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The Killer Creatures People Trust Far More Than Sharks, Lions, and Wolves, But Shouldn't

July 11, 2014

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  • When you think of deadly animals, if you’re like most people you probably picture a shark, or a lion… or perhaps a snake. So it may surprise you to learn that some of the biggest, fiercest creatures on Earth are actually far less deadly to humans – by the numbers – than some common pests and parasites.
  • Believe it or not, sharks kill only about 10 people a year, while the comparatively “benign” mosquito is responsible for the deaths of several hundred thousand humans annually.
  • Despite the potentially deadly nature of these 15 animals, it’s important to remember that every living creature on the planet has a unique role to play in preserving the ecosystem.

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