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Argentina: Carnivorous Fish Attck Tourists

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Tourists enjoying a sunny Christmas holiday on the Parana River near Rosario experienced a horrible surprise when a swarm of carnivorous fish attacked 70 swimmers, including a young child who had part of her finger amputated. The palometas fish, a relative of the piranha, sometimes bites swimmers but an event of this magnitude is extremely [read more]

Kenya: Wildebeest Migration Early this Season

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

A drought in Tanzania has caused the annual wildebeest migration from the Serengeti to Maasai Mara to happen early this season, with thousands of the animals currently returning to Kenya. This leg of the 1,800-mile migration wasn’t expected until April. Tourists are beginning to arrive at lodges and camps near the Maasai Mara Game Reserve [read more]

Nepal: Tourist Bit by Asian Pit Viper

Date: October 11th, 2013 | No Comments

Hospitals in Nepal were not prepared when an Australian tourist was bitten by an Asian pit viper in Pokhara Sept. 27. Because the hospitals do not stock the anti-venom needed to remedy this kind of serious infection, the woman was flown to Brisbane, where she received treatment a week after her bite and recovered. Although [read more]

Tanzania: American Killed By Elephant in Tarangire National Park

Date: September 12th, 2013 | No Comments

An American tourist was killed by an elephant in Tarangire National Park Aug. 31. The man was walking through the park to watch wild game with two companions when they came upon a herd of about 50 elephants. As they turned to run to safety, the man slipped and was trampled. Travelers visiting game parks [read more]

Cayman Islands: Wild Stingrays are Adapting to Tourists’ Handouts

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Feeding the wild sting rays has become a popular attraction on Grand Cayman, and not just with tourists. A recent study of the free-swimming rays at “Stingray City,” a cluster of shallow sandbars on the island’s north side, showed that most of the rays in the area had reversed their natural, nocturnal feeding behaviors to [read more]

Australia: Government Warns of Wild Dingoes at Fraser Island

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

The Queensland Department of National Parks issued a safety alert for Fraser Island, citing the presence of young dingoes, Australia’s wild dogs. The department said that because juvenile dingoes are learning pack rules and often show aggression, they will try to dominate people visiting their habitat, especially children. The alert also noted that as the [read more]

Thailand: Large Crocodile Sighting Near Phuket

Date: November 8th, 2013 | No Comments

Tourists were warned to stay off of beaches near Phuket after the sighting of a large crocodile just offshore. The crocodile, which may have come from a nearby marsh, is reportedly over nine feet long and was first spotted near the southern end of Mai Khao Beach Nov. 4. Rescue workers attempted to approach the [read more]

Zimbabwe: Five Infected With Rabies in Buhera

Date: October 3rd, 2013 | No Comments

Five people were treated for rabies in the Buhera District of Zimbabwe after being bitten by a rabid hyena. Some believe that an increase in hyena attacks is a result of diminishing food sources for the carnivorous animals. The animals then attack humans because of hunger. Separately, another four people died from rabies earlier this [read more]

Brazil: Rio’s Main Lagoon Overflows With Dead Fish

Date: March 19th, 2013 | No Comments

Heavy rains and rotting algae depleted the water-oxygen levels in Rio de Janeiro’s Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon, filling the 2016 Olympic rowing venue—and site of countless postcard pictures—with thousands of dead, decomposing fish. During a two-day emergency cleanup process, workers hauled more than 71 tons of dead fish out of the lagoon, which is located [read more]

Zimbabwe: Man-Eating Lions Haunt Kariba

Date: March 13th, 2013 | No Comments

The northern resort town of Kariba has been on “man-eater watch” since two people were killed by lions in the same week. Kariba is a tourist destination known for safari camps and water-based activities such as houseboating and fishing excursions. All of the lion sightings occurred in the poorer and more populated suburbs of [read more]

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