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(HZ) US Racoon
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Summary: Surgeons reconstruct the face of child attacked by a pet racoon
Story No: 856818
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 02/09/2012 01:38 AM
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Surgeons have carried out the first of a series of reconstructive operations on the face of a 10-year-old American girl who suffered serious disfigurement after being mauled by a pet racoon.

Doctors in Michigan are taking skin grafts from various parts of Charlotte Ponce's body to help reconstruct her nose, lips and her ear.

Charlotte Ponce is hoping she will soon be home.

She has sucessfully undergone the first in a series of operations.

One procedure at a time, the doctors at the Beaumont Hospital here in Michigan are slowly designing and rebuilding the child's face.

Her nose, lips and her ear need complete reconstruction following injuries she sustained when she was attacked by her parent's pet racoon when she was a small baby lying in her cot.

Her family believe the animal was after her bottle of milk.

Charlotte's family are continually impressed by her daughter's courage.

Sharon Ponce, aged 52, and her husband, Tim aged 61 are in fact Charlotte's great-aunt and great-uncle.

They adopted her in 2005 after the courts terminated the rights of her biological parents.

Charlotte's actual parents were charged with owning a dangerous animal that caused serious injury and were placed on probation.

The racoon has now been destroyed.

Surgeon, Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (Shy-ah-set) is using skin from the ten-year-old girl's forearm to begin creating the nasal lining.

In another operation he will start to build the structure of Charlotte Ponce's nose.

He explains: "This becomes a line on the nose and we take skin graft from her belly just cover it and then we may use a vein graft here from her leg, if we need to."

The family have been making the most of the free time Charlotte has, with trips like this visit to the zoo.

It may be two years for the doctors to complete the reconstructive work they've planned for Ponce's face.

Sharon Ponce says: "This is the biggest one she's ever had. I think she's understanding now, because the doctor actually showed her a picture of what she's going to look like today. Because at first, I don't think she realised. I think she thought, oh, I'm going to go today and I'm going to get my nose. So, I've tried to explain to her that it's going to be a long process. It's a series of surgeries."

It is hard for the child to understand.

Sharon Ponce says Charlotte has only just begun to notice how people react to her face.

She says: "I never had to talk to her about it, because it didn't faze her. But this last year at school, it's been harder for her. I think she's noticing more that she's different."

The ten year old has already endured a half-dozen operations, but the Ponce's are hopeful the next set of procedures at Beaumont Hospital will significantly repair and restore Charlotte's face.

Michigan, USA, August 15, 2012

1. Various of Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate marking areas of Charlotte Ponce's face and arms for a later skin graft

2. Close of Charlotte Ponce's face

3. UPSOUND: (English), Dr. Kongkrit Chaiyasate (shy-ah-set), surgeon, Beaumont Hospital

"And this becomes a line on the nose and we take skin graft from her belly just to cover it and then we may use a vein graft here from her leg, if we need to."

4. SOUNDBITE: (English), Sharon Ponce, Charlotte's mother

"This is the biggest one she's ever had. I think she's understanding now, because the doctor actually showed her a picture of what she's going to look like today. Because at first, I don't think she realised. I think she thought, oh, I'm going to go today and I'm going to get my nose. So, I've tried to explain to her that it's going to be a long process. It's a series of surgeries."

5. Various of Charlotte Ponce on hospital bed

Michigan, USA, August 14, 2012

6. SOUNDBITE: (English), Tim Ponce, Charlotte's adoptive father

"The hardest part is when she goes into surgery and how much pain she's had."

7. Mid pan of Charlotte Ponce with her mother walking through Detroit Zoo

8. Wide of Ponce family looking through glass doors at gorilla enclosure

9. Mid of Charlotte Ponce sitting with her mother

10. Mid of Charlotte Ponce

11. Wide underwater shot of polar bear swimming

12. Close of Charlotte Ponce watching polar bear

13. Close shot of polar bear walking shot from bottom of glass water tank

14. Close of Charlotte Ponce watching animal

15. Close of polar bear swimming

16. SOUNDBITE (English): Sharon Ponce, Charlotte's mother

"I never had to talk to her about it, because it didn't faze her. But this last year at school, it's been harder for her. I think she's noticing more that she's different."

17. Mid rear shot of Charlotte Ponce looking at a giraffe

18. Mid rear view of Charlotte Ponce and her brother being told how to feed the giraffe

19. Close of Charlotte Ponce feeding a leaf to a giraffe and then turning to get more leaves

20. Close of giraffe eating

21. Mid of Charlotte Ponce feeding a giraffe

22. Various of Charlotte Ponce and family walking through zoo

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Subjects: Health, Animals, Surgical procedures, Zoological parks, Polar bears, Living things, Diagnosis and treatment, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Bears, Mammals
Locations: Michigan, United States, North America
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Mexico Sharks
Title:
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Summary: US tourist injured in a shark attack, day after surfer killed
Story No: 566001
Source: AP Television
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 24/05/2008 23:18 PM
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Zihuatanejo, Pantla beach, Mexico - 23 May 2008

1. Wide of Aldo Mata's body on beach, covered with sheet

2. Mid of girls crying

3. Wide of person crying next to body

4. Body being put on stretcher

5. Stretcher being carried up beach

6. Body being put in ambulance

5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jorge Luke, witness and friend of Aldo Mata:

"He was sitting on his board and suddenly he turned to one side, lifted his hand and screamed and that was when the shark grabbed him by the hand and bit him. I saw the shark when it hit the surface, it was two meters long, it bit him and pulled him under."

Zihuatanejo, Playa Linda - 24 May 2008

6. Wide Naval Hospital in Zihuatanejo

7. Close up emergency sign in front of hospital entrance

8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Jose Ernesto Sanchez, Head of Naval Hospital in Zihuatanejo:

"We have a foreigner, who arrived to the emergency room with injuries caused by shark bites. Fortunately the injuries he sustained are not serious and not life threatening, and we are taking care of it. There is a group of doctors assisting him. He's stable and we are providing all the care he needs. The injuries he has... the bites are located on his right hand, and this is what the doctors are dealing with now."

9. Ambulance arriving at hospital

STORYLINE

A shark attack injured a 49-year-old American surfer on Saturday off the Pacific coast of Mexico, in the third attack in a month.

The Mexican Navy deployed personnel to warn people about sharks at beaches in Zihuatanejo, a resort northwest of Acapulco, according to a Navy official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release the information.

He said authorities have not closed beaches in Zihuatanejo, but people were being advised against swimming.

A day earlier, a 21-year-old Mexican surfer was killed by a shark off a nearby beach.

Jose Ernesto Sanchez, head of the Naval Hospital in Zihuatanejo where the American man was admitted on Saturday, said he had bites to his right hand.

"Fortunately the injuries he sustained are not serious and not life threatening and we are taking care of it. There is a group of doctors assisting him. He's stable and we are providing all the care he needs," he said.

The Guerrero state Public Safety Department identified the man as Bruce Greems and said that he lived in Zihuatanejo.

The attack took place on Saturday morning in Playa Linda near the touristy resort of Zihuatanejo and came only a day after a 21-year-old Mexican surfer, Aldo Mata, was killed by a shark on another beach in Zihuatanejo.

His friend Jorge Luke witnessed the attack.

"He was sitting on his board and suddenly he turned to one side, lifted his hand and screamed and that was when the shark grabbed him by the hand and bit him. I saw the shark when it hit the surface, it was two meters long, it bit him and pulled him under," he told AP Television.

These two attacks come less than a month after a San Francisco man died after being bitten by a shark while surfing off another Mexican beach.

The day after that attack authorities used baited hooks to catch sharks in the area.

Environmentalists opposed the hunt and have demanded that authorities post signs in the area's beaches warning about the danger of sharks.

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Subjects: Animal attacks, Sharks, Coastlines and beaches, Military facilities, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news, Fish, Marine animals, Animals, Living things, Environment and nature, Military and defense, Government and politics
Locations: Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico
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India Tiger
Title:
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Summary: Villagers chase and tranquilise pregnant tigress that strayed into village
Story No: 554968
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 20/02/2008 11:11 AM
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1. Villagers with sticks chasing tigress

2. Various of tigress in tree

3. Villagers and police at site

4. Tigress in tree

5. Man loading tranquiliser gun

6. Man shooting dart at tigress

7. Crowd watching

8. Close-up of dart in tigress

9. Man pulling dart out of tigress

10. Boy perched on hut watching

11. Villagers trying to get tigress out of tree with sticks; tigress falls as branches snap; then jumps dragging man into pond

12. Tigress charging as villagers run in panic

13. Tigress near the pond; crowd surround animal

14. Wide of tigress trying to stay afloat in pond; people hitting her with sticks

15. Mid of tigress trying to stay afloat

16. Various of people trying to get tigress in net

17. People watching

18. Close-up of tigress in net

19. Wide of tigress being pulled out of pond in net

20. Close-up of tigress in net

21. Man in tree watching

22. Various of tigress being carried away

23. Tigress being taken away in boat

24. SOUNDBITE: (Bengali) Villager, Vox Pop:

"The forest department officials tranquilised the tigress. When the tigress was sedated, they tied her with ropes and cut the branches. As they were trying to get the tigress off the tree she suddenly woke up and jumped on a man and bit him, then she ran away as the villagers chased her and beat her. She fell into a pond and then we tied her legs, put her in a net and the forest department officials took her away in their boat."

25. Villagers watching from another boat

26. Pull-out from tigress in net to wide of boat

STORYLINE:

Forest guards tranquilised then rescued a pregnant tigress from a date palm tree hours after it strayed into a village near the Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in eastern India, an official said on Tuesday.

The tigress perched herself in the tree to escape a group of villagers chasing her and it took nearly 14 hours to tranquilise, then catch her on Monday, said Kanti Ganguly, Sunderbans affairs minister of West Bengal state.

The tigress suffered minor injuries from stones and burning sticks the frightened villagers threw at her in Deulbari, about 250 kilometres (150 miles) south of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state, Ganguly told The Associated Press.

After guards nursed her wounds they took the tigress in a boat and released her deep inside the mangrove reserve on Tuesday, said Atanu Raha, the state's chief conservator of forest.

Raha said the tigress received some injuries while being tranquilised and caught but was treated and found fit to be released in the reserve area.

The Sunderbans, nearly ten-thousand square kilometres (3,860 square miles) of marshlands and mangrove forests along the coast of the Bay of Bengal, is one of the few remaining natural tiger habitats in India.

Tigers have been slowly disappearing from forests and reserves in India due to poaching, growing tourism, and a shortage of properly trained forest guards.

The tiger population has dropped from nearly 3,600 five years ago to about 1,411, the government run Project Tiger said last week.

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Subjects: Tigers, Animals, Forests, Marine plants, Mammals, Living things, Environment and nature, Plants
Locations: India, South Asia, Asia
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UK Dog Attack
Title:
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Summary: Police news conference on dog attack which killed baby boy
Story No: 548763
Source: SKY, AP Photo
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 29/12/2007 17:56 PM
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SKY

Wakefield, UK, 29 December 2007

1. Wide of cordoned-off area near scene of attack

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2. Archie-Lee Andrew Hirst who died after he was savaged by a Rottweiler dog in the back yard of his grandparents' home, on Friday, December 28, 2007, in Wakefield, England.

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Wakefield, UK, 29 December 2007

3. Various of forensic police at the scene

4. Wide of policewoman near cordoned-off area

5. Close-up of sign on police vehicle

6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Detective Superintendent Steve Payne, West Yorkshire Police:

"For no apparent reason, the dog snatched the baby from the seven-year old's arms. It was taken into the yard and it was attacked. The seven-year-old is clearly distressed at this time and is being dealt with by specially-trained officers. She then went upstairs and alerted the auntie in relation to what was happening. I have to pay tribute to the auntie, who attempted to rescue the child from the rottweiler. She struck the rottweiler a number of times, but it wouldn't let go of the child."

7. Various of hospital where the boy died

STORYLINE:

Police on Saturday, praised the aunt of a 13-month-old boy mauled to death by a rottweiler, for her bravery in trying to stop the attack.

Archie-Lee Andrew Hirst was snatched from his seven-year-old aunt's arms in the yard of his grandparents' home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire on Friday, where the boy was staying with his grandparents during the Christmas holidays, Britain's Sky News reported.

"For no apparent reason, the dog snatched the baby from the seven-year old's arms. It was taken into the yard and it was attacked," Detective Superintendent Steve Payne from the West Yorkshire Police told Sky News.

"She then went upstairs and alerted the auntie in relation to what was happening. I have to pay tribute to the auntie, who attempted to rescue the child from the rottweiler. She struck the rottweiler a number of times, but it wouldn't let go of the child," he added.

Archie-Lee was later taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

Payne, who is leading the investigation, said the younger aunt was "clearly distressed" and was "being dealt with by specially-trained officers."

Armed officers attended the house within nine minutes of the emergency call, according to the British news agency Press Association.

They found the rottweiler in an agitated state and the animal was destroyed, the Press Association reported.

A post mortem carried out on Saturday showed the boy died from injuries consistent with a dog attack.

Payne added that the rottweiler was a two and a half year old female which the family had owned for about six months, and had showed no previous signs of aggression, the Press Association reported.

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Subjects: Animal attacks, Infanticide, Police, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news, Homicide, Violent crime, Crime, Law enforcement agencies, Government and politics
Locations: Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
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Mexico Mauling
Title:
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Summary: 56 yrd old man mauled to death by big cats kept near factory
Story No: 525189
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 05/06/2007 05:28 AM
People: Antonio Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar
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1. Lion looking out from cage

2. Dead tiger, tied to pole

3. Close up, tiger's mouth, with wooden gag

4. Tiger's head

5. Dead tiger, in open cage

6. Victim, lying down, partly visible through bars

7. Police

8. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Luis Rosales Gamboa, Police Investigator

"When we arrived here the people from this company did not allow access, so it didn't allow the authorities to do something for this man." (referring to mauled man)

9. Lion in cage

10. Empty cage

11. People looking at cage

12. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Adriana Rivero, PROFEPA representative (Federal Office for Wildlife Protection)

"We are seeing that the security measures here were very deficient, the cell bars have about 25 centimetres between one another, that allows this type of accident with ease."

13. Paramedic with equipment

14. Dead tiger

15. SOUNDBITE: (Spanish) Antonio Castillo, Local Resident

"I saw it after the attack took place. People running around with sticks, I can't imagine what else they could have done."

16. Truck arriving

17. Truck leaving with police car (AUDIO : Sirens)

STORYLINE

A 56-year-old man was mauled to death on Monday by a lion and a tiger kept on the roof of a small Mexico City meat packing plant, local media reported.

Antonio Aguilar, the animals' caretaker, was near the big cats when the lion swatted at his legs and the tiger helped pull him into their cage, witnesses said.

City officials said they would issue a news release about the attack later on Monday and refused to confirm details.

Red Cross paramedic Alberto Xochigua told the local newspaper 'Reforma' that Aguilar was still alive when paramedics arrived at the plant in the Iztapalapa neighbourhood. He said Aguilar bled to death after suffering arm and leg injuries.

Mexico City animal experts shot the felines with a tranquiliser gun to recover the body, Radio Formula reported.

Authorities were questioning the cats' owner to determine whether he had permission to keep exotic animals.

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Subjects: Municipal governments, Animals, Occupational accidents, Carnivores, Local governments, Government and politics, Environment and nature, Workplace safety, Personnel, Corporate news, Business, Mammals, Animals, Tigers, Lions, Animal attacks, Living things, Mammals, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news
People: Antonio Aguilar, Antonio Aguilar
Locations: Mexico City, The Federal District, Mexico
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Belgium Caterpillars
Title:
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Summary: Infestation of toxic caterpillars in small Belgian town
Story No: 524754
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 31/05/2007 19:54 PM
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1. Wide pan of oak trees outside town

2. Cluster of caterpillars on tree, zoom in to caterpillars

3. Various of caterpillars on tree

4. Various of line of caterpillars walking across road

5. Wide of local council workers in protective clothing on crane

6. Various of workers on crane burning caterpillars with gas flame

7. Worker brushing dead caterpillars off crane

8. Close-up of dead and nearly dead caterpillars

9. Wide of emergency meeting of local council and fire department officials

10. Various of officials talking, papers

11. SOUNDBITE: (Flemish) Ernest Essess, Bree fire station Lieutenant:

"It can be very irritating and very painful. What is also possible is that when people inhale the caterpillar hairs it can cause some sort of asthmatic attack. In the worst case scenario, and we are lucky that this hasn't happened yet, it is possible that someone can go into shock and it can become life threatening."

12. Wide of horses in field at Berkenbroek stud farm

13. Stable hand Ryan Harvey walking with horse "Starsky"

14. Mid shot of Starsky

15. Close-up of wound caused by caterpillars

16. Wide of Starsky biting and rubbing his side, attempting to stop itching

17. SOUNDBITE: (English) Ryan Harvey, stable hand at Berkenbroek stud farm:

"Generally we've had a couple that we have had to put them back in the stable and they have not calmed down because they are just so annoyed by this on their body, that we have had to call the vet. And the vet has had to come out and give them something to relax them, and to stop the inflammation and the itching."

18. Various of stable hands putting protective blanket on Starsky to avoid caterpillars

19. Various of Starsky in protective blanket looking out of stable

STORYLINE:

An area of eastern Belgium was struggling on Thursday to contain an infestation of toxic caterpillars that were causing discomfort amongst both humans and animals.

Numbers of oak processional caterpillars (Thaumetopoea processionea Linnaeus) have grown to record levels due to the unseasonably warm weather the region has witnessed during spring, experts say.

The area effected by the infestation has grown dramatically since last year, encompassing most of the Limburg region, including the towns of Bree and Meeuwen.

Their numbers are now thought to be in the (m) millions.

The hairs on the back of the caterpillars are toxic to humans, causing anything from mild itching (akin to a stinging nettle) to painful irritations, asthma attacks and possibly death.

In the countryside outside the town of Bree, 140 kilometres (87 miles) from Brussels, local council workers were using naked gas flames to burn the caterpillars from the oak trees, the only tree they inhabit.

Using fire serves the double purpose of killing the caterpillars and destroying their hairs.

Council workers dressed in protective clothing and masks were using cranes to access the higher branches of the trees.

According to Ernest Essess, a Lieutenant at Bree fire station, the worst-case scenario is that a person inhaling the hairs "can go into shock and it can become life threatening"

Although no cases of extreme reactions have yet been reported, local authorities in the Limburg region of Belgium are taking no risks and are working to eradicate the caterpillars as swiftly as possible.

Officials say that due to a genetic mutation that occurred some 100 years ago, the caterpillars are immune to anti-pest spays usually favoured by authorities in such cases.

First sighted in 1758 in the Netherlands, the caterpillars have slowly spread southwards, feeding on oak leaves and nothing else.

The caterpillars' hairs, some 700-thousand on each animal, are millimetres thin and can be carried airborne by the slightest gust of wind. The caterpillars can also shoot their hairs off into the wind if they feel threatened.

Next week, 22 soldiers from nearby Leopoldsburg will be drafted into the area to assist in the disposal operation. officials said.

At the nearby Beckenbroek stud farm, the horses have also been feeling the effects of caterpillar hairs.

Of the 250 horses on the farm, some 50 have been affected. The stings soon get aggravated by the constant scratching and biting of the horses.

Starsky, a 10-year-old gelding horse, is no exception.

Due to his discomfort, the stable hands at Beckenbroek have been forced to put a specialist blanket all over him to protect him from the caterpillar hairs.

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Subjects: Oak trees, Municipal governments, Horse breeding, Winds, Deciduous trees, Trees, Plants, Environment and nature, Local governments, Government and politics, Livestock farming, Agriculture, Agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, Industries, Business, Weather, Municipal governments, Horse breeding, Oak trees, Local governments, Government and politics, Livestock farming, Agriculture, Agriculture, food and beverage manufacturing, Industries, Business, Deciduous trees, Trees, Plants, Living things
Locations: Bree, Flanders, Belgium
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US Shark
Title:
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Summary: Fisherman gets a shock when captured shark bites his hand
Story No: 516021
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 14/03/2007 22:47 PM
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Delray Beach, Florida - 9 March 2007

1. Gregory Kuehlewind and friend trying to get fish hook out of shark's mouth

2. Kuehlewind after being bitten by shark

Delray Beach, Florida - 13 March 2007

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gregory Kuehlewind, bitten by shark:

"When the shark latched onto my hand a whole lot really didn't go through my head other than, try not to let the damage worsen. I felt where the teeth were in my hand pretty easily. They sunk all the way to the bone very quickly and the pressure was very continuous. There was no chewing to it at all - there was more of just a clamp. So the motion of it was very simple and then when I felt it simply latch onto the bone and kind of stuff I just wanted it off of there and after it came off of there and I could feel my hand was, I could still move everything pretty well. You know, there was no thought of being worried ever really, it happened so quickly. I mean to sum everything up it was a blur - one second you know the hook was almost out of the mouth and the next second my hand was almost entirely in the mouth."

4. Close-up of Kuehlewind's hand, four days after the attack

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Gregory Kuehlewind, bitten by shark:

"The plan originally was to just cut the line, leave the hook in there to rust. But we didn't have any more hooks that day and we had plenty more bait, so I figured it would be fun to go back out and try to catch another one so - bad decision but I guess you know I wanted to get the hook out so I stuck my hand down there seeing as we didn't have any pliers."

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Delray Beach, Florida - 9 March 2007

6. Kuehlewind and friend catching shark while in kayak

7. Various of men trying to bring shark ashore

8. Shark on beach

STORYLINE:

A Florida surfer was captured on a home video last Friday being bitten by a shark on Delray Beach in Florida after he and a friend had caught it with a fish hook.

Gregory Kuehlewind and a friend had been kite surfing before going out fishing for sharks in a kayak.

The two men said they had already seen sharks swimming in the area.

After catching a five foot shark, Kuehlewind was trying to remove the hook from the shark's mouth, when he got bitten.

"When the shark latched onto my hand a whole lot really didn't go through my head other than, try not to let the damage worsen. I felt where the teeth were in my hand pretty easily. They sunk all the way to the bone very quickly and the pressure was very continuous," Kuehlewind said.

Kuehlewind said he had been interested to see what kind of sharks they were.

He said he didn't want to harm the sharks but just to catch and release them.

"The plan originally was to just cut the line, leave the hook in there to rust. But we didn't have any more hooks that day and we had plenty more bait, so I figured it would be fun to go back out and try to catch another one so - bad decision but I guess you know I wanted to get the hook out so I stuck my hand down there seeing as we didn't have any pliers," Kuehlewind added.

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Subjects: Sharks, Animal attacks, Fish, Marine animals, Animals, Living things, Accidents, Accidents and disasters, General news
Locations: Florida, Florida, United States
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India Leopard 2
Title:
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Summary: Hunt for leopard that killed three children
Story No: 510222
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 19/01/2007 20:36 PM
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1. Various of village

2. Wide shot of girl injured by the leopard crying ;being consoled by her mother

3. Close up girl crying

4. Mid shot of woman looking through a broken window through which leopard attacked

5. Wide of wild life officials talking to the villagers

6. Wide of wildlife officials inspecting foot prints of the leopard

7. Wide of woman

8. Wide of villagers and wildlife officials looking at a trap set up for catching the leopard

9. Various of an animal put inside a trap for catching the leopard

10. Wide of wild life officials checking functioning of the trap

11. SOUNDBITE (Urdu ) Qazi Mohd Afzal, minister for Wildlife and Forests

"Four children were mauled to death by the leopard...We have lost four lives. I am the forest minister and I also feel very sorry if any of the wild animals perish, but as a human being it is very sad if a child, a youth or a woman is killed in an attack by a wild animal. Day before yesterday a girl had been eaten up by a wild animal and only her head had remained there. What would be her parents doing? "

13. Wide of hunters with guns on their shoulders patrolling in the village

14. Various of hunters

15. Wide shot of hunters waiting for the leopard.

STORYLINE :

Police and villagers in Indian-controlled Kashmir are hunting for a killer leopard believed to have eaten three children in the last week.

The children, ages 8 to 10, were mauled to death by a leopard near the Chatergul village last week, officials said.

A 10-year-old boy also was killed there last month.

A $225 reward will be given to anyone with information on tracking down the leopard, said police officer Hemant Lohia.

Professional hunters are assisting the locals in setting the trap.

Leopards are protected under the Indian Wildlife Act and their killing is punishable by up to six years imprisonment.

Wildlife officers said an exception to laws protecting the animals had been made.

Leopard attacks on humans sometimes increase in winter when the animals are forced down from their natural ranges by snow in search of food.

Chatergul village is 56 miles south of Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state.

In the last six months, 10 people have been killed by wild animals in two districts of Jammu-Kashmir state, while a similar number of bears and leopards have been killed in the same time, Lohia said.

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Locations: Jammu, Kashmir, India
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Zimbabwe Lion
Title:
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Summary: Japanese woman killed by lions at wildlife park
Story No: 459356
Source: APTN
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Date: 21/08/2005 21:31 PM
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1. Pan of safari park

2. Lion safari park sign

3. Warning signs in safari park reading (in English) "Please do not tease or touch any animal"

4. Visitors walking in safari park

5. Lion eating meat at safari park

6. Lions fighting

7. Various of lions eating at safari park

8. Lion sleeping on rock

9. Lions in enclosure

10. Close up of lion

11. Lion eating meat

12. Various signs in park

13. Visitors to safari park

14. Sign reading (in English) "Do not tease the animals"

15. Rocks and trees

16. Monkey behind wire

17. Close up of lion eating meat

18. Various of crocodiles

19. Visitors in park

20. Close up of warning sign in park reading (in English) "This barrier is for your protection; Do not touch"

STORYLINE:

A pride of lions attacked a Japanese visitor at a Zimbabwe wildlife park last week, state media reported on Sunday.

She later died in hospital from her injuries.

The attack - thought to be the first of its kind in Zimbabwe - happened on Thursday at the Lion and Cheetah Park at Norton, 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital, Harare, assistant police commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena told the Sunday Mail newspaper.

The 50-year-old woman was about to leave the park''s 20-hectare (49-acre) lion enclosure on foot with five other people from the Japanese Embassy and park employees when one of the animals attacked, Bvudzijena said.

She was rushed to Parirenyatwa Teaching Hospital in Harare, but died of her injuries the following day, the newspaper reported.

The victim''s identity was not released.

The newspaper reported that she was linked to the embassy, but did not elaborate.

It was not immediately clear what the group was doing on foot inside the enclosure.

Police, park officials and officials at the Japanese Embassy were not available to comment on Sunday.

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India Leopards
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Summary: Leopards responsible for spate of killings in Mumbai
Story No: 421831
Source: APTN
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Date: 06/07/2004 10:01 AM
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1. Various of leopard caught by forest officials, roaring inside the cage

2. Various of homes and people living close to the national park, woman washing clothes

3. Cat watching

4. Women with children sitting in forest area

5. SOUNDBITE (Hindi) Vaibhav Dutta Tripathi, Forest officer:

"The leopard attacked me face to face, from the front. I had a pipe in my hand and I pushed it back - that's how I was saved. But I was injured... on my head and arms."

6. Various of Tripathi showing injuries on his arm and head

7. Srinath Yadav, relative of a victim, showing the hut from where his relative was dragged out and killed by the leopard

8. SOUNDBITE (Hindi) Srinath Yadav, Relative of victim:

"The leopard keeps coming back... we have small children and this is a big problem especially at night. The state administration is not helping us - they only talk about the steps they will take but nothing has been done."

9. Various of new buildings being constructed close to the forest area

10. Various of forest officer putting a microchip in the leopard's tail to track its movement once it is released into the forest

11. SOUNDBITE (English) K.D.Batwe, Forest officer:

"See, basically the reason behind such type of attacks is encroachment on the forest land on the periphery.Then so many buildings are coming up in the neighbouring areas of the park - and because of that there are lots of dogs in that area - and leopard is naturally attracted towards that area."

12. Various of forest officials preparing traps to capture leopards

13. Various of deer, rabbit and pig to be released into the national park as food for the leopards that stray to the fringes of the park in search of prey

14. Various of forest guard being trained to put on protective clothing and patrol the area

15. Various of captured leopard in cage

STORYLINE:

Leopards from a national park on the edge of Mumbai, India's largest city, have killed 10 people this month , prompting forest officials to let loose pigs and rabbits to feed the big cats.

The killings are up sharply from previous years, and six of this month's deaths occurred outside the park as leopards extended their range in search of food and strayed to the fringes of the park.

This month, forest officials have caught three leopards outside the park which they intend to release in other forests in western Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai, also known as Bombay, is the capital.

Since the beginning of the year, 14 people have been killed by leopards in the district, including this month's 10 deaths, and another five have been mauled.

Some 15 deadly leopard attacks were reported last year and 11 in 2002.

Early last week, a leopard dragged an 18-year-old boy from a doorless, tin-roofed hut on a hill in dense forests just outside the park.

Relatives said his cries for help roused them, but by the time they ran out with sticks and torches, the leopard had already ripped the teenager's throat.

In a separate attack Monday, a 52-year-old man was killed by a leopard inside the park.

Conservationists blame the growing danger on the urbanisation of the area.

They say some 11-thousand squatters live illegally in the park and about one (m) million people live in nearby suburbs.

The forest - spread over 100 square kilometres (40 square miles) - was made a national park in the 1970s.

Over the years as the city expanded, apartment blocks were constructed along its rim and illegal squatter colonies cropped up inside.

Police routinely evict the squatters who promptly return after operations end and conservationists have warned of the hazards due to the lack of a buffer zone between the park and human settlements.

Residents have demanded adequate lights and patrols.

Traps are being set up outside the park by the forest officials .

A low voltage electric fence will be built to prevent the estimated 30 leopards from leaving Sanjay Gandhi National Park and wandering into nearby residential areas.

Officials say in the next few weeks, 500 wild boar and 40 deer will be released as leopard prey.

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Locations: India
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