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Fox Shoots Hunter in Belarus: 3 Other Cases of Animals Shooting People

Jan 14, 2011 – 3:40 PM
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JJ Helland

JJ Helland Editor

A man in Belarus was apparently outfoxed (sorry, we couldn't resist) by a wounded fox during a hunting trip.

According to media reports on Thursday, the hunter, after shooting the fox, got up close to the creature and tried to finish it off with the butt of his gun. But the fox wasn't completely down for the count, and in the ensuing struggle, it ended up pulling the trigger with its paw.

The man got shot in the leg, and the fox escaped.

We wish we could say this is the first time an animal has ever taken up arms against a human. But alas, it's not. Check out three other examples.

1. Cat shoots man, March 2005
Michigan State Police said Joseph Stanton of Bates Township in Iron County, was shot in the lower torso after his 9 mm handgun went off when one of his cats knocked it to the ground.

2. Dog shoots man, October 2007
James Harris of Tama, Iowa, was wounded in the leg during a pheasant-hunting trip when his dog stepped on his shotgun and discharged the weapon, according to a spokesman from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. "He took between 100 and 120 pellets in about a 4-inch circle to his calf," said Alan Foster.

3. Dog shoots man, January 2010
A man who was duck hunting near Los Banos, Calif., was shot in the upper left back when his Labrador retriever stepped on his shotgun, which had been lying on the ground.

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