It’s a wonderful, beautiful place with erotic locals, amazing sights and pristine beaches…
Full of piranhas.
[via Brietbart]Authorities in a state in Brazil’s northeast are scrambling to take the fright and the bite off the beach after piranhas sunk their teeth into about 100 beachgoers, UOL Noticias reported.
The problem — rather fearsome given piranhas’ horror-movie teeth and ability to sink them into human flesh — has been the biggest at the main beach area in Piaui state; authorities said they need to act fast to reduce a piranha overpopulation situation.
Last weekend, at least 100 bathers were treated at the hospital in Jose de Freitas not far from Terezina, Piaui’s capital, after being bitten on the heels or toes at the local beach.
“Since they have no predators, piranhas have started attacking people on the beach,” said Romildo Mafra, a local environment official. [Read More]
Attacking people on the beaches…
What the Hecate is up with Brazil’s wildlife?
Well, don’t ask this guy…
[via io9] Say hello to one of the world’s most mysterious animals
This is one of the few photos ever taken of the giant armadillo, a five feet long behemoth that lives a nocturnal, solitary life in isolated wetlands of central Brazil. You can probably see why these things are so rare.
Twice as big as your average armadillo, the giant species likes to live in the undisturbed forests of central Brazil, remaining in underground burrows for most of the day. Their behavior patterns keep them far away from the gaze of humans, which means that they’re one of the least well understood animals on the planet, particularly for something of this size.
The photo up top is the result of a camera trap set up recently in South America’s Pantanal region, one of the world’s biggest areas of pristine wetlands. It took ten weeks and several camera traps built by researchers from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland to get this photo and a handful of others, underscoring the immense difficulty of studying these reclusive creatures.
While we know what the giant armadillo looks like, that’s practically all we know about them for certain. We don’t even know for sure what they eat, although their claws do seem well-suited for digging up termite mounds, presumably to eat what’s inside. It also appears that they can’t do one of the most famous armadillo tricks – they’re too large to roll into a ball to escape predators, which is why they burrow.
And… that’s pretty much all we know. The giant armadillo is a fascinating reminder that a species doesn’t have to be a cryptid for it to be a zoological mystery. [Read More]
Oh, and you might not want to ask the Zombies either.
Brazil has those as well.
[via Stylist] A woman was pronounced dead and sent to a hospital morgue in Brazil – despite being alive and breathing at the time.
In a scenario that could have come straight from a horror movie, Rosa Celestrino de Assis, who is in her 60s and suffering from pneumonia, was wrongly pronounced dead by an attending doctor.
According to Brazilian daily newspaper O Globo, Rosa was sent to the morgue and spent at least two hours in a body bag.
The blunder was only uncovered after her daughter came to see her and say goodbye.
“I went to give my mum one last hug, and I could feel that she was breathing. I screamed out – my mum is alive! And they all looked at me like I was crazy,” Rosangela Celestrino told the paper.
“Not only did I have to go collect my mum from a cold storage drawer at the morgue, but when I got there, I find her still breathing.”
Hospital officials at the unnamed institution said Rosa was pronounced dead at around 7.30pm on Friday after failing to show any vital signs.
They added that the mistake was uncovered at 10pm, at which point Rosa was immediately intubated and put back on life support. [Read More]
Scratching Brazil off my “Bucket List” of places to go before I die.
If I’m already dead however…
Completely different matter.
But if I’m dead, or if I want to be dead due to crazy mysterious wildlife (who unbeknownst to modern science, wants to eat my face off..What, they don’t know – Hello, “mysterious”!), or beach munchie-like Piranha?
Definitely the place to visit!
But I’m betting all that is not in the brochure.
*shakes head sadly*