Ultima Thule

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Something right out of an old Ukrainian folk tale -- only these wolves are for real

By Aussiegirl

Here's a chilling story straight out of the story books -- and these wolves aren't even the human oligarch or mafia types, but the real hairy-scary thing!

(For a literary look at tales of wolves in Ukrainian literature, read my translation of a classic Ukrainian folktale, which I published here on UT last Christmas.)

Now read the news story:

Fears of rabies outbreak after pack of wolves attacks 14 people - The Herald

A pack of wolves attacked more than a dozen people in eastern Ukraine, and one of the animals was found to have rabies, authorities said yesterday.
The attacks on 14 people took place from Thursday through to Saturday in villages in the Zaporizhia region, a statement from the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
A car struck and killed one of the wolves, and authorities who examined the animal determined it had rabies, the ministry said. All of those attacked, including a 60-year-old woman who was seriously injured, have been given rabies vaccines, the statement said.

The ministry ordered local hunters, police and special emergency teams to track down and kill the pack, as well as any domestic animals and pets bitten by the wolves.
Ukrainian health authorities record dozens of cases of rabies every year.


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