The World’s Most Dangerous Animals in Danger Themselves
Man has always feared beast but we know that the most dangerous of beasts out there is our very own species. Some of the world’s most feared animals are now under threat themselves so I pay ode to some of these fearsome creatures that have come under attack simply because of their reputations as man-eaters.
The film Jaws probably had the most influence in shaping the public’s perception of sharks. Of course, sharks are definitely one of the most deadly creatures you will find in the sea and they are responsible for many human deaths. There are stories of surfers who have had their limbs chomped off or of rogue fishermen who have fallen overboard only to be devoured by a Great White. Any of these stories are enough to give us the chills whenever we take a dip in the ocean!
The truth is however that sharks are not nearly as responsible for as many human deaths as we imagine them to be. In fact, sharks can be accounted for less than 10 deaths a year, which is less than that of say, human deaths caused by bee stings or people who die of dengue fever caused by mosquito bites. Shark related violence can also be attributed a lot of the time to the fact that humans are the ones that put themselves in danger by either swimming too close to shark infested waters or hunting sharks.
Sharks are in fact, becoming one member of the ocean animal kingdom that are fast becoming endangered themselves due to shark hunting and demand for sharks’ fin, a common delicacy in Asian cuisine as it is believed that sharks’ fins have medicinal properties. In fact, the way in which sharks are hunted for their fins is more cruel than any death that a shark has caused to man. Most fishermen simply cut the fins off the shark while it is still alive and then tossed back into the sea, the shark is unable to swim or to breath and they are left to sink to the bottom of the ocean to drown to death. In comparison to the average of 10 deaths a year of humans caused by shark attacks, more than 100 million sharks die per year at the hands of humans either from being hunted for their fins or simply by being caught in fishing or shark nets. That’s certainly a huge ratio! It’s clear that as far as predators go sharks have more to fear from humans than humans have to fear of sharks!
The ‘King of the Jungle’ certainly has one of the most fearsome reputations among animals and as these big cats are not only strong and powerful but also savvy predators, humans definitely have much to fear if they were to come into contact with a lion. Just recently a lion tamer was mauled to death in front of an audience when the animal he was working with suddenly launched an attack on him. While these attacks may be isolated cases of lions in captivity, over 100 deaths a year are caused by lions living in the wild too. Many of these occur in Africa or in America where men fall prey to these big cats because they may have entered the perimeter of the lions’ habitat such as in parks or safaris. It is also known that the cats that do attack men are usually aging lions that are looking for easier targets such as man who may be easier to hunt!
Speaking of hunting however, the biggest hunter of these cat hunters are yep, you guessed it, man himself. One of the most talked about cases in the past year was the pointless killing of the beloved African lion named Cecil by an American dentist who spent $55,000 looking for the big cat before finding it and beheading it and gloating about it all over social media. The case sparked universal outcry but it still did not curb the rising interest in the hunting of lions. At least 600 lions per year are killed as a result of being hunted for sport in the USA alone. “According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, every year an estimated 600 lions are slaughtered for sport — and 64 percent of those are killed by American trophy hunters.”
To top it off, lions particularly in Africa are suffering from an increase in demand for their hides in the wildlife trade. The International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) list of endangered animals puts the lion population under ‘vulnerable’ while in West Africa they are listed as ‘critically endangered’. This coupled with a loss of their habitat and prey have made them all the more vulnerable to the hands of men and their incumbent extinction.
Pit Bull Dogs
Man’s best friend are certainly the animal that live most closely to us but there is that one dog breed that incites so much fear in humans that to keep them is illegal in many countries. Pit bulls are notoriously the most ferocious dog breed and they have the most dog-bite cases attributed to them. In fact, pit bulls alone make up more than half (52%) of dog-related deaths since 1982 according to research done in the US.
It is clear that they are not a breed to be messed with from their stocky bodies and strong jaws and many countries including Denmark, Canada and New Zealand have banned them citing that this breed of dog are a danger to human life. Much of the pit bull’s ferociousness can be attributed to their genetic makeup which include certain unpredictability and tendency for aggression. Pit bulls also have a unique way of attacking called the ‘hold and shake’ bite style. Another reason for their tendency to attack could also be attributed to their breed simply being bred to fight. The pit bull’s history begins mostly in the dog-fighting pen.
Despite the bad rap that the pit bull has gotten, there are many advocates for the dog breed that attest that these dogs can be gentle and much of their bad behaviour can be credited to the environment in which they are in. A recent ban put on pit bulls in Montreal, Canada has come under protests from animal rights activists as the ban will ensure that many innocent dogs that don’t have owners or are abandoned will have to be euthanised. The mayor of the city says that this is a move to prioritize human life over that of dogs. While that can’t be disputed, culling an entire breed of dog, many of them innocent of their breed’s bad traits, is certainly a rather harsh solution to a problem. Further to this, there has been solid proof that the euthanising of this breed of dog has in no way curbed the problem of rising dog attacks. Again, the actions of humans toward an albeit dangerous animal has proven more dangerous than that of the animal.
Some of the deadliest animals in the world may not be the ones that you think! Here are just a few of the most dangerous creatures that put more people in danger each year than the ones I have listed above:
These tiny pests are probably the world’s deadliest killer. Diseases like malaria and dengue fever are borne by mosquitos. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 725,000 people per year die as the result of mosquito-related diseases.
Their honey may be good for our health but bees are still responsible for at least 50 human deaths a year as a result of allergic reactions to bee stings.
You may think the most dangerous predator in the water are sharks but in actual fact, more than 2,000 deaths a year are caused by crocs. Crocodiles can traverse both land and water and have absolutely no fear of humans so they’re one to watch out for!
If you’re thinking a shark may be the most dangerous animal in the ocean, think again! There is another unscrupulous animal lurking in the deep blue and they’re none other than the jelly fish. These cause over 200 deaths a year usually because those who suffer their sting drown before they can get to help.
Snake bites can account for somewhere around 50,000 deaths per year and although they may not be the most venomous snake, the Asian cobra can account for most of these deaths as they are fairly common in tropical Asian climates.
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