I like a catchy title to once in a while, but in all seriousness, there have been several news stories lately that should be of concern. The latest
involves rabid foxes in Stanhope, NJ. The foxes in this community are apparently attacking and chasing people and pets. Officials gathered up five
foxes, and of those five, four of them tested positive for rabies, which they say is "highly unusual."
The rabies-infected animals were among five foxes destroyed by police and tested after they had charged two police officers and people walking
their dogs in the vicinity of Lake Musconetcong.
A woman and her dog were also bitten and she is now undergoing treatment for her injuries. The dog was already vaccinated so officials said that the
dog only has to be quarantined for 45 days rather than 6 months.
The police are saying that in Stanhope they will destroy any animal right now that exhibits signs of disease and are telling residents to get their
"Unusual" outbreak hits
New Jersey town
Stanhope police destroyed a fox on Monday after it was “chasing people around” at a park near Lake Musconetcong, Police Chief Steven
Also from the story above;
residents should notify police if they see an animal exhibiting the following behaviors:
• Overly aggressive
• Not afraid of people
• Infrequent movement
• It falls over while standing or walking
• It walks or runs in circles
Sounds like zombies to me. There was a recent thread here at ATS about pigeons in Moscow that were frightening people because they were acting like
And then there was this story about angry beavers on the attack in Belarus, which resulted in the death of a fisherman.
The Belarusian emergency services said that this year, for the first time, they have received a rash of reports of aggression by beavers,
which can weigh up to 30 kilograms (about 65 pounds) and stand about a meter (three feet) high. Officials have responded to some calls by sending out
crews to drive away the animals, often by spraying them with water from a fire-hose.
Granted, this guy was an idiot, as the story goes on to say that he wanted his picture taken with the beaver and he even went so far as to try and
grab the beaver, but, the fact remains that beavers are "angry" and attacks are on the rise.
dies as increasingly aggressive beavers attack people in Belarus
There were five bear attacks in three days last month in the US. All nature officials are saying that they are surprised by the unusual amount of bear
attacks. Yosemite National Park reports that bear attacks are up 64% from last year at the park.
Bear attacks on the rise
The story concludes by saying that the majority of those five attacks are from normally passive black bears.
Also, from a story in my neck of the woods, the first known attack by a wolf on a human in Minnesota history occurred near Duluth August 28. A wolf
attacking a human is so rare that there have only been two other cases in recent decades, one in northern Canada and the other in Alaska.
Minnesota teen suffers from
Despite a 4-inch gash on his scalp, 17 staples to close the wound and "the worst pain of his life," Graham didn't seem fazed Monday by his
encounter, nor the needle that delivered a rabies shot following the attack.
"I had to reach behind me and jerk my head out of its mouth," Graham recalled. "After I got up, I was kicking at it and screaming at it and it
wouldn't leave. But then after a while I got it to run away."
They did track down a wolf near this campground where the teen was sleeping and they are testing to see if the wolf had rabies.
Shark attacks are also on the rise. A story from Hawaii reports that there is an alarming rise in shark attacks.
Tourist dies from shark as
attacks rise in Hawaii
And just three days ago these article in Florida
Two shark attacks in shallow waters in Florida
As many of you know, I've been preaching to the anti-choir (or whistling in the wind) about the methane gases that are threatening our planet and one
of the theories I proposed is that we are seeing an increase in drug-resistant bacteria and mutating viruses due to the methane. These strange animal
attacks and behaviors may be the cause, as well as the animal die-offs due to viruses we continue to hear about. I will be writing another thread
about that soon, as the animal die-offs are continuing at an alarming rate.
Here is my thread about the dangerous gas in relation to the bacteria and viruses.
Basically, here is a quick summary:
First, you may be asking yourself how diseases and pandemics have anything to do with dangerous gases and atmospheric heating. It’s simple really.
There are various types of microbes that eat methane. They live deep underground and they live 30,000 feet into the air. Basically, they are
everywhere and they feed off methane hydrates.
The theory goes something like this. The more methane increases it becomes a feeding frenzy for the microbes. What happens when these microbes have
more than enough to eat? They multiply. As methane release increases, there is naturally going to be a rapid increase in the microbes that feed.
Through the evolution of bacteria over millions of years you can expect that other species of bacteria can also experience growth. As one species of
bacteria rapidly increases, others will follow. I propose in this theory that as the microbes continuously feed on the increased methane hydrates,
other bacteria are following the lead, thus, literally thousands of species of bacteria and viruses are experiencing phenomenal growth all over the
Keep in mind, I wrote this thread back on Feb. 12 of this year. There have been many more bacteria and viral outbreak headlines since.
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