The article points out five animal attacks that have made the national news between September 27th and October 5th:
- 1.) A guy got mauled by a grizzly bear after climbing into its cage at the zoo.
- 2.) An old lady got badly bitten by big pile of raccoons while chasing them off her porch.
- 3.) Another lady got kicked by an emu she was trying to subdue for transport to an animal sanctuary.
- 4.) A third lady was killed by her pet bear while cleaning its cage while the bear was still inside.
- 5.) Some Canadian fella' was mauled by a tiger after climbing into its cage at the zoo.
Now is it just me, or are none of those things particularly surprising? See, it turns out that bears, tigers, raccoons, and emus are all dangerous. They all have pointy parts and don't especially like hanging out with human beings. Therefore, I'm not at all stunned that five people who initiated contact with wild animals got injured for their troubles. All of these animals are doing exactly what they could be expected to do.
But wait! What about the "clustering" of these events around the full moon? Surely that means something!
No, wait, it doesn't. Animals, adorable though they may be, bite people all month long regardless of the phase of the moon. According to a website that specializes in dog bite laws (aptly named DogBiteLaw.com), domestic dog bites send an estimated 1,000 Americans to the emergency room daily. Read that again so it sinks in. 1,000 dog bites requiring emergency room visits per day. And dogs are man's best friend! Bears, tigers and emus are -at best- man's casual acquaintances from the office.
Odds are that someone, somewhere is getting mauled by something pretty much every hour of every day. With that in mind, our friend at Cryptomundo pointing out five newsworthy maulings in an 8-day span hardly seems to prove that the moon has mysterious, mind-altering powers.