Ever Wonder What it Would be Like to Be Eaten Alive By an Animal?
There is little in this world that taps into our most primal fears like the thought of an animal snacking on us. Just the thought of an animal eating us sends all of our senses reeling, and our fears into overload. Why is this? I feel that it is due to our guilty feelings. We snack on them, so we must be aware that they have the same right. It is something that we all have thought of however briefly. How many animals are actually capable of the feat? More than you might think. Which are the most likely? That is the focus of this article. Here are ten animals that can eat you for breakfast.
(For the purpose of this list, animal is being liberally used. It may include reptiles, insects, mammals, fish, etc...)
Mountain lion - Mountain Lions are certainly capable of the feat, and in California and British Columbia they do so every so often. Mountain lions are supremely confident cats that do not tend to back down very easily. Your best bet if you cross one of these magnificent cats is to make yourself as large and aggressive as possible, and do not run. If you run, you may as well ring the dinner bell because it will chase you down. And it will catch you.
Reticulated Python - The reticulated python is a bit of a controversial addition to this list as it has been debated if this animal actually eats human beings. To me, any reptile that is longer than a school bus, and as thick as a tree is capable of swallowing me. Certainly it has eaten children, and is proven to be capable of killing a full grown deer and eating eat. You do the math.
Sharks - This is one of the most popular choices of animals that you might be eaten by. It would certainly make anyone's list and for good reason. This ancient predator has eaten people and in some cases hunted people. It is rare that a shark targets a human being, as they often mistake us for their regular lunch. The most dangerous sharks are the bull shark, great white, tiger shark, mako shark, and the hammerhead. Most any shark will dine on you given the chance and the right circumstances, however, so better to leave them alone.
Bears - The bear is certainly an animal that has dined on us before. Eating a human being is generally not the motivation, but it does happen. Bears are very territorial, and as such, they will protect their homes and little ones with ferocity. Black bears, grizzly bears, and polar bears have all taken a bite out of us.
Tigers - The tiger is a fearsome animal that is capable of ripping us to pieces in seconds. Some tigers over the years have actively hunted human beings. Usually those animals that dine on humans are sick or dying, and unable to hunt the more elusive regular dinner menu animals. There have been some exceptions as some natives say that once a tiger gets the taste for human flesh, they do not want to stop. Scary thought, huh?
Lions - Lions are certainly king of the jungle for a reason. They are the supreme hunters, and have no natural worries of being attacked themselves. This gives the lion an almost untouchable attitude, as though they are the Godfathers of nature. If you enter any area where there are lions, then expect the chance of being eaten. It has happened and will happen again.
Alligators - Alligators are not incredibly aggressive in the way of attacking humans, but they certainly will given the right circumstances. People are killed by alligators annually, and if you swim in any body of water in Florida the possibility is there. Alligators are ambush predators and you will never generally see them coming when they decide to snack on you. Enter at your own risk.
Crocodiles - Crocodiles, unlike their more docile cousins, will eat you in the blink of an eye. The crocodile will stalk you and ambush you with one intention in mind. Eating you. They are huge reptiles that resemble the ancient dinosaurs in appearance, with a powerful body that sometimes grows to 25 feet. Think about that. 25 feet with razor sharp teeth and an attitude. That is the supreme man eater.
Leeches - Leeches are a different type of eater. They want your blood. They will latch onto a vein and hang on for dear life. Many find this to be more blood curdling than being eaten by a crocodile. Certainly it would take a ton of leeches, and your incapacity, but that would be a slow agonizing eventual death.
Mosquitos - Mosquitos are included on this list because they eat us so often. Many people minimize the danger of Skeeters, and that is a huge oversight. The mosquitos kills far more people than any of the monsters on our list above. They carry all kinds of nasty diseases, and can transplant it directly into our bloodstream while snacking on us. Remember that the next time you forget your insect repellent.
All of the animals above have the capabilities of eating us, and all are quite dangerous. None of the animals above are likely to eat us if we use some common sense when we are near their habitat. The odds of you being eaten are not even close to the odds of you dying in a car, plane, or train. You are more likely to be hit by lightening in fact. Just use common sense, and respect their territories, and you should avoid ever becoming dinner for these wonders of nature.
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