Some of the worlds most dangerous animals are mammals. They are intelligent, sophisticated and just…dangerous! The most dangerous mammals include wolverines, dingos, polar bears, rhinos, elephants, buffaloes, tigers, lions and hippos.
How can we tell the most dangerous animals? It must be by the number of fatalities they inflict on human populations. If other organisms were to vote on this, then the list would be different but when it comes to dangerous animals or dangerous anything, then the danger makes more sense when posed to man as a species and not to the rest of nature. Which are the most dangerous mammals on the planet earth?
10. Wolverines – They are small compared to most mammals in the dog family but despite their size, they are famed to be ferocious hunters and dangerous to enemies and purported enemies. Mature wolverines weigh only 10 – 25 kilograms but can decimate larger enemies including giant black bears.
9. The Dingo – This is a free roaming primitive mammal of the dog family, native to Australia. They are known to be ferocious hunters that attack many other animals including sheep and humans with fatal results. They are among the most dangerous predators on the continent and probably among the most dangerous mammals.
8. The polar bear – Many people would rather encounter any other danger but not the polar bear. It is very strong and swift and a ferocious hunter ass well. It is native to the North Pole and weighs up to 680 kilograms making it the largest terrestrial carnivore in the world and one of the most dangerous. Bears can swim under water as well as run faster than most mammals.
7. Rhinos – The rhinoceros is one of the most dangerous herbivores in the world weighing up to 4500 kilograms with a shoulder height of up to 2 meters. They charge at enemies and gore them to death and can move to speeds of up to 50 kph. Using speed, agility and strength, they can destroy some of the most ferocious carnivores.
6. Elephants – African elephants have amazing speeds for their size. They are known to weigh up to 11,000 kilograms but can run faster than most mammals of smaller size and use their feet and tusks to cause extreme danger to enemies including humans. Elephants are famed to have a very long lasting memory that places their enemies in mortal danger.
5. Buffaloes – Cape buffaloes are among the most dangerous mammals in the world. Unlike those found in Asia which are domesticated, African buffaloes are heavy and fast. They weigh more than 900 kilograms and kill more than 200 people every year by goring and trampling.
4. Tigers – They are mainly found in Asian countries and can weigh up to 300 kilograms and happen to be very strong and dangerous too. They have amazing speeds of up to 65 kilometers per hour making them some of the fastest carnivores in the wild.
3. Lions – They can weigh up to 250 kilograms but are much faster and stronger for their weight with speeds surpassing 65 kilometers per hour. They are the second largest members of the cat family after the tigers and among the most dangerous mammals in the world.
2. Hippos – The African hippopotamus is the third largest terrestrial mammal in the world and one of the most dangerous. Hippos can run faster than 30 kilometers per hour on land and up to 9 kilometers per hour in water. They are known to trample their victims to death. They can measure up to 4500 kilograms.
1. Man – With all the intelligence, the tools and sophisticated weaponry, man is the most dangerous mammal in the world and has killed many animals including members of his own species. He can attain amazing speeds by use of vehicles, trains and jets and has the capacity to destroy every other organism.