A Deadly Beaver

When tragedy becomes the stuff of legend:

In a rare incident, a beaver bit a man to death in Belarus as he was attempting to take the animal’s photograph.

Randy Suarez, 2010The victim was on a fishing trip with two friends when he stopped to snap a photo of a nearby beaver, according to Sky News. The beaver attacked the man, biting him on the thigh and severing an important artery, causing him to bleed to death.

The man, whose name was not given, reached medics 30 minutes after the attack, but was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to Russian news agency RIA Novosti, citing local media reports.

Sergei Shilinchuk, deputy head of the environmental protection committee for the city of Brest, told The Telegraph that he had never heard of a beaver killing a man before in the region.

“People have lost fingers – that’s the worst I’ve come across,” Shilinchuk said. “The beaver is not normally aggressive, but it does have big teeth and immensely powerful jaws; it can cut down a tree three feet wide.”

The obvious downside is that someone is dead. Beyond that, though, it’s not all bad news ….

• Lots of puns about dangerous beavers.

• The unfortunate beaver enthusiast has transcended mere humanity to become a minor legend.

• Unlike the eel dude in China, when you die in an absurdly ridiculous manner, you’re not around to hear your friends mock you at the pub.

Still, despite the great human temptation of indecency toward the dead, condolences all around. One would imagine that “death by beaver” is not nearly so funny as it is actually happening.

Image credit: Randy Suarez, 2010.