Man Attacked and Killed by the Beaver He Was Trying to Photograph


When snapping pictures of wild animals in the great outdoors, there are some animals that photographers generally know to be careful around. These include creatures that are massive (e.g. moose, elephants), anything at the top of the food chain (e.g. lions, tigers, bears), and anything venomous (e.g. snakes). Well, you might also want to add the beaver to that mental list of yours.

It turns out beavers can be very dangerous, and even deadly. A man over in Belarus was killed recently after getting too close to a beaver he was trying to photograph.


Sky News reports that the 60-year-old man was fishing with two friends on Lake Shestakov in Belarus when they noticed a beaver standing on the side of the road.

When the man approached the beaver to take a close-up photograph, the beaver suddenly pounced on him and bit him in the thigh.

The bite was a nasty one that severely damaged the man’s artery, and he bled to death before he could receive proper medical assistance.

Earlier this week, another man over near Moscow, Russia was also charged by an angry beaver after following it with a camera. He captured footage of the whole incident, and later uploaded the video to YouTube:

Beavers are the second largest rodent in the world after the capybara. While they’re not known to be particularly dangerous toward humans, they can be very aggressive and territorial. Thus, don’t let their small size, soft exterior, and cuddly cartoon depictions fool you: exercise caution when photographing wild beavers!

(via USAToday via POTB)

Image credits: walking across the miter gate walkway by Towboat Garage, Beaver Shot by Paul Stevenson

  • Andrii Taran

    Hey look here beavers, you better hide your wives, hide your husbands, and look here both of ya hide your kids because we are a comin. – Si Robertson

  • caltek

    That is really sad to hear. All the more reason to use a telephoto when shooting wild animals. Thoughts go out to this man’s family and friends.

  • Daniel Sanchez-Reyes

    Must be a white man,here little beaver,look at me!!

  • Mansgame

    Very sad for his family.

  • a

    very sad..

  • Mick Orlosky

    “If your pictures (of beavers) aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” -Belorobert Capa (R.I.P.)

  • afraidofbeavers

    Don’t laugh, my dog had his back broken by a beaver. It climbed right up on him and used the strength of its whole body to drive its front teeth into my dog’s back bone. It was terrifying. I will never get close to one.

  • Samuel

    This is very sad of course but if i was gonna get killed i’d want it to be killed by a beaver.

  • Anthony Harden

    What a pointlessly racist thing to say. Have a little respect.

  • John Lanford

    THAT, is hilarious

  • wmf

    Okay, how do you NOT know to be careful when approaching a GIANT RODENT?? Especially since these things have teeth that, you know, chop down trees.

  • K_Solo

    When an wild animal stops and gives you the “eye”, “side-eye”, or “no-eye” it’s a universal sign of aggravation!

  • mikey

    So what you are saying is if an animal looks at you, side looks at you or doesn’t look at you its aggressive? hmmm..are you just guessing? I really don’t think you can tell if some wild animals are aggressive or not but that sounds a lot like just assuming aggression all the time.

  • Dominick Delli Paoli

    Still waiting for a beaver joke that associates the animal to a female organ

  • opugilist

    Yup. That was a nasty beaver. It makes you think, I have always loved beaver myself too. I bet this beaver had lured in other men with its outward beauty before the dirty little beaver killed this man. Yes indeed, some beavers are hairy, nasty, and tough!!

  • Richard

    I visit a beaver pond regularly and have seen the beaver only a few times but I see evidence of what he/she can do with his/her teeth and it’s incredible. An adult beaver can take down a small, 6″ tree in just a few bites. They routinely take down large 3 foot diameter oaks and birches, probably in a single evening of chewing. No doubt in this case the beaver bit him in the leg, caught his femoral artery and it was all over.

    The good news is that on land, beavers are incredibly slow so unless you fall down, you can walk fast away from a beaver even if you’re 20 feet away. Fall into the beaver’s pond and it’s all over, they can swim extremely fast.

  • Magda Lohrmann

    How many beavers were trapped and killed by people for stupid looking hat?

  • bob cooley

    There’s a ModelMayhem joke in here somewhere… but I digress…

  • Happy_Tinfoil_Cat

    He should have punted

  • ripley

    There’s generally ways to read aggression in animals, or any emotion really. It’s just a matter of being around them for long enough.

  • UncleBob

    It is unfortunate for the guy, but you should be careful photographing any kind of wild animal, more so if you’re in their habitat!

  • PETA

    OMG…is the beaver ok???

  • Eric Cantrell

    There’s 2 sides to every coin…including the killer beaver one.

  • digitalpain

    Also if you read below the above post, it says:

    “Similar posts you may enjoy” and then you read about how other people are dying while trying to photograph some subjects. Should I enjoy someone’s death? WEB needs to learn a bit of AI. There is no enjoyment in reading someone’s harrowing experience to become dead.

  • Aaro Keipi

    Two words: Vagina Dentata.

  • 9inchnail

    The beaver in the video did not look slow to me. They obviously can charge you. They might not be able to hold their speed for an extended amount of time but if you’re too close, they’re gonna get you.

  • 9inchnail

    Of course there is enjoyment in reading those articles otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this one. No one clicks on an article thinking “Hey, I’d like to feel really bad today, let’s read this”. You read these articles because they entertain you whether you want to admit it or not. People like to be shocked and they get a lot of enjoyment out of it. It’s other joy than watching a puppy fall asleep but it’s still enjoyment. So stop your “Holier than thou”-attitude.

  • 9inchnail

    The beaver is suing the man’s family because he suffered emotional distress by all the media attention he’s getting now. He demands 1 Mio. dollars or a nice piece of wood.

  • 9inchnail

    But there are lots of common misconceptions. When people see a dog wagging it’s tail, they generally assume, it’s happy and wants to play. But dog’s also wag their tail if they are excited and aggressive. If you misread the signs, you’re gonna have a bad time.

  • 9inchnail

    Maybe the man had morning wood…

  • disqus_8XAqvxFQlc

    Dominik Delli Paoli: Really? You must have overlooked opugilist’s earlier post,,,,,,

  • Deyan

    This guy wasn’t a trapper though, so I don’t know why you’re justifying his death.

  • morrisminor

    The couple times I came across a beaver in the woods they appeared very rude. They are big rats with big teeth, stay away from them unless you shoot them and then make a hat out of them

  • kaitb1103

    Holy crap that video was scary as hell! I thought the beaver would come at him slowly (cause it’s lumbering/walking slowly). The pounce scared me so bad!

  • Alan Dove

    Well, he was a little hard on the beaver.

  • Lauren MacIntosh

    That’s why they make telephoto lens’s for :

  • Kathleen Grace

    holy crap, don’t follow beavers – I got goose bumps when he started to charge

  • Kathleen Grace

    Yes. In dealing with wildlife it is critical to avoid eye contact, that is what any wildlife specialist will advise you. That can make for a very dangerous encounter, so yes, if an animal looks at you, you could be in danger. Making eye contact is considered a threat or challenge with many animals – gorillas, cougars and other big cats, bears, dogs and cats even. Making eye contact puts you on the radar, it is like a declaration of defiance, and an invitation to fight. Kind of relate it to making eye contact with a gangbanger – something you really don’t want to do.

  • LeaveItToTheBeaver

    All that beaver ever wanted was wood…

  • JP

    ‘Nice beaver’.

  • Phil Leftwing

    You never approach a animal from behind and you donot follow it like your stalking it.

  • Towboat Garage

    When I took the picture of the Beaver on the miter gate (seen above) I had herded him for hundreds of feet, he had been trapped on a part of our lock that was not safe for him. the hardest part of the picture was getting a picture that was not of his backside. the only way I could have been bit was if I didnt respect his space. the next night another beaver was at the lock and that one just wanted to move away also.

  • Pobbit

    thats the most sense ive heard all day

  • superdave747

    Beavers are mans worst enemy……They lure you in and sometimes let you play with them and then leave you in agony.

  • Wildlife lady

    I read the man who was killed tried picking the animal up. Most any wild animal will bite if grabbed. The video taken here shows the beaver trying to walk away and go about it’s business. The videographer continued encroaching on it. Defensiveness is their natural reaction to avoid being killed. As a wildlife center volunteer, it saddens me to see animals that are generally non-aggressive get this kind of reputation. Beavers are typically peaceful animal