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Which animals are true man-eaters?

 
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Oct 08, 2009 01:27 |  #31

The Aussie Dingo is reputed to eat people. Azaria Chamberlain.

Komodo dragons eat people




  
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Oct 08, 2009 01:30 |  #32

footballdude2k3 wrote in post #8577794 (external link)
hippos are extremely dangerous if you get close. they hate people.

yeah but they dont eat them, just kill them.




  
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Oct 08, 2009 22:54 |  #33

Crocodiles.


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Nov 08, 2009 20:12 |  #34

Whippeticious wrote in post #8782794 (external link)
The Aussie Dingo is reputed to eat people. Azaria Chamberlain.

Komodo dragons eat people

Oddly enough, dingos were once domesticated and are now wild. Kind of the opposite of most dogs.


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Nov 10, 2009 10:22 |  #35

Most carnivores will eat a person if the situation demands it. All flesh is food.

That doesn't mean all animals will actively stalk a human for food, but even then, it's not a finely drawn line. Some individuals of species which generally leave humans alone will hunt humans. This happens in nature. e.g. A pride of lions has in the past few years, gained a reputation for killing hippos, and leaving all else.

The "rules" of nature are just guidelines. Out in the wild, anything can and will happen. Nature boils down to "risk/reward" at it's most base level.


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Nov 10, 2009 10:34 |  #36

With any animal of carnivorous or omnivorous nature, you can never really be sure. Plenty of news stories about pets who ate their owner (or the baby) when they got hungry enough.

True story, a woman in New York bought a six-month old German shepard puppy to protect her new-born infant. She decided the two could get acquainted while she walked to the corner store to get some dog food. She left the infant on a blanket on the floor.

When she got back, the puppy was already eating...


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Nov 10, 2009 10:42 |  #37

African Lions have been known to choose humans as the prime prey, the best known cases are the Lions of Tsava, who preyed on a railway construction crew.

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Nov 12, 2009 14:29 |  #38

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Nov 12, 2009 14:56 |  #39

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I know tigers and polar bears will eat people, but what else?quote]

Thats such a misconcept! Tigers do not consider humans as their natural prey. In fact they've been known to walk away if not challenged or provocated by humans. Most of the times when humans have been attacked is for self defense, or due to either surprising the animal or getting too close to a tigress with cubs. I've been close enough to tigers in the wild, in an open top vehicle...they just ignore us...unless you act stupid and tease the animal. All it demands is due respect.

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Last report I read was that the tigers in the Sundarbans were still going after humans. True, not their natural prey, but an adapted prey. It is always silly to make absolute statements, since there are often exceptions to any generality.


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Nov 15, 2009 06:29 |  #40

Any large feline especially lions, leopards and tigers. If you want a great read search books by Jim Corbett. True stories of life in India in the early 20th century.

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Dec 18, 2009 06:52 |  #41

Lion will most definately make a meal out of anyone stupid enough to wander around in their hunting area if they are hungry. Leopard has been know to stalk and hunt humans in their territory as well. Over the last couple of years leopards were the top "hunter-killers" so to speak in our country. I can think of at least 5 cases durin the last 3-4 years. Killers for food trophy would go to Crocodiles, but is more attacks of opportunity than actually hunting humans since they will eat just about anything.

The most dangerous though is the hippo. The biggest killer in Africa when coming to number of deaths caused by animals (I am not counting the mosquito - a insect). Grumpy, ill tempered and just generally mean, they account for a lot of deaths each year. They can but usually don't eat human meat and definately not actively hunting humans. The second is the Cape Buffalo. Very Aggresive and like the one responder said, kill you just because it can!




  
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