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Beware big-clawed "killer" anteaters

Ben Creisler

Don't mess with big-clawed critters--ground sloths, chalicotheres,
therizinosaurs, Deinocheirus, etc.....

Vidal Haddad Jr,  Guilherme C. Reckziegel,  Domingos G. Neto &  Fábio
L. Pimentel (2014)
Human Death Caused by a Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga trydactila) in Brazil.
Wilderness & Environmental Medicine (advance online publication)
doi: 10.1016/j.wem.2014.04.008

The fatal outcome of a defensive attack by a giant anteater
(Myrmecophaga trydactila) is reported. The attack occurred while the
victim was hunting, and his dogs cornered the adult anteater, which
assumed an erect, threatening position. The hunter did not fire his
rifle because of concern about accidentally shooting his dogs. He
approached the animal armed with a knife, but was grabbed by its
forelimbs. When his sons freed him, he had puncture wounds and severe
bleeding in the left inguinal region; he died at the scene.
Necroscopic examination showed femoral artery lesions and a large
hematoma in the left thigh, with death caused by hypovolemic shock. A
similar case is cited, and recommendations are made that boundaries
between wildlife and humans be respected, especially when they
coinhabit a given area.

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