10 Deadly Animal Attacks on Humans

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Kali River Attacks

Killer: Goonch Catfish

The goonch catfish is a member of the bagarius genus of catfishes. The goonch is known for its incredible size, measuring among the largest fish species in the world. In April of 1998, a 17-year-old boy named Dil Bahada was killed while swimming in the Kali River of Nepal. The boy was violently taken underwater in front of his girlfriend and several eyewitnesses. A massive search for the teenager was undertaken, but his body was never found. Three months after the incident, another young boy was killed in the river by an unknown sea monster. No similar cases were reported for a long period of time, until 2007 when people began to disappear once again. It started when 18-year-old Atal Kumar was killed while swimming with friends in the deep waters of the river. The string of attacks intrigued British biologist Jeremy Wade, who volunteered to capture the perpetrator. He was interested because all of the deaths occurred along a 4-5 mile span of river. This area is also well known for its funeral pyres on the river banks.

It has been suggested that the goonch catfish has developed a taste for human flesh after feasting on the burnt human remains discarded from the pyres. Domestic water buffalo in the area have also been victims of the catfish. All three species of crocodile that live along the Kali River have been dismissed as the culprit. Jeremy Wade conducted a series of underwater investigations in the area and discovered several human-sized goonch catfish. The events at Kali River were featured on the Animal Planet show River Monsters, in which the host caught a record breaking 6 ft goonch. The creature weighed 75.5 kg (166 lbs). The captured fish was three-times larger than the average goonch. However, the specimen is not the largest fish living in the Kali River. In order to inflict the damage that has been witnessed, the suspect must be several hundred pounds. It remains unclear why the mutant goonch catfish are growing so large in this area of the world, but the disposal of human bodies into the river may be playing a factor.



Azaria Chamberlain Disappearance

Killer: Australian Dingo

The Australian Dingo is an ancient, free roaming, primitive canine unique to the continent of Australia. The animals have long been a danger to livestock, but the dingo has also been reported to attack and kill humans. The dingo is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia. The most infamous case surrounding a dingo attack occurred in 1980, when a 9-week-year-old baby girl named Azaria Chamberlain was killed in Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia. Following the girl’s disappearance, her mother immediately contacted the police and claimed that “a dingo stole her baby.” The event soon became one of the largest stories in Australian media history. Initially, the authorities believed that Azarla had been killed by a dingo, but the prosecutors were not convinced, so they had her parents, Lindy and Michael Chamberlain charged with the crime. Using evidence based on ultraviolet photographs, Dr. James Cameron of the London Hospital Medical College developed a series of strange findings. He testified in court that the small girl’s wounds showed that her throat was cut by a knife. Cameron also detected an imprint of a small adults hand on the baby’s jumpsuit and claimed foul play.

Using this evidence, Lindy Chamberlain was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. During the trial, Lindy Chamberlain was adamant that Azaria was wearing a matinée jacket over her jumpsuit at the time of her disappearance. In 1986, an English tourist named David Brett fell to his death near Ayers Rock. Upon the recovery of Brett’s body, the police discovered Azaria’s missing jacket, which was located in an area full of dingo lairs. The NT Chief Minister immediately ordered the release of Lindy and Michael Chamberlain and the case was closed. Azaria Chamberlain is the most famous occurrence of a child being killed by a dingo, but similar cases have surfaced over the years. In 2001 and 2007, a small child was taken and killed by a dingo on Fraser Island, which is located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia. For the most part, dingoes are timid creatures and keep their distance from humans. It seems that domestic dog attacks are much more prevalent. Dogs, primarily pit bulls, have killed around 30 people in the United States during 2010.



Kenton Joel Carnegie

Killer: Wolves

The gray wolf is the largest wild member of the Canidae family. The animals have a controversial past and the widespread destruction of the creature’s habitat have made them endangered in many areas of the world. Much of the destruction has stemmed from the animal’s reputation, which includes hunting livestock and even killing humans. Gray wolves are typically the apex predators throughout their range, with only humans and tigers posing significant threats to them. In history, many outbreaks of deadly wolf attacks have been recorded. This includes the deadly wolves of Paris, who killed 40 people in the winter of 1450. The wolves of Ashta were a pack of 6 man-eating Indian wolves that killed 17 children in the Sehore district of the Madhya Pradesh between the last quarters of 1985 to January 1986. The Wolves of Hazaribagh were a pack of five man-eating Indian wolves that killed 13 children aged 4 to 10 between February and August of 1981. The Wolves of Turku were a trio of man-eating wolves that killed 22 children in Turku, Finland between 1880 and 1881.

Kenton Joel Carnegie was a Canadian geological engineering student that was killed by a pack of wolves on November 8, 2005. At the time of his death, Carnegie was hiking alone in the Points North Landing section of Saskatchewan, Canada. Specifically, near Points North camp, 35 miles northwest of Wollaston Lake. The events surrounding Kenton’s death are controversial. It was initially reported by the Canadian media that Carnegie was the victim of a black bear attack. However, large amounts of evidence pointed to wolves and a judicial inquest conducted by the Provincial Government of Saskatchwan ruled that wolves were at fault. People close to the case have accused the Canadian government of hiding specifics and facts surrounding Carnegie’s death in order to protect the reputation of wolves. In this area of Saskatchewan, wolves and black bears are known to act aggressively towards people. In the last ten years alone, hundreds of reported attacks have occurred in this area of Canada. It is a strange occurrence, as black bears are not known for human attacks. The investigation on Carnegie's death lasted two years, and provoked intense debate on wildlife management and the role of garbage disposal in the habitats of wild animals.



Taylor Mitchell

The Killer: Coyote

The coyote is a species of canine found in North and Central America. There are currently 19 recognized subspecies of coyote, with 16 living in Canada, Mexico and the United States, and 3 in Central America. Unlike the wolf, the coyote's range has expanded in the wake of human civilization. The animals are regularly seen by people and reproduce in metropolitan areas. Genetically speaking, a coyote is a mixture of canine, wolf, and a small amount of domestic dog. The animals are extremely timid and nonaggressive, rarely approaching humans. The main defining feature between a wolf and a coyote is their size. Coyotes are much smaller than wolves. The largest coyote on record weighed only 74¾ pounds (33.7 kg). During pursuit, a coyote may reach speeds up to 43 mph (69 km/h) and can jump a distance of over 4 m (13 ft).

Coyote attacks on humans are uncommon and rarely cause serious injuries. There are only two recorded fatalities in North America from coyote attacks. In 1981, a coyote attacked a toddler named Kelly Keen in Glendale, California. The girl was rescued by her father, but died in surgery due to blood loss and a broken neck. The only human adult to be killed by a coyote is a woman named Taylor Mitchell. Taylor was viciously attacked and killed by two coyotes in October of 2009. She was a Canadian folk singer who was on tour in the area of Nova Scotia, Canada when she was killed. On October 27, 2009 Mitchell was hiking alone during the afternoon on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park. During her hike, Taylor was attacked by two coyotes. Sadly, she was not rescued until two hikers came across the scene and managed to scare the animals away.

An officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police later shot a coyote in the park, although the body was never discovered. This fact has caused certain people to accuse the police of suppressing information around the incident. Recent studies have shown that the large northeastern coyotes responsible for the mauling of Taylor Mitchell may in fact have been a coyote-wolf hybrid (coywolves). However, other scientists have noted that there are currently no wolves in Nova Scotia or New Brunswick. People have also claimed that the deadly coyotes were rabid, but if this was true, an autopsy report would have revealed the information. The incident was the first fatal attack by coyotes since they were introduced on Cape Breton Island in the 1970s and the second in recorded history.



Death in the Olympic National Park

The Killer: North American Mountain Goat

The mountain goat is a large-hoofed mammal found only in North America. Despite the name, the species is not a true member of the goat genus. It resides at high elevations and is a great climber, often resting on rocky cliffs that predators cannot reach. The mountain goat is very competitive and protective of their space and food sources. The animals have been known to battle with each other for dominance. They use their sharp horns to inflict damage upon each other, often times leading to deaths within the herd. However, in the past the species has been harmless to humans. The mountain goat rarely attends to human presence and usually keeps at a distance. The only recorded death caused by a mountain goat occurred in October of 2010, when a 63-year-old man named Robert Boardman was gored to death while eating lunch in the Olympic National Park.

The Olympic National Park is located along the Olympic Peninsula in the US state of Washington. The attack occurred at a recreational site approximately 5,000 feet into the park. The area of the incident is full of picnic tables and small hiking trails. According to the reports, a large mountain goat approached Robert Boardman and his friends while they were eating lunch. The people were initially excited at what they witnessed. However, the goat soon started to display aggressive movements towards the group, so Boardman told his wife and friends to return to the car.

At that point, the goat charged Boardman and repeatedly gored him in the high thigh area. The animal then stood guard over the man as he bled to death. People in the area were eventually able to get the mountain goat a small distance away from Boardman by throwing rocks and yelling. After the initial attack, Robert Boardman was seriously injured and 40 minutes away from the Port Angeles hospital. For this reason, the Coast Guard was called in, which arrived by helicopter and first tried to administer electric shock to Boardman, but sadly he was already dead when they arrived. Rangers immediately found and killed the animal, which will be studied by a veterinary pathologist. The deadly attack is the first reported human death caused by a mountain goat in history.


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Image Sources

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  • - Battle of Ramree Island: http://www.bestourism.com/img/items/big/1118/4117.jpg
  • - 2010 Surf Beach Incident: http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01212/great-white-shark_1212549c.jpg
  • - Leopard of Rudraprayag: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9c/Corbett4.jpg/200px-Corbett4.jpg
  • - San Francisco Zoo Attack: http://aposterisk.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2007/12/tiger-attack.jpg
  • - Soda Butte Campground Attack: http://www.travelooce.com/pics/bear_attacks_tent.jpg
  • - Kali River Attacks: http://forums.mycotopia.net/attachments/polls/174591d1276636578-goonch-not-goonch-mutant-fish.jpg
  • - Azaria Chamberlain Disappearance: http://en.academic.ru/pictures/enwiki/76/Lindy-and-Azaria-on-Rock.jpg
  • - Kenton Joel Carnegie: http://api.ning.com/files/UhfthIQMc4R*oMyDuEtErJhBgvAzEI9ty54DXRuCWXE_/angry_wolf.jpg
  • - Taylor Mitchell: http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/assets_c/2010/01/Angry%20coyote%20from%20exzooberance-thumb-222x148.jpg
  • - Death in the Olympic National Park: http://www.fireflower.ca/images/content/mountain_goat.jpg