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25 Powerful Pictures Taken Before Tragedy Struck: Animal Edition

Cynthia Brooke




Tragedy is something that we cannot avoid. For many, it is a fleeting moment of pain that stays with us. For others, there is photographic evidence of the seconds that led up to the tragedy. Here are 25 photos that were taken just before tragedy struck.

Animal Attack– Animals are majestic and fantastic, of that there is no question. They are also however powerful predators that can kill in an instant. Here we see a man cowering before a large white tiger whose enclosure he had fallen into while trying to get a better look. Keepers warned him to get down but he did not listen and the tiger held him there for 15 minutes before mauling him to death.

Goats are Not Pets– in this photo we see a goat attacking a woman that was presumably its keeper. She looks terrified, and she should be, as goats have the ability to cause serious damage and their horns have been known to cause gashes, cuts, and to even lacerate organs.

The Problem With Bears–  Here we see a black bear stalking a hiker who decided to snap a photo. Bears generally do not attack humans unless they feel threatened. It was unclear if this bear was protecting cubs, its home, or if it felt that the hiker was a danger. The bear went on to maul the hiker to death moments after this final photo was snapped.

Ducks Only Look Cute–  most people do not associate ducks with animal attacks. They are however aggressive when threatened and can cause serious damage with their tight bite and sharp bills. Here we see a tourist taking an innocent picture with a duck before it bites her finger.

Surfer Down– When surfer Mick Fanning took to the water he never suspected that he would be attacked by a shark. The shark, though it did not harm Mick, did attack and damage his board as well as scare the living daylights out of him.

Jungle Cat– endangered animals are just as deadly as those that mix and mingle with humans. In this photo we see a jaguar attacking at worker as they try to bring the cat back to the sanctuary where it was kept. The animal, though they tried to tranquilize it, was eventually euthanized shortly after attacking the forest warden in the photo.

Bear Stalker–  this photo shows the intense danger that hunters face every day when they go out for big game. The pair are posing with their kill while a black bear lurks just feet from them. Though the hunters got away, it could have ended tragically.

Fresh Kill– in this photo we see a mountain lion stalking the fresh kill of the hunter in the photo. It is unclear if the cat attacked or not but often predators are drawn to the blood from a fresh kill making them a huge hazard for nighttime hunters that go out for big game like the elk in the photo.

Beware Wild Boar– for those that think wild boar are just wooly pigs, that is anything but true. In this photo we see a hunter being chased by a wild board before he is eventually attacked. Wild boar are very territorial, very aggressive, and their tusks and teeth can cause a huge amount of damage during a frenzied attack.

Gator Attack-  though the photo does seem somewhat comical, gators are very aggressive and their thick hide makes it difficult to subdue or harm them if they do decide to attack at this animal did. The gator did decide to attack and though it might seem small, these animals are very powerful and can do a great deal of damage.

Belly Flop– though this animal caused unintended damage to the boaters and the boat, it did cause a great deal of trouble. The large whale landed squarely on the vessel completely ruining it and gave the fisherman a great scare.

Sharks Gone Wild-sharks are one of the biggest predators that we have to deal with in the ocean and when the film crew of the documentary Shark Men pushed tons of chum into the water to attract sharks, tragedy struck. A large shark attacked and ripped off the leg of one of the men killing him as a result of blood loss.

Child Shark Attack– anytime a child is injured we all cringe and hope for the best. This photo was taken of young surfer Elio Canestri who was surfing in off limits water when he was attacked. He was bitten on the stomach and limbs were torn off. He died as a result of the attack.

Argument Turned Deadly– generally when we hear about an argument turned deadly it is because the other person kills the person they are arguing with. In this case however we see a woman who got out of the car whilst on safari in the part of the park that housed the tigers. The tigers took their chance to pounce and dragged the woman off while one of the other passengers in the car dies while trying to save her.

Steve Irwin– this is the last photo taken of famed wild life expert Steve Irwin before he was killed by a sting ray. Irwin was diving and the ray struck him in the chest causing his heart to stop with its deadly barb.

Tilikum the Killer Whale–  though Tilikum has since passed, the whale caused two deaths and a menagerie of other injuries during his time at Sea World. The whale dragged his trainer under the water during a live show drowning her and can be seen here pulling another trainer under the water.

Siegfried and Roy– we have all heard about the duo and their magic Vegas act involving white tigers. This photo is of the tiger that would eventually maul Roy causing partial paralysis and major scarring.

Snake Charmer Gone Wrong–  snake charming acts are terrifying and in this photo we see a cobra before it attacks well known snake charmer Ali Khan Samsudin fatally poisoning him.

Lion Encounter– lions are beautiful creatures and generally they will leave you alone, unless you are in their enclosure. We see a man in the enclosure just before the massive cat attacks.

Mostly Gentle Giants– elephants are generally very gentle. Here however, we see an elephant as it attacks a safari vehicle.

Running of the Bulls–  the running of the bulls in Spain is known for its danger. Here we see a runner just before they are gored by a raging bull.

Living With Grizzlies– here we see a well known bear expert that went to live among the grizzlies. One night he was mauled to death and the entire event was caught on audio recording.

Turned on Its Trainer– we see a photo of a tiger as it attacks its trainer. It is unknown if the attack was play or real.

Polar Bear Plunder–  here we see a woman being attacked by a polar bear after falling into its enclosure.

Pandas Attack– here we see the normally gentle giant panda attacking the leg of a man.



The Origins of Memorial Day in America: Rooted in a History of Former Slaves and Bravery

Cynthia Brooke



Memorial Day is widely celebrated in the United States, as a way to remember the heroism and sacrifice of those fallen American soldiers. The day has become a time of celebration and community gatherings. With parades, food, and fireworks., it’s just like July 4th. But, while we all know the origins of other American holidays (including the 4th of July), Memorial Day is still shrouded in lost and misunderstood history. The full story is not known, and it’s quite a tale! 

Who Invented Memorial Day? 

The first acknowledged Memorial Day is linked with the tragic loss of life in Charleston, South Carolina that took place toward the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of Union soldiers were left for dead at the Washington Race Course, a makeshift prisoner-of-war camp by the Confederate side. With Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s abrupt surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. The war had taken a brutal toll on both sides, but the end of the war inspired a mass exodus of Charleston by soldiers and citizens alike. Former slaves stayed behind. Inspired by patriotic fervor, they called themselves the “Patriotic Association of Colored Men.” They took it upon themselves to bring honor and dignity to the fallen soldiers left in the race-course prison in unmarked graves when the Confederate soldiers fled. 

They excavated the unmarked mass graves and then dug 257 individual graves, surrounded by a fence to ensure a place of honor and security. Once their final memorial was complete, the community turned out for “Decoration Day,” which is now recognized by many as the first Memorial Day, in 1865.  The event included the march on the race track, singing by 2,800 black school children, preaching by black ministers, and the wide-spread decoration of the graves.  It was a way to honor the soldiers, who’d been viewed as martyrs by the Patriotic Association of Colored Men. 

The Rest is History 

Tragic loss and sacrifice are at the center of virtually every version of the first Memorial Day celebrations, but the scale is important. The Decoration Day tradition was later launched in Waterloo, New York (and yes, they claim to have invented the first Memorial Day). Memorial celebrations for Confederate soldiers took place in April 1866, and then Union Major General John A. Logan declared May 5, 1868, to be Decoration Day. There are a number of conflicting reports and claims for the events and meaning of the commemorations that took place following the cessation of hostilities at the end of the Civil War. But that last event took place at  Arlington National Cemetery. The formalization of the event at Arlington, with the mass decoration of graves with flowers and flags, is part of why the 1868 event is widely considered to be the first national Memorial Day event in US History. 

Memorial Day was then set as a May 30th national holiday, and it has continued to evolve. The true history of the day is complicated by historical bias and the fickle memories of the participants, but the role of these men and women who had once been slaves is important. After all, the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, was just a few years old when the war ended. Former slaves signed up to become Union soldiers en masse. An estimated 25,000 soldiers fought for the Union Army, but approximately 10% of their ranks were former slaves. They fought bravely and with distinction. In fact, 16 black soldiers were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism in battle. It’s about time that we recognized the hidden stories that have for so long gone untold. 

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You Will Not Believe These Classic Era Celebrities Who are Still Rocking Their Golden Years

Anjali DeSimone



Past and Present

Have you ever watched a classic movie from Hollywood’s Golden Era and wondered where are they now, or just assumed that they were not here? Read on to see some of the biggest stars from days gone by who are ruing their own world in the new millennium.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

Brooke Hurbert



Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

Welcome to Irvine


Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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