Plenty of people love dogs, and for good reason. They’re cuddly, they love to play, and they’re great for exercise. However, you’re probably aware that there are plenty of dogs out there that aren’t too friendly. Fatal dog attacks end up with somewhere from thirty to fifty deaths per year, and for some reason, the number is increasing.
Whether this is wild dogs who are protecting themselves or poorly trained dogs that escape their leash, dogs aren’t all cuddly, furry friends. However, it’s important to remember that even the dogs with the highest number of fatalities – pit bulls – are often perfectly well-trained and like to chase sticks just like the rest of them.
Deer are herbivores, and they don't have claws, and they don't like to get anywhere near humans for the most part, but they're still one of the most dangerous animals that you'll encounter. Why is that? Because of cars. Specifically, because of car accidents. Deer cause something around one point three million car accidents, with plenty of them ending up being fatal.
Your risk is much higher in certain areas of the world, and in certain states of the United States, but anywhere these guys will be present creates some danger for people who are driving. Even if you aren't in a car, there's always a threat from an animal this big.
Snails? Really? It's true, but not for the normal reason. Snails don't have fangs, claws, horns, or enough weight to be any danger to anything but the wimpiest humans, but they do have something that ends up being far more dangerous: worms.
Freshwater snails often carry parasitic worms, which – when consumed by humans – can inflict the disease schistosomiasis, which causes abdominal pain, blood in the urine, and eventually death. The World Health Organization estimates that schistosomiasis causes anywhere from twenty thousand to two hundred thousand (!) deaths per year. If possible, avoid these creatures to make sure you don't end up suffering from something that sounds pretty horrible.
What could this tiny fly do to hurt anybody? Lots – far too much, if you're talking to some people. These little flies can transmit a parasitic disease called leishmaniasis, which has a number of forms, the worst of which is quite deadly.
While most of the forms are treatable if still dangerous, visceral leishmaniasis is ninety-five percent fatal in untreated cases. Thanks to this disease, the humble sandfly ends up being responsible for more than twenty thousand deaths per year, mainly in regions such as Afghanistan and surrounding areas. A major outbreak in 2009 was just the beginning of this disease's reign of terror.
The lionfish is beautifully hypnotizing, with its fiery red-orange color and intricate rays for fins. Those beautiful bright colors and the fan-like fins might tempt first-time snorkelers into reaching for one, but that would be one dumb move to make.
These exotic-looking fishies are incredibly poisonous. When they sense a threat they can use their beautiful stingers to inject lethal poison, which comes down to an excruciatingly painful experience.