Wild Animals That Are Not As Dangerous As People May Think

Modern era of technological development nurtures our curiosity with scientific documentaries, infographics, pictures and various clips of beautiful, scary and breathtakingly powerful animals. Unless we see adorable and harmless cubs, the information we receive from aforementioned channels leads us to make the following conclusions: wild animals can be especially dangerous and it is sensible to avoid them. Although, it is wise to consider their physical advantages, it is even more important to know which animals should not cause you to experience the sense of fear for your life.


In spite of being the world’s fastest animals who also happen to be stealth-sprinting predators, cheetahs are actually very shy and timid creatures. These long, tall, slim, quiet and cute savannah cats do not pose a threat to a human. However, height advantage can be a seriously determining factor. Cheetah’s average length varies from 1.1 to 1.5 m. And luckily for us, it is less than average height of a human, which is 1.5 m.


Largely due to the heavily influence of pop-culture, fictional literature and films in particular, vultures have one of the worst if not the worst reputations among all of the birds on Earth. Many people find their visual image scary and their food ration disgusting (as they feed on carrion), but these scavengers make a great input in disposing dead animals that may become a breeding ground for disease. And according to animals.mom.me they do not pose a threat to people:

“Despite their intimidating presence, vultures are pretty harmless. They have no incentive to attack humans and they lack the physical attributes that could pose a threat. Although they are carnivorous, most vultures feed only on animals that are already dead. Some vultures will spew projectile vomit as a defense mechanism, which is about the extent of their hostile behavior. While gross, it is hardly life-threatening.”


Gorillas are animals people often use as comparison for a big person that should not be messed around with. Although, gorillas do have sharp fangs, big muscles and enormous body build, they prefer to show their dominance by using scare tactics. Gorillas do it by with iconic grunts, ground pounds and chest bumps. At the same time they rarely attack primates like us. According to Dian Fossey (a primatologist who lived and studied gorillas for almost two decades) these giants are not violent, but rather peaceful animals.

It is inadvisable to make defensive moves and try to run. This type of behavior will only make you look like a victim. Some African tribes consider it humiliating to have gorilla bite marks or scars on your body. As it implies that the person who has them probably got scared of gorilla and tried to run. Thus, you are very unlikely to encounter with a gorilla if you simply avoid provoking the animal.

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