The Animals Most Dangerous to Humans

Forget sharks. The animals most likely to harm you are much smaller — and much closer to you
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Cows and horses

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cites “other mammals” as the cause of 1,080 deaths from 1999 to 2013. Most of these deaths are the result of farm animal accidents, especially accidents involving cows and horses, according to research published in the journal Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. The CDC reports most deaths happened while moving the animals into pens or pastures, treating the animals or loading them into trailers. The majority of victims suffered blunt trauma to the head or chest.

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