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A zoo worker in Mexico died after a caged tiger mauled his hand through a fence during feeding time.

Jose de Jesus, 23, died of a heart attack after refusing to allow doctors to amputate his badly mangled hand, The NY Post reported.

The horrific video published by The Mirror UK shows De Jesus reaching through a chain link fence to pet the tiger when it suddenly turned and clamped its jaws down on his hand.

De Jesus screamed in pain as the tiger mauled his hand at the zoo in Periban, western Mexico. The next scene shows a large pool of blood outside the tiger's enclosure.

The tiger's owner released the video footage to show the zoo worker was at fault. The owner also kept a lion and a crocodile at the zoo.

The owner said he paid for De Jesus' medical bills and will pay for his funeral services.

Mexican officials are trying to determine whether the owner had permission to keep the exotic animals at the zoo.

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A deranged woman dropped her 3-year-old daughter into a bear enclosure in Uzbekistan last week. The horrific incident unfolded on surveillance video.

The footage shows visitors attempting to restrain the mother after she tossed her daughter into Zuzu's enclosure.

The brown bear initially fled when the child landed in the trench. Zuzu eventually returned to the spot where the girl fell, sniffed the crying child, then walked away.

Zoo workers lured Zuzu away then rescued the girl. She was transported to a hospital and treated for a concussion and cuts and bruises.

The mother was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder.

"A young woman threw a little girl down into a brown bear's enclosure, in front of all the visitors. It was completely unclear what her motive was," a zoo spokeswoman said.

The spokesperson added, "Zuzu slowly stood up, slowly got down the trench, walked towards the girl, sniffed her, and walked back."

"Both the visitors and the staff of the zoo were trying to stop her but failed. We are scared to even think how this would end if the bear were to react at the toddler as its prey."

 

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Squirrels who regularly feast on culinary delights tossed out by upscale restaurants in New York City are starving now that restaurants have shut down.

Aggressive squirrels have been terrorizing and attacking New Yorkers for three weeks now. Residents say the squirrels are drawing blood.

Residents of a Queens neighborhood are ducking and running to avoid flying squirrels who jump on them and sink their teeth into them.

"We're wrestling in the snow and there's blood everywhere and my fingers getting chewed and it won't let go," Micheline Frederick tells WCBS-TV. "Eventually, it just stopped and there I was a big bloody mess."

Fredrick produced a photo that showed the bloody aftermath of the squirrel assault. "This was an MMA cage match and I lost!" she said.

Two other neighbors shared their own horrific tales of unprovoked squirrel attacks.

"These squirrels are aggressively going after people," Vinati Singh said.

The city's health department advised Queens residents to call a licensed trapper to deal with the pests. Small squirrels rarely test positive for rabies, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
 

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Texas authorities confirmed an attack by a pack of feral hogs killed a 59-year-old woman on her way to work on Sunday, Nov. 24.

Christine Rollins bled to death after she was attacked by feral hogs in the front yard of a home in rural Anahuac, according to the medical examiner and Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.

The Jefferson County medical examiner's office ruled the cause of death as "exsanguination due to feral hog assault."

"We can kind of tell that from the different sizes of the bites," Hawthorne said during a news conference Monday, according to CBS Houston.

Rollins was one of three caretakers who provided around-the-clock care for an elderly couple who lived in the home near where she was attacked. The 84-year-old homeowner and his 79-year-old wife have severe dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

When she didn't show up to work that morning, the 84-year-old man went outside and found Rollins laying between her vehicle and the home's front door in the 400 block of State Hwy 61. Sheriff Hawthorne called it one of the most horrific scenes he's ever seen.

No one heard the attack on Rollins. Neighbors in the rural area told ABC13 they have complained about the roaming packs of feral hogs, also known as feral pigs, swine, wild boar, razorbacks, or Eurasian wild boar.

"As soon as I seen the news report on that, my heart goes out to the family," said "Cajun Bob" Thornberry, of Sweeny. He said he's used trees to escape from charging packs of hogs.

"If you walk up on a bunch of these hogs, don't try to run because they can outrun you," Thornberry warned. "Try to get close to a tree and if you can't get close to a tree, at least carry a gun with you. Like any wild animal, feral hogs attack when they feel threatened."

Residents say hogs in that rural part of Chambers County are becoming a bigger problem.

"We've got individuals that hunt hogs with dogs. They put Kevlar on these dogs for a purpose because those hogs are vicious," said neighbor David Bennett. "And when they feel threatened, they're coming after you."

Rollins would have turned 60 years old on Christmas Day. She leaves behind one adult daughter and two adult grandchildren.