Australia's Deadliest Animal Revealed, And It's Not What You Think

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What comes to your mind when you think of the world’s deadliest animals? It’s not surprising to mention some popularly known dangerous animals like Sharks, fearful snakes, giant spiders, bees, or even crocodile.

However, in Australia, it’s a totally different scenario that would shock you!

Huge Spider, Austrailia

Famous with monstrous-looking crocodiles and poisonous reptiles, amazingly, these aren’t the main threats to livelihood.

The continents deadliest animals have just been revealed. And it’s most likely not what you were thinking. According to the ABC News report, Horses and cows have caused more deaths than bee stings, snake bites, and shark attacks combined.

In fact, the Australian Bureau of Statistics had reported that the unsuspecting farm animals were responsible for about 77 deaths between 2008 and 2017.

Feral Horses, Australia

Mammals were considered to be the second deadliest animals in the category, accounting for about 60 human deaths. Hornets, wasps, and bees were responsible for 27 deaths, while Sharks and other marine animals caused 26 deaths, then 23 killed by snakes and lizards, dogs were 22, lastly is the crocodile with a total of 17 deaths within the period.

Similar findings in the US earlier in the year also revealed that the deadliest animals are farm and domestic mammals.

Despite these reports, it is important to note that most deaths in the region are not usually caused by animals but other factors.  As of 2017, one-in-10 deaths were due to coronary heart disease, though there has been a decline by over 20 percent.

Also, chronic disease such as Dementia, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, are the second leading causes of death with an increase by 68 percent over the past decade resulting in more than 13,000 deaths in 2017. While other diseases such as cerebrovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory disease, and cancer of the trachea, bronchus, and lung maintained fifth place as leading causes of death.

Shockingly, intentional self-harm rates which increased by over 9 percent resulted in 3000 plus deaths. This made it the 13th leading cause of death in 2017.

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