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May 14th 2018

Bloodsucking flies that leave huge blisters set to cause havoc in hot weather

Bloodsucking flies which can leave people with huge blisters and a fever from one single bite are set to strike in the south of England.

The Blandford fly, known as one of the UK’s most irritating pests, thrives in warm weather and is most common in May and June.

It can make its victims seriously ill and they usually target the ankles and legs while flying low to the ground.

The fly tends to strike in warmer weather – and the recent rise in temperatures could create ripe conditions for the Blandford bloodsucker.

Some of the most serious reactions include swelling in the groin, a fever and blistering.

So what exactly is a Blandford fly?

It usually strikes near rivers or streams

It got its name after an outbreak of residents being bitten around Blandford in Dorset in the 1960s and 1970s

Anyone who is bitten should clean the bite area and dry it gently, Somerset Live reports .

Do not under any circumstances scratch the bite, as it could become infected.

Apply a cold compress or calamine lotion to cool it down, but don’t use antihistamine creams as they can sometimes cause skin reactions.

Cover large blisters with a dry dressing, and rest with your feet supported on a stool if you are bitten on your legs or ankles.

Swelling often lasts for days, so it’s important to reduce the pressure.

Seeking medical advice

You should seek immediately medical advice if you have any of the following symptoms…

Discomfort, swelling or red lines in the groin or armpit

A fever

Stomach cramps

Blistering

A spreading redness or hotness around the bite, which lasts longer than three days

Professor Rod Thomson, director of public health for Herefordshire, said in a recent warning about the upcoming invasion: “We are seeing more cases of Blandford fly bites across the county, especially as the weather has been getting warmer over the past few weeks.

 

May 12th 2018

Here are 10 most dangerous sea creatures that swim in the ocean:

Fire Coral: Fairly closely related to jellyfish and anemones these small organisms can deliver a power sting with it’s invisible tentacles. The results can vary from a mild irritation to severe pains and is sometimes even associated with nausea and vomiting.

Lionfish: Fairly closely related to jellyfish and anemones these small organisms can deliver a power sting with it’s invisible tentacles. The results can vary from a mild irritation to severe pains and is sometimes even associated with nausea and vomiting.

Sea snakes: Sea snakes can be found in Indian Ocean and Pacific oceans. They can reach a maximum length of between 4 and 5 feet while some species can reach lengths of up to 10 feet. Sea Snakes aren’t aggressive animals but due to the amount of toxicity in some of the species venom, they are in the list of most dangerous sea creatures. Human confrontations are rare.

Stingray: Stingrays are one of the more passive creatures in oceans and hardly ever attack. The majority of stingray incidents happen when divers and swimmers accidentally step on them, causing the stingray to defend itself using it’s sting.

Tiger Shark: Commonly known as sea tiger, the tiger shark is a relatively large macropredator, capable of attaining a length of over 5 m. The tiger shark is a solitary, mostly nocturnal hunter. Its diet includes a wide variety of prey. The tiger shark is reported to be responsible for a large percentage of fatal shark bite incidents, and is sometimes regarded as one of the most dangerous shark species.

Great White Shark: The Great White tends to attack humans when they are hunting for food, it’s nothing more than basic instinct. Moreoevr, a lot of time humans on surfboard often look like turtles to them from the ocean floor. Turtles are their natural prey.

Stonefish: Despite its small size (up to 12 inches) is regarded as the most venomous fish in existence. It’s camouflaged body can keep it perfectly hidden between rocks underwater, adding to its danger. It’s the dorsal fins you have to be worry of, which are sharp enough to pierce through a shoe so watch your step.

Blue-Ringed Octopus: Growing no more than 8 inches in length, this cephalopod feeds on small crabs and shrimp, yet still has enough venom to kill a human. In fact, they have enough venom to kill nearly 30 humans within a matter of minutes.

Crocodiles: A recent story was doing the rounds where a bride had her arms ripped off by a crocodile while on her way to her own wedding. Crocodile attacks are not uncommon along sea shores, where sea water crocodiles may have come to sun bathe or catch prey.

Chironex (Box Jellyfish): It does not have a venomous bite, rows of sharp teeth, or even an obvious mouth for that matter. But nevertheless, the box jellyfish is more responsible for human deaths than snakes, sharks, and saltwater crocodiles put together.

May 10th 2018

Please remember that it is of the utmost importance that you get the appropriate inoculations and vaccinations for that particular country or countries. If you are planning to travel abroad, consult with your doctor early as some inoculations take several weeks to become effective, take note of all warning signs that are posted in the location you are visiting, if in any doubt you should ask the natives.

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May 8th 2018

Bride reveals how Brit husband saved her life by 'raining blows' down on 8ft crocodile that ripped her arm off

Zanele Ndlovu, 25, married Jamie Fox, from Bromley in Kent, five days after her arm was bitten off and the reptile has now been tracked down and killed

A brave bride who got married five days after her arm was bitten off in a horrific crocodile attack has revealed how her Brit husband fought off the monster eight-foot long reptile.

Former national tennis player Zanele Ndlovu, 25, lost most of her right arm in the savage attack as she paddled down the Zambezi river in Zimbabwe.

But it could have been much worse if her husband Jamie Fox had not rushed over to help her and 'rained down blows' on the crocodile - which has since been hunted down and shot dead.

Zanele has told told how the Nile crocodile - which can weigh half a ton and be over 12 feet long - shot out of the water and tried to drag her to the bottom of the river.

The couple had been paddling down the Upper Zambezi above the Victoria Falls with six other canoes including several tour guides.

The scaly predator struck from below launching itself out of the water beneath their inflatable raft and grabbing her right arm in its jaws.

She told The Chronicle newspaper in Zimbabwe: "The waters were very calm and we had guides and there were about seven boats in the water when the crocodile just jumped out.

“It jumped out of the water and bit a chunk of my right arm together with the side of the canoe which started deflating and it all just happened so fast.

“The crocodile bit me again and pulled me into the water. My husband was thrown out the opposite side so the boat was between the two of us.

“Jamie swam over to where I was struggling with the crocodile that was trying to pull me to the bottom of the river and grabbed my waist and with the other hand he rained blows down on the crocodile.

“It all happened so fast we have conflicting accounts of events. The guides saw us battling the crocodile and joined in and the crocodile finally let go.

“The pain was excruciating but Jamie was by my side and I summoned the strength to fight through it and although he was in shock he calmed me down."

One of the tour guides who was first aid trained applied a tourniquet from the first aid kit while the other called for a helicopter to whisk Zanele to the nearest hospital.

Doctors at the Victoria Falls initially treated her then she was airlifted to the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo where doctors said they had to amputate what was left.

After the attack the crocodile was hunted down and killed.

Tour guide Skinner Ndlovu said:"We started hunting for it on Wednesday and we managed to shoot it on Friday afternoon with the assistance from a Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (Zimparks) ranger.

“We were monitoring it and after positively identifying it through its bruises and being territorial and we shot it when it was sun bathing.

"Such crocodiles are a danger to humans and it was no longer safe at the site."

Zanele said: "I get depressed by people who come here to hospital and start crying. I know people feel pity for me but being sorrowful does not help the situation.

“I look forward to friends and family who are going to make me laugh and not remind me of what is going on – I actually spend more time comforting my relatives.”

The couple had their wedding planned for the Busters Sports Club in Bulawayo but were unable to attend due to her injuries so decided to book the hospital chapel.

A Methodist Minister took the service which was packed with 60 of her closest family and friends and guests at Busters were able to watch the service by video link.

After Zanele became Mrs Ndlovu-Fox they posed for happy wedding photo’s then shooed their family and friends off to their wedding reception but did not join them.

Doctors insisted she spent another 24 hours in hospital but discharged her yesterday and the couple plan to complete their visa paperwork for her to live in the UK.

Zanele said: "I spent a lot of time preparing for my wedding day. I didn’t know that fate would have me being wed in a hospital chapel with one limb missing.

“But in all this I am not complaining and my wedding was the best and I am so happy we proceeded despite all the drama and I have a wonderful husband."

Groom Jamie, 27, from Bromley, Kent, works for the National Citizen Service which is a government funded programme focusing on teaching skills to teenagers.

He said: "It is a miracle she is here there is no other way to explain it. I thought at first it was a joke and it took about five seconds to see it was actually real.

“The tour guide had said before we left that it was “rare” to see a crocodile but it “can happen” and it certainly happened but I didn’t see it or hear it.

“It just jumped from the water and grabbed her arm and she was pulled one side out of the boat and I fell out on the other. The crocodile eventually let go.

“I could see her arm hanging off and I could see it was really serious. The guides were using towels to stem the blood. She was lying on the floor of the boat.

The helicopter with doctors arrived within five minutes – they were really quick. They took her to a hospital in Victoria Falls and they sedated her to examine her arm.

“They decided they needed an expert and she was taken to Bulawayo and the doctors said it was best to amputate. There wasn’t any choice in it really.

“Her arm was hanging off."

Jamie added: "We are both outdoors people but I’m not sure if we will go canoeing again. I just want her to get better soon and then we can plan our lives together.

“I never even at one point thought of calling off the wedding. I love her even more and this incident made me feel even more the deep feeling behind our vows.

“For better or worse, in sickness and in health, that’s just how it’s going to be."

The couple met 18 months ago when Jamie was on a work programme in Zimbabwe and he visited her a number of times and proposed on Valentine's Day this year.

He said: "I was at my most nervous as I so wanted her to say yes and she agreed and I approached her family and paid the bride price and we began planning.

“She planned the wedding and I am sorting out the visa.”

Brave wife Zanele said: "There is always something good about life to celebrate. I just look out and see how beautiful the view is. Sunshine and green. I am happy."

 


April 29th 2018

Unusual Rat Virus Strikes 8 People in Illinois and Wisconsin

A virus rarely seen in the United States recently infected eight people in Wisconsin and Illinois who were working in facilities where pet rats are bred, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Authorities first became aware of the infections when two people in Wisconsin who operated a rat-breeding facility fell ill in December 2016, with one going to the hospital. Both breeders tested positive for Seoul virus, which is part of the Hantavirus family, a group of viruses that typically infect rodents, the CDC said.

Health officials then discovered that the Wisconsin breeders had purchased rats from two rat-breeding facilities in Illinois, and tests showed that six people who worked at the Illinois facilities were infected with the same virus. [10 Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species]

The Seoul virus is known to infect a species of rat called the Norway rat (also known as the brown rat) all over the world. Sometimes, people can catch Seoul virus from rats. So far, most human cases of Seoul virus have occurred in Asia. This is the first time that human Seoul virus cases have been linked with pet rats in the United States, the CDC said.

People become infected with Seoul virus when they are bitten by infected rats, or when they come into contact with the blood, saliva or urine of infected rats, the agency said.

The virus cannot spread from person to person, and "therefore, the general public is at extremely low risk," from these cases, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, we want to let the public know in the event they have recently purchased rats from an affected facility and become ill."

The CDC is working to determine if anyone else who bought the rats has become infected with Seoul virus, and to make sure that any rats that are infected are not distributed from the facilities, the agency said.

People who become infected with the Seoul virus can develop fever, severe headaches, back and abdominal pain, chills, blurred vision, red eyes, or a rash, the CDC said. But some people infected with the virus don't show any symptoms. All eight people infected in the current outbreak have recovered, and five out of the six people in Illinois who tested positive for the virus did not show symptoms, the IDPH said. Rats infected with the virus do not typically show symptoms. [Sting, Bite & Destroy: Nature's 10 Biggest Pests]

People who may have purchased rats from the affected breeders should contact their local state or health departments, the CDC said.

To avoid catching an infection from rats, the CDC said that people can take the following precautions with their pets:

·       Wash your hands after touching or feeding pet rats, or cleaning their cages.

·       Make sure pet rats are properly secured (in a cage) so they don't contaminate surfaces in your home.

·       If possible, clean rodent cages and rodent pet supplies outside of your house, and never clean the animals' cages or supplies in your kitchen or other areas where you prepare food.

·       Avoid bites and scratches from rodents.

·       Take your pet to a veterinarian for routine care to keep the animal healthy and disease-free.

 

April 19th 2018

Meet Ben Kilham, the American bear whisperer

Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily. Other bear orphans perch in the trees when Ben Kilham ventures into their enclosure.

Meet the American bear whisperer, who lives in the woods of New Hampshire and whose life work is understanding black bears, winning him not just international stature but greater insight into humankind.

From the bear photos and paintings on the wall, to the three little wooden bears bidding visitors "welcome" at the entrance, everything in his renovated barn home exudes his passion.

So does the nearby, three-hectare (7.5-acre) enclosure, where he cares for orphan cubs entrusted to him each year by the New Hampshire fish and game department.

With their mothers perhaps shot dead or knocked down by a car, the six-foot-four (1.93 meter) Kilham makes sure they grow up safe and well, before releasing them back into the wild aged 18 months.

In addition he observes adult bears in the wild, including Squirty, who is now 22 years old and has had 11 litters.

His dedication to black bears -- the most common in North America with a population of around 750,000 -- has made him such an expert that China asked for his help with the giant panda, a collaboration that inspired the recently released documentary "Pandas."

After a quarter of a century of study, Kilham has no doubt that bears are as close to humans as great apes, even if as he says, apes "were our closest genetic relative."

He quickly realized that female bears were capable, like humans, of "reciprocal altruism" -- or in other words looking after each other for the greater good.

Squirty provided early proof of that. Shortly after releasing her into the wild, Kilham says another wild female false-charged him in a bid to protect Squirty, despite never having seen her before.

'Reciprocal altruism'

"I was like 'Wow, what's going on?'" the 65-year-old recalls.

"She is unrelated! That's pure altruism!" he explains. "She is taking a huge risk, encountering a human which is her greatest foe, to defend unrelated cubs from me."

Since then, Squirty has shared her resources with this wild female, and shows more aggression toward her own family members than she does from this unrelated female, he says.

These are parallels that many scientists are still reluctant to draw, convinced that man is more capable than animal.

Stripy and Jake are bear cubs fed by bottle, who frisk around happily. Other bear orphans perch in the trees when Ben Kilham ventures into their enclosure.

Meet the American bear whisperer, who lives in the woods of New Hampshire and whose life work is understanding black bears, winning him not just international stature but greater insight into humankind.

From the bear photos and paintings on the wall, to the three little wooden bears bidding visitors "welcome" at the entrance, everything in his renovated barn home exudes his passion.

So does the nearby, three-hectare (7.5-acre) enclosure, where he cares for orphan cubs entrusted to him each year by the New Hampshire fish and game department.

With their mothers perhaps shot dead or knocked down by a car, the six-foot-four (1.93 meter) Kilham makes sure they grow up safe and well, before releasing them back into the wild aged 18 months.

In addition he observes adult bears in the wild, including Squirty, who is now 22 years old and has had 11 litters.

His dedication to black bears -- the most common in North America with a population of around 750,000 -- has made him such an expert that China asked for his help with the giant panda, a collaboration that inspired the recently released documentary "Pandas."

After a quarter of a century of study, Kilham has no doubt that bears are as close to humans as great apes, even if as he says, apes "were our closest genetic relative."

He quickly realized that female bears were capable, like humans, of "reciprocal altruism" -- or in other words looking after each other for the greater good.

Squirty provided early proof of that. Shortly after releasing her into the wild, Kilham says another wild female false-charged him in a bid to protect Squirty, despite never having seen her before.

'Reciprocal altruism'

"I was like 'Wow, what's going on?'" the 65-year-old recalls.

"She is unrelated! That's pure altruism!" he explains. "She is taking a huge risk, encountering a human which is her greatest foe, to defend unrelated cubs from me."

Since then, Squirty has shared her resources with this wild female, and shows more aggression toward her own family members than she does from this unrelated female, he says.

These are parallels that many scientists are still reluctant to draw, convinced that man is more capable than animal.

His work led recently to a PhD in environmental sciences, not bad for someone not great at school, whose work has been looked down on by the scientific community.

He has enjoyed quite the following nonetheless, thanks to articles in National Geographic and the popularity of his book, "Among the Bears," which came out in 2002.

His commitment is to raising awareness about bears, still feared and hunted in the United States. Around 10-15 percent of New Hampshire's 5,000 to 6,000 bears are killed every year in hunting season.

"Bears are not interested in people. Zero," he says. "They are afraid of us."

Despite advice to the contrary everywhere, people still leave food out or fail to secure chicken coops, attracting an animal that needs to fatten up before hibernation and again in early spring. In human-bear situations, the bear is always the loser.

"We can live very easily with bears, it's a matter of educating the public," says Kilham. "Unfortunately educating the public is like herding cats. They don't take in information very well."

Feb 8th

Video has emerged that shows a leopard attacking a man after entering a school.

The incident occurred in Bangalore, India, where the eight-year-old male cat injured six people.

The rescue effort lasted 10 hours before the cat was cornered and eventually tranquilised.

Senior police official, S Boralingaiah, described why the operation lasted so long.

"It was a long struggle to capture the leopard,” he said. “Although it was injected with tranquilisers it could be captured only around 20.15 local time when the medication took full effect."The BBC reported that the cat was then moved to a national park, while the six injured people have been treated for minor injuries. Fortunately no students were in the school at the time of the leopard’s arrival, with no classes being held over the weekend. India’s leopard population is estimated to be between 12,000 and 14,000. Such incidents become more frequent as residential or urban areas expand into their habitats.

Feb 2nd 2016

A British tourist has been killed after being trampled and gored by an elephant in front of his daughter.

Gareth Crowe was taking part in a trek on the island of Koh Samui in Thailand when the elephant turned on its handler after he got down to take photographs.

He and his 16-year-old daughter, Eilidh, were thrown by the elephant which is then said to have trampled Mr Crowe and stabbed him through the chest with his tusk - killing him instantly.

Eilidh was admitted to hospital with minor injuries but is believed to have escaped with her life after the elephant ran off into the forest.

Mr Crowe, 36, was on holiday with his partner Catherine Hughes, 42, and their two children.

The family are believed to originally be from the Isle of Islay in Scotland but moved to the Scottish mainland two years ago.

The local newspaper, the Samui Times, suggested Mr Crowe - who worked as a diver - had teased the elephant with a banana but Eilidh denied this on Facebook from her hospital bed, according to the Scottish Sun.

Ms Hughes said: "We were all here on holiday. My son and I didn't go on the elephants. I've been given no information as to what happened or how it happened. Eilidh is OK but I don’t know exactly what happened."

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are offering support to the family of a British national who has sadly died following an incident in Koh Samui, Thailand, and are making contact with the local authorities to seek further information."

The local provincial governor, Wongsiri Phromchana, said an investigation had been launched into the incident.

A spokeswoman for World Animal Protection said her thoughts were with Mr Crowe’s family but the incident "was a stark reminder" that elephants are wild animals which are not supposed to be ridden.

She explained most tourists do not know the cruelty elephants on these tours are subjected to in order to make them tame enough to give rides.

She said: "If you can ride it, hug it or have a selfie with a wild creature, then the chances are it is cruel and the beast is suffering."

Jan 12th

Recent attack reports talk of a woman trying to kiss a snake in a zoo, which ended up with the Python sinking its teeth into her nose, pythons have no venom so just stitches were required.

Almost all Animal attacks can be avoided by you          taking these simple precautions.

You should read the warning notices relating to the area that you are in and consider very carefully whether it is wise to continue, some creatures can be particularly dangerous if they have their young with them.

Our four legged friends are unpredictable and usually equipped with claws and teeth that can do serious damage to humans and others.

Even good pets can turn bad sometimes and we advise you to be very cautious at all times, especially the children should be told not to tease the family pets.

ANIMAL ATTACKS INVOLVING DISEASE

Rabies is a very nasty infection that can be passed to humans not only by dogs but by a range of other creatures so if you see anything with foam around the mouth stay well clear and report it to the authorities.

You should also consider whether you are at risk from poisonous insects and reptiles few of these bites are fatal but can be very damaging and should be treated immediately, seek medical advice straight away, anti-venom could save your life.

If you suffer from any wound that breaks the skin you should seek medical advice, you may need tetanus and anti-rabies injections, they are readily available from most medical facilities.  It is very important that you do this as soon as possible after the wound has been inflicted.

If you are in an area strange to you, do your research, ask the locals and read the warning signs carefully, if you are in an area where there is a possibility of an attack think again do you really want to be there.

Fortunately with modern communication systems these dangerous situations can be monitored easily and warnings issued by local government, civil defense, police, local radio and television,


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