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Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena

Elderly man escapes being mauled by hyena Sagaya Fernando   An elderly man and a biker escaped from the fangs of death after a striped hyena, a ferocious wild animal, sprang a surprise attack on them at Kharpudi village about 45 km from Pune city in Maharashtra (India) on September 6.   The elderly man carrying a bucket and accompanied by a dog was walking on the road along a thickly wooded area when suddenly the dog senses danger and backs away, while the hyena charged out of the bushes and started attacking him. Alarmed passersby jumped to his rescue, with a man armed with a stick started hitting the wild animal. The frightened hyena left its hold and escaped into the buses.   Earlier the same hyena attacked a man riding a bike claim the villagers.   In a twist to the tale, the hyena was later found dead by the villagers.   Deputy Conservator of Forests (Junnar Division) Jayaramegowda R said, “One elderly person and a biker were injured in the attack by a hyena in Kharpudi village. A
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Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over

Quick reflexes by train pilot saves man being run over Sumesh Rajan Mumbai The quick reflexes of a train pilot who applied emergency brakes saved an elderly man walking on the rail track being run over in India. 70-year-old Hari Shankar was crossing the track from one platform to another at Kalyan station (near Mumbai in Maharashtra) even as 02193 Mumbai-Varanasi Special Train started departing from platform number 4. From his seat in the train, the pilot couldn’t see Hari Shankar crossing the track just ahead of locomotive. But, the Chief Permanent Way Inspector Santosh Kumar who was at the platform noticed the movement of Shankar on the tracks and raised an alarm. Hearing the shouts, locomotive pilot S K Pradhan and assistant loco pilot Ravi Shankar G without any second thoughts applied the emergency brakes. By this time, the elderly man had come under the front portion of the engine and got stuck, but fortunately was unhurt. The two loco pilots then jumped down and pulled the stunne

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village

Crocodile strolls into Karnataka village Sumesh Rajan 4 July 2021 A huge crocodile made a surprise visit to Kogilban village near the resort town of Dandeli in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka, on July 1, scaring the wits out of the villagers. The reptile had come out of the nearby Kali river, which meanders through the Kali Tiger Reserve (earlier known as Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve), in the district. Fortunately, it did not attack anyone, nor the humans following it at a distance or those taking videos of it. The crocodile walked at a leisurely pace and did not even bother the stray dogs that came near it. The villagers contacted the forest department officials who rushed to the spot and captured it, before releasing it unharmed into the river. According to wildlife officials, Kali river has a sizable population of crocodiles. Keeping that in mind, a crocodile park has been set up in Dandeli.

Man escapes death after huge tree falls on his car

Man escapes death after huge tree falls on his car Sagaya Fernando Mumbai: 19 May 2021 Cyclone Tauktae left a trail of destruction along the west coast of India, bringing down structures, ripping off rooftops and uprooting trees. Many had a lucky escape during this natural calamity. In one such incident, on May 17 morning, a doctor who was driving his Honda City car in the city of Thane, adjacent to Mumbai, was hit by a huge tree uprooted by the gusty winds of 114 kilometer per hour speed. Despite the adverse weather condition, being a medical professional, 45-year-old Vascular Surgeon Dr Ritesh Gaikwad, was on his way to the hospital when the incident took place. When he reached near Naupada Police station in Thane, a huge tree fell on his car crushing it severely and trapping Dr Gaikwad. Seeing the crash, passersby and police personnel rushed to his help. Meanwhile, the fire brigade rescue team who were also alerted about the incident rushed to the site. The crowd of peop

Gentle Giant Plays Gentleman's Game

Gentle Giant Plays Gentleman's Game Animals never cease to amaze us with their intelligence. And, elephants are said to be exceptionally smart creatures. They have the largest brain of any land animal, and three times as many neurons as humans. While many of these neurons exist to control the elephant’s large and dexterous body, these creatures have demonstrated their impressive mental capabilities time and time again. A female elephant has proved this beyond any doubt by playing the game of cricket with much ease! A video of the elephant named Rani, from Plathottam -- a tourist spot -- near Taliparamba town in Kannur district of Kerala, playing cricket with a group of men has gone viral on social media. The elephant wielding a bat by its trunk tackles the ball thrown by the men with ease. The video has attracted diverse comments from netizens. Though many people have made comments commending the elephant, some others have been critical about it saying that

Doctors give new face to man after horrible accident

  Doctors give new face to man after horrible accident   Sagaya Fernando Mumbai, 17 April 2021   A man in India who met with a horrible road accident, was not only lucky to have his life saved but also got his smashed-up face restored by an accomplished microvascular surgeon.     43-years-old Dattatreya Devkate, a resident of Saswad near Pune city in India, and a machine operator by profession was riding on his scooter on March 1 when he met with an accident. His scooter skidded after hitting another motorbike, and he was thrown in the air and fell face down on the gravels beside the road, which resulted in his face tissues being torn off.   He was immediately rushed to Grant Medical Foundation’s Ruby Hall Clinic hospital at Wanowrie in Pune, around 27 kms from the accident spot. At the hospital, Devkate was attended upon by Microvascular and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr Abhishek Ghosh.   “The patient had suffered major injuries to his face and his nose, with the lips and cheeks torn off.

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path

Glacial burst wrecks havoc on its downhill path Sumesh Rajan Mumbai: 7 February 2021  A glacial burst in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand state in India on February 7 has caused massive havoc on its downhill path along the Dhauliganga and Rishiganga rivers.  The disaster occured after a portion of the Nanda Devi glacier broke off in Tapovan area of Joshimath in Uttarakhand.  The Tapovan power plant being constructed over the Dhauligana river and the Rishiganga power project across the Rishiganga river -- a tributary of Dhauliganga -- have been damaged completely with sludge overwhelming the projects, say local officials.  Over 150 people are said to have lost their lives in this disaster and scores are missing. Ten bodies have been recovered so far from the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) power project site at Tapovan, said the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials. The missing persons are believed to be labourers working at the dam sites and villagers along the river. T