78-year-old Ingrid Cardozo from Florida was snapping some pictures of ibises at Arlington Park, Sarasota, when out of no where, she was attacked by a large muscovy duck.

“I wasn’t bothering him, I wasn’t feeding him, I wasn’t doing anything to him,” Cardozo said. “He raked my legs until I was a bloody mess.”

Cardozo managed to call for help on her cell phone. She can be heard on the 911 tape saying: “I was attacked by a duck! I am bleeding like a stuck pig on both of my legs.”

When paramedics arrived, they treated her for her wounds.

Since then, she has gone to her doctor and continues to wear a large bandage on her left leg. Other wounds remain visible.

“I could not walk for two days. It was just too painful,” Cardozo said.

Wildlife experts say male muscovy ducks can be very mean.

“Muscovy’s can weigh up to twenty pounds. When they are angry, they will bite and scratch you with their claws,” said Damen Hurd with Wildlife Incorporated.

Hurd says this attack likely happened because muscovies are very territorial.

“They will attack other animals, in addition to humans, who are around their pond,” Hurd said.

As for Cardozo, she is sharing her story so no one, especially children, have to go through what she did.

“It was very traumatic,” she said. “If a small child were to bend down to pet the duck or something, the duck could scratch their eye out.”

Sarasota County officials have learned of the attack, and are drafting signs to be placed in the park. They will make visitors aware of how aggressive muscovies can be.

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83-year-old Lillian Peterson is recovering in hospital after she was attacked repeatedly by a rabid beaver while she was swimming in a Washington lake.

Peterson was knocked off her feet as she got out of Lake Barcroft on Tuesday evening and turned round to see the two-foot animal biting her leg.

She and a friend repeatedly hit the beaver using canoe paddles, a walking stick and their bare hands but it refused to let go of her leg.

Ms Peterson even tried to gouge the animal in its eyes with her stick in a desperate attempt to fend it off.

She told the newspaper: “It bit me so bad. I started kicking it with my other leg, but I wasn’t sure what I would do.”

She was left with severe bites on her left leg, hands and bite marks all over her arms and legs.

A former colleague who was giving a fishing lesson at the lake came to her rescue, but the animal had to be beaten three times with a canoe paddle before it could finally be captured in a net.

Animal control officers destroyed the beaver after arriving at the scene. Fairfax police said it tested positive for rabies.

Ms Peterson is recovering at Inova Fairfax Hospital and has received injections for rabies.

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Guinness World Records, based in London, said the world’s shortest man and the world’s shortest woman met for the first time for a photo shoot.

Guinness said that 21.5-inch-tall Chandra Bahadur Dangi, 72, of Nepal and 24.7-inch-tall Jyoti Amge, 18, of India met for the first time, which also marked the first time in history the holders of the shortest human records have met, to shoot promotional photos for “Guinness World Records 2013,” the 57th edition of the record book.

“It was an extraordinary moment. They’re both such incredible individuals. Everyone knew this was a special moment. The atmosphere was magical,” Marco Frigatti, an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who took part in the photo shoot, said in a release.

Guinness said Amge will visit Britain on Sept. 13 to take part in festivities for the release of the 2013 record book.

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A UK pensioner is calling for a new law on dangerous cats after she claims a terrifying attack has left her housebound.

Nora Scott, aged 80, from Tunstall, Staffordshire, says that a neighbour’s cat has been plaguing her for over a year. She was left scratched and bruised after the cat attacked her in her garden on July 8.

She said: “I am terrified of this cat. It clawed my face and I had to go to the hospital and get antibiotics. I have spoken to the police, but they say there is nothing they can do. I think there should be a new law, because they have one for dangerous dogs.”

Nora, who has lived at her house for 26 years, is now unwilling to go out alone in case she runs into the animal.

She said: “It just jumped up and clawed all down my face. There was blood everywhere and it left me with a black eye. Now I am too scared to go out, in case it comes after me.”

Nora says she has now been left feeling helpless as dangerous cats are not treated as serious cases.

She said: “Until something is done, then I will have to remain in my house. I used to love pottering about in the garden. I used to grow lovely flowers but I had to cut them all down so I could see whether the cat was hiding there.”

The cat is believed to belong to Nora’s neighbours. She claims they apologised after the attack, and told her they would have it rehomed.

She said: “After it clawed me, they said they were getting rid. But I know their children are very fond of it and that is why it has not gone. Even my dog is terrified of it and runs up and down, barking. I am going to bed at 10.30pm every night because I don’t feel safe to go out.”

Nora now carries a water spray with her at all times when she is in the garden.

Nora’s daughter Lynne Sams, aged 62, says the incident has badly affected her elderly mother.

She said: “After the attack there was blood running down her face. If she hadn’t got her glasses on, it could have been terrible. Nobody is willing to do anything to help, but it would be a different story if a Rottweiler had got hold of her leg.”

Staffordshire Police said they could not find any record of responding to an attack in July. But it may not have been serious enough to record.

A spokesman said: “There is the dangerous dog act but there is no such law relating to cats.”


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The last thing Theresa Stevens expected to happen was to be kicked in the face by a deer, especially a deer that had rabies.

The Georges Creek Boulevard woman is part way through a series of post-exposure rabies shots that will continue weekly into early August.

Stevens said she had let her Yorkie out of the house at 6 a.m. when she looked up and found herself nose to nose with a deer.

“It stood up on its back legs and hit me in the cheek with one hoof and on the shoulder with the other,” Stevens said.

Stevens pushed the deer away, grabbed her dog, and awakened her husband, Larry, telling him she had been attacked by a deer.

“He thought I was crazy,” she said.

When the Stevenses went back outside, the doe was lying beneath their Toyota Corolla.

“I got it a bucket of water and it stuck its head in it,” Stevens said. Eventually, Jim Mullan of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service was called to the scene.

“The deer was emaciated and appeared to have been injured, probably by a vehicle strike,” Mullan said.

“It could have been that weakened condition that allowed the deer to become contacted by a rabid animal.”

The deer was euthanized and samples were taken to test for chronic wasting disease and rabies. Rabies was confirmed via a laboratory test at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore, Mullan said.

The CWD results are awaited. CWD is a deer disease and is not known to affect humans.

A determination was made that Stevens, whose hands had small cuts upon them, was exposed to the rabies virus by touching the water in which the deer had placed its head and deposited saliva.

Stevens said she developed a bad headache and muscle pain seven days after the incident and began vaccinations.

“I won’t be hospitable to any more wildlife,” Stevens said.

It is rare for a deer to contract rabies, according to George Timko, a biologist with the Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service.

“The last case we confirmed in the state was in Frederick County three or four years ago,” Timko said.

The most likely source of the rabies would be a raccoon, he added.

The biologist said feeding deer, such as with corn, will attract raccoons as well, thus putting those two animals in proximity and increasing the chance that a rabid raccoon could infect a deer.

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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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