100,000 killer bees attacked two park workers in Tampa, Florida on Wednesday. A lion attacked and killed a woman at the Cat Haven sanctuary in Fresno, California on Wednesday. On Tuesday in Rwanda, Africa, 600 farmers were compensated for damages to crops, life, and limb after animals strayed from Akagera National Park—these are a few snapshots of animal attacks around the world this week.
A 4-year-old lion by the name of Cous Cous killed a young intern, Dianna Hanson, at Project Survival’s Cat Haven in Fresno, California on Wednesday.
According to local publication the Fresno Bee, Hanson died on the scene, and Cous Cous was shot and killed by a Fresno Sherrif’s Office deputy who tried to save the young woman.
“Dianna really loved her six-month internship at Cat Haven,” wrote her father, Paul Hanson, in a note on Facebook, according to the Bee. “Dianna being Dianna, her favorites were the tiger and the lion, Cous Cous, who killed her today.”
Cous Cous was raised from a cub at the sanctuary. An investigation is being conducted to see whether safety protocols were followed in Hanson’s interaction with the lion Wednesday.
100,000 Killer Bees Attack
In Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday another attack, with less serious consequences, took place as two workers at Picnic Island Park disturbed a hive of “killer bees.”
The Africanized honey bees, commonly known as “killer bees” emerged from an old truck tire in a pile of trash the workers were moving with a front-end loader.
The approximately 100,000 bees stung Rodney Pugh and David Zeledon around 100 times each.
“It was like a thousand little knives poking me in my body,” Pugh, 41, told ABC Action News.
Stray Animals in Africa Leave Some Handicapped
For years, residents in the area surrounding Akagera National Park have been affected by stray animals.
Anastase Ngiruwonsanga is one of the many locals who have been attacked—a hippopotamus permanently injured his leg. He, along with about 600 other locals received government compensation on Tuesday for the damage done by the animals, according to an AllAfrica.com report.
Some others have been handicapped like Ngiruwonsanga, some have sustained crop damage.
Bernardin Ndashimye, the head of the government’s fund set up for this purpose, told All Africa that new park fencing will soon prevent more attacks.
Swan Euthanized After Dog Attack
Orlando, Florida’s Local 6 News reported on Wednesday that a dog owner in Lake Eola Park, Orland, let his daschund off the leash earlier this week to attack a swan.
A witness called police; he had taken a video of the incident on his phone.
The swan, which was it was euthanized due to its injuries, was valued at $500; police are looking for the dog owner and have yet to determine whether the act was intentional.
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