Woman Mauled by Pack of Raccoons
LAKELAND, Florida- A 74-year-old woman was hospitalized after being mauled by a pack of raccoons she tried to shoo from her yard. Gretchen Whitted fell when five raccoons surrounded and attacked, suffering extensive cuts from her neck to her legs. "We're not talking about a lot of little bites here," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. "She was filleted." Fire crews flooded nearby drains where some of the animals escaped, but none turned up. Animal Control officers hope to catch them in traps baited with wet cat food and sardines, which they usually prefer to 74-year-old women.
Male Bear Kills Female Bear at Zoo
BERLIN, Germany- Officials at a German zoo say that a male brown bear attacked and killed a female bear in front of horrified onlookers. Christopher Langner, director of the zoo, said they're still trying to determine why the male, named Balou, attacked the female, Klara. Zoo keepers note, other than being male and female, the only difference between the two bears behaviorally was that Klara seemed to like humans.
Did Alien Visitors Bring Their Pets
CERRO AZUL, Panama- At a waterfall near the town of Cerro Azul a group of teens were playing when a large hairless mystery creature shuffled out from a cave behind the waterfall. The creature approached the boys who began throwing rocks at the monster. When it stopped moving the boys threw it in the ocean and ran to tell authorities. Experts are not sure what the animal may be but some wondered aloud, if Earth has been visited by aliens, could they have brought their pets and did one run away and hide in a cave.
Drunken Man Hurls Jellyfish at Teens
PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida- An intoxicated man was arrested in Florida after pretending to drown and then throw jellyfish at innocent teenagers who swam near to save him. Keith Marriott, 41, had been drinking on the beach for several hours, then went into the ocean, dunked himself, mimicking drowning according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's report. That's when the jellyfish started flying. The drunken man, who cops later found was hiding a pocketknife in his shorts, and had a pre-existing wound, began tossing the sea creatures at teenagers who were swimming nearby. Police officers said, "A drunk guy with an open wound and a concealed knife faked his own drowning and then flung live jellyfish at teenagers. Believe it or not, this happens all the time. But the jellyfish somehow didn't sting the guy who grabbed them. Maybe the jellyfish hate teens like everyone else."
Fish Nearly Drown Tourist
MARY CAY, Grand Turks- If you think swimming through schools of tiny tropical fish is going to make for a great vacation photo you may want to consider what happened to Les Elias. "After three went in my nose I reflexively opened my mouth but then five more rushed in there, like they were waiting. I nearly choked to death." His wife Bonnie snapped a picture right before the attack.