April 01, 2004
Pet spider kills its owner

Thanks to Cheri for the link! No- Prize to You!

This totally creeped and grossed me out.

Btw love you guys..keep up the great work!!

A MAN who lived in his own “zoo” of lizards and insects was fatally bitten by a pet black widow spider — then eaten by the other creepy-crawlies. Police broke in to Mark Voegel’s apartment to find spider Bettina along with 200 others, several snakes, a gecko lizard called Helmut and several thousand termites had gorged on his body.

Neighbours alerted police after becoming alarmed by the stink.

Read rest of the story here.

Posted by Ellen at April 01, 2004 06:03 PM

eMail this entry!

E this was posted on your site two or three weeks ago, at least. It is indeed creepy

Posted by: Pat on April 1, 2004 07:08 PM

Told her it was, but she didn't believe me. Now I get to be skeeved out all over again! *shudder*

Posted by: Scott on April 1, 2004 07:25 PM

its uhhh.. an APRIL FOOLS joke!...yeah yeah.. That's it!! I didn't forget what I posted a few weeks ago... not me!! NO WAY! :)

Posted by: Ellen on April 1, 2004 07:29 PM

Yeah, Right!

Posted by: Pat on April 1, 2004 07:39 PM

Vampire Bats Kill 13 People in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Rabies-carrying vampire bats killed at least 13 people in a remote Amazon town in Brazil's northern state of Para last month, authorities said on Friday.

The state health care department said the thumb-sized creatures had attacked about 300 people -- an unusually high number -- since March 2 in the riverside Portel area, next to the world's biggest estuarine archipelago of Marajo.

"All the deceased had a history of recent bat attacks and six of them had confirmed human rabies from bat bites," a department spokeswoman said.

Other bite victims received vaccines and other anti-rabies treatment after March 19, when authorities became aware of the problem.

The spokeswoman said government scientists suspect the attacks are linked to a change in the bats' migration pattern caused by deforestation.

"There is no guarantee that we won't have more cases," she added.

The most recent death occurred last weekend.

Vampire bats normally feed on the blood of large birds and sleeping cattle, lapping it from cuts they make with their teeth. They often transmit rabies to cattle.

Posted by: DaninVan on April 3, 2004 11:57 AM
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