Strange animal behavior?

Gawan

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It does strike me a bit odd that animals do behave a bit strangely imo. First the escapes of snakes, then elephants attacking a safari tour or a man, plus several killings cause of animals (two in German in one week) and cow elephants trying to kill or killed their kids and one cried:

http://www.sott.net/article/266546-Baby-elephant-in-China-cant-stop-crying-after-being-stomped-by-mom

http://www.sott.net/article/264718-Large-snake-discovered-in-Leicester-garden-pond-UK

http://www.sott.net/article/265729-Escaped-snake-spotted-outside-home-in-Watford-UK

http://de.sott.net/article/11968-Fluchtiger-Elefant-erschlug-franzosischen-Mann-mit-Russel (escaped circus elephant knocks down french citizen with trunk)

http://de.sott.net/article/12031-Biss-ins-Genick-Tiger-totet-Pfleger-im-Zoo-von-Munster (Tiger kills animal husbandry in Munster, Germany)

http://de.sott.net/article/12027-Bulle-greift-Tierpfleger-an-und-totet-ihn (breeding bull kills animal husbandry in Germany)
 

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Not to mention the spooked baboons in Emmen zoo,
http://www.sott.net/article/264624-Spooked-baboons-baffle-Dutch-zoo-in-Emmen
And there were also couple of reports in Russian media about bears being spotted and shot in the middle of the city. Add to this an increasing number of mass animal deaths, and we may be witnessing how the ongoing changes affect the animal world.

Maybe some of them react to the EM radiation, or some other cosmic influences, earthquakes, outgassing, etc. And maybe there are other changes going on that cause animals to act in an unusual way. There are so many possibilities, including symbolic and paranormal ones. They are an integral part of this planet's ecosystem, so what ever is going on is being reflected in their behavior. Or, so it seems.
 

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Maybe some of them react to the EM radiation, or some other cosmic influences, earthquakes, outgassing, etc. And maybe there are other changes going on that cause animals to act in an unusual way. There are so many possibilities, including symbolic and paranormal ones. They are an integral part of this planet's ecosystem, so what ever is going on is being reflected in their behavior. Or, so it seems.

Perhaps the EM radiation, cosmic influences or other changes you mention are affecting certain genes or group dynamics in the animal kingdom? That's to say, parallel to the increased social unrest exhibited by humans, a similar type of manifestation taking place with animals?
 

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HORROR: Rat Attacks Boy Sleeping in Bed...

'Blood Everywhere'...

_http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Boy-Bitten-Rat-Sleeping-Brooklyn-Apartment-Bite-Marks-Blood-274982511.html said:
Monday, Sep 15, 2014 • Updated at 12:37 PM EDT

A Brooklyn mother says she and her 3-year-old son are still traumatized after she found the boy covered in bite marks and blood in his bed from what she believes was a rat attack.

"There was blood all over his pillow," said Marilyn Abreu, who lives in a Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment with her son.

The boy had open wounds across his face, neck and feet. Abreu believes he was bitten by a rat or several rats while he slept on Aug. 21.

"It wasn't no scratches, it was the actual teeth," she said.

What's worse, Abreu said, is her son is a special-needs child who rarely speaks and likely could not cry out for help.

"I"m right here in the next room, and I didn't hear nothing. That's what hurts me most," she said.

The boy, Nathaniel, was taken to two different hospitals, where doctors who examined him also believed he was bitten by rats, documents show.

The apartment sits above a closed subway entrance that has been infested with rats for years, according to Abreu, and she said they're now chewing through her walls.

She's complained about the vermin, and the building management company has brought in an exterminator, documents show, but the rats only gnaw their way through again, Abreu said.

Other neighbors in the building are fed up with the condition of the building, too.

"My cat killed one rat in front of my door," said one man. "It's ridiculous, I call Wavecrest all the time, but no one calls back."

Wavecrest Management did bring in an exterminator after Nathaniel was bitten, documents show, and pest remediation treatments can be seen in the kitchen.

Records from the 311 city hotline also show a complaint on Aug. 21 was resolved eight days later, but Abreu said she still hears rats in the walls and her son is now afraid to go to sleep.

"I'm scared," she said. "And my son, he doesn't want to sleep in his bed."

Abreu wants to maintain her rent-stabilized rate with the current building management company, and is on a mission to be relocated to another building.

Calls to Wavecrest were not returned Friday.
:(

(Another related thread: Changes in behaviour animals/pets)
 

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Another one today on sott : http://www.sott.net/article/285812-Hunt-on-for-man-eater-leopard-after-2-killed-in-Alirajpur-India

"Hunt on for man-eater leopard in Alirajpur - A man-eater leopard is on prowl in the area and this was second death due to its attack in a week. On September 3, a 12-year-old boy was killed along with his goat at a place located 8 km away from Chhoti Jwari village probably by the same leopard. In the last year six people have been killed in leopard attacks." :O
 

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Considering the recent articles on the strange behaviour of bears/coyotes and the like, i came across two articles today which may continue the theme of animals behaving strangely.

First is a surfer who has both arms bit off by a great white, the second is apparently 'rare footage' of sharks fighting each other.
Thursday 2 Oct 2014 3:16 pm


https://youtu.be/KB_Mqinu2iY?rel=0
Surfer loses both his arms in attack by great white sharkSean Pollard (Picture: facebook)

A 23-year-old man has lost part of both of his arms after being attacked by a shark.

Sean Pollard, of Bunbury, Australia, was bitten by the shark – believed to be a 4.5-metre great white – while surfing with his girlfriend in Wylie Bay, Esperance, according to reports.

A witness said he had lost one arm beneath the elbow and another below the wrist.

He also suffered lacerations to his legs, the witness said.

The beach was immediately closed.

A 4.5 metre long great white shark was later caught by WA fisheries and was expected to be killed once permission is given from the federal government.
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Malcolm Heasman, president for Esperance, said: ‘I don’t know if he was a holiday-maker or if he has been living in Esperance for some time.

‘There has been some increased (shark) activity out in Wylie Bay over several weeks.

‘I got a phone call from someone a fortnight ago … that there had been some increased shark activity.

‘There has been something ongoing there for a while, we don’t know what it is.’

A shark was spotted just days before the attack on September 21 at West Beach Dalyup near Esperance.

Mr Pollard’s family have been notified of the attack.

Shark Scrap
Great White Sharks In Epic Fight Caught On Video
The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza

Posted: 10/01/2014 12:10 am EDT Updated: 10/01/2014 12:59 am EDT

Youtube posted 30th September


https://youtu.be/MkWTVwJEQ7c?rel=0
It's a shark-eat-shark world out there.

A 16-foot-long great white shark was recently caught on video attacking another, smaller, great white in waters about 50 miles off the Australian shore, according to a clip posted on YouTube.

"The larger animal survived the encounter but the smaller shark has not been sighted since," the description reads.

“The day where the shark attacked the other was surreal. I asked the dive master and skipper of the boat what would happen if a smaller shark got in the way of a larger shark," shark watcher Adam Malski, who recorded the footage, told the Telegraph. "The skipper responded, 'The big shark would take the smaller one down.'"

Seconds later, they saw that very scenario unfold, and caught the whole thing on video.

The larger shark has been nicknamed Gilbert.

(h/t ITV)
 
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I've been noticing the crazy amount of strange animal behavior on sott lately. The wild animal attacks, the domestic animal attacks, etc. And it's very interesting, because as silly as it may sound, I had forgotten our neighbors even had a dog. Only knew it existed because I had seen it a few times in the past. And lately it's been barking a lot, especially during the night. It just barks randomly at times, sometimes a few nights in a row, then goes quiet for a few days, just to go back to barking. This probably sounds very far-fetched, but it just struck my mind as curious. Could it be that the dog has become aware of whatever is that is happening with the world? Or have I just become aware of the barking dog, due to the fact that I've been reading about it on sott lately? Either way, I thought it was interesting.
 

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SMM said:
Keit said:
Maybe some of them react to the EM radiation, or some other cosmic influences, earthquakes, outgassing, etc. And maybe there are other changes going on that cause animals to act in an unusual way. There are so many possibilities, including symbolic and paranormal ones. They are an integral part of this planet's ecosystem, so what ever is going on is being reflected in their behavior. Or, so it seems.

Perhaps the EM radiation, cosmic influences or other changes you mention are affecting certain genes or group dynamics in the animal kingdom? That's to say, parallel to the increased social unrest exhibited by humans, a similar type of manifestation taking place with animals?

Didn't realise there was a thread devoted to strange animal behaviour - and i did search! -so apologies for starting another. Anyway, i posted about sharks behaving badly here: http://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php/topic,36186.msg525874.html#msg525874 'First is a surfer who has both arms bit off by a great white, the second is apparently 'rare footage' of sharks fighting each other.'

What got me thinking, after Heimdallr posted: video from 3 weeks ago of a pack of orcas attacking a tiger shark, i thought about the pack animal that Orcas are and (from what i understand) Sharks being solitary predators, not unlike psychopaths. So is it symbolic that the main predator of the oceans is, as per the comments, behaving a tad more aggressive than usual? Comment from the shark attack was:
‘There has been some increased (shark) activity out in Wylie Bay over several weeks.

‘I got a phone call from someone a fortnight ago … that there had been some increased shark activity.

‘There has been something ongoing there for a while, we don’t know what it is
.’

I would expect this isn't the first time Orcas have had a tussle with a shark, and two sharks fighting is probably not too out of the ordinary. But i find the symbolism of them pushing the tiger shark away, as a team, and that the sharks are turning on each other and/or becoming more daring, as per the shark attacks, interesting.

So i can't be sure whether their is a correlation, and i'm hesitate to accuse sharks of being the psychopaths of the sea ;) but i thought i'd mention it.
 

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Rather than add this separately in the 'suggest an article' section, i figured it would be tidier to log them here:

Since the dog had only been with the owners for 24hours, we can't know it's training or background, but a husky? If it had been mistreated though, it wouldn't be so surprising. The images are faifly horrific so i'll only post one, the rest can be found on the page.



_http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2815616/Schoolgirl-12-left-horrific-scars-friend-s-new-dog-suddenly-attacked-tore-chunks-face.html


Scarred for life: Schoolgirl, 12, needed 50 stitches after friend's dog tore chunks out of her cheek while they watched telly together

Georgia Sigourney, 12, needed 50 stitches after her face was mauled by dog
She was sat watching X Factor at a friend's house when she nudged the dog
Siberian Husky then lunged at her face and tore at her cheeks and mouth
Her father Chris said she could have been killed or blinded in the attack
Police seized the dog which had only been with its new owners for 24 hours

By Jenny Awford for MailOnline

Published: 11:04, 31 October 2014 | Updated: 12:50, 31 October 2014



Georgia Sigourney, 12, has been left with horrific scars after her face was brutally mauled by a friend's new Siberian Husky

A 12-year-old girl has been left with horrific scars and narrowly avoided being blinded after her face was brutally mauled by a friend's new Siberian Husky.

Georgia Sigourney was lying on the floor at her friend's house watching X Factor when she accidentally nudged the dog, causing it to tear the flesh around her mouth and cheeks.

The schoolgirl ran screaming in tears with blood pouring down her face from the house in Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, after the animal attacked.

Her father Chris, 34, said: 'It's horrendous, I was absolutely devastated. She's very upset and scared of dogs now. She's really nervous.

'It's just started to sink in. She's a pretty girl and she's obviously worried how she's going to look.

'If it was just a bit lower down it could have killed her or if it was a bit higher up she could have been blinded.

'It is horrible to say but she is lucky to have it where it is. She really is lucky to be alive when you think about it.'

He said that Georgia was sitting on the floor with the dog asleep behind her.

She then stood up and nudged the dog, which suddenly flipped and clamped its jaw down on her face.

Mr Sigourney said: 'She screamed and screamed. Her friend just locked herself in the bathroom so she was alone with the dog.'

Georgia was rushed to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, where she was put on a drip and given 31 external stitches and 20 internally.

She is finding it difficult to eat because of the pain of opening her mouth and has to drink through a straw.
She was sat on the floor at her friend's home when she accidentally nudged the dog
It then lunged at her face and started to tear the flesh around her mouth and cheeks

She was sat on the floor at her friend's home when she accidentally nudged the dog, causing it to lunge at her face and tear the flesh around her mouth and cheeks


This is believed to be the dog that attacked Georgia. A member of her friend's family posted this picture of the Siberian Husky, saying: 'We got a new dog today, love her'

'It's ruined her life. This is going to haunt her for the rest of her life even if she was really brave at the time,' said Mr Sigourney.

'I want to say thank you to the doctors because they pretty much pieced her face back together.

Police have seized the dog which had only been been with its new owners for 24 hours.


Mr Sigourney said his daughter's friend had posted on Facebook that day saying 'this is our new dog Dakota'.

'But now they are claiming it's not their dog and have given it to police to destroy,' he added.

'They only live two minutes down the street. My daughter said she and her friend had been left alone in the house for two hours.'
Georgia's father Chris (left) said his daughter, pictured with her brother Callum, is lucky to be alive
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Georgia's father Chris (left) said his daughter, pictured with her brother Callum, is lucky to be alive

'We have two dogs of our own and Georgia knows how to behave around animals. She's never been involved in an incident before.

'We are just leaving the police to deal with it. I just want to warn other people to be careful. Do not leave your dogs alone with children because they can get hurt.'

A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Police said: 'The dog has been seized by police.

'We are awaiting advice from the dangerous dogs officer as to what should happen to it.'

The family who owned the dog refused to comment on the incident.

 

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Ok, so they're bugs, not animals. And the speculation is over whether these have been encouraged due to the bizarre weather patterns.

These Swarming Lady Bugs Take Over Towns to Residents' Dismay

PHOTO: Townspeople in Western Romania are in distress over the invasion of lady bugs that have swarmed their homes and streets.








Nov 7, 2014, 12:12 PM ET
By JOHN FISCHER via Good Morning America

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/swarming-lady-bugs-towns-residents-dismay/story?id=26759572


Townspeople in Western Romania are in distress over the invasion of lady bugs that have swarmed their homes and streets.
Courtesy Televiziunea Romana

A swarm of ladybugs in western Romania has grown into a full blown-invasion, and there's nothing cute about it.

Villagers throughout Arad County can be founding sweeping piles of the red insects from carpets and rugs with thousands more spread out across walls, floors, sinks and drains.

Experts there told Romania-Insider.com that the summer rainfall season may be the reason for the invasion.

John Losey, an associate professor for the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, says lush environments often attract many insects, including plant lice called aphids, which ladybugs prey on.

"A good year for plants is a good year for aphids and a good year for aphids is a good year for lady bugs," he told ABC News.

Lady bugs are often beneficial in communities, helping to protect crops by eating pests that ruin them and may be taking up spaces in homes where they can hibernate, Losey added.

"They're cued in more and more into how long the day is," he said. "As the days get shorter, they know winter is coming."

Losey is the director for the Lost Lady Bug project, an organization dedicated to protecting and preserving lady bug species. He says people can often get rid of lady bugs by vacuuming them up and disposing of them outside.

Mayor Mircea Jichici of Lipova, a town in Arad County, told Romania-Insider.com his town had never seen such a high number.

“The forest is close to the town and that’s where they come from,” he said.
 

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I'm not sure whether this is strange but i began following the story yesterday and this is the current version.

A dog owner of 23 years old had an 'epileptic 'fit', the dog attacked his face and neck and the man died on the scene.

Initially they said it was his dog, then his girlfriends, then his.

Other details which may be relevant are the type of breed - the reports state it wasn't a banned breed (thought to be violent), even so, thinking of how dogs work in a hierarchy and don't normally turn on their owners for no reason, especially when they're in such a vulnerable state, it seems odd. But since the story is still developing, there may be other factors which caused the dog to react, and maybe not.

Should there be any updates i'll post them here.

Victim of fatal dog attack named
http://www.lep.co.uk/news/victim-of-fatal-dog-attack-named-1-7652538
Liam Hewitson

By Brian Ellis
brian.ellis@jpress.co.uk
12:22Saturday 02 January 2016 19:02Friday 01 January 2016

Police investigating what caused a dog to kill its 22-year-old owner in Preston say the incident was a “tragic accident.”

The man, named today as Liam Hewitson, suffered serious injuries to his face and neck at a house in Dundonald Street yesterday and was pronounced dead at the scene despite attempts by paramedics to save him.



Officers were at the terraced property off New Hall Lane until late last night. And family, friends and neighbours laid floral tributes and lit candles in the street outside.

Police have revealed Liam was suffering from an epileptic fit when the dog attacked him.

His family have released a statement saying: “Liam was a happy lad who was always smiling and had lots of friends.

“He had a beautiful personality and he will be missed by his dad Phil, girlfriend Jess and sisters Melissa and Aleisha and brother Cordell.

“The family have asked to be given some privacy as they have been through a truly horrific experience and they are all still very much in shock.”

Ambulance staff called to the house at around 3.45pm on New Year’s Day after reports of a serious dog attack alerted police and the animal was taken away by handlers before being put down by a vet.

Officers have so far not identified what sort of dog it was, although friends on social media insisted the pet, named Tiger, was not a banned breed.

DI Jane Webb said last night: “This is a tragic incident in which a man has sadly died.

“Enquiries are ongoing to establish the exact circumstances and my thoughts very much remain with his family who are being supported by specially-trained officers at this time.”

But this afternoon a police spokesman said they were treating the incident as “a tragic accident and there is no criminal investigation. A file will be passed to the coroner in due course.”
 

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itellsya said:
Officers have so far not identified what sort of dog it was, although friends on social media insisted the pet, named Tiger, was not a banned breed.

For some reason the above made me think about what the C's said about some animals becoming possessed. Also reminded me about the Russian idiom: A ship will sail the way you name it.

Unfortunately, the chances are that the reason is probably rather prosaic, as the dog probably got really scared and attacked. Especially since the view of people in an epileptic fit can be really disturbing and maybe threatening to a dog.
 

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Keit said:
itellsya said:
Officers have so far not identified what sort of dog it was, although friends on social media insisted the pet, named Tiger, was not a banned breed.

For some reason the above made me think about what the C's said about some animals becoming possessed. Also reminded me about the Russian idiom: A ship will sail the way you name it.

Unfortunately, the chances are that the reason is probably rather prosaic, as the dog probably got really scared and attacked. Especially since the view of people in an epileptic fit can be really disturbing and maybe threatening to a dog.

I had thought that as a possibility but then considered that it wouldn't look so threatening to the dog since he probably wasn't lashing out at it directly - me thinking that he's convulsing - but then maybe it looked like that to the dog. Or perhaps he experienced spasms and did lash out without meaning to.

Taken as a whole, and like you say regarding the Russian idiom (and i quite agree), it may be that the dog was brought up to be rather 'protective'/aggressive, which wouldn't be out of sorts for the area (but i am making assumptions here) and in turn, when the situation became chaotic, the dog behaved in the only way it knew. As they say in the article, it could just be a tragedy and the fact that the dog killed him was because it may have been naturally strong, and also because the man could put up no defence at all.

Still find it odd that it could go so far but that's part of the reason i posted; I’m not experienced in any of the above. Thanks Keit.
 

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I stumbled upon the following news item today:

Tied in heat all day, angry camel severs owner’s head

Left in the heat with its legs tied all day, a camel attacked its owner and severed his head in anger in Rajasthan's Barmer district on Saturday. About 25 villagers struggled for 6 hours to calm the animal down.

Urjaram of Mangta village was entertaining guests at his house on Saturday night when he suddenly realised that his camel had been out in the heat all day with its legs tied. He was attacked when he tried to untie the annoyed animal.

"The animal lifted him by the neck and threw him on to the ground, chewed the body and severed the head," villager Thakara Ram said. Villagers revealed that the camel had attacked Urjaram in the past as well.

Areas in Rajasthan are witnessing some of the highest mercury levels in the country. Jawans patrolling the border with Pakistan, too, are facing a tough time dealing with camels in this heat. Recently, a camel attempted to get a jawan off its back while rushing to the shade.

Well, it seems like another example of animals fighting back. But then, this comment about "highest mercury levels in the country" was also interesting.

But then I took a look at other news items on the same site. Seems like unstable behavior (both animal and human) becomes a norm, at least in India. But probably elsewhere as well. High heat could contribute to it as well.

Man jumps into lions' cage for a handshake

Two staff at the lions' enclosure rushed to the rescue of the youth identified as Mukesh Kumar of Rajasthan. They pulled him out even as he was trying to go close to the lions to "kiss" them and shake hands with them. Mukesh was handed over to the Bahadurpura police who are questioning him.

A zoo official said Mukesh claimed to be a worker in the construction major Larsen and Toubro in Rajasthan. "His mental condition seems to be normal but, he told us that he wanted to shake hands with the lion," the official said.

Man climbs high tension electric pole in Firozabad, disrupts power supply in 3 UP districts

Power supply in three districts of Uttar Pradesh - Etawah, Etah and Mainpuri - was partially disrupted for almost six hours on Monday morning, when an allegedly frustrated man climbed an electric pole in Firozabad district, after his wife deserted him following a family dispute...

Sudhir Mishra, a local who was eyewitness of the event, said, "In the soaring 45 degree of hot temperature, the man demanded police search his wife or threatened to jump from the pole. When the electricity department cut the power supply of the high tension wire to ensure that he is not electrocuted, the man went up higher several feet, almost touching the wires."
 
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