Unexplained Deaths Blamed on 'Unknown Animal' Worldwide

Feral hogs in Texas attacked and killed a woman outside a home.

A Texas woman was found dead after a pre-dawn attack by a group of feral hogs outside a home, the Chambers County sheriff said. Christine Rollins, a 59-year old caregiver to an elderly couple failed to show up at her normal time to care for the couple, the sheriff's office said. The 84-year-old homeowner found her lying in the front yard between her car and the house. Sheriff Brian Hawthorne said in a news conference that "multiple hogs" must have assaulted Rollins when she arrived at work, likely between 6 and 6:30 a.m., when it was still dark outside. "In my 35 years, I will tell you it's one of the worst things I've ever seen," Hawthorne told reporters.

Jefferson County Medical Examiner Shelly Rivers determined Rollins must have been attacked by different hogs because of the varying size of the bites on her body. Officials were initially unsure what killed Rollins, though investigators early on suspected an unknown animal or animals had attacked the care worker. Medical Examiner Shelly Rivers, in neighbouring Jefferson County, later ruled the cause of death as “exsanguination due to feral hog assault,” or that Rollins bled to death as a result of the attack. Although there are no reported hogs in the county. Police suspect a mystery animal, but as of yet no animal has been found, a search showed no sign of hogs around the property.

The home of the couple Rollins cared for sits on roughly 12 acres of land in a town 50 miles east of Houston,  The Sheriff  told reporters his investigators believe Rollins arrived around 6 a.m., when it was still dark — and when feral hogs are typically out. Hawthorne told reporters there were details of the case he did not want to discuss out of respect for the families involved, but he did note that Rollins had been caring for her clients — an 84-year-old and his 79-year-old wife — for about a year and a half.

Wildlife experts investigate death of high school teacher, 77, killed in vicious attack by mystery animal in North Carolina

A 77-year-old high school teacher was killed in an animal attack in North Carolina, Brenda Hamilton was found wounded in Pantego. Investigators were trying to determine what kind of animal had attacked Hamilton?  Canine DNA was found on her clothing, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Preliminary DNA testing doesn't differentiate between wild canines, such as coyotes and wolves, and domestic canines. Samples from domestic canines in the area were being collected for further testing. Authorities received a 911 call Friday around 5.45am stating that someone had been attacked by an animal on Indian Run Road in Pantego, according to a statement released by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Hamilton was found suffering from severe injuries from the attack.

A family in the area told investigators they were “awakened by their dogs barking by the road” and investigated to find “Hamilton who was lying in a ditch submerged up to her shoulders in water,” a sheriff’s office release said. “EMS personnel arrived to find Hamilton suffering from catastrophic injuries to both arms, both legs, and her scalp,” according to the release. “A considerable amount of blood was also found on the road leading Investigators to where Hamilton was found in the ditch. The two dogs found near Hamilton were examined about an hour after the attack by deputies and animal Control Officers. The dogs displayed no signs of aggression,” the release said.

The department took 14 DNA samples from pet dogs in area, but found no match, officials said. “After the completion of all testing and a review of the scientific and circumstantial evidence in this case, we are unable to make a definitive determination as to what type of canine attacked Brenda Hamilton,” said the department. The injuries do not match any known animals.

Mystery Animal Attacks a Child and Kills a number of dogs in New Jersey

Parents of a small toddler were horrified when their young child was attacked and dragged off by a mystery animal whilst visiting New Jersey. The child was reportedly running around with his cousins and uncle in a yard when a mystery animal attempted to grab hold of him and it began to drag him off. The frightened infant was able to break free from the attacking animal, authorities said. The young boy was treated for scratches and bite marks at the hospital and released.

He and his family have since returned to Florida. Until the attack on the infant, authorities in Middletown say they were confounded by a number of random attacks on local dogs. Police say also four puppies were dragged off from McGuires Grove Apartments and later found dead.

French police carry out DNA tests on 67 dogs after pregnant woman mauled to death.

French police investigating the death of a pregnant woman mauled to death by canines while walking in the woods have carried out DNA tests on 67 dogs to try to identify those that attacked her. Elisa Pilarski, 29, was found dead on in November in Retz forest which lies about 90 kilometres northeast of Paris. A Fox hunt with hounds was underway at the time in the forest where she was walking her dogs.

An autopsy showed that she died of bleeding after several dog bites to the upper and lower limbs and the head were noted. Elisa, who was six months pregnant at the time, worked as a riding instructor and was described as an animal lover who had rescued and owned five dogs together with her partner. An investigation has been launched against persons unknown - a common procedure in France at the start of any suspicious death  probe. Trinh said that police still had no main line of inquiry. He confirmed that Pilarski had phoned her partner, who was at work, before the attack to tell him that she had come across "threatening dogs" on her walk. In a Facebook message she also wrote that a strange German shepherd was on the prowl but police had yet to identify that dog, Trinh said.

Pilarski's partner told BFM TV channel that when he first arrived on the scene around 45 minutes later he came across hunting hounds first of all and then a lone rider on his walk in. He then saw a pack of "around 30" dogs near a ravine where he found her body as well as the couple's own dog Curtis, whom he said had been bitten on the head.

Sobbing during the interview, he told BFM that what he initially mistook for a log turned out to be Elisa's bare stomach. She was "entirely undressed" and had been "bitten all over, and you could clearly see they were bite marks," he said. An autopsy revealed that Elisa had died of "bleeding from several dog bites to her upper and lower limbs as well as to her head," he stated "I went to the forest, I saw her 4x4. I looked for her and I met some hunting dogs, a horse rider, and then I called for our dog Curtis and that's when Curtis warned me by barking, I walked towards the precipice, and looked down the ravine, I saw thirty dogs arrive so I moved away,"  Police have yet to announce the conclusion of the DNA found on Elisa’s body.

The Malawi Terror Beast

Another rather infamous case of people killed by mystery or unknown animals happened in March of 2003 when  at least 3 people were killed and 16 others were injured  in a mountainous area of Malawi, Africa.  The secretive creature, which would go on to be known as “The Malawi Terror Beast,” was described as being a very large dog-like animal with somewhat hyena-like features,  known to prowl the remote area and suddenly pounce out of the brush to ravage lone residents walking alone.

Most of the attacks were marked by the unidentified creature’s tendency to crush the skulls of its victims and devour their internal organs and private parts. Those who did survive the attacks came away from the encounter a little worse for wear, with horrific disfigurements including missing ears, eyes, noses, hands, and even their legs, all of which had been savagely ripped out by the mysterious beast. This pattern of so viciously maiming and disfiguring victims made the attacks particularly frightening, sowing profound panic throughout the area to the point where around 4,000 people abandoned their homes to seek refuge in secured town halls patrolled by armed guards. This sudden influx of people fleeing their homes caused concerns among authorities over how they could feed and house so many, and led to a concerted effort to hunt down whatever sort of animal was responsible.

Forest officials in south Garhwa division ask which wild animal mauled to death a 45-year-old woman at her house in Ranka.

“The woman was sleeping alone at her house when she was attacked by the unknown animal. Preyed upon as she slept the beast ate up her shoulders, neck and half of her face,” divisional forest officer Sinha told The Telegraph. Asked whether the animal could be a tiger he stated “There is no history of any tiger lurking here. Therefore, there is not even any remote possibility of any tiger killing the woman,” Sinha said. They are not natural to this region.

Asked if it could be a Leopard, he said leopards have a pattern to their kills that did not match with the woman's injuries. Leopards usually eat the soft tissues like the ones present in the lungs. “Here the lungs of the woman were intact. Leopards also eat bones, but the victim’s bones had only minor scratches. I had a long discussion with the senior officials of Wildlife Institute of India. They also could not say for sure whether a leopard had killed her,” Sinha also ruled out the involvement of the “sloth bear” that have a history of mauling humans in Garhwa and Palamau regions.

Mohan Lal, regional chief conservator of forest in Palamau, said: “There is no concrete evidence to suggest the woman was killed by a leopard. We have also not spotted any pugmarks or any other sign of large cats in the area. Shortly after this incident, we got a report of a calf being killed in Kurund village. Sinha said a post-mortem had been conducted on the body and her family would be paid compensation?

Wolves attack in Northern Saskatchewan as animals lose fear of humans

Sitting in  the dining hall, it sounded like a fight — a midnight scuffle between feuding workers at the Cigar Lake uranium mine perhaps?  A security guard hopped into her vehicle to go and break it up, and as she was driving over there for a split second, her headlights illuminated a scene that was anything but a fist fight: She saw a wolf with its jaws around the neck of a 26-year-old kitchen worker. The truck’s arrival spooked the wolf away and the security guard, who has declined media interviews, sprang out to provide first aid.

An adult grey wolf can easily bite through even the thickest of moose bones; a fleshy human neck provides little obstacle. A few more seconds and the worker likely would have been dead instead of recuperating in hospital. “A single wolf basically pounced on him,” was what a mine representative told the press.
Wolf attacks aren’t supposed to happen this way, but wolves don’t exactly act as expected in Northern Saskatchewan say the locals. On the very rare occasion that a North American wolf bites a human, the animal is usually rabid or surprised; a hiker startling a wolf feeding on a moose carcass, for instance would find himself in trouble. But this wolf had apparently lain in wait for the young mining camp worker. “The whole incident is unusual; very unusual,” said Paul Paquet, a renowned mammalian biologist who works with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and is also providing wolf consultation for Cameco, the owners of the Cigar Lake mine.

The average Canadian hunter can spend their entire lives in the wilderness without spotting a wolf. That’s why nature writers usually describe the animals with such adjectives as “elusive,” “shy” or “secretive.” But at Cigar Lake, Facebook posts have documented wolves following and stalking hikers, wolves making themselves “visible.” Several workers have reported having wolves tail their work crews and keep a watch on them from distant ridge lines. “They are not your normal Wolf, they are absolutely huge … they have no fear of man and they come into the job sites often at night,” said former Cigar Lake worker S.J. Rowe in a message to the National Post. His closest encounter was having a wolf follow him across a frozen lake.
And the pattern is similar across the uranium-mining region of Northern Saskatchewan, one of the richest sources of uranium in the world. On a continent that can go years without a major wolf attack, the area has hosted three suspected wolf attacks on adult men in 12 years. The attacks are all within 100 km of one another, and thus within the range of a single wolf population. 

On New Year’s Eve, 2005, Cameco worker Fred Desjarlais was walking home when a wolf lunged at him from a ditch. Grabbing it around the neck, the burly Desjarlais was able to hold it down until fellow workers could come to his assistance. Ten months later, 22-year-old Kenton Carnegie, a university student at a mining exploration camp, was killed in what a coroner’s jury later determined was a wolf attack. Cigar Lake is roughly halfway between the two 2005 attacks.
The naked Sleeping Mud Covered Man and The Beast of Dean

I received a report from a gentleman who walks his dogs in the Forest of Dean most days and he has had a number of weird and unexplained encounters. One of which stood out to me as really strange and perhaps a little unnerving?

“I was out early again in the woods near Drybrook in the Forest, I was doing my usual dog walk and moving at a steady pace, it was just getting light as I was walking (and yes, it had been a full moon the night before) when on a forest track, I came across a man dressed only in boxer shorts & covered in mud, fast asleep on the path.  He was just laying there in the dirt, and he seemed to be asleep? The dog I was with at the time, an elderly Staffie, wouldn't go near him. I couldn't help thinking about the classic werewolf scenario where the person wakes up in the woods with no memory of what had happened. We promptly left the area. But as you know this is not the only strange experience I have had down there.

There have been many, historical and more recent reports of mysterious creatures living in the woods especially around Parkend. One notable example is the ‘The Beast of Dean’ which was also given the name  ‘Moose-Pig’. Long before reintroduction of wild boar in the area, an animal said to resemble a boar but large enough to crush hedges and make trees fall lurked in the depths of the woods as it thunders through the foliage.  There are numerous cases of missing people and unidentified remains being discovered within the forest. 

Remains found in the Forest of Dean
A Male aged 45 to 65 has been discovered in the Forest of Dean. He is described as white European and was around 6ft in height. He would have had a medium build. There is no clue to the man's identity or how he passed away. Police are unsure if this is a natural death. He was wearing green khaki tweed trousers, a light shirt and brown shoes, glasses. He did have a number of personal items with him when he was found stated the police, his glasses, leather wallet, scissors, nail file, remains of clothing, a small photo album with the photos destroyed, pen and pre-decimal coins.
Body of 'hiker or rambler' found near Cinderford
A Male aged 25 to 60 has been found in a Forested area close to Cinderford.  Said by police to be of white European heritage and around 5ft 8 tall with a medium build. He was believed to have been dead for around two-and-a-half years. He may be a hiker or rambler. Police are struggling to identify this man and have no idea how he died or why he was in the Forest. He was said to be wearing a green jumper, grey slacks, striped shirt and brown shoes. His possessions included a Penknife with 'M Tucker' scratched into the handle, a map, plastic bottle of lemon squash, scissors, toothpaste, electric razor, insect repellent, magnifying glass, toothbrushes, travelling alarm clock, rucksack.

Bones found on public footpath near the River Severn

A Trainer with a sock with the remains of bones inside it have been found on a public footpath adjacent to the River Severn at Odda's Chapel. The police can only identify the gender of the remains and have nothing to explain this mysterious find. The Trainer was a Blue Van vision skate shoe. This model of trainer was first manufactured in the US and also sold in the UK in 2006. Police do not know the age of the male or any description.