This year has has seen its share of tragic news involving animals.
A 2-year-old boy killed by an alligator at Disney World prompted a deluge of news involving the reptiles, from dog attacks to gators showing up at people’s front doors.
But, did you know that bees, hornets and wasps are responsible for more deaths in the United States on average than alligators, snakes or sharks?
According to a report by the Washington Post using data from the Centers for Disease Control, even cows are more deadly than alligators.
Data from the CDC report shows that South Carolina had an average of 51-75 deaths caused by animals from 1999-2013. Nationwide, bees, hornets and wasps were responsible for an average of 58 deaths per year, followed by other mammals (52), dogs (28), cows (20) and non-venomous anthropods (9).
Cow deaths are not from eating beef, but people dying particularly from blunt force trauma while working with cattle.
The perceived villains – snakes, alligators and spiders – were only responsible for 14 average deaths per year combined.
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