Although domesticated for thousands of years, these normally docile farm animals have the potential to kill, sometimes even intentionally! Before you go on a farm friendly visit be aware of the dangers, and be glad to come out alive. By the way, I own several of these killers myself.
The most dangerous farm animal, is, of course, the farmer, however looking beyond the obvious, we can see that many other animals are equally dangerous and a good reason not to tresspass on a farm or into an animals pen. Do not be alarmed, I own many of the animals in this link, the donkey for example, is my pet.
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Donkeys, with their cute big ears, and dumb expressions, are one of the most overlooked deadly farm animals. Every year more people are killed by donkeys than die in plane crashes. (As referenced in a 1987 Article by the London Times) Although unsuspecting people consider them lazy, and stubborn a donkey, can deliver a swift and powerful kick, often without warning. This makes them more dangerous than horses, who often issue a warning, such as pinning their ears back, before kicking. Donkeys are often kept to guard against coyotes, and will kill dogs they are not familiar with.
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Most people are smart enough to know that bulls are dangerous, but they may not realize that even cows can kill, even if unprovoked. Sure they are vegetarians, but they are also several hundred pounds more heavier than an adult human. When startled they stampede. When angry they form together in a group and face down their opponent, even charging.
Not all cattle have horns, those without horns are called “polled” those with are called “non-polled”, both are equally dangerous but non-polled cattle even more so, and they know it! Cattle will use their horns to itch themselves and to toss annoying humans out of their way. Some breeds of non-polled cattle are bred to be mean, as for the rodeo circuit, but even those bred to be gentle farm animals should never be trusted.