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Boy left needing surgery after leg savaged in horror pitbull attack caught on CCTV in Brazil

The attack was filmed by an alley way near his home

The attack was filmed by an alley way near his home
A child was left needing surgery after his leg was mauled by a Pitbull during a horrific attack near his home.

The dog latched its teeth onto Nicolas Paz Vieira Souza do Nascimento, 9, and left him with serious injuries in Brazil on June 27.

His Roberta Paz de Souza said he was enjoying flying a kite with his brother Guilherme, 14, when the dog launched its deadly attack behind the boy's house in Sao Joao de Meriti, Rio de Janeiro state.

CCTV captured the frightening ordeal and showed the bloodied scenes, before a passer-by spotted the horror mauling and rushed over to help.

In grim footage, the dog is seen trying to jump up at the youngest boy as his brother lifts him up and tries to protect him.


Pack of dogs kill woman in Uttar Pradesh, India

dog attack
A pack of stray dogs mauled to death a 40-year-old woman while she and a neighbour were returning home after collecting fodder at Deep Pur village under Hasanpur police station in UP's Amroha district on Wednesday evening. Suddenly, a pack of dogs attacked them. One of them, Rameshwari (who goes by her first name) managed to climb a tree but her friend, Rajwati, could not and fell prey to the dogs. "I kept shouting for help but there was no one around," said Rameshwari. By the time the villagers came to their rescue, her friend was dead.

On Thursday morning, villagers staged a protest against local administration. They claimed four people, including two children, were killed by stray dog packs. The forest authorities had caught some dogs but later released them, they alleged. Forest ranger Sheeshpal Singh Bist rushed to the scene and assured the villagers that nets and some cages will be set up to trap the dogs.Harveer Dabas


Beaches closed after fatal shark attack in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

A shark attack in Plettenberg Bay claimed at least one life.

A shark attack in Plettenberg Bay claimed at least one life.
Beaches in Plettenberg Bay have been closed following a fatal shark attack that occurred on Tuesday afternoon.

One person died after he was attacked by a shark in Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape at 2pm.

The National Sea Rescue Institute confirmed the incident.

"Plettenberg Bay duty crew were activated following witness reports of a shark incident involving a swimmer at Sanctuary Beach, on the Robberg side of Robberg 5, Plettenberg Bay. NSRI rescue swimmers responded directly to the scene and 2 NSRI rescue craft were launched," said NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon.

"On arrival on the scene the body of an adult male, believed to be a local man, was located and recovered from the water, at the back surf line, on to an NSRI rescue craft. The body was brought to the NSRI Plettenberg Bay rescue station," he added.

Comment: Shark attacks rose worldwide in 2021 - and 64% of bites occurred in the U.S.


Elmo dies of myocarditis after receiving COVID vaccine

Sesame Street
© Babylon Bee
SESAME STREET - Reports have confirmed that beloved Sesame Street resident Elmo died unexpectedly this morning just a few hours after receiving the COVID vaccine.

"Elmo not feeling so good," Elmo reportedly said just moments before collapsing.

Officials concluded the cause of death to be "unknown" although medical examiners claim he died of massive heart failure due to Myocarditis - a disease almost never observed in 3-year-olds like Elmo.


Huge Arctic walrus spotted on local beach in first ever Polish sighting

The 2-metre-long mammal weighing 50kg appeared on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.

The 2-metre-long mammal weighing 50kg appeared on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.
A walrus has been spotted on the beach on Poland's northern coast, the first ever such sighting of the Arctic mammal in the Baltic Sea.

The 2-metre-long mammal appeared on Thursday morning on the beach in Łazy, close to the seaside resort of Mielno.

Local specialists said it was a young female, weighing around 500 kilograms.

The same walrus was probably seen on the shore of the German island of Rügen a week earlier.


Elderly man killed in suspected bear attack in Kashmir

The Asiatic Black Bear

The Asiatic Black Bear
A 60-year-old man was killed in a suspected black bear attack in his native village Ahalan Gadool of Kokernag in Anantnag district, officials said on Monday.

Quoting officials news agency GNS reported that the body of one Mohammad Akber Chouhan, son of M Hussain was found in a nearby forest area. "It is believed that the victim had been on way to his farm, when the bear attacked him and subsequently disappeared in the nearby forests", they said adding the injury marks on victim's body also suggest of a possible bear attack.

"The body was shifted to SDH Kokernag for medico-legal formalities following which it would be handed over to the family for last rites", they further said.

Meanwhile a police official has also confirmed the incident.

Comment: Just prior to the above incident 4 people were injured in another bear attack in Pulwama


Turtles can switch off cellular aging

Different Turtles
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Four turtle species: Red-bellied short-necked turtle (Emydura subglobosa), Indian flapshell turtle (Lissemys punctata), Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra), and Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata).
Reduce weakening and deterioration with age. Evolutionary theories of ageing predict that all living organisms weaken and deteriorate with age and eventually die. Now, researchers show that certain animal species, such as turtles and tortoises, may exhibit slower or even absent senescence when their living conditions improve.

All living organisms age and die - there is no way of escaping death. But not all organisms follow the same pattern of weakening and deterioration to old age and death, a process known as senescence.

Counter-intuitive as it may seem.

Contrary to widespread theories of aging, we show that many species of turtles and tortoises have found a way to slow down or even completely switch off senescence. This means that senescence is not inevitable for all organisms, said biologist Rita da Silva, who was at University of Southern Denmark when the work was done.

She and other researchers from University of Southern Denmark have published a new study in Science, looking at tortoises and turtles living in zoos and aquariums.


'Mosquito tornado' storms Sichuan village in China, locals flock to see the phenomenon

‘Mosquito tornado
A "small tornado" appeared inexplicably above a village's farmland in Fawangsi Town, Hejiang County, Luzhou, Sichuan, drawing public attention.


Alligator attack leaves man dead as reptile drags victim into pond in Horry County, South Carolina

Authorities said Friday that an alligator killed
Authorities said Friday that an alligator killed a man in Horry County, South Carolina, after dragging him into a pond. Above, an alligator lays on grass near a canal in Everglades National Park, Florida, on September 30, 2021.
Local law enforcement said Friday that an alligator killed a man in Horry County, South Carolina, after dragging him into a retention pond.

The Horry County Police Department (HCPD) said in a statement on its Facebook that Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a water rescue call around 11:45 a.m. in the area of Excalibur Court outside Myrtle Beach.

Police officers and units from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources also came to assist. While at the scene, the units found that the alligator "took a hold of a neighbor who was near the edge of a retention pond and retreated" back into the water.


Coyote attacks 2-year-old girl at Fountain Valley Park, California

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Authorities are looking for a coyote who attacked a 2-year-old girl earlier this week in an Orange County park.

The attack, which was not reported immediately, happened at about 8:30 p.m. at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.

Details about the girl's injuries were not immediately available.

Anyone with information was asked to contact 916-508-7095.