Skip to comments.American killed by crocodile in India [warning--disturbing images downthread]
Posted on 05/05/2010 6:32:03 PM PDT by JoeProBono
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) -- A U.S. State Department spokesman has confirmed that a 25-year-old New Jersey woman was killed by a crocodile while snorkeling in India's Andaman Islands last month.
Lauren Failla of Morristown was vacationing at a resort with her boyfriend when she went missing April 28.
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This is why we have swimming pools. I won’t walk into a cage with wild animals and there ain’t know way I’m swimming where wild animals might be found.
Nature is a Hillary
Double award winner! “Girl Power” AND “Darwinism” award.
..and there I was just trying to find a way to not say B****
It is their turf, after all.
“Failla’s death (by swimming with crocodiles) comes four years after her older sister Emily was killed in a rock-climbing accident in Washington.”
Seems we have a family of “risk-takers”.
All things I call “stupid recreation”.
That said, it is horrific - a horrid way to die, in the mouth of an animal.
Is the woman in the picture another one of those who gazed meaningfully into the bear’s eyes and softly said; “I love you bear!”
This dude was probably trying to retrieve his golf ball from the lake and was zapped by a lurking alligator.
Nice photochop there. Never seen something like that before /s
Crocodile and Alligator Attacks
Advice and Information
‘How cheerfully he seems to grin, how neatly spreads his claws, and welcomes little fishes in, with gently smiling jaws!’ Lewis Carroll
Travel Safety information - Crocodiles:
There are twelve species in the crocodile family of which the Estuarine, Nile and North American crocs are the most dangerous due to their large size.
Australia - the popularity of tourism and recreation in the northern areas of Western Australia, the Northern Territories and Queensland along with large Estuarine crocodiles [aka saltwater or salties] living there - in both fresh and saltwater - means that some attacks are inevitable. Eleven people have been killed by salties in north Australia since 1982.
Oz also has freshwater crocs that are less aggressive, but hard to see and may take a lite bite if surprised or threatened.
Saltwater vs. Freshwater crocs:
Salties are bigger, have rounded snouts and are extremely dangerous. Freshies are smaller, have narrow snouts, don’t want to eat humans, and are themselves eaten by salties. In fact some braver souls assume that if freshies are around, then salties won’t be...are you a gambler?
Africa - the Nile crocodile is an aggressive animal and kills or maims many people in Africa, but statistics are hard to find. Hundreds are likely, though the hippo - also a river creature of course - is regarded by some as more dangerous. Hippos, though, are easy to see and don’t deliberately hide.
The American alligator, alligator mississippiensis is responsible for all known alligator attacks on humans. However, alligator attacks are extremely rare - around four attacks on people per year on average, even though Florida alone has over 12,000 gator complaints from local people. [That’s what you get when you build human housing and storm canals in gator territory].
Alligators are protected by American law and the feeding of wild gators is illegal with a maximum penalty of five hundred dollars.
There is a patrol service that deals with problem animals so let the locals know if you have found one with a bad attitude taking your poolside towel space.
Otherwise crocodiles and alligators are more or less interchangeable regarding humans, so we’ll refer to them all from now on as crocs.
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