Boy, 4, dies after accidentally hanging himself

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 4:12 PM

A 4-year-old boy died Saturday after he accidentally hanged himself at a Minnesota thrift store, according to multiple reports.

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Police said they were called around 5:40 p.m. Saturday to Again Thrift & More in Mankato for a medical call involving a 4-year-old. Medics took him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No foul play is suspected in the boy’s death.

The boy was identified in an online fundraiser aimed at raising money to cover his funeral expenses as Ryu S. Pena, according to the Star Tribune.

Police Cmdr. Daniel Schisel told the Minneapolis newspaper that Ryu “apparently got the hooded sweatshirt he was wearing caught on a hanger attached to the wall.”

Family members were in the store when the child died. Schisel told the Star Tribune that the hanging was “a tragic accident.”

“God gained another angel last night,” Ryu’s aunt, Jessica Cuevas, wrote on the family’s GoFundMe page. “The few short years he was here with us, he never failed to make our day. Ryu was such a sweet boy, with a gorgeous smile (and) a unique little personality.”

Cuevas said Ryu became a big brother four months ago. He is survived by his younger brother, an older sister and his parents.

Police continue to investigate the case.

Female dragonflies play dead to avoid amorous males

Published: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 2:15 PM

Macro portrait of a black darter dragonfly (Sympetrum danae), taken on July 26, 2014. (Photo by Chris Rutter/N-Photo Magazine via Getty Images)
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Female dragonflies are one of only a few animal species that play dead to avoid mating or death, falling out of the sky and remaining motionless until the amorous male dragonfly leaves.

That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Ecology by University of Zurich zoologist Rassim Khelifa, Newsweek reported.

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Khelifa, who documented the behavior while studying dragonflies in Switzerland, said it’s the first time scientists have seen dragonflies feigning death as a means of avoiding mating. 

“I witnessed a dragonfly dive to the ground while being pursued by another dragonfly. The individual that crashed was a female,” the scientist said, according to Newsweek. “She was lying motionless and upside down on the ground.”

Khelifa said he expected the female would be unconscious or even dead, after crashing to the ground.

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“But she surprised me by flying away quickly as I approached,” Khelifa said.

Scientists believe that by playing dead, the female dragonfly may survive longer and possibly reproduce more frequently and more successfully.

 

At least 5 dead, dozens injured as tornadoes hit eastern Texas

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 11:01 PM
Updated: Sunday, April 30, 2017 @ 12:22 AM

Tornadoes tracked across parts of Texas on Saturday, leaving behind a swath of damage, injuring dozens of people and killing at least five, according to multiple reports.

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Preliminary reports to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth indicated that as many as three tornadoes raked over parts of Henderson, Van Zandt and Rains counties in eastern Texas. Crews will survey the damage Sunday to determine the strength of the twisters.

"We have a lot of injuries," a dispatcher with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office told KXAS-TV. The dispatcher added that there was “a lot of damage.”

At least five people were killed in the storms, according to KTVT. None of the victims have been identified.

One person was found dead in a pasture in Canton, the Ben Wheeler Volunteer Fire Department told KTVT. The Canton Fire Department told KXAS-TV that another person was killed along Highway 64 when a tornado threw the person’s vehicle.

Nearly 50 people were taken to hospitals with a variety of injuries after the tornadoes struck, including one with critical injuries.

A dispatcher at the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office told The Associated Press that “officers were chasing numerous injury reports.”

Video from local television stations shows uprooted threes, damaged homes and overturned cars along roadways.

Teen recovering from terrifying shark attack in Gulf of Mexico

Published: Monday, April 03, 2017 @ 6:52 PM

A Kentucky teenager is recovering from a leg wound after she was bitten by a shark in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s Panhandle on Sunday.

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The 17-year-old was attacked by a 5-foot-long shark while swimming near a sandbar in Destin, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

The teen was taken to a local hospital, where she received stitches, but sheriff officials described the injury as “fairly minor.”

Authorities don’t know what kind of shark bite the girl, who was visiting Destin from Louisville, Kentucky, with her high school softball team, media outlets reported.

Shark attacks in the area are rare. The attack Sunday is only the fourth documented shark bite in Okaloosa County since 1882, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

 

Shark bites woman at South Carolina beach

Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ 5:31 PM

A woman was injured Saturday when a shark bit her foot in the waters off South Carolina’s Folly Beach, according to multiple reports.

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The woman, a 36-year-old surfer, was headed back to shore on her surf board when she was bitten on the left heel around 11 a.m., officials told WCBD and The Post and Courier.

Folly Beach firefighters told WCIV that the bite was about 5 inches in diameter. The injured woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that appeared to be minor.

The shark bite is the first reported at Folly Beach this year. Officials told WCBD that they typically get three or four reports of shark bites every year.