Can You Identify the Deadliest Mammals from an Image?

J.P. Naomi

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Whoever coined the phrase, "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!" wasn't kidding! These are just three of the world's deadliest mammals. Think you can recognize the rest of them from just a photo? It's time to find out.

You see, there aren't just lions, tigers and bears to worry about. Be sure to add dogs, hippos and deer to the list too. Wait a minute, did you just say, dogs, hippos and deer? No way, those are some of the cutest animals out there! Well, proceed with caution, my friend. You see, "deadly" mammals don't always attack humans. Sometimes humans are just in the wrong place at the wrong time - driving too fast around a dark bend perhaps where cute little Bambi is just waiting to hit the car. Sound familiar? Sure, the mammals featured in this quiz are known to attack humans and other wildlife, but it's not always on purpose. Like mom always said, "Accidents happen!"

So are you ready to take a walk on the wild side and see if you can name them all? Don't be fooled by the beautiful, slow movements of the elephant - one swift blow will knock you off your feet and well, you could very likely become a statistic!

Best of luck with this quiz and remember, be verrrryyy careful!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Did you know that the Siberian Husky breed belongs to the Spitz genetic family? It is recognizable by its thickly furred double coat, erect triangular ears, and distinctive markings.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The African lion can weigh between 265 - 420 pounds. It enjoys a carnivorous diet and has been known to attack and 'enjoy' humans as well.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

It is true that polar bears are more cautious in confrontational situations. However, when provoked, watch out! They are extremely strong and violent in their attack.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Did you know that hippos can run 14 miles per hour? So, if you disturb one and think you can get away, think again. They will outrun you and you may end up being one of the 3,000 people killed by a hippo every year.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The Bengal tiger ranks among the biggest wild cats alive today. It is considered to belong to the world's charismatic megafauna. Did you know it is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh?

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

German shepherds are an extremely obedient working dog. They are focused and have been around since 1899. While they are one of the world's most popular dogs, they can be aggressive toward strangers.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Despite the beautiful and friendly relationship between humans and horses, horses kill about 100 people in the United States each year. Guess how, though... By riding accidents!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Driving down a dark wooded path? Look out! Deer are the cause of about 200 deaths from vehicle accidents each year, particularly in rural areas. Aside from that, all they want to do is eat your bushes.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Human deaths due to elephants range from 100 - 500 each year. Elephants have been known to gore or step on humans who get in the way. Their sheer size and weight is enough to deliver a lethal blow from one strike.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Yes, believe it or not, we are a mammal, and we are deadly. Roughly 56 million people die each year - 526,000 of those deaths are due to armed violence, including war and terrorism.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Mothers defending their cubs are the most prone to attack. In fact, they are responsible for 70 percent of humans killed by grizzlies.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

One of the "big five" African game, Cape buffalo are known as "the Black Death" or "widowmaker." They are widely regarded as a very dangerous animal. According to some estimates, they gore and kill about 200 people every year.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Rottweilers were involved in 33 fatal attacks on humans between 1991 and 1998. They have surpassed pit bulls as America's deadliest dog breed.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

A rhino’s size and speed make it one of the most dangerous animals to hunt. They can weigh between 1 - 4 tons and can run up to 30 miles per hour. Look out!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Experienced hunters say that wild boar can be even more dangerous to hunt than bears. Equipped with thick, razor-sharp tusks, and a razor-sharp mind, they can be extremely aggressive and have unpredictable behavior.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Leopard attacks in India are relatively common. In some regions of the country, leopards kill more humans than all other large carnivores combined. There have been cases of humans fighting off a leopard though, so that's the good news.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Pit bulls can be aggressive dogs, but do you know why? They are descendants of the original English bull-baiting dog—a dog that was bred to bite and hold bulls, bears and other large animals around the face and head!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

There are about 50,000 elephants in Asia. They are responsible for about 400 fatalities every year, so don't get on their bad side!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

While most cats attack their prey by strangulation, the jaguar prefers to puncture its prey on the backside, particularly in the neck and spine region. We'll stay away, thank you very much!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Brown bears are found all around the world, but the largest of them are found in coastal British Columbia and Alaska. Also - fun fact - brown bears aren't just brown. They can also be cream or black.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Like other breeds of dogs, the bullmastiff is as dangerous as its owner is irresponsible. This breed has a built-in guarding instinct so they may attack if their loved ones are in danger.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The Tundra wolf was first described in 1792 by Robert Kerr. In winter, these wolves feed almost exclusively on female or young wild and domestic reindeer, though hares, arctic foxes and other animals are sometimes targeted.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Indian tigers kill about 50 people each year. These attacks occur mainly in the Sundarbans, in India and Bangladesh, where more than 100 of these tigers live.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

If a moose stops eating and stares at you, urinates, or shows the whites of its eyes, it is on the verge of an attack! Other signs include lowering its head and walking towards you, smacks its lips or clicks its teeth. In other words, just stand clear of moose!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

While boxers are not necessarily deadly, they need a lot of attention or else they may become aggressive. They are intelligent and highly active, so if they are not stimulated, they resort to aggression.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The wild American bison is one of the most dangerous animals to encounter in the United States. In Yellowstone National Park alone, nearly five times as many people are killed by bison than by bears every year.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

A worldwide 2002 study by the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research showed that 90 percent of victims of gray wolf attacks were children under the age of 18. More specifically, the victims were mostly under the age of 10!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The Siberian tiger is also known as the Amur tiger. While these tigers don't necessarily prey on humans, they have been known to attack. Several people each year, for centuries, have died by tiger attack.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

A member of the deer family, elk live in the wild of North America and Asia. Though elk don't typically attack, they are the cause of numerous vehicle accidents each year. Be sure to pay close attention to the road signs!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

While snow leopards are not known to be aggressive toward humans, they are incredibly protective of their home territory - which can cover hundreds of square kilometers. They will purr, mew, hiss, growl, moan and yowl to anyone or any predator that threatens them or their space.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The Alaskan malamute was originally bred for hauling heavy freight due to its strength and endurance. It later became more of a sled dog. While they aren't known for being aggressive toward humans, they do have a high prey drive and chase after smaller animals, including rabbits, squirrels and cats.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Don't be fooled by how cute hippos can look! They are among the world's most dangerous animals because they are known to charge humans when they feel threatened. The word "hippopotamus" is Greek for "horse of the river."

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Though usually shy and cautious, Asian black bears are more aggressive toward humans than the brown bears of Eurasia and American black bears. As recently as 2016, black bears attacked​ and killed four people in Akita prefecture, Japan, who were simply out picking bamboo shoots!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Running of the bulls, anyone? Did you know there have been 15 deaths since 1910 in the bull run of Pamplona? In most of these cases, the cause of death was 'goring,' though others were hit by a horn!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

The Arctic wolf is a species of wolf which is located in Upper Canada, Alaska, and Greenland. The Arctic wolf is endangered because of its very fine pelt, which is sought by many hunters.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Dingo attacks on humans are rare but are known to happen. They are considered more of a danger to livestock, especially sheep and young cattle. The Australian livestock industry is highly concerned about this growing threat.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Did you know that cows kill more people each year than sharks? A 2014 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report showed that there are an average of 22 deaths per year by cows - typically by stomping or goring. Mooo!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Doberman Pinschers often serve as guard dogs. Though they are gentle and loyal, no person can trespass a property guarded by a Doberman Pinscher due to its tough and aggressive nature. These dogs can attack without second thoughts if they perceive any danger to their owner or property!

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

Though the Javan tiger is now extinct, there have been various reports of sightings as recently as 2017. These 220 - 311-pound beasts were known to prey viciously on rusa deer, banteng and wild boar. They were also known to break the legs of horses and buffalo.

Name the deadly mammal seen in this photo.

There are 9,438 registered Great Danes in the United States today. Unfortunately, they have attacked six children, seven adults, caused 11 maimings and three deaths.

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