When I was 10 or 11 years old, I thought that I could pick up a water snake without getting bitten because it had a fish in its mouth.
Before you can say “Jay Silverheels” the snake spit out the fish and bit my hand.
A boy of that age is obliged to exercise such poor judgment; it’s in his DNA. I also shot a wasp’s nest with a water gun and was rewarded with six stings to the elbow.
Eventually, most of us outgrow this desire to challenge and/or intrude on aspects of nature better left alone. We learn to co-exist, to avoid picking up snakes and shooting wasp nests.
Some do not.
A fisherman in Belarus was one such person. On his way to a lake with friends, he saw a beaver by the side of the road.
No, this is not a joke. I’m serious here.
Anyway . . . when he saw the beaver he decided that he wanted to have his picture taken with it. As he tried to grab it, the rodent bit him several times, with one of the bites severing an artery. The fisherman bled to death.
By the way, a big part of “stupid things people do with dangerous animals” is keeping them as pets. Check out this report of Exotic Animal Incidents.
Here’s a sample:
"2012, PASO ROBLES, CA - A Javan macaque kept illegally as a pet in Paso Robles bit a woman caring for it causing severe injuries on her arm and finger. The macaque is believed to belong to the woman's boyfriend.
"The macaque was kept in a small dog crate inside the couple's trailer and was being fed Frosted Flakes. California Fish and Game is handling the investigation and the owner could be charged with unlawful possession of a restricted species. The macaque has been taken into quarantine for 60 days."
I'm guessing that he was tired of Frosted Flakes.