Beaver Kills Man in Belarus After Biting Leg Artery

By Alex Johnston, Epoch Times
April 11, 2013 Updated: April 11, 2013

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.”