Even astute readers of the local paper and dedicated Twitter(ites?) may have missed the headline.
I was particularly surprised that Twitter, with its propensity to accentuate accurate tweets, seems to have squandered this opportunity for sensationalism.
The Story from Page 2:
While walking along the river under the Train Bridge in Saskatoon, local resident Trent Watts was suddenly aware of a deluge of sand that seemingly came out of nowhere. Closer inspection revealed a colony of Bronzed Tiger Beetles engaged in a frenzy of sand digging.
Soon, up to his neck in sand, Watts began to fear for his life. One of the beetles approached with giant scissor-like mandibles which seemed capable of penetrating a human skull.
Fortunately for Watts, just before the fatal insertion a female beetle passed by and the offending beetle turned and mounted the tempting female.
This allowed Watts sufficient time to dig out of the sand trap and run for help.
Fortunately, it was a day full of surprises where giant forms of many creatures were abundant. Soon an American White Pelican swooped in and offered Watts a ride to safety.