Briefs from the Wild: Wasps Kill Man, Unsuspecting Hunter Kills Bear

Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
9/12/2013 12:15 PM
Category: Environment

A 60-year-old man was stung to death by wasps last week in Harju County, Delfi reported.

The news website reported that the man had been trying to retrieve a rain jacket from a shed when a wasp nest fell to the ground and broke. Another report claimed that a group of men had been drinking and one of them had attempted to remove the nest, leading to the tragedy.

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On Saturday a young woman near Viljandi shot and killed a bear while hunting beavers, Eesti Päevaleht reported.

The woman spotted a bear 50 meters from her, then radioed other hunters for advice only to find out that a permit to shoot one bear in the area had been issued, but not yet filled, after which she decided to go for the kill. The male bear weighed around 200 kilograms and was about five years old.

Bear numbers have increased over the past few years and are up to a total of 650 in the country.

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A campaign by patrons of the Tallinn Zoological Gardens is asking people to donate their surplus pumpkins to feed the animals. Pumpkins are a favorite food of elephants, organizers said.

While last year organizers collected 150 kilograms of pumpkins, this year they received 200 kilograms on the first day of the drive, Postimees reported.

Organizers said there has been a good pumpkin harvest this year.


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