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Well I didnt know that, did you?

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Lounge' started by Robocop, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. Robocop

    Robocop New Member Webmaster

    The mosquito is apparently the worlds most dangerous animal/insect

    Yes, the humble mosquito. What we Brits regard as an annoying pest is actually the most dangerous creature on the planet, thanks to its ability to spread disease with alarming efficiency. Best known for spreading deadly malaria, mossies also spread elephantiasis, yellow fever, dengue fever and West Nile virus, which was recently introduced to the US and is now prevalent in all states.

    Responsible for: An estimated 2-3 million fatalities a year.

    Hangs out in: Worldwide; harmful in Africa, Asia and North America.

    Method of dispatch: Using serrated mouth parts, female mosquitoes pierce the skin and inject saliva containing a thinning agent to liquidise the blood. Most people won't know that they have been bitten until the immune system reacts, resulting in red, itchy bumps that continue to itch for days after the initial bite.

    Useful avoidance techniques: Mosquito nets treated with DDT are the most effective way to keep them at bay, as well as combative sprays and treatments that can be applied directly to the skin. Wear light-coloured, long clothes in the evening. If travelling to malaria zones, ensure that you take your full course of tablets before, during and after your stay.

    However what surprised me even more was the 6th most dangerous animal is the elephant I would never have guessed this in a million years.


    Despite their friendly and approachable image thanks to zoo feeding times, these herbivores kill an alarming amount of people every year. Elephants are unpredictable creatures, and have been known to kill zookeepers who have been with them for as long as 15 years. It is recorded that even the tamest of elephants can attack without warning, though it is thought that most elephants do not realise the harm they do with almost no effort.

    Responsible for: An estimated 300-500 fatalities a year.

    Hangs out in: Africa and India.

    Method of dispatch: Considering their huge size - the average elephant weighs over 6 tons - they trample and gore using their fearsome tusks and are capable of causing untold amounts of devastation.

    Useful avoidance techniques: General advice on avoiding an elephant attack seems to be: don't startle the beast; he is more likely to charge if he feels intimidated. If the elephant seems intent on charging, make as much noise as you can and try to put it off - otherwise scale the nearest tree (large enough so that the elephant cannot knock it down, of course).

    Sorry if I bored you but I found this really interesting :scared:
  2. SkinnerW

    SkinnerW New Member Webmaster

    I knew about mosquitoes and people who got seriously ill because of them...

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