Hey Thoughty2 here. Are you scared of wasps?
You will be if you ever get chased by a swarm of Asian Giant Hornets. They are the world’s largest hornets, at 5
times the size of the european honey bee, they are nearly as big as your entire thumb,
with a wingspan bigger than a hummingbird’s. Also known as the Japanese Giant Hornet, they’re
responsible for around 40 deaths every year in Japan. They will swarm and aggressively
give chase if you disturb their nest. A single sting is enough to kill a human, even if you’re
not allergic to hornet venom. One victim described the sting as feeling “like a hot nail being
driven into my leg.” Think giant wasp’s are deadly? How about a
“sea wasp”, that’s the name given to the Australian Box Jellyfish. The box jellyfish is the most
venomous animal in the world. They have up to 60 tentacles, each 4.6 metres (15 feet)
long. Each of it’s tentacles has 5,000 stinging cells and enough venom to kill 60 humans.
It’s sting will kill you in minutes, by shutting down your nervous system. Most victims don’t
even make it back to shore. Scary stuff, but don’t be fooled by the Cone
Snail. The cone snail looks innocent with its beautifully
ornate shell, but it’s a nasty little bugger. A single drop of venom from this underwater
menace is enough to end 20 human lives. Inside its shell is a poison dart that will instantly
harpoon you if you pick it up. Once its venom is inside you, it will quickly paralyse your
entire body then you have about 2 hours to live; there is no anti venom. Cone snails
are found in the oceans of tropical countries such as Brazil. A fear of spiders is extremely commonplace,
but arachnophobics can relax, because they may look creepy, but the fact is, an extremely
small percentage of spider species actually carry venom that is lethal to humans. Even
the infamous Black Widow’s deadliness is a bit of a myth, Black Widow spiders aren’t
aggressive and very rarely bite, but when they do the dose of toxins they inject is
usually not fatal to humans. However there is one spider you should worry about, more
than any other. The Amazon Rainforest is home to the world’s most dangerous spider, the
Brazilian Wandering Spider. It’s awfully aggressive and intensely venomous. Even though they’re
smaller than most spider species they’re not afraid of humans. Luckily they only inject
a dose of venom lethal to humans 40% of the time, the rest of the time you will just feel
immense pain. But these little horrors have another rather humorous but unfortunate side
effect. Males bitten by the Wandering Spider will be afflicted with a prolonged erection.
The spider’s venom has been called “natural Viagra”. They’re all terrifying animals, but for sheer
number of kills none of these killers come close to the biggest mass murderer of all,
the mosquito. Mosquitos are responsible for between 2 to 3 million human deaths every
year, mostly in Africa. They’re bites can transfer parasites that carry malaria. But which animal, if it were you vs. them,
one to one would guarantee your death, if it attacks. The prize goes to the brown bear.
Weighing in at 635 kg or 1,400 lbs the grizzly bear would be your most formidable opponent.
It can kill you with a single swipe of it’s paw. There’s no use running, they’re much
faster than you. Brown bears can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour. Runnersworld.com calculated
you would need a head start of 2,146 metres to outrun a brown bear if it chased you. That’s
about 21 football pitches. And don’t think you can escape up a tree, or dive into the
nearest lake, bears are exceptional swimmers and tree climbers. If a brown bear decide’s
you’re it’s breakfast, you’re it’s breakfast. Luckily for us, they don’t attack humans often,
especially not groups, attacks on groups of more than 3 are virtually unheard of. So what truly is the most dangerous animal?
Well if there’s one animal I wouldn’t want to get into a fight with, it’s the brown bear.