Beaver Kills Man in Belarus After Biting Leg Artery


Beaver kills man: A Belarus man who tried to take a photo of a beaver was killed when it lunged at him and bit his leg.

The fisherman saw the beaver when he was fishing with friends at Lake Shestakov but when he went in close to take a photograph, the rodent bit him on the leg, according to Russian state-run RIA Novosti.

The beaver’s bite severed an artery in his thigh and he and his friends could not stop the blood from rushing out.

The man was sent to a local hospital around a half-hour after the beaver attack but he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to RIA.

“It was early morning and already light when they saw a beaver by the road, which was unusual because beavers are nocturnal,” said Sergei Shtyk, a regional wildlife deputy, told the Daily Telegraph. “One of them went up to be photographed with it, and the animal attacked him and bit him twice, cutting an artery in his thigh, before running away.”

The man’s name was not released but authorities said he was 60 years old, according to RIA.

Experts have said that beaver attacks are generally rare, saying the rodents usually attack when rabid. Beavers have extremely powerful bites and can handily use their teeth to cut down trees and sever tree limbs.

Earlier this week, a video was posted of a man in Russia running away from a beaver who was running after him.

And last year, a scout leader was bit in the chest by a beaver in the Delaware River and survived.

“I couldn’t believe it. I thought it might be a giant carp but never a beaver,” Normand Brousseau, 51, told the New York Daily News at the time. “It was like a horror movie.”

Category: World Europe


  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.kavany Thomas Kavany

    I’m for the beaver. bite me.

  • steve

    This is what happens when you try to shoot a beaver!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.farrell.5439 Mike Farrell

    I knew that beaver could get a man in trouble!

  • http://www.facebook.com/roberta.finlay Roberta Finlay

    The beaver thought he was paparazzi and launched at him. Maybe it was Justin ‘Beaver’(bad joke) sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1278693734 Jeff Henager

    I had an argument with a friend many years ago that felt it would be EASY to kill a deer by just dropping on it from a tree. I informed him that they can break your leg with a kick, let alone a buck with antlers goring you. Some people are slow on the uptake. One time a friend and I came across a possum at dusk, and we briefly considered trying to catch it. It bared some of the biggest fangs I had ever seen and hissed so loudly, we never did figure out how they got the reputation for laying down and playing dead. It scared the pants off us.

  • observiate

    hilarious.

  • brux

    poor guy


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