A man in Belarus found out the hard way that beavers are not to be trifled with. The unidentified victim was on a fishing trip with two friends at Lake Shestakov when they spotted the massive rodent on the side of the road. The man approached the beaver intending to take its picture when the creature pounced and bit him in the thigh. The bite severed a main artery and the man bled to death.
Beaver attacks are a rarity, but the animals can become more aggressive at about two years of age, when they leave their colony to find a mate. Beavers can unleash nearly 180 pounds of biting force per square inch, compared to the human’s 88 pounds.
Last July, two girls were attacked by a beaver by while swimming in a lake in Virginia. There were no fatalities, save for the beaver, who was shot. A month later, a boy scout leader was attacked while swimming in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The beaver was brought down by a group of angry, rock-wielding boy scouts. Again, there were no fatalities, but the scout leader had to recieve treatment for rabies.