A southern Chinese city is on the alert for piranhas after

Two people were attacked in a river by piranhas in a southern Chinese city. Now the city is offering a 1,000 yuan (103 pounds) reward for every fish caught, dead or alive, state media reported on Thursday.

The government of Guangxi region’s Liuzhou is asking people to hunt the alien South American species, which badly bit two people earlier in the week who were paddling in the Liujiang River, the China Daily said.

“Fishing with nets is not allowed in the section of the river that flows through the city, but we have made an exemption. Five fishing boats with experienced fishermen have been deployed on the river since Monday,” Liuzhou official Wei Yongwen told the newspaper.

“In addition, more than 40 other fishermen from the local fishing association have joined us as well. They all use small pieces of pork as bait.”

Other people have taken up position along the river’s banks with rods, it added.

“It’s horrible to know that the river has such fish. I will not swim there anymore,” resident Liu Junjie was quoted as saying. “I’ll pray they catch them soon.”

However, their days may be numbered anyway, as piranhas die when the water temperature drops below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), as it will do in Guangxi over the winter, the China Daily added.

Chinese media has said the piranhas may have been released by people who had bought them as ornamental fish, and that authorities are now stepping up patrols of markets to ensure no more are sold.

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Raccoons have struck back after being harassed by a dog.

A woman from Washington state says that she was attacked and bitten by raccoons after her dog chased several of the animals up a tree.

Michaela Lee had just finished jogging in Lakewood’s Fort Steilacoom Park on Monday when her dog got loose.

When she went to grab the dog’s leash, several other raccoons started to scratch her legs and chased her for about 75 feet.

They then knocked her down and bit her.

Neighbor Michael Parks says that he heard Lee screaming and saw her on the ground. He called 911.

Two other neighbors also went to help.

Lee says her American dingo dog began barking and helped drive the raccoons off.

The 28-year-old Lee was treated for about 16 puncture wounds and had numerous scratches.

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Olympic National Forest officials have closed a popular Washington trail due to hikers’ reports of menacing mountain goats, according to reports.

Stephanie Neil, recreation manager for the Hood Canal Ranger District of Olympic National Forest, told the Peninsula Daily News that in the last two weeks rangers had received a number of reports of goats coming within 10 feet of hikers on Mount Ellinor.

“Nobody has been hurt by the goats. But a number of people have felt threatened,” Neil told Peninsula Daily News.

Olympic National Forest wildlife biologist Kurt Aluzas told the paper that mountain goats are powerful but for the most part are not aggressive. It is possible that the threatening goats may have been protecting their young, Aluzas said.

Goat attacks in Olympic National Forest are rare, though there have been a couple of attacks and a few close encounters in the past few years.

In October 2010, an aggressive goat killed a Port Angeles man. That goat was killed by a ranger.

It was the first fatal animal attack in the history of Olympic National Park, which was established in 1938.

Violating the no-go goat order could reportedly bring a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.


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Have you ever seen humans and monkeys together inside hospital wards?

Probably not. But in the emergency ward of the government medical college in Jammu, Kashmir, a monkey occupied one of the beds scaring away patients.

The imminent threat of an infection also kept the patients away from the hospital. But the monkey remained undeterred.

“I came to show my child, but you can see the situation. It looks less like a hospital for humans and more for animals. The monkey is on the next bed and four-five dogs are roaming outside, the hospital looks like a zoo,” said a patient.

“Nobody from administration is around, dogs and monkeys are everywhere. My relative got fruits for the patient, but the monkey snatched it,” said a patient’s relative.

The incident shocked the state’s Chief Minister too.

“I am shocked by the images of the monkey in a Jammu hospital. Before I say anything I owe it to my Minister to first ask him to explain,” Omar Abdullah said on Tuesday.

The monkey may have sneaked in to avoid the heat, but it slept in the hospital for more than three hours before it was taken away.

Also, at the door of the emergency ward was a pack of dogs, literally making the corridors of the hospital their home.

The state already has a bad reputation when it comes to healthcare, and an incident like this is likely to dent its image further.

Just a couple of months back, the shameful death of infants in this Srinagar hospital hit the headlines.

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Canada Post has suspended mail delivery to a neighborhood because birds are dive-bombing the letter carrier.

The postal service delivered a notice Tuesday to about 30 residents of Ralph Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba, explaining that mail delivery has been suspended due to crows dive-bombing the neighborhood’s letter carrier.

“Due to the ongoing safety concern caused by the aggressive crows attacking your letter carrier, all mail delivery is temporarily suspended until Canada Post and the city of Winnipeg can determine a solution,” the notice read.

Canada Post said the residents can pick up their mail from the depot.

Resident Len Chapko said the birds in question are nesting in a tree in front of his house and have been attacking him when he goes outside.

“He come so close, he raised the hair on the back of my head. So I looked up and the neighbours are laughing because he came after me!” Chapko said.

Manitoba Conservation said the birds may have become aggressive to protect their young, which are likely hear the point when they leave the nest and learn how to fly.

The agency said the period can last anywhere from a day to about a week, or longer if the young birds are injured.

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More than 70 Thai novice monks have been admitted to three hospitals after they were stung by bees at Chedi Luang Worawiharn in Chiang Mai’s Muang district.

Large swarms of bees from several hives attacked the novice monks who were sweeping the grounds of the temple.

Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn, the temple abbot, said 76 novice monks were stung and rushed to three hospitals in central Chiang Mai.

Fifty three monks were admitted to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital.

Nineteen of them were in serious condition, said hospital director Dr Naren Chotirosnimitr. Another 23 monks were treated at the Chang Phuek Hospital and Rhuampath Chiangmai Hospital.

Dr Naren said of those in serious condition, six arrived at the hospital in a coma. Their blood pressure had dropped dangerously low.

The director said 34 monks treated for minor injuries at Maharaj hospital were later discharged. The doctors will visit them at the temple to follow up on their condition.

Dr Naren said bee attacks could be fatal if patients sustain multiple stings and are allergic to them.

Patients typically experience nausea and difficulty breathing and develop a rash. In serious cases, their blood pressure drops sharply.

Phra Ratcha Jetiyajarn said he had no idea what provoked the bees to attack. The monks were carrying out their routine clean-up of the temple ground and had had no problem with the bees before.

Despite the attack, the temple will keep the bee hives and will warn outsiders and tourists visiting the temple to stay well away from them, he said.

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