FoxNewsA Colorado man achieved a distinction last week that few people would probably want to match. When Dylan McWilliams was bitten by a shark Thursday in Hawaii, it meant he had been bitten by a shark, a bear and a rattlesnake – all in less than four years. “I don’t know,” McWilliams told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Friday. “I’m either really lucky or really unlucky.” Not surprisingly, the 20-year-old from Grand Junction says he spends a lot of time outdoors. In Thursday’s attack, about 50 yards from Shipwreck’s Beach off Poipu, McWilliams suffered deep cuts to one of his legs, but the injury wasn’t life-threatening, Hawaii News Now reported. “The scariest part was swimming back,” he told the news outlet, adding that he was hoping the shark wouldn’t continue following the trail of blood from his leg. The leg wound required seven stitches, the Star-Advertiser reported. Last July, McWilliams told the paper, he received nine staples in his scalp after a nearly 300-pound bear invaded his Colorado campsite. “The bear grabbed the back of my head and started pulling me and I was fighting back as best as I could,” he told Hawaii News Now. “It dropped me and stomped on me a little bit, and I was able to get back to the group and they scared it away.” As for the rattlesnake, that encounter occurred about three and a half years ago in Utah, McWilliams told the Star-Advertiser. Luckily, he took in only a small amount of venom, so he was only briefly ill afterward, he told the newspaper. “My parents are grateful I’m still alive,” he said.
20-year-old Dylan McWilliams has done a lot of living in his 20 years on planet earth, while the vast majority of humans will go their their entire lives without getting attacked by a dangerous animal, McWilliams hold the dubious distinction of getting attached by three deadly predators in a span of just over three years. In 2016, McWilliams was hiking in Utah when he was bitten by a rattlesnake, but McWilliams did not take a lot of venom and was merely sick for a few days. In July of 2017, McWilliams was camping in Colorado, and as he slept he was attacked by s black bear which bit him on the back of the head, it took nine staples to close the wound. Then last week while he was surfing off the coast of Hawaii, when he was bitten on the leg by a tiger shark, the wounds were not serious and it took seven stitches to close his injuries. The tiger shark likely just bumped it grazed McWilliams, it was investigating if he was prey or not, if this was a predatory attack his wounds would have been much more severe. National Geographic has calculated that, although McWilliams is an avid outdoorsman who puts himself in close proximity to dangerous animals, the odds of one person being attacked by all three of these deadly predators is 893 Quadrillion to one. Dylan McWilliams is just 20-years-old, he can’t even buy a beer yet, and he has been attacked by three of the most dangerous animals in North America. So what’s next? A big cat? McWilliams could get a mountain lion in the mix. Or maybe McWilliams has an upcoming trip to the South Pacific and he could add a Komodo Dragon to his growing list. With his luck, we would strongly advise Dylan McWilliams to avoid Africa, India, South America and Australia. Too many predators.
But yeah, Dylan McWilliams should probably stay inside.
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