In Kenya, attacks by Nile crocodile are on the rise in at least one village. This article from the Daily Nation tells the stories of two families devastated by loss of loved ones.
The Nile crocodile may be the predator most likely to eat a human being these days. This earlier post shows the aftermath of a dust-up between keeper and zoo specimen. Beware: it's gruesome.
Those dangerous fellows at the Animal Review have also weighed in on Deadly Kingdom. "An excellent, addictive read," they say, among other stuff that causes my head to swell.
Today's the official launch date for Deadly Kingdom: The Book of Dangerous Animals. I hope you'll consider buying a copy. Actually, I hope you'll do more than consider it. We book lovers are often tortoises. Time moves slowly for us; we may take a while to get around to a book, and we're pretty sure we'll still be able to find a copy of it in a year or two.
But my friends at the publishing house are like mayflies. They live speedier lives. If they don't see some sales this week, they'll decide I'm not much of a seller, and they'll forget about Deadly Kingdom. They'll give their next deal to some hack. (Hack: n. A writer other than me.)
If buying the book isn't feasible, you might consider asking your local library to buy it.
And if you're rolling in dough (because these days, who isn't?), why not buy one for yourself and another to donate to the library? I'm big on this library thing.
Seems a sheep farmer was puzzled about the disappearance of some sheep on his farm. After afew weeks the farmer decided to put up an electric fence.
About a week later, this is what he found!
Now, I know we've all heard of people beingeaten by snakes & I bet most of us have said,
'If a snake tried to eat me, I'd blah,blah, blah & get away.'
Well, this is a Python & they're extremelyaggressive & have a few teeth that they use to hold their prey while they wrap around them& then constrict..
Could you get away if this one bit you & held on with it's"few teeth"?
(Note: The wires are 10 inches apart)
Update: A later post provides evidence of pythons preying on people and other mammals in the wild.
More Posts about Pythons
Slideshow: Dangerous Snakes of the World