Okay now—I certainly can't make light of this, because an actual person died—a real person, with grieving family and bereft friends. I have too many readers to make jokes. (I learned this when, in one of my first editorials at Darkroom & Creative Camera Techniques, I made a flippant reference to "janitors from Dubuque." I subsequently got a lengthy letter from, yes, a janitor in Dubuque, who took pains to rip me several new ones. Yes, sir. Lesson learned.)
This post might, however, require a little theme music.
I do feel vindicated for never pursuing nature photography. Always knew it didn't pay in more ways than one. I'll just repeat the actual headline:
"Man tries to take photo of beaver; it kills him."
Apparently the beaver have had quite enough of us, according to the article. Beaver will attack when threatened, and you have to remember that they chew through wood for a living: big teeth, strong jaws. And remember which direction they're coming at you from. They don't attack from above. As we learn from Primus, you don't want to tickle his chin and give him a pinch or he'll grab you by the kiwis.
It's not funny. It's a little scary, though. Nature photography can be dangerous. Here's the article.
(Thanks to Steve Rosenblum)
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Paul: "[insert inappropriate joke here]"
James Sinks: "I don't know if you've ever seen a beaver up close and personal, but they're big animals. With tail, some of them are 3–4' long, and they're very heavily muscled animals who shred trees with their teeth. And they can move surprisingly fast when they put their minds to it. Luckily they're very timid and their first reaction when they're menaced by a human is to flee. I've spent quite a bit of time with beavers and have taken photos of them up close—even flash photos in the middle of the night—and have never seen anything approaching an aggressive response. They're very placid animals by nature. Not that that's any comfort when there have been two rabid beaver attacks one county over and your activities for the night involve spending several hours standing very still in 9" of water just upstream from a known beaver haunt."
Rob Young: "In Australia, tourists often make the same mistake with kangaroos."
Hugh Crawford (partial comment): "That music video you linked to has about the worst case of 'digital makes everything look like plastic' that I have seen in quite a while."
Will Whitaker: "Somewhat apropos to TOP, similar stories abound regarding badgers."