Animals Attacking People And Other Unnatural Stuff
By James Donahue
There was a strange story from North Platte, Nebraska, about two stray cats that entered a home through
an open door and attacked two women and a young boy without provocation.
Animal Control Officer John Pettit said he was forced to shot the animals with a tranquilizer gun
before removing them to a veterinarian's office for rabies testing. He said the animals, both domestic cats, bit and scratched
the two women on the legs and attacked the boy on the face.
The youth was bitten on his forehead, nose, left ear and right cheek, authorities said. All three
victims were taken to Great Plains Regional Medical Center for medical treatment.
This is not the first assault by a domestic cat to make the news in recent weeks. It seems that a
house cat in Hailey, Idaho, went on a rampage and attacked its elderly female owner, sending her to the hospital for treatment
of more than 20 bite wounds. Authorities said it was not the first time the cat had turned on the woman.
There have been other disturbing reports of animals and nature all over the world behaving strangely.
It is as if Mother Nature has had enough of the human race and is beginning to turn her forces on us.
In Calcutta, India, a farmer thought stray dogs or jackals were killing his chickens after the birds
began disappearing. Then he discovered one of the calves from his herd was killing and eating the chickens. He has actually
filmed the animal eating a chicken alive. The local veterinarian said he could not explain it. "I've never read or heard about
cows turning carnivorous," he said. When the cow gets full size, will he turn on its owner?
We heard about a hail storm that damaged the NASA shuttle and setting back a planned mission this
month to the International Space Station. Hail storms are becoming more common, some with massive size chunks of ice that
are causing a lot of damage. In Scott City, Missouri, a storm packing hail stones measuring up to three-inches in diameter
smashed out windows, dented cars and house siding and made a lot of noise as it pounded rooftops.
Swarms of a species of giant hornets from China have now settled in France, apparently via a shipment
of merchandise sometime in about 2004, and are spreading across the area. The hornets, which grow to just under two inches
long and have wing spans of about three inches, are known for their painful stings and they attack and kill honey bees. The
fear is that the insects will spread throughout Europe and the UK unchecked.
The warming seas, sparked by the warming of the planet, have caused an increase in the number of jellyfish
along coastlines where people like to swim. Jellyfish are known for their visious stings so their presence is wrecking some
of the best beaches. But now thousands of deadly giant jellyfish are invading the waters off the central coast of Japan. Fishermen
say the massive things are getting caught in their nets and keeping the fish away. A sting from one of these monsters can
be deadly. The poison causes a build-up of fluid in the lungs with the victim dying within 24 hours of an attack.
And finally we will mention the Asian carp, an invading fish that can grow up to four feet in length,
weigh over 100 pounds, and leap up to eight feet out of the water and right into a fisherman's boat. This creature is in the
Mississippi River, destroying natural fish populations there, and migrating northward toward the Great Lakes at a speed of
about fifty miles a year. The concern is that it could enter Lake Michigan through the Illinois River and the Chicago Ship
Canal and eventually destroy the natural ecosystem of the Great Lakes. The carp were imported from China by southern U.S.
fish farmers in the early 1970s, and they escaped into the Mississippi.