Claim: A damaged saguaro cactus fell onto the man who had harmed it and killed him.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, 1999]
The story goes that some guy was out with his shotgun shooting signs and such. Well, he decided to blast some cacti too. As he stood within a few feet, perhaps 10, of a giant old cactus, he blasted a few holes in its giant trunk. It gave way and fell right on top of him, crushing and impaling him with nail-like spikes. He died, being alone and unable to crawl away.
Origins: People sometimes do foolish, unthinking things. Most of the time, they get away with them, but not always.
In 1982, roommates David Grundman and James Joseph Suchochi decided to pack up their guns and go wandering in the desert two miles north of
Grundman shot a small saguaro in the trunk so many times that it thudded to the ground. "The first one was easy!" he cried, according to Suchochi. He next chose a specimen which stood
Grundman's demise was chronicled in "Saguaro," a song by the Texas band, the Austin Lounge Lizards.
There are other stories in urban lore about Nature's children taking revenge on their human tormentors (the
Saguaros are tall cactuses that can reach heights of
Oh, one other fact about saguaros; they can weigh up to eight tons. As Grundman found out.
Barbara "cactus attack" Mikkelson
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(Great Outdoor Recreation Pages )
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