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Top 10 Fiercest Animals

With millions of animal species dwelling on our earth, there are all kinds of animals around us-cute and cuddly, the most bizarre and quaint ones, and even the fierce and deadly ones, whose name only can spell terror and doom. Most of these animals do not kill humans, but they can be incredibly ferocious predators in the wild. They demand our respect for their power and valour and hunting skills. Lions, tigers, bears, and others are known for being ferocious and vicious, especially when hungry or provoked. There and other mammals are known for their aggressive behaviour and violent instincts. Below we present a list of the top 10 fiercest animals which can conjure up images of terror and ferociousness. Check them out.

Fiercest Animals

1. Lion

The lion, which is rightly known as the “King of the Jungle”, is potentially nature’s most formidable predator on land.  A lion is known for its majestic mane, its strong jaw and long canine teeth that give it a fierce appearance. They are powerful hunters and rely on their sight to help them with hunting. They can detect their prey through hearing and will stalk their victims and then pounce on them.  Lions can use their powerful claws to maul at their prey once they catch it. They will then crush their necks, and paralyze them to be taken back to the lion’s den. It is also listed as one of the aggressive animals in the world.

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African Lions

2. Cheetah

This incredible carnivorous animal is known for its exceptional hunting and stalking abilities. It is a fierce predator in the wild and can accelerate from zero to speeds as high as 75 mph in just 3 seconds. They have strong, muscular bodies and hunt by sight. Once they spot prey, they will sneak up as close as they can and catch the prey. The speed and agility of a cheetah make it one of the most dreaded carnivores. The species has been listed as one of the best animal patterns.

Cheetah

3. Cobra

One of the smelliest animals, The King Cobra is one of the most venomous snakes on our planet. The fierceness of these reptiles needs no introduction. It can reach up to 18 feet in length and is among the longest of all venomous snakes. These snakes have an iconic hood that they can open up when angry. They can also emit a hiss that sounds almost like a growling dog.  When confronted, they can lift up to a third of its body off the ground, and can “stand up” and look a full-grown person in the eye to attack. A cobra’s venom is an absolute killer and can affect the respiratory centres in the brain, causing respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

PHILIPPINE COBRA

4. Polar Bear

Polar bears are classified as marine mammals because they spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears spend most of their time hunting for food on the icy surfaces. Polar bears are aggressive, terrifying, and extremely dangerous to humans. When provoked or threatened, they put up a strong show and are most likely to prey on humans as food. They are excellent swimmers and can outrun humans on the ice.

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Polar Bear

5. Cape buffalo

It is not only big lions and ferocious tigers that are dangerous. African Cape buffaloes are a dangerous lot on African safaris and can stampede and crash into human settlements. They are known as “Black Death” in Africa and can put forth a menacing attack with their massive horns and huge bodies. A threatened or a wounded cape buffalo is a synonym for death and can kill its attacker with full force.

Cape buffalo

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6. Wolf

Wolf attacks on animals and humans are common. The wolf might attack from behind and kills its prey by biting it in the neck area. It may also bite the snout of a large prey animal. They can jump, snort and lunge forward, and dig their ferocious teeth into their prey. They are efficient killers and can kill large game animals like moose, elk, deer, and sheep as well as small animals like boars, birds, and lizards. They can eat up to 20 pounds of meat at one go. They travel and hunt in packs of 6 – 10 wolves.

Grey wolf

7. Crocodile

Most of the crocodile species on our planet are considered dangerous to people. Their formidable jaws with slender, sharp teeth can snap our bones like twigs. A crocodile attack can be a nightmare for helpless victims. These fearsome aggressive beasts can attack human beings out of hunger, revenge or as a defence against their young ones or territory. The Nile crocodile species is known to easily claim the lives of about 300 people per year and is the most dangerous crocodilian.

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Crocodiles

8. Great White Shark

The legendary great white shark is a fearsome mammal, the ultimate killer in the film “Jaws”. They are the largest predatory fish on Earth. They grow to an average of 15 feet and can weigh up to 5000 pounds. Their mouths are lined with up to 300 triangular teeth arranged in several rows. They have an exceptional sense of smell to detect prey and can detect even one drop of blood in 25 gallons of water. They are strong and muscular hunters, and their sharp teeth can tear skin and flesh, and even cut through bones.

Great White Shark

9. Wild Boar

Wild boars are aggressive and vicious animals and have been the cause of many terror attacks and fatal encounters. When wild boars attack, they usually charge and will make its victim trip and fall to the ground. Humans can suffer dangerous injuries in the lower part of the body because of their sharp tusks. They are extremely dangerous with sharp tusks and are constantly gnashing their teeth together. They can direct powerful blows on their prey, to the extent of dislocating a knee. Wild boars can be very aggressive and can charge fast. They can also bite hard with their razor-sharp teeth.

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Wild Boar

10. African Elephant

One of the fiercest animals, African Elephants are responsible for the deaths of around 500 people every year as suggested by researchers. Frustration and anger experienced by these elephants can be lashed out in the form of terrifying attacks on humans for a variety of reasons. Elephant males can become more violent and aggressive toward one another and can charge towards the victim at great speeds. They can flare out their ears, for a deadly appearance while chasing the victims.

African Elephant

These are the fiercest animals, both by appearance and their mode of preying and attacks. Not only can these terrifying animals attack like monsters, but are also responsible for hundreds of human deaths every year. These are the fiercest animals in the world. Kindly share and do post your comments.

Written by Mahima Shah

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