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Aggressive Beavers in Belarus on the Attack, Death Toll: One Fisherman

A beaver in Belarus attacked a 60 year old fisherman when the man attempted to take a picture with the creature.  The angry beaver sliced open an artery, causing the man to bleed to death.

The rodents have become increasingly agressive when approached by humans. "The character of the wound was totally shocking for us medical professionals," recalled village doctor Leonty Sulim. "We had never run into anything like this before."

The Belarus emergency services said they have received a "rash of reports of aggression by beavers" who can weigh up to 65 pounds and stand 3 feet high. 

The victim, who is unnamed as a courtesy to his family, tried to grab the animal when he spotted it along the side of the road. As he tried to grab the beaver, "it bit him several times. One of the bites hit a major artery in the leg."

The fisherman is the only known person to die from a beaver attack.


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