knows that lions and tigers and bears (oh my) are cute but dangerous, but there
are a lot of critters out there that seem entirely harmless but are actually
every bit as deadly as those previously mentioned beasts.|
are adorable little fuzzballs that just want to eat nuts and play all day right?
Well, for the most part, yes. But there have been stories of rogue squirrels
attacking people and pets. In Florida, a three year old boy was attacked by a
squirrel and he had to be hospitalized after receiving nine bites. In
California, an elderly couple was sent to the hospital after being scratched and
bitten by a crazed squirrel that had previously attacked at least six other
people. While no humans have been killed by squirrels (that we know of) but in
Russia, eight of them worked together to kill a stray dog that was barking at
them -according to the newspaper report, "they are said to have scampered off at
the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh." If that doesn't leave you
with a whole new image of the fluffy-tailed rodents, I don't know what will.
|2. Giant Anteaters
probably wouldn't be intimidated just looking at one, but giant anteaters can
defend themselves surprisingly well. The large mammals have powerful , sharp
claws that they use to dig up termite hills. These claws can kill humans. When
they feel threatened, the animals stand on their hind legs and extend their arms
in what looks like a hug -but you do not want to take them up on a cuddle.
beautiful and elegant, but they can actually be incredibly dangerous -and in
rare instances, deadly. Swans are highly territorial and will attack,
aggressively flapping their strong, boney wings and snapping their beaks at
people. In one unbelievable story, a canoe r was drowned after a swan knocked
him from his boat and then stopped him from being able to swim to shore. The
man's widow even sued the lake for housing such violent and dangerous birds.
The African Spur-Winged Goose
you think death-by-swan is scary, then just wait until you learn about the
African spur-winged goose, the one of the most dangerous birds in the world.
This strong bird has spurs on its wrists that it uses while attacking, which can
actually be poisonous. They aren't always poisonous, but those that feed on a
specific blister beetle carry the toxin in their spurs. As little as 10 mg is
enough of this toxin can kill a human. The bird's flesh is also deadly if they
have been eating the beetles.
considered the most dangerous bird in the world, the cassowary is also the third
largest bird. There are all sorts of rumors of the birds using their sharp nails
to gut a person, but that much isn't true. They still can kill with those talons
though and the most recent death occurred in 1926 when a cassowary kicked a 16
year old in the neck, causing him to bleed to death. In the bird's defense, the
teen was trying to club it to death.
are solitary animals and should be left alone or they may start defending their
territory violently. Most attacks occur when people attempt to feed the birds,
so please, if you see a giant dinosaur bird, leave it alone.
wouldn't think a little, cute beaver could do any real damage against a human,
but at least one beaver has killed a person when the animal chomped on a
fisherman's leg, severing an artery. These creatures are territorial and
defensive and have been known to bite, though deaths are pretty unheard of. The
bottom line: if you see a beaver in the wild, just leave it alone.
sure, they look like helpless, innocent icons of a simpler time and every kid
grows up crying when Bambi loses his mother to heartless hunters, but deer can
be surprisingly aggressive. Generally speaking, deer will run away when they
sense danger, but during mating season males can attack humans the same way they
would charge another buck and once babies are born, mothers will risk their life
to save their offspring. Deer have even been known to fight back after they are
wounded by hunters. In recent years, people have been attacked and killed by
deer in California, New Hampshire, Maine and Georgia and even more people have
been hospitalized by the animals.
when they aren't trying to hurt anyone, deer are still the most dangerous animal
in the US based solely on the number of deaths they cause. Every year an average
of 130 people die in car accidents from hitting deer. That's right, you're
statistically way more likely to hit a deer with your car and die than you are
to get fatal attacked by a shark or bear -and that's when the deer doesn't want
to attack you.
probably don't think of snails as dangerous whether they live on the ground or
under the sea, but cone snails all carry venom that is injected with a
harpoon-like tooth that punctures its prey before paralyzing it. Most small cone
snails are no more dangerous than a bee, but the larger versions and some more
venomous varieties can kill a human. There is still no antivenin for cone snails
and the larger ones can even puncture through protective gloves. Symptoms of a
bite include pain, swelling, numbness, vomiting, muscle paralysis, changes in
vision and respiratory failure that can result in death.
might just be the cutest, sweetest looking critter ever, but no matter how much
you might want to grab one and cuddle it -don't. The slow loris though is
actually one of the only poisonous mammals on earth. It produces the toxin in a
gland in its armpit and the critters often rub their arms in the gland and rub
the toxin on their young to protect them from predators. You might be thinking
to yourself, 'yeah, but I have no intention of eating a slow loris, baby or
not,' but the animal isn't just dangerous to animals stupid enough to take a
bite. The primate can suck the poison into its mouth and then inject it into an
enemy while biting. This poison can cause an allergic reaction in many animals
(including humans) and result in death from anaphylactic shock.
goes without saying that this is yet another reason you really shouldn't own one
of these endangered animals as pets.
so cute, but they sure aren't cuddly. Leopard seals are appropriately named in
that they are the stealthy predators of the Antarctic, hunting penguins fish and
other seals. In 2003, a leopard seal actually killed a biologist studying
in Antarctica, dragging her under the water and holding her there until she
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