While men and animals can both live in a relative peace as long as they never meet; still, accidents do happen and these can result in horrible animal attacks. These attacks can be triggered by a number of factors including the fact that men love to mess with dangerous wildlife, or the attack can be driven by the animal’s hunger. Whatever the reasons, here are the worst animal attacks ever and their repercussions.
10. The Sankebetsu Brown Bear Incident
The worst bear attack in Japanese history occurred between December 9 and 14, 1915, when a large brown bear woke up from hibernation and repeatedly attack several houses in the areas of Rokusensawa, Tomamae, Sankebetsu,Hokkaido and Rumoi in Japan. These attacks had killed seven settlers in these areas.
9. The Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin
This Australian wildlife expert was known for his television series, ’The Crocodile Hunter,’ which was broadcasted internationally and co-hosted by his wife, Terri. However, he died on September 4, 2006 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming his underwater documentary film entitled ‘Ocean’s Deadliest’ at Batt Reef, a part of the Great Barrier Reef.
8. Richard Root
A prominent doctor and a clinical trial teacher, he moved to Botswana on February 25, 2006 to help alleviate Africa’s shortage of doctors and nurses. While on a wildlife tour of the Limpopo River, he was in the lead dugout canoe when a 13-foot crocodile followed him and tipped his canoe over. The crocodile leapt out of the water, grabbed him by his neck and shoulders, pulled him under, and drowned him; where only parts of his body were found a few days later.
7. Allen Campbell
A zookeeper and elephant trainer from his hometown in Jacksonville, he was influenced by circus trainer Rex Williams as his life’s ambition was to have a circus elephant act. He eventually became an elephant trainer for The Hawthorne Corporation but was crushed to his death on August 20, 1994 at the Neal Blaisdell in Honolulu, Hawaii after attempting to save his co-worker Dallas Beck from the performing elephant named ‘Tyke,’ who had run amok.
6. Kelly Keen Coyote Attack
One of the two known coyote attacks that proved fatal, this occurred in August 1981 in Glendale, California where three-year-old Kelly Keen was left by her mother in the living room to watch cartoons. However, Kelly left through the front door where she encountered a coyote, which took her in its mouth and ran off. His father run and chased the coyote and rushed Kelly to a nearby hospital where she underwent four hours of surgery before dying.
5. Sharm el-Sheikh Shark Attacks
A series of shark attacks on swimmers of the Red Sea resort in Egypt occurred between December 1 and 5, 2010. On December 1, three Russians and one Ukrainian were seriously injured within minutes of each other, while a woman was killed on December 5. These victims were attacked while wading or snorkeling near the shoreline, and was considered as ‘unprecedented’ by shark experts.
4. Tiger Attacks at the San Francisco Zoo
These two attacks occurred on December 22, 2006 and December 25, 2007, involving a 243-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana. The first attack happened during a public feeding where Tatiana clawed and bit veteran zookeeper Lori Komejan’s arm pulling her between the cage bars and resulted in severe injury in her right arm. The second attack occurred when Tatiana escaped from her enclosure where she killed one patron, Carlos Eduardo Sousa Jr. and injured two brothers.
3. Chimp Eden Attack
The Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden is a 1,000 ha game reserve and sanctuary for rescued chimpanzees in Mpumalanga, South Africa. However, on June 29, 2012, Andrew F. Oberle who was studying chimpanzee behavior was attacked by two of the animals. He was stabilized after undergoing six hours of surgery where he lost his left arm, ears, and all of his toes after entering the inner area between the two fence walls, an off-limits area, where he was dragged under while being electrified.
2. Tsavo Man-Eaters
A pair of notorious man-eating lions, they were responsible for 135 deaths of the construction workers on the Kenya-Uganda Railway from March to December 1898.. As they set up other traps and plans of ambush, the first lion killed measures nine feet and eight inches from nose to tip of tail and it took eight men carry the carcass to the base camp.
1. Diane Alexis Whipple
A lacrosse player and coach, she became a victim of fatal dog attacks in San Francisco on January 26, 2001 by two Presa Canario dogs owned by neighbors living in the same apartment building. While the 140-pounds Bane was being taken to the rooftop, which was one flight of stairs, Bane attacked Whipple on the hallway as she was coming in from a trip to the grocery store. Whipple sustained 77 wounds with her scalp and feet escaping harm, but she died later on due to blood loss from multiple traumatic injuries.