"He is a fisherman and he used to meet so often at the same spot with his girlfriend who is now deceased. The unidentified man was naked since it was hot. His girlfriend, Sharai, was a vendor and the two were romping when the incident occurred. In fact, they were 'doing it' sideways. The lion came from behind and roared. The guy managed to escape before stopping at a distant where he witnessed his companion being attacked. He later rushed to the road seeking for help", said another highly placed source.
Conor Dary wrote:I wouldn't call this a good candidate for this thread. More like bad luck and something similar to a bear attack here.
Well, it seems like maybe she did choose a boyfriend who opted to run away and leave her with the lion, so maybe this qualifies a little if this story is true.... The fact that the story states that they were doing it sideways, and that she was also known as Mai Desire, makes me wonder if it's legit though...
Sadly this reminds me a little of that old joke we've all heard about the two hikers, with one commenting about the other's decision to wear running shoes in case they encounter a bear... "Ha! You dope. There's no way you can outrun a bear even with those shoes"........"I don't have to outrun the bear.... I only have to outrun you."
I'm sorry for this man's family and friends, but I guess he might qualify, and especially since his actions resulted in rangers shooting 4 crocodiles in the wild because one of them did what crocodiles do.
DrJay wrote:BTW, great story on Nile crocs on 60 Minutes last night.
I saw that story too. What I found interessting is that crocodiles only attack near the surface of the water, and the only time the divers were in danger is getting out of and into the boat. I was amazed at how little interest the crocodiles had in the divers once they were submerged and how close the divers were able to get to them.
Great descriptions and stories about the northern shores of Australia in a book, The Dreamtime Voyage, by Paul Caffyn, who sea kayaked around the continent in just under a year (about 10,000 mile) in 1981-82. He mentioned crocs, saw croc warning signs, but I don't think he encountered a live one. Sharks, sea snakes, a cyclone, and other adventures. There were three stretches of coast where sea cliffs extended far enough that he had to paddle for over 24 hours before he could take out. I think 120 miles was the longest.
I read many articles about this tragedy when it happened last year, in part because I visited this zoo quite a few times while I was growing up in the Pittsburgh area.
Although the mother was obviously negligent in lifting the little boy up to try to give him a better view (since his eyesight was poor), and in not holding him tightly enough when he lurched forward, I think the zoo also deserves some of the responsibility for not taking ample precautions for safety in the viewing area above the African wild dog enclosure. A railing higher than 42 inches may have been more appropriate, or maybe fencing in the upper portion of the front of the viewing platform to prevent falls, as was done on the sides of the platform.
The zoo was evidently woefully unprepared to handle an emergency like this as well, as was evidenced by the time it took to find help, and the inability of zoo staff to stop the dogs from attacking the child.
DrJay wrote:Winners of the Mixed Doubles Darwin Award.
What state of inebriation allows you to be so impaired that you can make that decision, but not enough so to make coitus physically impossible? I would think one would already have to be unconscious from alcohol poisoning before getting that stupid.
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