7.03.2019

Rambling over Coffee: The top 3 killer 'animals' in the world... probably not what you think


The round-a-bout way my posts come to mind is pretty funny but I'll spare you (this time) how this one came to be.  Suffice to say that yesterday morning I ended up with a click on a click on a click and looking up what animals kill the most humans each year.

I have a (really ridiculous) fear of elephants and they do make the list, but aren't in the top three.  Because they only kill like, 100 people a year. 

No, the top killers are actually the little critters that were eating me alive yesterday as I was attempting to do some work in the back yard.  Mosquitoes.

  1. Mosquitoes are responsible for around 725,000 deaths per year.
  2. Snakes kill at least 50,000 people annually.
  3. Dogs kill 25,000 people yearly.
I know, I wasn't thinking 'insects' when I looked up the top killers either.  But it makes sense and there was an 'Oh... yeah' moment when I read that.  And then I saw snakes were number 2 with killing over 50K people a year.  That was a moment of  'Oh... wow'.  

Lastly was dogs in third place and again, I was like, 'Oh, I didn't think about dogs being 'animals' really when I took the 1.7 seconds to wonder what the top animal killers were....  because again, I was thinking hippopotamuses and sharks and tigers and animals like that.

But wait, it gets better!  Because according to the World Atlas, slots number 4,5 and 6 belong to....

Tsese Flies, Assassin Bugs, Freshwater Snails

"After dogs, the next three animals are small and relatively unassuming perhaps making them more dangerous. Tsetse flies throughout Africa are carriers of the parasite that causes the sleeping sickness disease and responsible for 10,000 reported deaths each year. This disease affects sub-Saharan Africa particularly in very rural and undeveloped areas where people rely on livestock which can also become infected. The danger of this disease is that it can often go undetected until it is too late. Assassin bugs, also known as Kissing bugs, are attracted to lights in homes where they find their prey, humans. These bugs bite people spreading the parasite that causes Chagas disease. Chagas disease leads to major organ failure and kills 10,000 people every year. Another 10,000 lives are lost to freshwater snails which carry another type of parasite. Infected snails can pass along schistosomiasis to humans which cause flu-like symptoms, blood-vomits, and leg paralysis." 

Note:  The crocodile is responsible for 1,000 deaths, hippopotamus for 500 deaths, the elephant and the lion 100 each. Wolves and sharks, only cause ten deaths each every year.




Source:  https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/the-animals-that-kill-most-humans.html







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