March 28, 2013

Attack Facts

  • The large, aggressive Elephant seal males are called ‘Beach Masters’.

  • Elephant Seals weigh up to 4 tons (8,800lbs / 4,000kg) and can grow up to 20 feet long (6m).

  • Elephant seals can dive down to depths of over 4,500 feet (over 1500m).

  • Elephant seals spend 10 months of the year at sea.

  • Cassowary protect themselves by kicking. Their three-toed feet have sharp claws; the dagger-like middle claw is 12cm long.

  • An adult cassowary is considered the world’s most dangerous bird.

  • Mother bears – especially grizzlies – are very protective of their cubs and will fight to the death to defend them.

  • Although one of the most feared animals in the world, brown bears usually go out of their way to avoid people.

  • Grizzly bears have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals, enough to crush a bowling ball.

  • Wild grizzlies have claws up to 10 centimeters long.

  • The front paws of a grizzly are about 20 centimeters by 20 centimeters.

  • The white Rhino’s front horn can grow 1.5 meters long!

  • Rhinos have bad eyesight – they are near-sighted – but excellent hearing.

  • A Rhino’s sense of smell is so good that it may rival a bloodhound’s.

  • A Mako shark's bite pressure is estimated to be about 4 tons per square inch.

  • In a feeding frenzy, sharks may eat injured sharks, regardless of their size.

  • The three largest species of shark– the whale shark, basking shark and mega- mouth sharks - are gentle giants.

  • Four people on average are killed in unprovoked shark attacks a year, yet humans kill 100 million sharks annually.

  • Africanised honey bees react 10 times faster to disturbances than European bees.

  • A single swarm of Africanised bees can contain 50,000 stingers.

  • Africanised bees can pursue an intruder for a quarter of a mile.

  • Africanised honey bees stay agitated for 24 hours.

  • In 30 years since their release in Brazil - Africanized bees have killed 1,000 people.

  • It is estimated that there are over a trillion Africanised bees in Latin America.

  • More people are killed or seriously injured by lone buffalo in Africa, than by any other wild animal.

  • African buffalo must use strength and ferocity to ward off predation. .. they can even kill lions in self-defense!

  • A whole herd of African Buffalo will rally to defend a single wounded individual.

  • An African buffalo can weigh over half a ton!

  • A female hippo is fiercely protective and can bite a crocodile in half!

  • Hippos are responsible for 200 – 300 human deaths a year!

  • A hippo can open their jaws up to 150 degrees!

  • The leopard is the most widespread member of its family of big cats.

  • Leopards are very hard to see in the wild. Their spotted fur gives them camouflage so they will blend into tall grasses or leaves of a tree as they stalk or wait for their prey.

  • Not much bigger than a large dog, leopards are so strong that they can bring down animals much larger than themselves.

  • A leopard dubbed ‘the Leopard of Rudraprayag” is claimed to have killed over 125 people and one infamous beast called ‘Panar Leopard’ killed over 400 after being injured by a poacher and rendered unable to hunt normal prey.

  • Elephants are sacred animals to people of the Hindu religion.

  • Elephants use their tusks to dig for roots and water, strip bark from trees, and even fight each other.

  • The elephant’s trunk contains about 100,000 different muscles!

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