Animals that are the most likely to kill you.

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Animals that are the most likely to kill you.

Post by Anchor Moy » Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:41 pm

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Don't worry about the sharks - you are more likely to be killed by a cow. (More from the useless information dept.)
... A CDC report from a few years back found that cows killed about twenty people a year in the mid-2000s. That makes cows about 20 times as lethal as sharks. These deaths aren't due to marauding packs of feral bovines terrorizing suburban neighborhoods, but rather incidents involving working with cattle on farms. As the CDC report notes, "large livestock are powerful, quick, protective of their territory and offspring, and especially unpredictable during breeding and birthing periods." Most people killed by cows are farm workers.

Going beyond cattle, dogs about kill 28 people per year, and other miscellaneous mammals, like horses, pigs, deer and the like, kill 52 (note that all of these numbers exclude deaths due to vehicle collisions with these animals, which the CDC tracks separately). But the number 1 animal killers on an annual basis are bees, wasps and hornets, responsible for 58 deaths each year -- mostly due to anaphylactic shock after a sting.So, to put things in perspective, statistically speaking you're 28 times more likely to be killed by a dog than you are by a shark. But this doesn't mean that I'm about to trade in my beagle-basset mix for a great white.
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Post by Advocatus Diaboli » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:05 pm

Cows ? I don't agree. I grew up with cows - most pleasant, charming animals. Perfectly harmless.

But be aware of them:

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Post by vladimir » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:11 pm

Cats. Evil. Devious.

(They like lawyers and accountants).
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Post by Advocatus Diaboli » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:16 pm

vladimir wrote:Cats. Evil. Devious.

(They like lawyers).
I have no choice, I must agree.
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Post by vladimir » Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:35 pm

I get that a lot.

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Post by Kuroneko » Sat Jun 20, 2015 10:20 am

vladimir wrote:Cats. Evil. Devious.

(They like lawyers and accountants).
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Post by Duncan » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:12 am

Advocatus Diaboli wrote:Cows ? I don't agree. I grew up with cows - most pleasant, charming animals. Perfectly harmless.

Obviously, as a school kid you never milked cows in a cowshed, while barefooted , and had one stand on your toes.
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Post by Username Taken » Sat Jun 20, 2015 11:14 am

Barefooted in a cowshed? But what about all the sh**, er, manure?
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