10 MOST DANGEROUS ANIMALS
Skeeters are vectors for many pathogens and can transmit diseases such as malaria, killing up to 1 million people a year.
More than 50,000 people a year die as the result of a snake bite, mostly from the Indian Cobra.
Dog bites are responsible for around 25,000 deaths worldwide per year. No wonder, since at least 25 million stray dogs have rabies.
The snail is an intermediate host for the larvae of schistosoma flatworms, which cause schistosomiasis. The disease kills at least 12,000 people a year.
Sleeping sickness claims 10,000 lives a year. The transmitter of the protozoa that cause it: Africa’s tsetse fly.
The kissing bug feeds on blood and is a vector for Chagas disease, which kills around 10,000 people a year.
African hippos are responsible for nearly 3,000 deaths per year. They trample their victims to death or mortally wound them with their tusks.
Each year 2,000 people die as the result of tapeworm infection. The larvae form deadly cysts in the nervous system, liver, and lungs of humans.
In Southeast Asia and Africa crocodiles are the cause of death for more than 1,000 people each year. The reptiles drag their victims underwater in order to drown them.
Each year at least 100 people are eaten by lions. When humans enter lion hunting grounds, the encounter usually ends fatally.