Humans don't have any natural predators. At this point, we're securely out of the food chain. But don't assume that we're totally safe from other animals. There are still some creatures dangerous enough to claim hundreds, or even thousands, of human lives every year. Click on at your own risk.
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A jellyfish sting is not only painful, but possibly fatal to humans. The box jellyfish, for example, carries a venom that is among the world’s deadliest. Should a box jellyfish sting you, the toxins will damage your skin, nerves and heart, possibly killing you before you even reach the shore. Approximately 100 people are killed by jellyfish every year.
Man’s best friend kills more than 100 men and women every year. In the United States alone, domestic dogs killed 32 people in 2013. That’s up from averages of 26 in the 2000s and 17 in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
You may be surprised to find Bambi is on the list of deadly animals, but in the modern age, deer are a consistent threat to drivers. Deer-related car accidents kill about 130 people annually, leading to the death of more people than bears in the last 100 years combined. That makes deer the most dangerous non-human mammal in North America.
7. CAPE BUFFALO
In Africa, “the black death” is the nickname of the cape buffalo, aka “the widowmaker.” When they feel threatened, cape buffalo use their enormous horns to strike with deadly force. They kill approximately 200 people a year.
Elephants are generally peaceful animals, but their size alone makes them dangerous, and they are deadly when angry or otherwise made aggressive. Elephants attack and kill, or accidentally trample to death, about 500 people each year.
Hippo teeth can reach nearly 2 feet in length, backed by the most powerful bite of any land mammal. And despite their normally vegetarian diet, it takes little provocation for hippos to attack humans. Hippos kill more folks in Africa than any other animal. They take out 2,900 people every year, and we don't mean on dates.
Venom potency varies between different scorpion species, but the deadliest are perfectly capable of killing an adult human. Being small and in some parts of the world quite common, scorpions frequently manage to hide in clothes, shoes, luggage and other places where they may wind up stinging an unsuspecting person. Scorpions kill about 3,000 people every year.
Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes? Ophidiophobia is certainly not the most irrational human fear in the world. While many snakes are perfectly harmless, there are plenty of snake species whose venom can easily kill an adult human with one bite. Snakebites kill 50,000 people every year, far more than the other animals on this list. Except one...
Next: Venomous Mammals!
The mosquito is easily the smallest animal on this list, and also by far the deadliest animal in the world. Diseases that these bloodsuckers spread to their hosts claim somewhere between 650,000 and 1,000,000 human lives every year. Even at the lower end of that estimate, mosquitoes kill hundreds of thousands more people than all of the other animals on this list combined.
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