From killer Drop-Bears to a jellyfish that can kill you in minutes, every Aussie will tell you they are secretly proud of our killer wildlife and I’m no different. We even have the Gympie-Gympie plant that has sting so severe it has been investigated for use in biological warfare. So what animals are really going to kill you if you visit the land ‘down-under'?
In the ten years between 2000 and 2010, there were 254 confirmed animal-related deaths in Australia which, at first thought, the majority of us would attest to apex predators like Great Whites and crocodiles.
Of these 254 deaths, suprisingly, cows and dogs were the most frequent culprits, accounting for nearly half (137) of these deaths.
According to Australia’s National Coronial Information System (NCIS), horses, including pet ponies and donkeys, were the most deadly animal in Australia claiming 77 deaths mostly related to falls involving our equine friends. Cattle were responsible for 33 deaths, by causing motor vehicle accidents or by crushing injuries. The third biggest killer, the domestic dogs caused the death of 27 people wheras the formidble dingo claimed not one.
Next up is our beloved Skippy. Kangaroos have indirectly caused the deaths of 18 people, mostly due to car accidents. I still wouldn't mess with him though.
Our next villain is the humble bumblebee. Bees have killed just as many people as sharks (16 each) and it is not til much further down the list that we find snakes (14 fatalities) and crocodiles (9 fatalities).
You might be surprised to know that there hasn't been a single death from a redback spider since the introduction of anti-venom.
So it seems we should we be more worried about swimming outside the flags or jumping in the car to go visit a friends’ dairy farm.