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Lightning strikes kill boy, 4 cows in Cambodia

A police officer visits the paddy field where three cows were killed by lightning in Muk Pen village, Muk Pen commune, Puok district in Siem Reap province.
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A police officer visits the paddy field where three cows were killed by lightning in Muk Pen village, Muk Pen commune, Puok district in Siem Reap province.
A torrential downpour accompanied by lightning killed a boy and injured four others in three different locations of Puok district in Siem Reap province on Sunday.

Four cows grazing in a field also perished when lightning struck three villages in Puok district at around 3.30pm on Sunday.

Tep Pomsen, Puok district police chief, said on Monday that the deceased and the four injured men were ploughing and seeding a paddy field in Muk Pen village in Puok district when the tragic incident happened.

The deceased was identified as Penh Vannchara, 13, while the injured were identified as Keo Rotha, 17, Vath Mithona, 33, Pich Sambath, 41, and Han Hay, 19. All of them belong to the same village except Rocha, all were severely injured.

Comment: Elsewhere lightning killed a fisherman in the Philippines on June 6.


Two humpback whales found dead off coast of New York

Two dead humpback whales were found off the coasts of New York and New Jersey.
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Two dead humpback whales were found off the coasts of New York and New Jersey.
Two humpback whales were found dead off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, according to local officials.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the presence of the two whales in a Wednesday Facebook post. One whale was off Wainscott, New York, and the other in Raritan Bay, New Jersey, the agency said.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and Marine Mammal Stranding Center performed necropsies on both whales, according to a Friday update from NOAA.


Chile says recent mass seabird death of 3,500 Guanay cormorants not due to avian flu

Early tests indicate that the recent mass death of thousands of seabirds along Chile's northern coast were not caused by avian flu, authorities said Friday.

Some 3,500 Guanay cormorants -- once known as the "billion dollar bird" for their connection to the European fertilizer industry -- have been found dead since May 26 near the coastal port of Coquimbo, according to Chile's Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG).

Workers in biohazard suits collected hundreds of the dead cormorants, with their distinctive black-and-white coloration, along beaches in sight of restaurants and hotels.

Initial tests on the dead birds did not reveal presence of avian flu, which has wracked other parts of Chile, Jorge Mautz, regional director of the service, told AFP.

Comment: Earlier report from May 28: Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Chilean beach


Boy, 4, dies after being mauled by pit bulls while out playing in Chihuahua, Mexico

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A 4-year-old boy died after being attacked by three pit bulls in Mexico.

The attack occurred last Friday evening at the family home in the municipality of Temósachic, in Chihuahua state, the El Heraldo de Chihuahua newspaper reported.

The boy suffered injuries to various parts of his body and reportedly died before arriving at a local hospital.

Most dogs never bite or kill humans. But research conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association, meanwhile, estimates that around 1 in 5 dog bites will require medical attention.


Two arrested after pensioner dies in dog attack in Bedworth, UK

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A woman in her 70s has died after being attacked by a dog.

The pensioner died in Kathleen Avenue, Bedworth, Warwickshire, following the attack at about 15:50 BST on Friday, police say.

A man, 52, and a woman, 49, have been arrested on suspicion of owning a banned breed of dog and having a dog dangerously out of control.

The dog has been seized and poses no ongoing risk to the community, Warwickshire Police said.


Man killed in wild boar attack in Kerala, India

A 61-year-old man died when he was attacked by a wild boar in the front yard of his house here on Saturday, police said.

Rajeevan, a resident of Varavoor, was attacked by the animal around 4:30 pm while he was busy doing household chores, they said.

"He was immediately shifted to the hospital but could not be saved," a police official told PTI.

The incident comes days after three people were killed in separate gaur attacks in Kottayam and Kollam districts.

Source: PTI

Comment: Three persons killed in two separate gaur (bison) attacks in Kerala, India


Bear attacks police on the roof of a Chinese village barn

In a shocking incident in a Chinese village, a bear attacked police officers on the roof of a barn. The terrifying encounter was captured on video and has garnered widespread attention.

The footage shows the officers attempting to escape from the bear as it charged at them on the rooftop. While there are unconfirmed reports of a person being attacked by the bear, further investigation is needed to verify these claims.

The incident highlights the delicate balance between humans and wildlife, prompting authorities to look into measures for coexistence and wildlife conservation. The affected individuals are receiving support, and efforts are being made to raise awareness about human-animal conflicts.


Stray dogs kill 3-year-old boy in Gujarat, India

Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

Representative Image Image Credit: ANI
A 3-year-old boy playing near an agricultural field was mauled to death by a pack of dogs in Gujarat's Amreli district, police said on Wednesday.

The incident took place on the outskirts of Damnagar village of Lathi taluka on Tuesday afternoon when victim Ronak Rathva's parents and other family members, all farm labourers, were working in an agricultural field owned by one Madhubhai Sidpara, an official said.

The child was playing alone in the vicinity, said assistant sub-inspector K R Sankhat of Damnagar police station.


Hundreds of dead birds wash up on Chilean beach

It is unclear what caused the deaths of the approximately 200 birds that washed up along Changa Beach in northern Chile's Coquimbo province.

Local authorities have sent samples of the birds to a laboratory in Santiago to determine whether they died of a massive bird flu contagion.

Authorities have warned locals not to collect the dead birds so as to avoid possible infection of bird flu.


Second deadly shark attack this year recorded in New Caledonia

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A 42-year-old man killed by a shark while spearfishing in New Caledonia has brought renewed attention to a spate of shark attacks gripping the French Pacific territory.

The incident marks the fourth shark attack, and the second fatal one, in the French territory this year, just months after Australian tourist Chris Davis died after being bitten by a shark while swimming at a popular Noumea beach.

Authorities are puzzled by the growing number of attacks but have responded by introducing strict measures, including a ban on swimming at the beach in Noumea, and an extensive shark culling campaign.

Comment: Details of the attack in February: Shark attack kills tourist at crowded beach in New Caledonia