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July 2, 2009 | Associated Press
A pet Burmese python measuring more than 8 feet long broke out of a terrarium and strangled a 2-year-old girl in her bedroom Wednesday, authorities said. Shaiunna Hare was dead when paramedics arrived about 10 a.m., Lt. Bobby Caruthers of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office said.
May 30, 2009 | Associated Press
The San Francisco Zoo has settled a lawsuit with two brothers who survived the tiger attack on Christmas Day 2007 that killed their friend. The zoo issued a statement saying it was thankful the lawsuit with Kulbir and Amirtpal "Paul" Dhaliwal had been settled. The brothers survived an attack by an escaped Siberian tiger. Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, was killed. Sousa's parents also reached a settlement with the zoo. Details of both lawsuits remain secret.
May 22, 2009 | Ruben Vives
A swarm of bees attacked an elderly woman who was walking near a high school in Santa Ana and then stung two men who stopped to help her, officials said Thursday. The unidentified woman was walking near Foothill High School at Foothill Boulevard and Old Foothill Road about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday when she was stung 30 to 50 times by the swarm. She was taken to Western Medical Center for treatment. Two men who witnessed the attack were also stung after they ran to help her, said Capt.
March 25, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Two Komodo dragons mauled a fruit picker to death in eastern Indonesia, the latest in a string of attacks on humans by the world's largest lizard species. Police said the 31-year-old man was attacked on Komodo, one of four islands where the reptile is found in the wild, minutes after he fell out of a tree.
February 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A 200-pound pet chimpanzee mauled a woman visiting its owner and cornered a police officer in his cruiser before he shot and killed it, authorities said. Stamford Police Capt. Richard Conklin said the injured woman was hospitalized in "very serious" condition. He said she suffered "a tremendous loss of blood" from serious facial injuries. Her identity was not immediately released. The chimpanzee's owner and two officers also were hurt, though the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
February 3, 2009 | Bloomberg News
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg got more than a forecast of winter's end on Groundhog Day. When Staten Island groundhog Charles G. Hogg stepped out of his hut-like cage in pursuit of his shadow Monday, he appeared to become so frustrated with Bloomberg's teasing him with corn on the cob that he bit the mayor's hand. At a City Hall news conference later, the mayor quipped that "security concerns" forced him to place "a limit to what I can say." The groundhog attacked him about 7:20 a.m.
October 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
A 70-year-old woman was injured and three dogs are dead after a swarm of bees terrorized a Palm Beach County neighborhood. Authorities say crews removed 50 pounds of honeycomb from the side of a home after the attack. The bees swarmed Nancy Hill and her two dogs. Hill was treated at a hospital, but the dogs died. The bees also attacked two other dogs in the neighborhood. One died and the other was injured. Lab tests should determine whether the bees were Africanized bees, also known as killer bees.
October 9, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
A coyote bit a woman jogging near the Griffith Park carousel, leading park officials to repeat their warning that people feeding animals in the area could prompt such attacks. The 25-year-old woman, who was not identified, was bitten at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday near the merry-go-round, which is on the park's eastern edge near the tennis courts and just south of the golf course. Even though the bite was described as a small puncture wound, a park ranger advised the woman to seek medical treatment.
September 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The family of a young girl is suing Disneyland, saying she was mauled by a dog at the park's petting zoo in 2006 when she was 2 years old. The suit filed Tuesday in Orange County Superior Court says the dog, a German shepherd-Labrador retriever mix, attacked Lena Dickerson on Oct. 3, 2006, biting her several times on the face and leaving her permanently scarred. A Disneyland employee adopted the 6-year-old dog named Hemmingway from the Orange County Animal Shelter and brought it to the theme park two weeks before the attack.
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