A human/wild animal encounter in Alaska:

A shotgun round fired by Seward police to kill a black bear Thursday night pierced the animal, ricocheted and hit a bystander in the abdomen, police say.

The bear died.

The person? Merely bruised...

Thursday's trouble began with reports of a black bear near the small boat harbor at about 10 p.m., according to Seward police. Officers tried and failed to shoo the bear away, police said.

A crowd gathered and the bear, which apparently had been hiding, ran out, Oates said.

Police shot it once with a shotgun. Soon it was running again, Oates said.

The second shot killed the animal but the round didn't stop there.

"I think it went through his ear and maybe out one side of his head. And then, like I say, it ricocheted off something and then hit the bystander," Oates said.


A human/wild animals encounter in South Africa:

Last week, a 12 year old boy was left traumatised after confronting a troop [of baboons] who had broken into his family home.
Hearing noises from the kitchen, he went to investigate and found the beasts ransacking cupboards. When the child fled upstairs to find his babysitter, three males gave chase and surrounded him as he made a tearful phone call to his mother, while the animals pelted him with fruit.
"When he called me he was terrified. They had him surrounded," said the Constantia housewife, who did not wish to be identified.
Chickens, geese, peacocks and even a Great Dane dog have been killed in recent weeks by the marauding baboons - the males have huge and terrifying canine teeth. Roof tiles, electric fences, orchards and vegetables gardens have been trashed.
"Lunch parties in the garden are now just impossible," a homeowner complained. "It is so unrelaxing. Rather than chatting over our meal, we are looking over our shoulders and bolting the food as quickly as we can before it is stolen. We can't even leave a window open in summer."
Those cheeky baboons. How dare they disturb the most human of all pleasures: chatting over a meal.

The tipper for the first link is Carole M. Triem; the second is David Schmader.