Animal Attacks A Sign of Something More Ominous?
Have you heard of James Patterson’s Zoo? The CBS miniseries, based on Patterson’s novel of the same name, is a fictional account of what would happen if the world’s animal population decided to get rid of humans. Think of it as a wildlife version of Terminator. It’s an interesting, if not far-fetched, premise after an early summer filled with story after story of shark encounters along the US East Coast. But is it so far-fetched? Look at the news and you will see, daily, accounts of animal/human encounters that don’t end well for the people. I’m not saying this is some sort of coordinated, worldwide effort devised and executed by animals, but if you let your imagination run a little wild, it can seem eerie that so many people are reporting so much strange wildlife behavior. And while we might not be heading toward a total animal apocalypse, these recent stories sure make it seem possible.
Sturgeon jumps on boat, kills girl, 5, and injures two others
No need to say this is a tragic story. However, as bizarre as it seems, it is not an unfamiliar story. Sturgeon, for whatever reason, sometimes leap out of the water. Since these prehistoric fish are so large and festooned with such abrasive skin, they can be quite dangerous. The Suwannee River, where the incident took place, is infamous for jumping sturgeon. And people have known about jumping sturgeon since as far back as the 1700s. Wildlife officials said this is the first fatality recorded from a sturgeon strike on the Suwannee River, although several other people have been wounded by jumping sturgeon this year.
Dolphin Jumps In Boat, Breaking Woman’s Ankles And Leaving A Bloody Mess
Just like the first story, this is a tragic outcome on a day that was supposed to be filled with merriment. A family goes on a relaxing boat ride off Dana Point, California, and witness what thousands of other boaters have witnesses: dolphins racing in the boat’s wake. It’s magical to watch them glide effortlessly among the waves, seeing their swimming precision and skill. However, one wayward dolphin apparently lost his precision and accidentally leapt into the boat. Since the animal was so large (350 pounds) it caused a tremendous amount of damage, especially to the passengers.
River otter attacks, injures boy, grandmother
Though this happened last summer, stories of otter attacks seem to come in each year. Though they are rare, they happen. And when they happen, it can be quite gruesome. Otters, like many critters, are cute to look at, but when you get into their business, they can be savage. River otters like the ones in this story eat small fish, frogs, and turtles. Not people. So, whenever an otter attacks a person, it’s most likely because the person threatened the otter in some way.
Whale Sinks Sailboat Off Coast of Mexico
Imagine being alone on a sailboat 40 miles off the coast when you spot the telltale spout of mist jetting from the ocean’s surface like a geyser. Immediately you recognize it as a whale. You aren’t concerned since you know whales in this area aren’t aggressive. They are peaceful, benevolent beings who sometimes seek out human interaction. But this one seems to be seeking a little too much interaction. The giant mammal came too close to the boat, and a collision ensued. The result was nothing short of devastating. The craft immediately began taking on water and the boater had to bail like crazy just to stay afloat. Luckily, he was well prepared, and had an EPIRB on hand. The man was saved by the Coast Guard, but his boat was a loss.
While these incidents might not point to an all-out “Zoo” scenario, they are strange enough to merit a second look. No, animals are not conspiring to off the human race. But sometimes you have to ask yourself…what if?
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