Monday, February 29, 2016

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Dog Owner's Horror As Pack Of Staffordshire Bull Terrier Tore Into His Pets And Bit Into Their Flesh; Elephant Kills Mahout At Trekking Camp In Thailand; And Great White Shark Repeatedly Attempts To Bite Fishing Boat Off New Zealand's Coast! [VIDEO]

Rubble the dog recovers at home with owner Steven. Dominic Salter

February 29, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of animal attacks on humans.

Dog owner's horror as pack of Staffordshire Bull Terrier tore into his pets and bit into their flesh

A dog owner has described the horrific moment a pack of Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s ripped into his two pets.

Steven Troy, from Stalybridge , was walking his elderly dogs Jess, 14, and Rubble, 13, at Cheetham Park on Wednesday, February 24.

Five other dogs approached on no leads and began attacking Steven’s pets, biting into their flesh.

The dogs, a mixture of Staffies and Lurcher-Staffie cross breeds, also badly bit Steven as he got on his hands and knees to protect his pets.

Steven said the dog’s owner did nothing to stop the attack and only responded by claiming he did not have a lead.

Jess, a cross breed, was left with a quarter of her neck taken off and deep wounds across her body.

Collie dog Rubble recently underwent surgery to have her stomach stitched up and also has bite marks across her body.

Steven, a business owner, reported the attack to Greater Manchester Police.

He told the M.E.N he believes the animals were bred to be ‘fighter dogs’ as they were aiming for the pooches necks.

Steven, 47, said: “All I want if for my dogs to well again. The fact that this guy breeds these dogs for specific reason is beyond me. I am an animal lover I can’t understand it.

“They entice these dogs to go and kill other animals, it is beyond belief.”

He added: “The vets have said Rubble will make a good recovery, Jess’ wounds are so serious they can’t do anything until the infection starts to go down she is very swollen up around her stomach and neck.

Rubble the dog recovers at home. Dominic Salter

“I never even thought about myself. I thought my dogs are going to get killed.

“There were two Staffies and three lurcher cross Staffies ripping my dogs to shreds. It was horrendous. I was on my hands and knees fighting them.

“When they tore the piece from her Jess’ neck they were running off with it fighting to try and get it out of each others mouths.”

A spokesman for GMP said: “The five dogs attacked the victim’s animals and the victim threw himself to the ground in a bid to protect them.

“In the process, he received a number of bite injuries to his hands and face, while his dogs also suffered significant injuries.

“The owner of the offending dogs got control of his animals and led them away. A 23-year-old man has subsequently come forward as the owner of the offending dogs and is speaking to police.

“The investigation is on-going.”

Steven’s family have since set up an online fundraising page to help Steven pay for the vets bills which are expected to cost £4,500. - Manchester Evening News.

Elephant kills mahout at trekking camp in Thailand

Killer Elephant: Twelve-year-old bull elephant Plai Sridor Nakorn remains chained up after killing his mahout in a fit of rage.© Kritsada Mueanhawong
An enraged bull elephant stomped his mahout to death at a trekking camp in Ao Nang on Saturday.

The 12-year-old male elephant named 'Plai Sridor Nakorn' was in musth - an annual period of heightened testosterone levels - and had been chained up after becoming highly aggressive.

The animal killed Anantamek Thongtae, 21, when the mahout attempted to unchain him.

"According to witnesses, the elephant grabbed Mr Anantamek with his trunk, threw him to the ground and then repeatedly stomped on him," said Lt Col Noppadol Mukda of the Krabi City Police.

The elephant had been chained up for about five days; a sign was put up warning visitors not to approach the aggressive pachyderm.

"We felt sorry for him, and he appeared to have calmed down, so Mr Anantamek and I decided to give him a bath," said fellow mahout Prasert Raksakij, 22. "I got on the elephant's back while Anantamek unchained his front leg - this is when he attacked."

Mr Anantamek was pronounced dead on arrival at Krabi Hospital.

The elephant was still chained up when officers arrived on the scene.

"He was still in musth and wouldn't let anyone near him, said Col Noppadol.

A mahout was similarly trampled to death at an elephant camp in Phuket in 2014 (story here).

Plai Srido Nakorn will remain chained up until musth passes. He will then be allowed to return to work, said Col Noppadol. - Phuket Gazette.

Great white shark repeatedly attempts to bite fishing boat off New Zealand's coast

A group of fishermen off the coast of New Zealand captured video of a hungry great white shark repeatedly trying to bite different parts of their boat.

The video, posted to YouTube by Hamish Clarke, shows the shark swimming around the boat and putting its mouth on different parks of the vessel while the astonished humans look on and film it with their phones.

WATCH: Great white shark bite fishing boat off New Zealand's coast.

"It then hit its nose on the boat which made its attitude become more aggressive," the filmer wrote online. "Eventually it then left."

The video, filmed Feb. 20 near Frenchman Island, involved the same boat and crew seen in an earlier released video showing one of the passengers reaching down to pet a passing shark on the same day. - UPI.

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