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According to statistics from the Victorian Injury Surveillance Unit, no less than 28,128 Victorians were injured by animals between July 2004 and June 2007, that is nearly 10 000 a year.

Almost 7700 Victorians have been taken to hospital during this time after being attacked by dogs.

Horses were second, killing two people and injuring a further 5628. Mosquito bites also killed two people and sent 256 more to hospital.

Am amazing 9922 Victorians were hurt by creepy-crawlies, including spiders, bees, wasps, ticks, ants, centipedes and even scorpions. Some more unusual statistics: close to 50 Victorians were attacked by monkeys, family pets such as cats, rabbits and guinea pigs injured 1117 people, and 450 people ended up at a hospital with insects stuck in eyes, nose or ears.

Chickens injured another 92 and stingrays over 50 people. Six people had to be treated after encountering ducks and alpacas.

Wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, possums and dingoes were responsible for attacks on 231 people.

And 1153 Victorians were attacked in their sleep or while resting or eating.

 

ANTS

 

Up to 4 cm. in length, Australia's Bulldog Ants are the biggest ants in the world and can be found in any part of Australia. They killed a farmer in Victoria in 1988 but this is one of only three deaths by this species.

Buffalo attack

The town of Nhulunbuy lies in a remote corner of the Northern Territory and is surrounded by bush land where wild buffaloes roam free. In May 2005 a 46 year old man was killed on the town's outskirts by a wild buffalo when he went for a walk to check the water supply line to his house.

In September 2007 a 49 year old woman from Melbourne was holidaying at Peppers Seven Spirit Bay resort on the Cobourg Peninsula and while she was enjoying a nice stroll along the beach with a couple of friends a wild buffalo charged them and attacked her. She was flown to Darwin hospital by helicopter.

 

Box Jellyfish

 

Box Jellyfish have killed about 60 people in Australia over the last century.

 

Blue Ringed Octopus

 

Small but nasty creature only a few centimeters in size but can kill within 12 hours if no medical help is available. Their sting is very painful

 

Cassowary attacks

 

Cassowaries are among the very few birds that can kill a person but the only time on record that happened was in April 1926

 

Cockatoo attacks

 

Kevin Butler lived in the US with his Aussie cockatoo Bird as a pet. Kevin was found dead one day in 2002 with multiple stab wounds and Bird was found dead in the kitchen with a fork in his back and a leg cut off. Police later charged Daniel Torres with the murder, having found his DNA in Bird's beak. It turned out that while Daniel tried to kill Kevin, the Aussie superhero Bird violently pecked at Daniel's head and clawed at his skin in a desperate effort to save his owner!

 

 

Corella attacks

 

In March 2004 thousands of long-billed corellas invaded the town of Stawell, in Victoria's Wimmera region, and made life hell for the residents. They squawk morning and night, pollute the rainwater, destroy native flora, their droppings damage brickwork and tiles, they eat crops, livestock feed and freshly planted trees, they have attacked Stawell's church spire, at the local abattoir they started a fire after chewing the wires of a transformer and others caused a blackout at the local sports stadium by chewing through the lighting cable.

 

Crocodile attacks

 

On average only one person a year is killed by a crocodile in Australia Crocodiles are capable of biting with a force of a tone per square inch, believed to be more powerful than the jaws of the legendary Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur! Most crocodile attacks occur between late September and January when crocodiles are hungry after the dry season and are preparing to breed.

 

Dingo attacks

 

In august 1980 the Chamberlain family went camping at Ayers Rock. This turned into the camping trip from hell went nine month old baby Azaria disappeared from the tent. Mother Lindy claimed a dingo had dragged the baby away but (as this had never happened before) authorities did not believe her and after two years of court cases convicted her to life imprisonment for the murder of her daughter

 

Eel attacks

 

Several people have reported a giant eel in the Yarra river near Warburton. He is reported to have taken a Jack Russel dog, a goose that someone was feeding at the time, and a fisherman was dragged into the water in April 2005 by something huge and unknown, most like the giant eel.

 

Falcon attacks

 

Brisbane bird Frodo is a celebrity Peregrine Falcon who lives on city apartment building Admiralty Towers and was live on-line on a webcam set up by the Courier Mail during the hatching and raising his young with his partner Frieda.

However, managers of the building have been receiving regular complaints during the 2004 nesting season because Frodo has been swooping on residents, passing by their heads at high speed and even attacked 26th-floor resident Jan Erdem on her balcony and cut her head with his sharp claws

 

Groper attacks

 

Swedish scuba diver Andre Ronnlund diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef had an interesting experience when locally well known 7ft groper Grumpy sucked his head in and then spat him out again. He said he blacked out for a bit and lost his diving mask and it was squeezing pretty hard but apart from some cuts to his neck and bruising

 

Kangaroo attacks

 

Steven Shorten, 13, was enjoying a game of golf at the Grafton District Golf Club. He hit a ball a bit off course and went looking for it but when he left the golfcourse and stepped into bushland he got attacked by a 1.5 metre high kangaroo that grabbed and repeatedly jumped on him, resulting in massive facial wounds and cuts to his abdomen, back and legs. His father Rodney Shorten sued the golf club

 

Koala attacks

 

In May 2005 Tommy Stephenson was attacked by a koala in Melbourne. The koala had descended from its tree and badly scratched Tommy's leg, who received some bandages and a tetanus shot.

 

Magpie attacks

 

A 51 year old man was cycling across Tom's Bridge north of Morwel in Melbourne and crashed his bicycle after a magpie attacked him. An ambulance took him to the Latrobe Regional Hospital where he remained with serious head injuries in a critical condition. A year before a 74 year old Mildura man died after a magpie attack in which he received a serious eye injury.

 

Parasitic bush ticks

 

Out of all the world's ticks the most infectious, loves human blood but kills only about one person every five years

 

Pig attacks

 

Rod McKechnie from Redlynch in Cairns was lucky he had a shovel in his hands to defend himself when he was charged by a 60kg feral pig at the local playground in Redlynch. Around the same time Wayne Haldane has shot a 270 kg monster near his home in Kennedy, north of Cardwell.

 

Ram attack

 

In June 1994 Denise Bryan was working at the Arid Zone Research Institute in Alice Springs when she was butted from behind by a 70kg ram. She was thrown several meters away and then spent another half hour calling for help as the ram he ram stood over her.

 

Sea lion attacks

 

In April 2007 thirteen year old Ella Murphy was standing on her surfboard tow-surfing behind a boat near Lancelin, north of Perth. Unexpectedly a 300kg sea lion burst out from the water, grabbed her by the head and knocked her off her surf board. As she lay in the water the monster seemed to be preparing for a second charge but the driver of the boat managed to put the boat between her and the sea lion.

Ella ended up with a broken jaw, a big wound under her chin, and three missing teeth

 

Sea Snake Attacks

 

A two-year old girl was playing in shallow water at a beach in Yeppoon, near Mackay when a 1.6m Stokes' sea snake wrapped itself around her leg and bit her repeatedly; quick action by her mother and expert medical care, saved the child's life.

 

Shark attacks

 

Australian statistics show an average of only one death a year by shark attack

 

Snake attacks

 

Statistics show that about 300 people a year need anti-venom and only two or three a year actually die from snakebite

 

Spiders

 

1400 different spiders only two are considered poisonous; the Redback and the Funnelweb. There is anti-venin available for both now, before this was developed each type of spider has killed only about 13 people since European settlement.

 

Stingray attacks

 

Stingray incidents did not really make the news normally but in Victoria they have about 17 people a year on average seeking treatment after a stingray encounter.

Only two other sting ray deaths have been recorded in Australia; a soldier died in 1945 at St Kilda baths from a 7.6 cm. deep barb in his chest, and in in 1988 three boating friends were hit by a stingray jumping from the water. One of them, a 12 year-old boy, received a wound resembling a bullet wound, was treated and had appeared to recover, but six days later died when poison from the barb killed off heart tissue.

 

Stonefish

 

If you think you might just go for a walk on the beach as the water is too full of nasties think again, there is also a creature known as 'stonefish', so called because they resemble a stone lying in shallow water and when you step on them their sharp spines inject a toxin in to you that causes extreme pain that will only subside while you hold the affected limb in hot water. There is also a freshwater variety of this fish in the rivers and lakes called a bullrout.

 

Trigger Fish

 

Early 2003 some tourists snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef were attacked an bitten by a school of trigger fish. They lost a few chunks of meat and survived

 

Wombat attacks

 

In 1993 naturalist Harry Frauca received a bite 2 cm deep into the flesh of his leg, right through his rubber boot, trousers and thick woolen socks.

In a different incident a young boy entered an enclosure to feed a wombat at a caravan park, he was charged, knocked over, bitten, and scratched all over.

ENJOY YOUR NEW LIFE DOWN UNDER :jiggy:

 

 

 

 


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Geoffrey,

What have you done with Aldo and why are you pretending to be him?

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Bugger those - it's the millipedes you really need to worry about :eek: Those pesky things get everywhere if you're not careful and they zoom around the place at top speed too!


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Geoffrey,

What have you done with Aldo and why are you pretending to be him?

 

That should help people Nigel............. Dog's do more damage than all the Australian nasties put together..... Then you have the horses both animals are all around the UK

 

Maybe i should of added this clip to listen to while they read

 

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How up to date is that?

 

 

Stingray attacks

 

Stingray incidents did not really make the news normally but in Victoria they have about 17 people a year on average seeking treatment after a stingray encounter.

Only two other sting ray deaths have been recorded in Australia; a soldier died in 1945 at St Kilda baths from a 7.6 cm. deep barb in his chest, and in in 1988 three boating friends were hit by a stingray jumping from the water. One of them, a 12 year-old boy, received a wound resembling a bullet wound, was treated and had appeared to recover, but six days later died when poison from the barb killed off heart tissue.

 

I can think of one other very famous death! That was 2006.

 

 

 

 

Interesting read though. Thanks for that.


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How up to date is that?

 

 

Stingray attacks

 

Stingray incidents did not really make the news normally but in Victoria they have about 17 people a year on average seeking treatment after a stingray encounter.

Only two other sting ray deaths have been recorded in Australia; a soldier died in 1945 at St Kilda baths from a 7.6 cm. deep barb in his chest, and in in 1988 three boating friends were hit by a stingray jumping from the water. One of them, a 12 year-old boy, received a wound resembling a bullet wound, was treated and had appeared to recover, but six days later died when poison from the barb killed off heart tissue.

 

 

I can think of one other very famous death! That was 2006.

 

 

 

 

Interesting read though. Thanks for that.

 

Stingrays lash out with the tail that carries a nasty barb in self defence, either when you step on them in shallow water, or swim over them and scare them. This is what happened in the most famous stingray incident of all times when in 2006 world famous wildlife warrior (and harrasser) Steve Irwin swam over a decent sized stingray at Batt Reef near Port Douglas and it lashed out and whacked a barb into his chest that punctured his heart which killed him in no time at all at the age of 44.


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Australia (Along with many other parts of the world) has many dangerous feral animals,mostly they are of the drunken football hooligan variety.

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