5 animal attacks that EMS providers won't forget
EMS providers respond to a wide range of calls involving injuries caused by animals; here’s a look at recent incidents
So far in 2015, EMS has responded to a wide range of incidents involving injuries from animals. The types of calls vary drastically – from marine mammals to deadly arachnids – and injuries run the gamut from minor to fatal; some are incredibly gruesome and disturbing.
Here’s a look at some recent unusual animal attacks.
A man posing for a picture with his “trophy fish” was attacked by a 300-pound sea lion, which pulled him off the side of a boat and dragged him 20 feet underwater, almost to the bottom of Mission Bay. The 62-year-old suffered puncture wounds and lacerations to his leg, and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
A 35-year-old Canadian woman died and two others were injured when a gray whale breached and hit the side of a boat carrying tourists on a snorkel tour off the coast of Mexico. The impact tossed a woman into the water; a crew member and a passenger lifted her back onto the vessel and she was taken to a clinic, where she died during treatment.
An Alaska Airlines jetliner had to turn back to the gate before takeoff at Los Angeles International Airport after a scorpion stung a woman on the hand. She immediately brushed it off and stepped on it; she also declined additional treatment from paramedics, and did not stay on the flight.
“The woman was a real champ,” said Oregon State University men’s basketball coach Wayne Tinkle, who was on board with members of the team. “She acted like it was a mosquito bite. They got it off her but the needle was stuck.”
A 20-year-old American man was badly injured during the bull-running festival “Carnaval del Toro in Cuidad Rodrigo, Spain. He suffered a 16-inch goring to the thigh after being repeatedly tossed by the pull and pushed along the ground. He was eventually pulled from the street to safety.
A newborn baby was hospitalized and was missing part of her face after being mauled by three pet ferrets. The attack occurred while the baby was in a car seat and her mother was sleeping upstairs. The police chief on the scene said it one of the worst things he’s seen in his 45 years on the job.