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May 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A 400-pound gorilla escaped from his enclosure and ran amok in a Rotterdam zoo, biting a woman, dragging her around and causing panic among dozens of visitors, officials said. The Diergaarde Blijdorp zoo was evacuated and the 11-year-old gorilla, Bokito, was eventually contained in a restaurant within the park, police spokeswoman Yvette de Rave said. Four people were injured, including the bitten woman, zoo director Ton Dorrestijn said. Bokito was sedated with a dart, a spokeswoman said.
May 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A crocodile dragged a 5-year-old boy into a river in western Mexico, and the boy's body was found about 200 yards away two days later, authorities said. Kevin Tapia Alatorre was standing with his parents on the banks of the Tomatlan River, about 50 miles south of Puerto Vallarta, when the 9-foot reptile grabbed him Tuesday, said Roberto Cortes, director of public safety for the town of Tomatlan. The animal fled after police shot at it, he said.
April 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A zoo worker had his forearm reattached after his colleagues recovered the severed limb from the mouth of a Nile crocodile. The crocodile severed Chang Po-yu's forearm at the Shou Shan Zoo in Kaohsiung when the veterinarian tried to retrieve a tranquilizer dart from the reptile's hide, zoo officials said. The 17-year-old reptile is one of a pair of Nile crocodiles kept by the zoo. Officials said the zoo got the reptile from an area resident, who had kept it as a pet.
February 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An Alsatian police dog named Edge cornered a robbery suspect in Napier, New Zealand, but the man wasn't going without a fight: He bit the dog. Predictably, the dog responded in kind. "He bit the dog first," Det. Sgt. John McGregor said. "The dog did win the fight." The man and a fellow suspect were charged with aggravated robbery of a grocery store.
February 2, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's top female paraglider was attacked by a pair of eagles 8,200 feet above ground in Australia. Nicky Moss, 38, watched, terrified, as the birds began tearing into her parachute canopy. One of them became tangled in her lines and started clawing at her head. "I heard screeching behind me.... They launched a sustained attack on my glider, tearing at the wing," she said.
January 29, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Northern California hiker attacked by a mountain lion last week was airlifted Sunday to a San Francisco hospital, where he was expected to undergo more surgery. A spokesman for Mad River Community Hospital in Arcata, Calif., said doctors wanted to send Jim Hamm, 70, to a major research hospital in San Francisco after they performed emergency surgery on his scalp and downgraded his condition from fair to serious.
January 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
An abalone diver was being treated for severe cuts to his head, torso and left arm after using a chisel to fend off a 10-foot shark. A shark expert said the animal, believed to be a great white, probably mistook the diver for a seal. A witness said the shark grabbed Eric Nerhus, 41, by the head, crushing his face mask and breaking his nose, before coming back for a second bite that engulfed his head and torso. Nerhus said he clubbed at the shark's head and eyes with an abalone chisel.
December 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A 13-foot boa constrictor wrapped itself around its owner's neck and killed the man in his Cincinnati home, authorities said. An acquaintance found Ted Dres, 48, inside the snake's cage and called police. Officers and an animal protection group had to remove the snake, which was still strangling Dres.
December 11, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A surfer survived a great white shark attack Sunday with just a few scratches after being pulled underwater along with his surfboard northwest of San Francisco, authorities said. Royce Frailey, 43, of Guerneville, Calif., felt a surge of water beneath him and the sting of a bite as the shark pierced his board and dragged him 15 feet below the surface, rescue officials said.
November 30, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 33-year-old trainer at SeaWorld was hospitalized after a killer whale dragged him to the bottom of the Shamu pool during a show Wednesday. Other SeaWorld employees rescued the trainer, whose injuries were described by officials as not life-threatening.
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