Deadliest animal attacks in the world

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Us and them

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Deadliest shark attack – The U.S.S Indianapolis

In 1945, the U.S.S Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine. Nearly 900 men abandoned ship. A tiger shark soon began picking them off.  By  Day 2, other sharks has joined him and the sailors were attacked every 3-4 hours. 317 men were eventually rescued. Most of the men died from exposure but survivors believe 20-30 men were taken by the sharks.


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Deadliest lion attack – The lions of Tsavo

In March 1898, during the building of the Uganda Railway, engineer Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson led the construction of a railway bridge over the Tsavo River in Kenya. During the construction period, around 35 railway workers were killed by two maneless male lions, which dragged men from their tents at night and devoured them.


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Deadliest crocodile attack – Ramree Island

In 1945, during WW2, 1,000 Japanese soldiers retreated into the mangrove swamps of Ramree Island. Days later, only 23 were found alive. History now refers to this as the massacre of Ramree, when 12 km of marshland delivered the Japanese from their British enemy… straight into the jaws of hundreds of giant crocodiles.


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Deadliest river monster – Killer catfish of India

Tragically, giant catfish in India  have developed an appetite for human flesh after feasting on corpses dumped into the country’s rivers after funerals. These monster-sized fish are suspected of eating at least three teenage boys, tugging them under the water like the shark in ‘Jaws’.

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