In an interesting twist on the old “Man Bites Dog” story, a hunter in Belarus was recently shot by the fox he was trying to dispatch.
From this story in the Vancouver Sun:
_MOSCOW – A wounded fox shot its would be killer in Belarus by pulling the trigger on the hunter’s gun as the pair scuffled after the man tried to finish the animal off with the butt of the rifle, media said on Thursday. The unnamed hunter, who had approached the fox after wounding it from a distance, was in hospital with a leg wound, while the fox made its escape, media said, citing prosecutors from the Grodno region. “The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw,” one prosecutor was quoted as saying. Fox-hunting is popular in the picturesque farming region of northwestern Belarus which borders Poland.
The fox “accidentally” pulled the trigger with its paw? Haven’t those people ever read fairy tales? You never, ever screw around with the sly fox, man. Traditionally he’d just eat you or something. But these days, apparently, he shoots you with your own gun. What’s the world coming to?