10 MOST DAN­GER­OUS AN­I­MALS

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MOS­QUITO

Skeeters are vec­tors for many pathogens and can trans­mit dis­eases such as malaria, killing up to 1 mil­lion peo­ple a year.

SNAKE

More than 50,000 peo­ple a year die as the re­sult of a snake bite, mostly from the In­dian Co­bra.

DOG

Dog bites are re­spon­si­ble for around 25,000 deaths world­wide per year. No won­der, since at least 25 mil­lion stray dogs have ra­bies.

FRESH­WA­TER SNAIL

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.

TSETSE FLY

Sleep­ing sick­ness claims 10,000 lives a year. The trans­mit­ter of the pro­to­zoa that cause it: Africa’s tsetse fly.

KISS­ING BUG

The kiss­ing bug feeds on blood and is a vec­tor for Cha­gas dis­ease, which kills around 10,000 peo­ple a year.

HIP­POPOTA­MUS

African hip­pos are re­spon­si­ble for nearly 3,000 deaths per year. They tram­ple their vic­tims to death or mor­tally wound them with their tusks.

TAPE­WORM

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.

CROC­O­DILE

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.

LION

Each year at least 100 peo­ple are eaten by li­ons. When hu­mans enter lion hunt­ing grounds, the en­counter usu­ally ends fa­tally.

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