A sly fox in Belarus got the best of the hunter who was about to finish him off, by shooting the man with his own rifle.
Reuters reported that an unnamed hunter shot and wounded a fox in the farming region of Belarus. When he walked closer to the fox with the intention of killing it with the butt of his rifle, the animal began to wrestle with him.
As the two struggled, the fox managed to move its paw near the trigger of the gun and shoot the hunter in the leg.
A prosecutor from the Grodno region said, “The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw.”
The hunter is in the hospital with a leg wound and thankfully the fox escaped the scene.
Hunting foxes, wolves and raccoon dogs is popular in Grodno, a region of Belarus which borders Poland and Lithuania.
This is not the first time an animal has pulled the trigger on a human, but shootings occur more frequently by the owner’s pet. Here are some recent examples:
- January 20, 2011, a New Zealand man is recovering from surgery after being shot in the buttock by his dog. The dog’s owner was part of a group that had just hunted down a pig. When the dog jumped into his owner’s truck to go home, a rifle sitting on the seat was discharged.
- In 2010, a California man was shot in the back by his Labrador retriever while they were duck hunting. The dog stepped on the loaded shotgun.
- In 2005, a man was shot by his cats while he was cooking in his kitchen. The cats knocked a loaded handgun onto the floor.