps and the attack was blamed on human error on the part of Oberle. He was left fighting for his life after being bitten and dragged for half a mile. His parents asked the hospital not to disclose the extent of their son’s injuries but reports have leaked saying that the victim lost his fingers and toes, and his arms were exposed to the bone.
Wolves Attack Zookeeper
A zookeeper, who remains unidentified, was mauled by a pack of wolves when she entered the enclosure at Kolmarden Wildlife Park, Sweden’s largest zoo. The 30-year old woman, who had worked with the pack of eight wolves since they were puppies, entered alone at around 11 AM when the deadly attacked took place. The woman died after sustaining several injuries and her body was recovered only after zoo employees managed to push the wolves back.