The unidentified fisherman was driving toward the Shestakovskoye Lake when he spotted a beaver in the road and stopped to take a picture with the rare animal. It was then that the beaver bit them man several times on the his leg, slicing his femoral artery and causing him to bleed out.
The Globe And Mail writes:
The fisherman, who has not been named at the request of his family, was driving with friends toward the Shestakovskoye lake, west of the capital, Minsk, when he spotted the beaver along the side of the road and stopped the car. As he tried to grab the animal, it bit him several times. One of the bites hit a major artery in the leg, according to Sulim.
Sergei Shtyk, the deputy head of the region’s wildlife inspectorate, said of the fatal attack, “It was early morning and already light when they saw a beaver by the road, which was unusual because beavers are nocturnal,” according to the Telegraph.
Eerlier this year, three fisherman in Belarus were attacked by a beaver.
According to reports, The trio had stopped to take pictures of the beaver at Lake Shestakov during their fishing trip. The beaver suddenly attacked the fisherman with the camera, biting him on the thigh. The bite severed the man’s artery.
Despite the efforts to staunch the blood flow, the man shortly bled to death before his friends could get medical assistance.
Beaver attacks are rare and experts say that most occur when the beaver is rabid. Two girls in a Virgina lake were attacked last year.
Wildlife experts attribute the upsurge in attacks partly to spring bringing about more aggressive behaviour in young beavers that are sent away to stake out their own territory. Largely nocturnal, beavers can also become disoriented during the daytime and attack out of fear, according to Viktor Kozlovsky, a wildlife expert.
Beavers have made a comeback in many parts of Europe after having been nearly hunted to extinction. The beaver population in Belarus has tripled in the past decade, reaching an estimated 80,000.
Pictured: The shocking wound that caused a fisherman to bleed to death after he was attacked by a BEAVER