There’s some deadly creatures out there
There’s a lot to worry about when you go on holiday. After all, you’re in an unfamiliar place, out of your normal comfort zone and routine, a veritable fish out of water. That’s what makes vacations exciting and wondrous, but with so many uncertainties, who knows what can go wrong? Take, for instance, the creepy crawlies, critters and creatures you may encounter at your new locale. Dangerous animals of all shapes and sizes could be lurking, ready to pounce while you’ve got your guard down. Some of them are potentially deadly. Now, don’t let this deter you from getting out there and exploring the world. Just be aware of the various threats and take precautions to avoid meeting them while you’re away from home. Take a look at this video to see a few examples of animals that just might get you while you’re on vacation.
What are the odds?
We don’t want to make you paranoid about going on a vacation. To put things into perspective, here is some CDC info on the odds of actually dying from an encounter with certain animals. The data is taken from US fatalities between 2001 and 2013.
Jaws made them everybody’s most feared predator, but they actually only kill about one person in the US each year.
You definitely don’t want to run into a bear in the woods, but these furry beasts only average about one human death in the US per year.
Venomous Snakes and Lizards
The CDC says about 6 people per year bite the dust it from a snake bite annually in the US.
Around seven people die from spider bites each year in the USA.
This includes critters like insects, centipedes, spiders, ticks, scorpions and more, and the death toll is about 9 people per year.
Who knew there were killer cows out there? Yes, more than sharks, bears and snakes put together, about 20 people meet their maker each year from an encounter with a cow.
Man’s best friend is also responsible for taking the lives of about 28 people in the US each year.
Miscellaneous mammals like deer, horses and pigs cause about 52 fatalities per year. Driving into a deer on a dark highway is particularly perilous.
Bees, Wasps and Hornets
An average of 58 human deaths each year are the result of a sting causing allergic reactions and anaphylactic shock.
Worldwide, mosquitoes are the biggest threat to humans. The World Health Organisation says an estimated 725,000 people die each year from mosquito-born diseases like malaria, Dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis.
Take reasonable precautions and be careful out there!