Farm Animals That Kill

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.  

Donkeys

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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.

Cattle

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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.

Horses

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  1. deep blue Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I’m amused you included the farmer. Indeed he is the most dangerous animal of his kind. Nice pictures especially the armed bunny.


  2. ken bultma Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Nicely illustrated article. Yes, sows bite!


  3. sheba Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Loved the pics of the animals. Also very well written article. Thanks for sharing!


  4. Figgins Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Wonderful article, thanks.


  5. Ravana Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I never expected this article.


  6. Lostash Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Thats it! I’m never visiting the farm again now!!!


  7. martie Says...

    On July 25, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    great article. You should have included Turkeys though. My husband had one as a pet and he would not let any stranger get out of their vehicle. We use to have to put him in the gargage when the kids came from craft day…because I was afraid he would hurt someone.


  8. R J Evans Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Cool article – I have blogged this at Webphemera.com…

    When I was a kid I was on my Nain’s farm (Nain is Welsh for Grandmother and is pronounced like the number nine!) and I was waving her walking stick around in the farmyard. I inadvertantly hit one of her chickens and killed it instantly…

    I still have nightmare about their revenge! :-)


  9. vbowen78669 Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    The overall idea behind this article is a good one. As society gets more and more urban, I see too many people who think all animals are like stuffed animals and act very stupidly around animals.

    However, I take extreme issue with, at the least, the donkey section.

    Every year I wind up writing at least one author asking them to please provide any scientific evidence that donkey kicks kill more people than plane crashes. No-one has, to date, been able to provide such evidence, and so I am more than dismayed when people purporting to give the public scientific answers repeat this particular urban myth.

    The fact is – there is no support for this myth BECAUSE it is a myth. Your paragraph also contains another donkey myth – that they kick without warning. Not at all true. The problem is that most people manhandle donkeys the way they do horses, and donkeys are most definitely NOT horses. But, like horses, they absolutely do give warnings like flattening their ears. Like horses, it may be lightning quick depending on the donkeys’ prior experience. One that has been manhandled a lot is much more likely to kick – but only to people it suspects will be just as physically abusive.

    I am a long-term student of equine behavior and cognition, with a particular emphasis on the longeared varieties (donkeys and mules). Horses are FAR more dangerous than donkeys, as they DO kick more readily than do donkeys. Donkeys (and mules) are energy savers by nature. Horses are not. Therefore, if there is a way to exit a situation without flailing their hooves around, donkeys will do so. Horses, on the other hand, survive by flailing their hooves around. Horses also have less accurate aim than does a donkey or mule.

    So please, if you have proof of your statements about donkeys – or for that matter any of your statements – please provide it!


  10. vbowen78669 Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    The overall idea behind this article is a good one. As society gets more and more urban, I see too many people who think all animals are like stuffed animals and act very stupidly around animals.

    However, I take extreme issue with, at the least, the donkey section.

    Every year I wind up writing at least one author asking them to please provide any scientific evidence that donkey kicks kill more people than plane crashes. No-one has, to date, been able to provide such evidence, and so I am more than dismayed when people purporting to give the public scientific answers repeat this particular urban myth.

    The fact is – there is no support for this myth BECAUSE it is a myth. Your paragraph also contains another donkey myth – that they kick without warning. Not at all true. The problem is that most people manhandle donkeys the way they do horses, and donkeys are most definitely NOT horses. But, like horses, they absolutely do give warnings like flattening their ears. Like horses, it may be lightning quick depending on the donkeys\\\\\\\’ prior experience. One that has been manhandled a lot is much more likely to kick – but only to people it suspects will be just as physically abusive.

    I am a long-term student of equine behavior and cognition, with a particular emphasis on the longeared varieties (donkeys and mules). Horses are FAR more dangerous than donkeys, as they DO kick more readily than do donkeys. Donkeys (and mules) are energy savers by nature. Horses are not. Therefore, if there is a way to exit a situation without flailing their hooves around, donkeys will do so. Horses, on the other hand, survive by flailing their hooves around. Horses also have less accurate aim than does a donkey or mule.

    So please, if you have proof of your statements about donkeys – or for that matter any of your statements – please provide it!


  11. vbowen78669 Says...

    On July 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Sorry about the double posting. The site kept telling me to resubmit as there was an internal server error.


  12. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On July 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

    To vbowen78669
    the bit about donkeys came from a 1987 News Article in the London Times.
    You should note I mentioned I own a donkey, they are kept here by many people with the purpose of guarding livestock against feral dogs and coyotes. I know several people who use them to guard orchards. They will chase out the human invaders. A donkey will use its front feet to knock a bigger object down (human) and trample it, this is not generally seen in horses, except angry stallions. But even a jenny (female donkey) can act this way.
    Donkeys are quicker to know if a person is a friend, somebody they know, or a stranger. They will treat their owner well, but will react to a stranger differently depending on their upbringing.
    I have seen them many times kick without any warning. Also, they have the ability to cow-kick, which I didnt mention, but is something horses cannot do. And because they are more accurate, they can do more harm.
    My article is writen not to scare people off these animals – I own a donkey who is AWESOME!!!! My article is to remind city people to treat these animals with respect – DO NOT drive down a road and think you can crawl into a corral just to get pictures!


  13. RUSHIL PURI Says...

    On August 15, 2009 at 6:06 am

    very very interesting


  14. Sheep Breeder Says...

    On July 11, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Sheep are the most dangerous farm animal. I read in an article somewhere (in a magazine) that sheep, pound for pound, are the strongest farm animal. So, if rams were as big as a bull, they’d be more dangerous. Rams (even miniature rams) have been known to critically injure and even kill healthy adults. I had a 300 lb ram break my leg and fracture my hip because I got too close to “his” ewes (all I was doing was feeding them…go figure) so he rammed me. Luckily he was being nice. He could’ve done a lot more damage than that if he really wanted to. However, he has sired my best lambs so I still keep him around. I might get rid of him after this fall because most of his daughters are in my broodewe flock.


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