Alligator and Snakes Spotted in Florida’s Floodwaters – WATCH VIDEOS

Hurricane Ian has caused widespread damage and flooding in Florida, leaving much of the state drowning in several feet of water as it continues its trek up the East Coast. With floodwaters still raging, officials have warned residents to stay indoors and avoid going into it at all costs — and dangerous wildlife is a big reason why. 

“Flood water is dangerous,” the Collier County government tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “We’ve received reports of sewage, alligators and snakes in flood water in our community. Please stay away.” 

While those reports have not been confirmed by CBS News, there has been video footage circulating that demonstrates these risks. A local NBC affiliate reporter posted a video on Thursday showing an alligator swimming through floodwaters in Lake County, saying it looked like it was “about 9, 10 feet.” The local fire chief had earlier warned about animals in the floodwaters, she said, adding that the creatures normally wouldn’t like to “come out of the swamps.” 

One viral video shows a mystery creature swimming through a flooded neighborhood in Fort Myers on Wednesday morning. Many suspect the animal – which appears to have fins – was a small shark. Though CBS has not confirmed the authenticity of the video, video licensing agency Storyful said it confirmed the video’s authenticity and spoke to local marine and wildlife specialists, who were more skeptical that the creature was a shark. 

One expert from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said staff couldn’t identify the animal. Marine scientist Rick Bartleson was also unsure, Storyful said, but said that based on the shape of the animal’s dorsal fin, he doubts it was a shark or sawfish. 

But one thing is known for sure – it’s just one more reason to avoid the floodwaters. 

Florida Fish and Wildlife officials said Tuesday that “major storms cause wildlife to become more active.” 

“You may be more likely to see alligators, snakes and bears, so remember to stay alert and give them space,” the department said in a Facebook post. It advised anyone who comes across wild animals to report it to the department. 

Much of the state saw significant flooding, and some areas expected record-breaking water levels, even inland. 

“The amount of water that’s been rising, and will likely continue to rise today even as the storm is passing, is basically a 500-year flood event,” Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday morning. “…Some of the flooding you’re gonna see in areas hundreds of miles from where this made landfall are gonna set records.” 

Floodwaters can increase the risk of drowning, and Florida’s Division of Emergency Management has warned that the water can be contaminated and be filled with dangerous debris. Underground or fallen power lines, which have been reported throughout the state in Ian’s wake, can electrically charge the water — a potentially fatal hazard.

Emergency officials also urged people to not drive through flooded roadways, noting that “nearly half of all people killed in floods are those who try driving through flooded areas.” Don’t drive around barricades, and if your vehicle stalls, they recommend leaving it immediately. 

For areas hardest-hit by storm damage and flooding, the division’s director Kevin Guthrie has repeatedly warned that it could be difficult for first responders to get to the scene of an emergency, depending on the level of destruction. 

“Please keep in mind that first responders may not be able to immediately enter impacted areas to assist you due to the safety hazards,” he said Wednesday evening. 

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Man Killed While Riding Motorcycle After Colliding with Buzzard

A Tennessee man was struck and killed by a buzzard while he happened to be riding his motorcycle on Thursday.

WKRN reported that the accident took place in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. Karl Tillar, 41, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, was aboard his Suzi GSX motorcycle. He was going northbound near the intersection of Highway 241 and Red Hill Center Road at around 3 p.m.

A buzzard would hit Tillar in the head, causing him to lose control of his motorcycle. He ended up running off the road. Reportedly, the motorcycle went through a fence and even multiple trees. It would come to a stop in the field.

Meanwhile, Tillar was thrown from his Suzi GSX and would die from his injuries. No other information about the accident has been released at this time.

What Are The Differences Between A Buzzard And A Vulture?

While looking at many different types of birds, there appear to be some differences between buzzards and vultures. What are they, you might be asking?

Vultures appear to be large, bald birds able to sniff out the decaying flesh of animals. They will then get to chomping down on some carcasses for food. But buzzards are smaller than vultures. They happen to prefer to hunt, attack, and eat their prey.

They will do this while creatures are still alive, but they’ll also eat dead ones, too. If you drive in a state like Texas, then you will probably see them swoop down along roadsides. Buzzards can be seen in the air making circles around their prey.

Then, they will come on down and pick and peck away at the carcasses. Sometimes, these animals will be armadillos that have been struck by cars.

Here’s an interesting little tidbit for you to consider. Both buzzards and vultures happen to be scavengers. Yet they will not be dangerous to humans or, in fact, even small pets.

They probably will be leaving your little dogs alone so don’t worry about them. Yet if these birds happen to feel threatened either by a human or even another animal, what do they do? They will either bite or possibly even vomit.

Buzzards are quite interesting to watch in action. They happen to appear like they are some majestic beasts. But in reality, they don’t look that good. Yet watching them fly around and circle their pretty could be worth paying attention to as an observer.

As we have pointed out, there are differences between vultures and buzzards. Yet the fact that buzzards are so interesting to observe makes them unique in the world of birds. Be on the lookout for this bird. Especially when you are driving or even out in the country.

Woman Killed by Great White Shark as She Went Out for Early Morning Swim

A woman screamed as she was torn to pieces in a horrific attack by a great white shark when she was taking an early morning dip in the sea to celebrate a Bank Holiday weekend when on holiday.

The 39-year-old hadn’t ventured beyond the shallow water when the deadly predator raced in from the deep water and launched a savage attack, not far from her fellow swimmers.

The woman had been on the edge of a group and began screaming as the shark bit into her and vanished again.

The National Sea Rescue Institute was called as screaming swimmers and surfers cleared the water at Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, just before 8am.

A rescue craft was launched in a desperate effort to save the woman but arrived too late and found her blood-soaked body around 50 feet from shore.

Local officials shut the beach and put up signs warning people to stay out of the water.

The woman was believed to have been on holiday to the area and is the third person to be victim of a vicious great white attack in the past 11 years.

An eyewitness told rescuers: “It was a bit cloudy but there was some sun out and there were quite a few people taking an early dip as the temperature was quite warm.

“Then I just heard lots of screaming and saw people running out the water. I guessed it was a shark attack but I was quite a way away and then the lifeboat turned up.

“I then heard a woman had been attacked while swimming only two or three waves out so it was quite shallow, but it was said nothing could be done to help her”.

Bitou Municipality Mayor David Swart said: “We have never had a fatality at Plettenberg until 2011 and now we have had three with two in the last three months.

“We are researching into and looking at putting up a shark barrier and increased warning signage and starting our lifeguard’s season a month earlier than usual.

“There seems to be no change in the shark’s behaviour in this area so it is a bit of a mystery why we have had three fatal attacks in such a short space of time.

“Our thoughts go out to the woman and her family at this time” he said.

In South Africa yesterday was a Bank Holiday for Heritage Day – a day that is usually spent with friends and family.

The tragic victim is from Cape Town and is thought to have been on holiday in the popular beach resort which is 300 miles from Cape Town on the Garden Route.

Her mauled body was handed to forensic pathologists and the police for an inquest docket to be made while her next of kin are all made aware.

Only last June, acclaimed long distance swimmer and dad Bruce Wolov was ripped apart in a violent shark attack just off-shore.

Then, back in 2011, keen surfer Tim Van Heerden was surfing when a great white shark attacked him.

It bit him and knocked him into the sea before tearing into him a second time. Even though a brave friend grabbed him and got him to the rocks, he had suffered massive wounds to his groin and upper leg which severed his femoral artery and he died.

Great White Sharks can grow up to 20 feet long, weigh up to 2 tonnes and have up to 300 razor sharp serrated teeth arranged in rows in its giant jaws.

The predator when attacking can swim at up to 35mph guided by an extremely powerful sense of smell but normally prey on seals, sea lions, dolphins and turtles.

Humans can be mistaken for seals especially when wearing wet suits and attacks are said by experts not to be intentional but “experimental” when they bite.

They usually move away after biting once when they realize the human is not their natural prey but the damage done by just one powerful bite is often fatal.

In the last 25 years 37 people have been killed in shark attacks off South Africa and going back as far as 1950 the figure rises to 66 who have fallen victim to their jaws.

Shark activity along the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town increases in winter due to the annual sardine run – an important food source for a long period.

A South African shark expert, who asked not to be named, said: “You have to remember the ocean has always been the territory of the shark – they rule.

“There are more and more people in the water these days what with surfing and paddle boarding and swimming and the sharks are always never very far away.

“But they are not seeking out humans and attacks are rare and usually not intended as they mistake humans for prey but the results are often fatal.

“You have 47 time more chance of being killed by lightning or 11 times more chance of being killed by fireworks than being killed by a shark. Wrong place wrong time”. he said.

Monkey Attacks Man After He Throws Rocks at His Friends

A monkey performed an acrobatic takedown on a man who had chased away its mates with a brick. 

The video above shows the man picking up stones and trying to hit the monkeys which were running around in Hathras district in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

But while most of the pack ran away, one climbed up a building and launched an attack from above, knocking the man to the ground and tearing his t-shirt.

The monkey’s manoeuvre looked like a version of the stunner – a finishing move used by WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin.

A local source said: ‘The animal later fled from the place after the attack.’

There has been a number of violent incidents between monkeys and humans this summer. 

In June, a one-month-old baby boy died from injuries after a group of monkeys apparently kidnapped him from his mum’s arms.

Shayima Said’s son Luhaiba was grabbed by a gang of monkeys in the village of Mwamgongo, in western Tanzania.

She screamed for help and a group of villagers rushed to try and get Luhaiba back.

They ‘used force’ against the monkeys and Luhaiba got hurt on his head and his neck, The Citizen reported.

The villagers eventually rescued Luhaiba and he was taken into emergency care but later died from his injuries. 

In July, a four-month-old baby also died after allegedly being snatched from his parents and thrown off a building in India.

His father, Nirdesh Upadhyay, had carried the infant out onto his third-floor roof terrace, accompanied by his wife, after a power cut at their home in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh state.

The gang of monkeys then jumped over from another room and surrounded the family, according to local reports.

They attempted to run inside but one of the animals lunged towards the child and grabbed him before throwing him from the roof, killing him immediately.

There were also reports that residents of Yamaguchi, in Japan, were warned to look out for vicious monkeys targeting babies and the elderly.

The incidents, involving 58 people since July 8, forced the south western citiy to bring in the services of a special unit hunting the animals with tranquiliser guns.

The monkeys were said to be biting and clawing at flesh, snatching babies and sneaking into nursery schools.

No one was seriously injured but at least one monkey was put down.

Man Dies of Rabies After Being Bitten by a Bat Inside His Own Home

A man in northeastern Illinois died from rabies about a month after apparently being infected by a bat he found in his room, marking the first human case of the virus in the state since 1954, health officials said Tuesday.

The man, who was in his 80s, woke up last month and found a bat on his neck in his Lake County, Illinois, home. After the bat tested positive for rabies, the man declined postexposure treatment, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a news release.

About a month after his exposure, the man started suffering from neck pain, headache, numbness in his fingers, difficulty controlling his arms and trouble speaking, health officials said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday confirmed the man’s diagnosis after testing at its lab.

Wildlife experts found a bat colony in the man’s home, IDPH said.

“Rabies has the highest mortality rate of any disease,” IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the news release. “However, there is life-saving treatment for individuals who quickly seek care after being exposed to an animal with rabies.”

The rabies virus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected animal, including through the saliva or brain and nervous system tissue, according to the CDC. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, causing a brain disease that can lead to death without treatment, the CDC explained.

Human rabies infections are rare in the United States, with one to three cases reported each year, IDPH said. Still, an estimated 60,000 Americans receive the post-exposure vaccination series each year.

Illinois public health officials caution that even though people are usually aware when they have been bitten by a bat, they “have very small teeth and the bite mark may not be easy to see.”

The state health department advises that people who come in close to a bat should not release it until it can be tested for rabies. People are also encouraged to contact their local health officials who can ascertain whether they have been exposed and what course of action is needed.

A 2019 CDC report found that bats are the cause of seven out of 10 cases of rabies in the United States.

Researchers examined rabies trends in the US over the span of 80 years, from 1938 to 2018. They found that most infections came from dog bites until 1960, when wildlife species – specifically bats – became the primary source for human infection. This followed nationwide efforts in the 1950s to mandate pet vaccines and implement leash control laws, the report stated.

The number of rabies deaths in the US ranged from 30 to 50 per year in the 1940s but has dropped to one to three deaths per year. That’s the result of routine pet vaccination and availability of post-exposure treatment.

In June, the CDC suspended the importation of dogs from more than 100 countries it deems as having a high rabies risk. The move affects dog rescue missions, imports from dog breeders and people bringing in pets, the CDC explained.

The decision was made based on a combination of factors, the CDC said, including the coronavirus pandemic, lack of facilities for quarantining dogs safely and three recent incidents of infected dogs that were brought into the country.

CNN’s Jennifer Henderson and Jennifer Feldman contributed to this report.

Kangaroo Attacks Man… Blocks Paramedics from Saving His Life

A kangaroo attacked a man in Redmond, Australia, and blocked emergency paramedics from getting to him in time, leading to his death – the first fatal attack by a kangaroo in Australia since 1936.

The Western Australian Police Force released a statement saying that the 77-year-old man may have been keeping the wild kangaroo as a pet and that he sustained “serious injuries” on his property in western Australia, 250 miles southeast of Perth, before a relative found him and summoned emergency responders. 

Police were forced to shoot and kill the kangaroo after the animal prevented paramedics from reaching the injured man. 

Western gray kangaroos are common in Australia’s southwest. They weigh up to 119 pounds and stand 4 feet tall. Males can be aggressive, and in a fight they will use their short upper limbs to grapple with their opponent and lash out with their powerful clawed hind legs.

“The kangaroo was posing an ongoing threat to emergency responders,” the police statement said.

In part because of the delay, the man died at the scene. The coroner’s office has not released an official cause of death. 

Permits allow some Australian citizens to have kangaroos on their property, but laws prohibit keeping Australian native fauna as pets. 

Tanya Irwin, who cares for macropods at the Native Animal Rescue service in Perth, said authorities rarely issue permits to keep kangaroos in western Australia.

“This looks like it was an adult male and they become quite aggressive, and they don’t do well in captivity,” Irwin said. “We don’t know what the situation was; if he was in pain or why he was being kept in captivity, and unfortunately … they’re not a cute animal, they’re a wild animal.”

Death by kangaroo attacks are extremely rare; the last reported death was nearly a century ago. In 1936, William Cruickshank, 38, died in a hospital in Hillston in New South Wales state on the Australian east coast months after he had been attacked by a kangaroo.

Hiker Who Went to Find Water for His Girlfriend Found Dead Near California Trail

A hiker in California was found dead Thursday morning after a days-long search effort in the mountains of southern Santa Barbara County.

The man, Tim Sgrignoli, was on a hike with his girlfriend Sunday when she started to suffer “mild heat exhaustion,” according to Scott Safechuck, public information officer with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The temperature was estimated to be around 114 degrees in the Gaviota Peak area, in the Santa Ynez Mountains, when Sgrignoli, 29, left her to seek help and get water.

After Sgrignoli disappeared, his girlfriend was rescued by Santa Barbara County fire crews on Sunday, KTLA reports.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department then handed off the search effort to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, but no explanation was given as to the reason, according to KTLA.

By the next day, about 60 people were involved in the extensive search that included helicopters, unmanned drones, all-terrain vehicles and scent-sniffing and cadaver dogs, the news station reports.

Sgrignoli’s body was found Thursday morning at 9:29 a.m. local time between Trespass Trail and Highway 101.

His cause and manner of death are pending, but “no foul play is suspected” and “heat is a likely contributing factor,” according to Raquel Zick, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

A request by PEOPLE for additional comments was not immediately returned.

Man Survives 3 Days in Swamp After Alligator Bites Off His Arm

Eric Merda of Florida survived a terrifying encounter with an alligator that bit off his arm and left him stranded for three days in an expansive swamp.

The attack occurred earlier this summer in Myakka City, Florida at the Lake Manatee Fish Camp. He got lost in the woods around the camp when he found himself at a small lake. He decided to swim across the lake rather than walk around. “Not the smartest decision a Florida boy could make,” said Merda in an interview with his local news affiliate.

But during the swim, he came face to face with an alligator. “I look over and there’s a gator on my right-hand side so I went to swim and she got my forearm so I grabbed her like this, she was trying to roll but she snapped her head so my arm went backwards like this completely,” Merda said who continued to fight for his life.

Merda is extremely lucky to be alive to tell the tale of his alligator encounter. The gator dragged him underwater three times during the struggle. After the third time, Merda emerged for the gator to finally break away. However, it took most of his arm along with it.

“She’s already got my arm, so when we came up the third time, she finally did her death roll and took off with my arm,” he explained.

A Gruesome Alligator Attack and Terrifying Journey

After the death-defying attack, Merda managed to swim back to the shore close to where he started. He said the pain was something he couldn’t even put into words. “Bones poking out, muscles, if I try to move my fingers, you could see it twitching,” Merda said.

While an alligator attack leaving his arm dismembered might have been scary enough, Merda wasn’t out of the woods yet. Quite literally. Once he got himself to shore, he was still lost. Now dazed after the gruesome attack, he fought to survive as he spent three whole days lost in the swamp.

“I felt like I was walking in circles, I didn’t know,” he said. “So I followed the sun and power lines, stuff I could see.”

Merda said he wondered and screamed for help hoping someone would come along and save him. On day number three, he finally came across a fence. Lucky for him, a man was on the other side tending to his property. “I said a gator got my arm, he said, ‘holy smokes man!’” Merda exclaimed.

Once he finally got some much-needed water, an ambulance came to bring him to Sarasota Memorial Hospital. There, surgeons amputated most of what was left of his right arm.

“Do not feed the gators and you guys know who you are, throwing rocks at them, I’ve seen it on the job sites, leave them gators alone,” Merda warns.

Bahamas Shark Attack Victim ID’d as Pennsylvania College Employee

The Pennsylvania woman who was killed by a shark while snorkeling around the Bahamas with her family was identified Wednesday as a Gannon University employee.

Caroline DiPlacido, 58, of Millcreek Township, worked as a project coordinator at the campus in Erie when she died on the water excursion Tuesday, university officials said.

A 1986 graduate of the university, DiPlacido returned to campus in 2009 as a secretary for marketing and communications.

As a project coordinator, DiPlacido was active in the university’s Erie-G.A.I.N.S. Initiative and the Our West Bayfront organization. 

“Caroline was a powerful presence of kindness and friendship,” said Gannon University chaplain Michael Kesicki.

“The news in devastating, and she will be missed.”

In addition to her husband, David, DiPlacido leaves behind three children and her mother, as well as extended family and a wide network of friends.

Several of DiPlacido’s relatives declined to comment on the tragedy.

According to police, DiPlacido arrived in the Bahamas with four family members early Tuesday. The group was traveling on the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas on a seven-day cruise, which departed from Florida on Sunday.

A spokesperson told CBS News that DiPlacido was attacked  by a bull shark while snorkeling in the picturesque Green Cay area “on an independent shore excursion.”

Authorities were alerted to the attack shortly after 3 p.m. Family members tried to rescue DiPlacido, who sustained “serious injuries to the left side of her body.”

Royal Caribbean International later confirmed that DiPlacido died after arriving at a local hospital.

“Royal Caribbean is providing support and assistance to the guest’s loved ones during this difficult time,” the company said in a statement.

Gannon University said it planned to hold a vigil in DiPlacido’s memory at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“Let us remember Caroline with affection and hope,” the school counseled.

Mushroom Hunter Falls and is Trapped in 24ft Hole for 4 Days

A mushroom picker was miraculously pulled out alive – four days after falling in 24ft-deep hole in a remote forest.

Sergei Khmelevsky, 37, injured his leg when he fell into a giant disused underground oil store in eastern Russia.

The mushroom picker had no food but remarkably survived by drinking water from a puddle as he shouted and banged for help.

His mobile phone had no signal but he used its torch to guide rescuers who found him in the dark hole near the village of Knevichi in Primorsky region.

Rescuers lowered a strap with a makeshift harness and pulled him out.

A search involving volunteers had been underway for four days, since he went missing, but rescuers had not been sure about his location.

There are many such holes and open wells in the area, some covered by grass or foliage.

“It doesn’t happen every day that we find a missing person alive on the fourth day of the search,” said a rescuer.

Volunteer searchers said the man, from Ussuriysk, was deaf and could not hear if anyone was in the vicinity.

He had shouted and banged to alert potential saviours, they said.

A video shows the rescue as the man is hauled out of the well.

Later he showed his mobile phone’s torch which he used to guide rescuers to find him and he was seen overcome with emotion at his rescue.

He also posed for a picture with the volunteer searchers who found him.

The forest where he was lost is home to brown and black bears as well as endangered Amur tigers.

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