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Top 10 The Most Weird Ways Animals Die

By Tram Anh Apr 1, 2024

10. The Dove of the Fastball

Randy Johnson, who would go on to become a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, took the mound in a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants on March 21, 2001, for the Arizona Diamondbacks. A baseball blooper of legendary proportions was about to be born out of his naiveté.

A fastball thrown by Johnson nearly touched 100 miles per hour. “The Big Unit” was not an insult. Unfortunately, a mourning dove flew directly in front of the ball as it sped toward the batter. A mist of feathers and a swarm of astonished bystanders were the only remnants of the instantaneous demise of the bird that the ball struck.

The umpires had to confer over the call after removing the dove and cleaning up its feathers because there was no rule governing an animal interfering with the pitch.

9. Mary, the Murderer

Sullivan County, Tennessee welcomed the Sparks World Famous Shows circus in September 1916. The Kingsport city parade took place on the 12th. Red Eldridge, who was in charge of the 30-year-old female Asian elephant called Mary, was riding her at the head of the line.

The Sparks Circus, for all its showmanship, was a run-of-the-mill enterprise that lacked the resources to employ a competent handler. True enough, Eldridge’s most recent job was as a bellhop for a hotel. On that very day, the circus had recruited him despite his lack of education and expertise with handling wild, dangerous animals. Nobody foresaw that things would turn out badly.

In any case, an incident occurred during the procession. We have no idea what it is. Rumor has it that Red stuck a diseased tooth in Mary’s mouth, that he ripped her ear with a hook, or that she simply disliked the man. The outcome remained unchanged: Mary lost her composure, pushed Eldridge off her, and then murdered him. The precise mode of execution remains unknown.

Charlie Sparks was now facing an issue. The locals were hell-bent on killing Mary, his “cash cow” elephant. He grudgingly agreed to have “Murderous Mary” hanged because no city would welcome his circus while she was at large. The only question was how to go about it.

They went to the neighboring town of Erwin, where the railroad repair business was booming. It was decided to hang Mary from a heavy-duty industrial derrick that they had on hand. Sparks, who was not one to let a chance like this pass him by, extended an invitation to the entire town, inviting them all at no extra cost.

8. Basel’s Devil’s Cock

You may come across references to roosters laying eggs on occasion. The question is, can a male chicken lay eggs? The easy way to put it is “no.” The trickier way to put it is “not really,” although it appears that it could…In reality, the right ovary secretes testosterone since the hen underwent a spontaneous sex reversal because to a malfunctioning left ovary. This causes the bird to swell, develop a more masculine appearance, and maybe even begin crowing. What this means is that she is a hen in disguise who acts and looks like a cock.

Now that we know how it works, we just consider it a strange natural phenomenon. Such anomalies, however, were obviously Satan’s doing in mediaeval times. Worse yet, cocks’ eggs were thought to be potent witchcraft materials. Some even went so far as to say that these eggs could be utilized to produce cockatrices, which are serpent-like creatures with two legs.

In 1474, in such a setting, a hapless chicken was thought to be a rooster in Basel, and when it produced an egg, chaos ensued. Animals were brought before a judge “for the horrible and unnatural crime of laying an egg” after both the egg and the bird were apprehended. The bird and its egg were both burnt at the stake after being judged guilty of sorcery.

7. The Cozy Toppers

A person feels insulted when called a “sheep” because it implies they are readily swayed by others and lack independent thought. If people knew about a peculiar incident that occurred in Turkey in 2005, they could reconsider their opinion on whether this depiction is slightly unjust to the sheep.

Outside of Gevas, close to the coast of Lake Van, a massive flock of sheep was grazing. A total of about 1,500 sheep belonged to the several families residing in the town. Once, a solitary sheep came perilously close to a cliffside and, for reasons understood by no one but itself, leapt from the precipice, certain of its own demise.

It seemed like a fine plan, so the other sheep went along with it. As 1,500 sheep tipped over the edge of the cliff, the shepherds could do nothing but stare in terror. More than four hundred and fifty animals perished. Those who leapt later were only able to avoid certain death because the pile of carcasses was high enough to act as a cushion.

6. The Atomic Buffalo

When nuclear weapons or components were involved in an accident that did not threaten to trigger nuclear war, the US military uses the term “broken arrow” to describe it. The Pentagon has documented 32 similar events since 1950, with the most infamous happening on May 22, 1957, when a Convair B-36 bomber inadvertently detonated a Mark 17 hydrogen bomb near Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the south.

The 42,000-pound thermonuclear weapon was being transported from Biggs Airfield in El Paso, Texas, to Kirtland Air Force Base by the airplane. The h-bomb was detachable from its casings, tumbled through the sealed bomb bay doors, and crashed to the ground; nevertheless, the precise reason for the failure remains a mystery.

The nuclear components were intentionally kept out of the weapon for safety reasons. Conventional explosives went off upon impact, creating a crater that was 25 feet wide, but the Mark 17 was never going nuclear. It landed in an empty field, which was a blessing in disguise, but it did claim the life of one unfortunate cow who was grazing nearby.

5. The Cubby of Cocaine

Cocaine Bear, a recently released film, depicts an animal that, as the title suggests, becomes severely intoxicated and goes on a rampage. That may sound like something out of the most bizarre realms of Hollywood imagination, but it actually has its roots in a real story.

Once upon a time, in 1985, infamous drug smuggler Andrew Thornton was transporting cocaine from Colombia to the United States when his plane crashed. In a final effort to steer the plane clear of trouble, Thornton detonated his cargo just before the crash. The medications made it to a woodland outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, unscathed, but the plan failed.

Now meet our adorable main character. A bear who was interested in what he had found a few days earlier tore open the duffel bag as soon as he saw the goodies. Though he had promised himself a small sample, he ended up Tony Montana-style drenching his entire face. Over 70 pounds of cocaine were ingested by the bear before he even realized it.

The subsequent events in the film deviate from the actual ones. The actual bear, in contrast to the terrifying rampage it staged in the film, died of an overdose after consuming 70 pounds of cocaine. Such a path to take, though!

4. The Falaise Seed

This animal trial from the Middle Ages is also known as the “sow of Falaise” because of its notoriety. Assuming the charges are true, the truth is that this one truly merited the death penalty. Actually, of all the animals on this list, this one has committed the most heinous crime. The French village of Falaise had a sow that bit a three-month-old baby in 1386; the baby died from his wounds.

January 9, 1386 was the date of the pig’s execution. There are a number of urban legends concerning the Sow of Falaise because the execution was so sensational back then. According to some accounts, the animal was found dead while costumed as a human. Another theory states that local pigs were brought in to observe the fate of farm animals that had attempted to consume humans. There is no evidence that the local church’s supposed fresco depicting the execution scene has survived.

3. The Fowl Folly of Fabio

Some events, like the Moon landing or the fall of the Berlin Wall, not only become ingrained in popular culture but also come to define a whole generation. That moment, though, came when Fabio murdered a goose with his face, at least for kids of the 90s.

Time had flown—March 30, 1999. The male model Fabio got his start appearing on the covers of romance novels. He was assisting with the launch promotion of a new rollercoaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg on that tragic day. During the inaugural trip, Fabio, as the guest of honor, was seated front and center. Even though Fabio was beaming before the coaster began, he was a bleeding mess when it was over.

A goose swooped down and pecked the model in the face as they were on the ride. The force of the crash was sufficient to kill the bird, although Fabio merely required minor sutures. That is, according to the version of events that was presented to us. Two decades later, Fabio finally came clean about what had transpired. Surprisingly, the bird avoided making contact with him. The goose actually took its own life after crashing onto the rollercoaster’s video camera. Busch Gardens aggressively marketed the first version of the story to avoid culpability after camera shrapnel hit Fabio and cut his nose.

2. Elephant, Topsy

Next, we come to the execution of Topsy the elephant, which is widely considered to be the most infamous animal execution in history. A short film called “Electrocuting an Elephant” was made by Thomas Edison’s film business documenting the electrocution of Topsy at Coney Island’s Luna Park on January 4, 1903.

The fact that Edison was involved in some way contributed to the event’s notoriety. For a long time, he was thought to have orchestrated Topsy’s death as a publicity stunt to demonstrate the dangers of alternating current. Considering how much safer Edison’s direct current was, why would anyone want something in their house that might kill an elephant in an instant?

It sounded slightly like an Edison project. The so-called War of the Currents befell Topsy because of his infamously vicious and unscrupulous commercial practices. But this time Edison was completely blameless. In the early 1890s, alternating current emerged victorious from the War of the Currents. Ten years later, Topsy met her demise. The real bad guys in this narrative were Topsy’s owners, who wanted to kill the elephant for publicity, and his company was merely there to film an odd incident.

1. Two sows, three sheep, two heifers, and a cow

A writer and minister in the New England Puritan tradition, Cotton Mather lived in the 17th century. He became notorious for his part in the Salem witch trials after being a prominent figure in colonial America and a member of the Royal Society of London. Nothing about it matters to us, though, because we are here to discuss the man he accused of having sexual relations with animals.

In his 60s, there lived a man named William Potter. Potter, who was characterized as “zealous in reforming the sins of other people” and “devout and pious,” admitted to beginning his lifelong practice of sodomizing animals at the tender age of 10. On one occasion, his wife saw him with the family dog, but he managed to get her to stop talking about it. Potter owned two sows, three sheep, a cow, and two heifers in his farmyard brothel when he was arrested.

Potter was found guilty and put to death because bestiality was thought of as a manifestation of demonic possession. His bestial “paramours” were beheaded one by one before his execution at New Haven on June 6, 1662; this made him so emotional that he broke down in tears as he approached the noose.

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