Sporting toxic saliva and shark-like razor sharp teeth, the Komodo dragon is one fierce predator. But they rarely attack humans. Which is why the recent fatal Komodo dragon attack on a fruit picker is big news. It's also why we've decided to cover a few other attacks by rare animals. Or rare attacks involving animals. Or just weird encounters with animals.
1. Paris Hilton Attacked
Perhaps striking a blow for vanity animals everywhere, Baby Luv, Paris Hilton's illegal pet kinkajou, bit the heiress and "star," resulting in a trip to the emergency room for Paris and expulsion from the Hilton way of life for Baby Luv. A kinkajou is a rainforest mammal that is related to raccoons and looks a bit like the illicit love child of a ferret and a monkey. While they rarely attack humans, Baby Luv evidently made an exception for Paris. It wasn't the first time Baby Luv showed Paris no love: A year before, Baby scratched Paris's face whilst the two were out shopping together.
2. Lamb vs. Eagle
Weird things happen in Scotland, it's true. According to a recently released report on the wildlife of the Outer Hebrides, the island chain off the west coast of Scotland, a lamb was seen head-butting a golden eagle. How exactly a lamb could head-butt an eagle is unclear, but evidently
the lamb spotted the eagle flying low over a rabbit and, in a show of solidarity with its fellow Easter creatures, attacked the eagle.
No word on what happened next or if both made it out of the scrap unscathed.
3. Bambi on a Rampage
When one thinks of aggressive animals, deer, which tend to be frightened by loud noises, do not typically come to mind. But don't be fooled "“ these timid, docile creatures can be vicious, especially when armed with spike-like antlers and sharp hooves. In November of last year, an Annapolis, Maryland man suffered puncture wounds to his groin, chest and leg after an enraged buck attacked him outside his home. He survived and lived to tell a really weird story "“ but in November 2006, a 43-year-old man was killed by a buck he had raised as a pet in Ellenburg, NY.
4. When Nearly Fictional Animals Attack
Ligers, according to Napoleon Dynamite, may be bred for their skills in magic, but they're still fearsome predators. A 32-year-old animal handler died after he was attacked by Rocky, a 1000-pound lion-tiger hybrid, at an animal sanctuary in Oklahoma on Oct. 30, 2008; the handler had allegedly entered the animal's cage while it was feeding, breaking the a cardinal rule of caring for and interacting with large predators.
5. A Bobcat Walks into a Bar"¦
It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but for the patrons of the Chaparral Bar in Cottonwood, Arizona, it was surreal "“ and painful. According to police, the bobcat wandered into the bar on Main Street at around 11 p.m. on March 23, acting aggressively. As the patrons jumped up on barstools and tabletops to escape the big cat, it attacked two men and a woman. Police cornered the cat in the parking lot outside and shot it. In parts of the American Southwest, bobcats have become suburban and rural pests, adapting their behavior to humans with surprising success. Attacks on humans are relatively rare "“ bobcats aren't terribly large creatures and prefer to hunt rabbits, rodents, squirrels and fish. Because of its brazen attack, the bobcat's body was being tested for rabies, police told local news outlets.