Animal crimes against humans are real. There are monkeys that have cups, sharks that snap, and foxes with foot fetishes (no shoe is safe). But besides the usual snatch-and-runs, there are really crazy situations out there.
Some primates run a real blackmail business, a thieving cat raised funds for other cats, and an octopus took photos after robbing a diver.
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10 A fisher boy was almost hit by sharks
The great white man, who went unnoticed until his attack, did not believe in secrecy. It catapulted itself out of the water, flipped through the air, and bit the bass in half. The violent acrobatics almost connected a child’s face to the shark’s tail. But luckily for the boy, it just missed him.
9 The shoe supply
In 2020 Christian Meyer left his running shoes on the porch. The next morning the Berliner noticed that one was missing. The theft was annoying. The shoes were expensive and he could barely walk with a single sneaker. He started asking around and found that many of his neighbors were also missing their shoes.
Meyer eventually identified the thief – a fox. He followed the creature to a thicket where the man crawled for an hour. (He was probably spurred on by the price he paid for the sneakers.)
Then he hit Pay Dirt. The fox had a collection of shoes in the brush, and the loot contained nearly 100 clogs, sandals, slippers, and running shoes. Oddly enough, the most common shoes stolen by the fox were Crocs.
This could just be the top of the shoe mountain. Since Meyer’s sneakers were never found, the furry burglar could have a second supply elsewhere.
8th A lab technician was ambushed by a monkey
This wasn’t a monkey fed up with lab tests and cages. No This was a wild primate that hung around a medical school in India. In 2020, a lab technician left his workplace and the tiny robber struck.
The monkey attacked the man, stole his belongings and ran away with several medical items. The man took pictures of the creature sitting in a tree before telling anyone what had happened.
When the campus authorities heard of the incident, no one gave the human victim a blanket and hot cocoa to comfort themselves. Instead, he was grilled about how he got overpowered by a monkey and why he’d decided to film the animal instead of immediately sounding the alarm.
Despite the funny overtones, the incident was pretty serious. The monkey’s prey contained blood samples from COVID-19 patients.
7th A crow-jacked credit card
Crows are smart. Their natural curiosity has enabled researchers to teach these birds remarkable skills. For example, a trainer taught crows how to find coins on the street and drop them into a machine for a peanut.
In 2018, a crow in Japan tried to understand a different type of vending machine. It hopped around the control panel of a ticket machine at Kinshicho Station in Tokyo, where commuters can buy train tickets with their credit cards.
Perhaps the bird realized that those flat plastic objects and the machines somehow belonged together. After playing around with the machine for a while, it stole a credit card.
A woman was using the machine next to the crow. When her card was ejected, the bird grabbed her. The crow seemed to have no idea what to do next and eventually let the woman have her card back. While these birds are super intelligent, the crow may never have noticed anything – maybe it just liked the glittery hologram sticker on the card.
6 The M & M’S Home Invader
Occasionally bears take a trip to the supermarket. In this case, the local bear Walmart was a couple’s home in California. They were in South Lake Tahoe and had been attacked by the large mammals at least six times. A bear liked cute stuff. The first time it broke in, the animal came through the front door and wiped chocolate powder, maple syrup, and cinnamon raisin bread.
One day in 2018 the homeowners left for an hour, but not before securing their property against a break-in. The only exception was a small kitchen window. They left it open, thinking that no bear could pull through – especially Sweet Tooth, who was 8.5 inches tall. You know, big bear.
Sweet Tooth came and turned on the open window. He expertly removed the network cover before snaking halfway through the frame looking for snacks. The intruder’s efforts were rewarded. A packet of M & M’S lay on the vanity top, which he immediately tore open and sucked in. The mesh murder and snacking were captured on a surveillance camera and shown on YouTube and the local news.
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5 A seagull overwhelmed by curry
In 2016, a seagull was desperately hungry. As vets later testified at his hearing (all right, at the sink where they scrubbed him clean), this was a young and starving bird. Not surprisingly, when the seagull discovered meat in a British factory, it bombed it.
Perhaps the bird rushed in a little too enthusiastically. Or maybe he had never stolen chicken tikka masala from a vat before – because that was exactly what the seagull fell on.
When the bird arrived at the wildlife clinic, the masala had colored its feathers bright orange. The plumage almost hurt the vets’ eyes. But what surprised her even more was how delicious the curry thief smelled. A good dose of detergent removed the orange, but even then the delicious aroma remained.
Although the seagull almost drowned in curry, looked like a cone and washed like a plate, everything turned out to be fine. He was pampered with fish and cat food for weeks and then released back into the wild.
4th The 47-second gemstone grip
A brazen diamond robbery occurred in 2018, but the police never showed up. To be fair, they were not informed of the event and SWAT would likely have stepped on the crook without realizing it. The person who bravely stole a diamond was an ant.
But YouTubers eagerly followed the drama after someone posted the video online. The clip shows the ant picking a gem almost as big as it is and tumbling with it.
Not much is known about where this happened. But since there were other diamonds, it was likely on a workbench. For about 47 seconds, the camera followed the ant in a slow chase across the table. Then the video suddenly ended.
The ant’s fate is unknown, but the insect became a viral sensation to pull off (at least for a while) the world’s smallest diamond heist.
3 Cats burglars are real
Denis, the cat, was six months old when its owner decided he was ready to leave the house. But Bedfordshire wasn’t quite ready for Denis. The Klepto kitten stole things from all over the neighborhood and gave them as gifts to his family.
Until 2012, the cat was a well-known local thief. Its owner kept everything Denis caught in boxes and consulted the evidence room when neighbors inquired about missing items.
The cat crime collected bags, shoes, shirts, dolls, newspapers, brushes and underwear. Lots of underwear. According to his family, the cat criminal had a particular craving for boxers.
Nobody hated the prolific cat burglar. But on the contrary. Denis’ YouTube channel, which documented his crimes, received over 400,000 views. He also had a Twitter account, Facebook page, and t-shirt line. The money from all sales was donated to a cat house.
2 An octopus took photos with a stolen camera
A man is wrestling with a giant squid. Man has to let go of his camera or drown. Octopus wins and photographs its own tentacles. This isn’t a bad horror movie with comedic moments. The scene played out in 2013 when an underwater photographer decided to take pictures of a giant Pacific octopus in the Pacific Northwest.
The encounter was sweet enough when it began. The woman unfolded a few tentacles from her cavernous cave and posed for two photos. She was about to strike when the diver was about to take a third.
The big squid grabbed his camera and refused to let go. Give the guy credit – he fought a good fight. But when the squid yanked at its mask and protective clothing, it had to retreat or risk the dangers of the frozen sea water.
On a subsequent dive and a second argument, the diver and a friend managed to get the camera away from the creature. When they got back on land, they found that the squid had taken several blurry photos of itself.
1 The monkey extortion
Do you need a new camera? Sunglasses? Go to Bali and wait behind a tree filled with monkeys. The small rackets deliver the goods – for the right snack.
Long-tailed macaques in Uluwatu Temple have been running a successful racket for years. They beat tourists and flee with anything they can grab, including jewelry, flip flops, and glasses.
The animals may have gotten rid of less tolerant places, but instead the temple staff have become skilled negotiators. You buy back the stolen goods with groceries, but the process is delicate. If the monkey hates the menu, then no deal.
When the researchers counted the paths in 2010, four gangs of macaques carried out 201 robberies in just four months. The situation is remarkable in several ways (apart from the productive blackmail).
For one thing, the monkeys taught themselves to trade with people. In fact, these are the only wild animals in the world that have a rob-and-swap business. The monkeys also taught their children to keep this line of crime in the family.
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