Philippines: man attacked by a crocodile after trying to take a selfie

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Philippines: man attacked by a crocodile after trying to take a selfie

Nehemias Chipada, a 68-year-old man, was attacked by a 3-meter-high crocodile in a Philippine park after the man tried to take a selfie with the animal. But this is where the situation becomes even more assertive (and shows once again how little respect one has for animals in captivity): the man would have mistaken, according to local media, the crocodile for a statue, approaching without too many hesitations.

The incident allegedly happened at the Amaya View park in Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines. Chipada would then be able to free himself from the bite of the crocodile that was trying to drag him towards the bottom of the pond.

He allegedly suffered deep and serious injuries to his arm and legs. After being examined by doctors, the man was diagnosed with several fractured bones and eight wounds to be sutured between the left arm and thigh. Below you can read the statement of the Amaya View park

Can Black Widow spider bite cause myocarditis?

The black widow is considered to be one of the most poisonous spiders on the planet.

Its life is nocturnal and during the day it remains in its den or under a stone. It is a predator that feeds mainly on insects or other arachnids. The prey is captured by means of the web that is woven at the entrance to the lair.

Once it falls into the web, the prey is immobilized and the poison is injected, after which enzymes start the digestive process from the outside, dissolving it; it is finally aspirated. It also has the ability to cast its web at a short distance thanks to a fourth pair of legs: this ability can be used both to better trap prey and to defend itself from small predators.

It is found primarily in North America, more specifically in the eastern United States. And although less widespread, in Mexico and Canada in the province of Ontario. In Italy Latrodectus tredecimguttatus is found, less dangerous than the American relative and rarely fatal.

It populates the most varied environments, but prefers hot and dry climates. The black widow is considered to be one of the most dangerous spiders in the world. If bothered, it attacks by biting and injecting a very small amount of poison which can, in rare cases, be fatal.

Its bite is not very painful, but the venom acts quickly causing initially numbness in the affected area followed by muscle stiffness, sweating, headache, nausea, intense abdominal pain accompanied by abdominal and back stiffness, breathing difficulties, dizziness and an increase in body temperature.

Applying ice to the bite site may relieve pain but administration of the antidote is still required. However, the study: Acute Myocarditis After Black Widow Spider Bite: A Case Report, published on the Cardiology and therapy, said us: "The black widow spider (BWS) is a venomous spider whose bite can cause various clinical conditions that range from local damage to serious systemic complications, including death.

Cases of myocarditis following a BWS bite are rare but they can be fatal on occasion. However, the prognostic significance of the bite and presentation of myocarditis is unknown. Our case involved a 50-year-old man who presented with myocarditis after being bitten by a BWS and subsequently admitted to the intensive care unit for cardiac monitoring.

During the hospital stay, he showed worsening signs on both the electrocardiographic and echocardiographic evaluations despite therapeutic success. Subsequent cardiac magnetic resonance and coronary angiography investigations showed no significant alterations; blood and instrumental test results slowly improved, and the patient wa s discharged home after 12 days of hospitalization without complications.

This case illustrates that acute myocarditis, although an infrequent complication of BWS bite, has the potential to be lethal. The correct diagnosis, which is not always easy to formulate, is important to identify those patients who can benefit from careful monitoring and specific therapies aimed at reducing the risk of life. "