So now both countries I am affiliated with have national icon animals that can kill you.
Though, this guy seems like a particular dumbass to take on a beaver and lose this badly.
Attacking beavers a concern in Belarus after man killed
A 60-year-old man killed recently after he was attacked by a beaver in Belarus is the most serious of a string of incidents, as the rodents have become increasingly aggressive when confronted by humans after wandering near homes, shops and schools.
“The character of the wound was totally shocking for us medical professionals,” village Dr. Leonty Sulim said of the incident, which was reported by several media outlets in April. “We had never run into anything like this before.”
Once hunted nearly to extinction in Europe, beavers have made a comeback as hunting was banned or restricted and new populations were introduced. In Belarus, a former Soviet nation between Russia and Poland, the beaver population has tripled in the past decade to an estimated 80,000, according to wildlife experts. That has caused beavers increasingly to wander into populated areas, creating more grounds for conflict.
The Belarusian emergency services said that this year, for the first time, they have received a rash of reports of aggression by beavers, which can weigh up to 30 kilograms. Officials have responded to some calls by sending out crews to drive away the animals, often by spraying them with water from a fire hose.
The fisherman, who has not been named at the request of his family, was driving with friends toward the Shestakovskoye lake, west of the capital, Minsk, when he spotted the beaver along the side of the road and stopped the car. As he tried to grab the animal, it bit him several times. One of the bites hit a major artery in the leg, according to Sulim.
The man’s friends were unable to stop the blood from spouting, and he was pronounced dead when he arrived at Sulim’s clinic in the village of Ostromechevo.
He is the only person known to have died from a beaver attack in Belarus.