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.
Shaiunna Hare lived in a small one-story house with her mother, Jaren Ashley Hare, 19, and her mother’s boyfriend, Charles Jason Darnell, 32. Darnelle woke up to find that their 8½-foot albino Burmese python was missing from its terrarium. He discovered the python coild around the toddler’s body before stabbing it with a knife. Reports confirm that the toddler was crushed to death by the python and died of asphyxiation. The child’s gaurdians were charged with manslaughter and child neglect and sentenced to 12 years in prison each.
Carlos Eduardo Sousa Jr.
Tatiana, a 243-pound, 4-year-old Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo, escaped from her open-air enclosure and severely injured 2 brothers — Amritpal and Kulbir Dhaliwal. The third victim was Carlos Eduardo Sousa Jr. A zoo employee found Sousa’s body near the tiger grotto and reported that he saw the victim’s throat severely punctured. Autopsy later revealed that Sousa received blunt force injuries to the head and neck. There were also punctures and scratches on his head, neck and chest. The attack also caused skull and spinal fractures and a cut on the victim’s jugular vein.
During a ride on a new rollercoaster called Apollo’s Chariot, romance novel cover boy Fabio was hit by a bird on the nose, causing him to temporarily lose his “fabulous” style.
The whole world was in shock upon learning that the beloved wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist, Steve Irwin, aka “The Crocodile Hunter,” was killed after being fatally pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming an underwater documentary film titled “Ocean’s Deadliest.”
Chronicle executive editor Phil Bronstein suffered a serious foot injury after he was attacked by a venomous Komodo dragon at a Los Angeles Zoo. Bronstein was shoeless at the time of the attack. He was wearing white tennis shoes during his visit and was told by the zoekeeper to take them off as the dragon might mistake them for the white rats that zookeepers usually feed it with. The dragon’s jaws crushed the casing of Bronstein’s big toe. He had to undergo surgery to reattach severed tendons. Bronstein was with his then-wife Sharon Stone during the incident.