10 Dangerous Animals You Should Run Away From
Some animals are just not meant to be petted, much less approached.
They are just too aggressive towards others, so it’s best to stay clear of them. From Pablo Escobar’s favorite animal to the one and only dragon, here are 10 animals you should stay away from at all costs! Let’s begin: Number 10. The Hippo Hippo looks like a harmless and innocent creature but without a question, it’s one of the world’s most dangerous animals. Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the hippo is known for its size and its enormous head, and giant tusk-like teeth.
The hippopotamus might resemble pigs and other similar land animals but actually, their closest living relatives are the cetaceans, which include whales and dolphins, from which they diverged some 55 million years ago. Hippos are one of the largest living land animals. Only elephants and rhinos are bigger.
The average male hippo can weigh as much as 1500 kg (3,310 lbs), while the females are smaller than 1300kg (2,870lbs). Hippos have amazing jaw strength and teeth that grow to be more than 1 ft in length. They can stay underwater for extended periods of time and have been known to attack small boats and swimmers. When threatened or to defend territory, they are known to bite onto a person’s leg and pull them underwater until they drown.
A faun fact: Pablo Escobar loved hippos and had a lot of them in his own house! Number 9. Kissing Bugs The kiss of death? These guys have it. Kissing bugs get their name because of their habit of feeding near the mouths and nostrils of mammals, attracted there by the carbon dioxide we breathe out. Aside from feeding there, they also make use of that area as their own personal toilet.
The danger of these bugs is in its urine and feces if you ingest them, which is easy considering their placement. They are the only known carriers of a microscopic parasite called Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes the deadly Chagas Disease, a deadly disease that causes 10,000 deaths every year.
Chagas disease is an infection that spreads throughout the body, causing a number of complications. This disease takes up to twenty years to kill a person and dying from the disease is extremely painful. Although the symptoms can be treated, there is no known effective cure for this deadly disease as of the moment. Number 8.
Saltwater Crocodile The inclusion of the saltwater crocodile in this list shouldn’t come as a surprise to you, because they are truly one of the more dangerous animal species that populate the earth. These animals, although primarily ambush predators, have been known at times to pursue there would-be prey aggressively.
But did you know that this aggressiveness starts at a very young age? Studies have shown that baby saltwater crocodiles have the same level of aggressiveness as adults who spend their entire lives in the wild. These hatchlings were observed showing violent behavior, some of which are unintentional, like when other hatchlings disturb their sleep or invade their personal space. However, other violent and aggressive behaviors were also observed, and this time, these babies do it intentionally.
When swimming in open water, the hatchlings were observed to bite and drag each other underwater, as if trying to drown each other.
These babies are preparing themselves for the future, learning at an early age how their mother behaves, by grabbing prey and pulling them underwater until they drown