AN UNKNOWN animal tore its way into the a sleeping man’s tent and bit his face in an unprovoked attack. German authorities are now hunting for the mysterious and highly aggressive “amber-eyed beast“. Photos of the aftermath show the victim, named as Marco L, with deep lacerations on his face and hands.
Marco, 21, was camping with his friends in tents at a garden patch owned by his family in Waiblingen, a city located in the south-western German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, In the middle of the night, his tent was suddenly ripped open by an unknown animal, which immediately started to attack him. Marco said: “I woke up and felt a sharp burning sensation on my neck. “Suddenly, something grabbed my right hand and bit me. Sharp teeth pinched into my arm. The animal bit me, flinging my arm back and forth. “This must be a nightmare I thought.”
Marco tried to hit the mysterious creature back as he attempted to wake his two friends who were camping with him. He said: “The animal did not let go of me. I yelled: ‘Help! Wake up! I’m being attacked by something’. “When the animal let go of me, I saw a lot of blood.” Marco tried to hit the mysterious creature back as he attempted to wake his two friends who were camping with him. He said: “The animal did not let go of me. I yelled: ‘Help! Wake up! I’m being attacked by something’. “When the animal let go of me, I saw a lot of blood.”The creature then reportedly returned and Marco took a pillow to fend off the second attack. Marco said: “The animal bit into the pillow. I saw two amber-coloured eyes right in front of me.” Only when he switched on his mobile phone light and his friends also put on their lights did the animal disappear completely. Marco was brought to the hospital where he underwent surgery on his hand and received post-trauma rabies treatment, which normally involves several booster vaccines as well as special antidotes.Marco theorised that the creature might carry rabies, which causes inflammation of the brain of the animal which can result in bizarre and often highly aggressive behaviour. Rabies is lethal for humans, with there being no known cure for the viral disease once symptoms start to appear, which is why it was important for the German doctors to treat Marco immediately in order not to take any chances for the disease to develop.Marco said: “If an animal attacks a sleeping human, it can only be sick. I hope that it will be found soon, before it attacks other people.”Experts from the state’s Ministry of the Environment are investigating traces found in the garden to determine what the mysterious creature is which attacked Marco.
District hunter Jochen Sokolowski said: “I think a fox is unlikely. The behaviour indicates a dog or a wolf.” Although there are no longer any native Bear or Wolf populations left in Germany there are a number of native Large Cats that call Europe Home, one possible suspect could be the Eurasian Lynx.
The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is one of the three wild cats that are found in Europe. The range of the species stretches from Siberia across Asia to Europe. In Europe, these cats are found in the eastern, central, and northern parts of the continent. Due to this wide distribution, the Eurasian lynx is often labeled as a Least Concern species. The length of the cat ranges from 80 to 130 cm. The height is about 60 to 75 cm at the shoulder. The coat color varies from reddish or brown in the summer to silver gray or yellowish brown in the winter. Black spots dot the fur of this species. The bobbed tail has a black tip and legs are powerfully built for running fast. The fur at the underparts is white all year round. The lynx preys on rodents, rabbits, deer, wild boar, birds like grouse, etc. They are primarily nocturnal or crepuscular in nature. Although widespread, the species has become locally extinct in most parts of Western and Central Europe. The Carpathian Mountains hosts one of Europe’s largest population of the Eurasian lynx, numbering around 2,800. Romania hosts a significant number (about 2,000) of individuals of this species. Other places in Europe where these animals are founds are the Balkan Peninsula, Britain, the Czech Republic, the Dinaric and the Julian Alps region, Estonia, Fennoscandia, France, Germany, and some other countries of the continent. In some of these countries, the lynx has been reintroduced after local extinction ,while in others successful conservation efforts have helped in reviving the population of the species.