Bees and wasps top the list of deadly venomous animals in Australia.
Australia is famous for being a land full of creatures that would consider humans their ‘natural enemy’. There have been a series of human deaths due to bites, the venom of these small-looking creatures but full of “death”
A recent study that looked at which venomous animals bite and sting the most in Australia over a 13-year period has found that bees and wasps are by far the top performers. . Between 2000 and 2013, the “striped buddies” hospitalized more than 12,300 individuals, 27 of whom died. This number is more than double the number of people hospitalized for snakebite, which killed 27 people.
Nearly 42,000 people were taken to hospital after being bitten by the venomous creature, most of them anaphylaxis, and 64 people died during the study period.
The large mortality rates in urban settings, particularly from bees, may be due simply to the fact that they are ‘not afraid’ of them. “People often think bees are harmless so most people don’t fear them the same way they fear snakes,” said co-author Dr Ronelle Welton.
The survey study only looked at the deaths of poisonous animals, so sharks and crocodiles, considered the most toxic anteaters, were excluded. That proves that you should start ‘fearing’ insects and snakes rather than being moderate.
But what is more surprising than any of these creatures? That is the horse. Research indicates that dangerous horses killed 74 individuals during the 13 years of survey, more than all poisonous creatures combined, or sharks and crocodiles combined.
Of course, the influence of other factors is related to these findings. For example, humans are more likely to interact with a horse than with a bee or a spider. However, it shows just how wrong some of our ‘excessive’ worries can be. Be ‘afraid’ of bees, or at least follow the advice of venomologists
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