Following our 10 Most Venomous Animals post last month, we are going to look at which of the world’s animals are most dangerous to human beings! You will be surprised that it’s not always the scariest or most poisonous animal that is our biggest killer! In this Top 10… list we will explore the world’s biggest animal threats towards us humans. It goes without saying that humans kill the most humans, we are our own biggest enemy. However, we also have diseases, wars and man-made objects to slow down human domination a little. Animals are helping us out too! What follows are the top 10 most dangerous human killing animals on earth!
This crazy bird is not one you will find on any Pirate’s shoulder. First off he’s a bit too big, almost half a meter tall, secondly he’s a landlubber and only hangs around the mountains of New Zealand, so you’re more likely this guy when you are skiing. The Kea is one of the few Alpine parrots, they are intelligent and curious. They love to check out new things, and will often pick at passing tourists and cars.
Check out this amazing Octopus! It’s like a crazy contortionist twisting and turning and slipping into all kinds of crazy shapes. It is well known that animals can change their colours or behaviour (mimicry) to fend of predators or fool prey but this nimble octopus is one of the only creatures able to change its shape as well!
Slightly distressingly, no real Panda has ever been known to master Kung Fu, although who knows what those crazy bears get up to when no-one is watching. While there probably aren’t any Mr Miyagis of the animal world, many creatures do have some awesome defense tactics. In this article we will have a look at a selection of them to see what defiant moves these dudes pull to escape their hunters.
All animals will make a choice from three options if under threat. To flee, freeze or fight. However, many have evolved some pretty sweet ways to help protect themselves from predators. In some cases animals aim to avoid detection, for example by camouflage. They may have built in defense like armour or poison, or they can behave in a way to startle or distract the predator. Some of the techniques are described below.
Dolphins are highly curious, intelligent and playful creatures and here you can see an example of that. They blow the bubbles using air-sacs located just beneath the blow hole which they can control very effectively.