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by Allen J. Sheinman | September 24, 2010

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If you plan to include live creatures in your next event, a sensible best practice is to avoid any of these, named the most dangerous by the website LiveScience.

10. Poison dart frog: Don't pet them; their backs ooze a slimy -- and fatal -- neurotoxin.
9. Cape buffalo: When one charges head-on, that's 1,500 pounds of displeasure coming your way.
8. Polar bear: He's not so zoo-friendly on the outside; as LiveScience notes, "they eat elephant seals for breakfast."
7. Elephant: Put sharp tusks on a 16,000-pound beast that can hold a grudge, and you get the anti-Dumbo.
6. Australian saltwater crocodile: They like to drag you down to their level -- underwater.
5. African lion: They have razor-sharp fangs and claws, and a really sour demeanor when hungry.
4. Great white shark: These teeth were made for chompin', and that's just what they do -- all 3,000 of them.
3. Australian box jellyfish: Just one of these gelatinous nightmares has up to 60 tentacles, each up to 15 feet long, and each with up to 5,000 stinging coils.
2. Asian cobra: Think of it like an exotically colored, extra-snug scarf -- that chokes you and injects venom into your neck.
1. And the deadliest critter of all is... the lowly mosquito: Those that tote the malaria virus around with them are responsible for some 2 million human deaths every year.

Source: LiveScience (livescience.com)

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