Animal Facts.

 Which animals regard humans as their prey?

There are actually a decent amount of animals that will kill and eat humans.

1.Saltwater/Nile crocodile/Alligator/Caiman

 

“I’m feeling a little salty after you turned my grandmother into a hand bag!”

Large crocodilians like alligators and crocodiles attack humans who wander too close to the river’s edge. Crocodiles kill by dragging their prey into the water and drowning them with a vicious death roll. Nile crocodiles have been found to attack 275–745 times a year in which 63% are fatal, compared to the Saltwater croc’s 30 attacks per year in which 50% are fatal. American alligators and black caimans are also responsible for a number of deaths each year. So if you live in Africa, Asia, or any other place home to large crocodilians, stay away from the water!

2.Felines

 

“Wakanda panther are you?”

The panthera genus includes lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and snow leopards who have been known to hunt and kill humans fairly often each year. While jaguars and snow leopards aren’t famous for killing that many humans, lions, tigers and leopards are the ones to watch out for.

It is estimated that tigers kill 50–60 people per year while lions kill around 100people each year. Leopards on the other hand are more obscure as they attack at night but quite a few have been reportedly killed by these silent killers.

As a result of these attacks, workers often wear masks on the back of their heads which deters these felines who usually only attack if they can get an ambush.

Another honorable mention would be the cougar who is not a panther.

3.Polar bear

 

“Your puns are polarizing. Borderline unbearable!”

While grizzlies and black bears seem to attack more people per year, this is because they actually live around humans and even then they rarely kill for food. Polar bears on the flip side are way more dangerous but live around relatively few people.

What makes polar bears so dangerous is the fact they are straight carnivores and will hunt down prey unlike the grizzly and black bears who eat mostly plants. Polar bear who have no fear of humans due to little contact with them, have been known to hunt down people who enter their territory, tracking them down for many miles. But since few people stray into polar bear territory and bears prefer to stay away from large settlements, attacks are quite rare.

4.Hyenas

 

“Group photo! Everybody say cheese!”

Hyenas are rather timid around humans compared to big cats but will still attack them. They have been known to attack people when other food is scarce and seem to target women, children and infirm men. Still, they are very capable of taking down an adult male human.

5.Snakes

 

“My anaconda don’t want none unless you got puns hun!”

Large constricting snakes like pythons and anacondas have been known to attack humans on rare occasions. These large constricting snakes seem to usually target weaker people but healthy adults have been found to be consumed by them.

6.Komodo dragons

 

“You goat to be kidding me. Didn't you just have breakfast?”

Attacks on humans by Komodo dragons are very rare since they live on isolated islands but they still regard us as prey. Still, these predators pack a punch and have been know to kill and consume people. They have also been known to dig up graves and devour corpses.

 

So there you have it! All the main animals that have been known to attack and kill humans like prey. There used to be more predators that hunted humans like wolves but guess what we humans did? We hunted them to the point where they feared us too much. So remember, if you're exploring the African Savannah, Asian jungles, Canadian north or any other wilds, always watch your back!

 

How Much Exercise Does Your Dog Really Need?

Every time this topic comes up I feel guilty about every dog I have ever owned. I am sure I am not alone in this. I have every excuse in the books; kids, house, job... you've heard them all. But the bottom line is that if something fell out of the bottom of my day it was usually walking my dog.

So how bad was that for my dog?

Well, here are the facts as I understand them, none of which lessen my guilt.

  • big or small, young or old, dogs need to exercise daily
  • dogs do slow down as they age but they still need to have some form of daily physical activity
  • without activity, your dog will become bored, frustrated and unhealthy
  • this boredom may lead to destructive behaviour
  • dogs will gain weight if they do not burn off the calories they consume
  • some breeds have special needs that have to be taken into consideration
  • your dog’s age, breed, size and overall health should be considered
  • if your dog is a short nosed breed, like a bulldog, for example, he will not need a lot of daily exercise
  • labrador retrievers, hounds, collies and shepherds will need the most exercise
  • if your dog has too much weight, achy joints and muscles, or a laid-back personality they still need some activity to keep the body functioning well

So How Much Exercise is Enough?

  • after assessing your dog using the considerations above, the range of exercise time for your dog should be between 30 minutes to two hours of activity every day
  • many dogs are mixed breeds which makes it hard to assess their needs by breed
  • the best way to figure out your dog's activity needs is by watching them, looking for signals
  • restlessness and pacing usually indicates a need for more exercise
  • if your dog is content to just lie around, they may not need as much exercise and a short walk may be enough

Important Tips

  • before you begin an exercise program with your dog, be sure to visit your veterinarian for a health check
  • start out slowly and work your way up to longer walking or playing routines
  • a warm-up period and cool-down time is recommended
  • just putting a dog in the back yard does not constitute exercise

We live in a world increasingly defined by inactivity. Couch potatoes are the norm-both human and canine. Start small and think big!! Start simply, without putting pressure on yourself or your dog, and you will find that you are both looking forward to this happy time of the day and you will both be the better physically and mentally for it.