10 Weird Ways Your Pets Could Kill or Disable You

10 Weird Ways Your Pets Could Kill or Disable You

Pets of all kinds — some familiar, some
bizarre — are treasured companions and curiosities for animal aficionados. Yet living with other species poses risks. Pets can kill or maim in bizarre and unexpected
ways. We’re not talking dog bites; we are talking
lethal lizards, arthropod attacks, hamster hazards, freak fish tank infections, parasite
rampages, and chlamydia death by cockatiel. 10. Parrot Fever Cockatiels and other small parrot family members
are popular pets. But birds kept as pets can carry nasty diseases,
and in one notorious case a death alleged to have come from a pet store-purchased cockatiel
led to a lawsuit. The cause? A type of chlamydia (albeit an avian one)
transmissible to humans and, in rarer cases, from an infected human to a non-infected human. Transmission may take place by “kissing”
a bird, breathing dropping-derived particles, or from simply handling the bird. Parrot Fever is rare, with less than 10 cases
of the disease occurring in the United States annually from 2010 onward. The disease-causing organism is genetically
related to the common type of chlamydia notorious as a sexually transmitted disease passable
between humans, but is a different organism, known as Chlamydia psittaci. Symptoms of parrot fever in affected humans
include fever, coughing, chills, muscle weakness, diarrhea, nausea, and exhaustion. Bird symptoms include weight loss, discharges,
dropping color changes and lethargy. While parrots are famous as potential transmitters
of the disease, other types of birds may also carry the infection including ducks, chickens,
turkeys, pigeons and songbirds. Cases mostly occurring where large numbers
of birds are being reared for food, eggs or kept as pets. The disease is known from countries as far
apart as Australia and England, but is more common in the tropics. 9. Fish Tank Infections Doing some maintenance on an aquarium? Nicked yourself on the tank frame in the process? Might be up for losing a finger or worse,
in extreme cases. Fish tanks can contain a wide variety of pathogens,
and open cuts or scratches can be cause for a nasty infection. Mycobacterium marinum infections can cause
horrific symptoms, as one teen discovered after cutting her hand in a fish tank. Chronic infection, surgery, and spread of
infection into deep tissue resulted. Amputations may result in the worst cases. The bacteria can be best avoided by first
making sure there is no open wound or cut on your hand, and second, washing your hands
very well after any aquarium maintenance or contact with the fish. Furthermore, be sure as a fishkeeper to never
mix household utensils with aquarium maintenance gear, or to suck on a siphon when changing
the water. Another threat posed to the careless aquarist
is the chance of salmonella exposure from actual fish and also other popular aquatic
life, such as newts or aquatic reptiles. The disease can lead to severe gastrointestinal
symptoms and even death in severe cases. 8. Tarantula Hair Shooting Are you thinking a tarantula would look cool? Well, it’s not about just avoiding a bite. The enormous arachnids may constitute the
spider world’s answer to King Kong, but their venomous capabilities are often overrated
while a more insidious danger posed by the animals is frequently overlooked. You might even have trouble looking at the
tarantula after an attack of flying hair. No, porcupines do not “shoot” their quills,
but tarantulas can shoot their sharp hairs, potentially causing serious eye injuries. Tarantula bodies are covered in fine hairs,
with the hairs on their huge, bulbous abdomens known as setae being tipped with pain-inducing
barbs. Upon an encounter with an adversary, which
could simply be an insufficiently trained animal handler, the irate tarantula can use
its legs to flick the abdomen hairs into the “victim” in one of the most dextrous types
of combat used by any animals. Alternatively, tarantulas may simply rub their
belly up against the target, pushing the harpoon-like hairs into the flesh of the enemy. Handlers may suffer pain in the hands, but
the worst cases involve some nasty eye symptoms arising from the presence of multiple mini-harpoons
being jabbed into the eyeballs, having to be removed by doctors using tweezers. 7. Hamster Bites Hamsters are incredibly popular small pets,
resembling a small bear but related closely to mouse and gerbil species. Syrian Hamsters, a larger species, are the
most popular, while Russian Dwarf Hamsters and Chinese Hamsters are also sometimes kept. When disturbed, hamsters can inflict a nasty
bite with their incisor teeth, potentially leading to numerous medical complications. Hamster bites have been known to trigger fatal
allergic reactions in the form of anaphylaxis, a problem facing a small but still concerning
number of hamster owners. In one especially sad case, a former policewoman
and mother of three children from Singapore died when one of two fighting hamsters bit
her as she tried to break up the conflict. She quickly experienced pain and numbness,
then lapsed into a coma and later died despite six days of medical attention. Additionally, cases of the infectious disease
Tularemia, alternatively called rabbit fever or deer fly fever, have been reported from
exposure to hamsters carrying the infectious bacteria species Francisella tularensis. Symptoms include eye inflammation, lymph node
swelling, skin irritation, and lung problems. Clearly, the ability of hamsters to bite and
the risk of either allergy or infection warrants care, not complacency when dealing with these
pets. 6. Pet Primate Horrors Granted, monkeys and apes are our closest
living relatives, given that us humans ourselves count as a primate species. One might therefore be forgiven for assuming
that other species of primates would make ideal companion animals. You know, instead of a dog, something even
more like us. However, not only are many species of primates
endangered, they pose catastrophic risks of infection and physically violent conflicts
with humans in home care, or rather, captivity. Macaques, a popular smaller monkey type, may
carry Herpes B, a terrifying cousin of the familiar cold sore virus that is able to kill
a human. Infection may set in after a macaque bite,
or even a mere scratch from a monkey. Scarier yet is you cannot know for sure if
your macaque is a carrier of the deadly Herpes B virus, as negative test results are sometimes
inaccurate. Zoos have to treat all macaques as potential
carriers. Due to the dangers posed by primates to humans,
the United States has banned primate imports for the pet trade since 1975. Still, that doesn’t mean people have stopped
sourcing animals already imported or bred in captivity for other purposes at their own
risk. Physical attacks by monkeys may cause owners
to inhumanely remove the animal’s teeth, while aggression from non-human apes like
Chimpanzees, the larger relatives of monkeys, has led to horrendous incidents like the attack
on Charla Nash by her friend’s chimpanzee in 2002. 5. Stabbed, Sliced, and Diced Goldfish, guppies, and betta fish may all
be extremely safe pets, but did you know that quite a few of the little fish you see in
aquarium shops and home tanks could never come close to biting you but still leave you
running for the emergency room? That is because a number of the most beautiful
small tropical fish available are concealed-carry dagger masters. They hide their razor sharp bony knives in
the strangest places, while other fish surreptitiously swim around with a venom-bearing hypodermic
needle of sorts on their back, ready to sting like a wasp or scorpion. Clown Loaches are ever popular freshwater
aquarium fish but beneath their eyes lie folding, extremely sharp, knife-like bony blades. If provoked, the animals can slice into your
hand and cause a nasty injury. In the case of tangs — the colorful, roughly
disk-shaped tropical fish — they can inflict a nasty cut with sharp bony blades located
near their tail fins. If that wasn’t enough, a wide variety of
aquarium catfish possess venom-bearing spines in their fins that may inflict a nasty sting
should you be careless enough to pick them up without a fish net. 4. Cat Scratch Fever Cat scratches may be painful, but the resulting
infection could send you to the hospital. These popular tiny relatives of tigers and
lions are carriers of Bartonella henselae bacteria, which causes the illness popularly
termed “cat scratch fever.” The affliction presents as a cluster of symptoms
that may include blistering, exhaustion, headaches, lymphatic swelling, fever, weight loss, and
a sore throat. The disease is far from harmless and it is
surprisingly prevalent. The Centers for Disease Control states that
around 12,000 people are estimated to contract the condition yearly. Of those 12,000, about 500 sufferers end up
in the hospital. Antibiotics may be required in cases prone
to complications, while lymphatic swelling may take a year to go down. Severe complications, while less common, are
nonetheless horrendous. These scary problems include encephalopathy,
which can bring about permanent damage to the brain or death following a bacterial invasion
of the brain, neuroretinitis, which blurs vision, but subsides in most cases with time,
and osteomyelitis. This horrible complication consists of bacterial
bone infection, which may require amputation of affected parts. Parinaud oculoglandular syndrome may result
from Bartonella henselae bacteria entry into the eyes, requiring surgical removal of infected
eye tissue on occasion. 3. Pet Snail Perils Snails may be slow, but their popularity is
quickly rising. The slow snail is also a pet that may land
you in a sticky medical situation not-so-slowly. When choosing a pet snail, you have your choice
of marine, terrestrial, or freshwater gastropods, as snails are technically called. Snails can range from the minute to the enormous,
just like the diverse array of parasites they can carry. Eating freshwater snails can cause schistosomiasis,
an exceptionally dangerous disease also known as snail fever, caused when humans are parasitized
by flatworms, or flukes in the genus schistosoma. Large outbreaks worldwide are responsible
for hundreds of thousands of deaths, making it the second deadliest tropical disease after
malaria. Infection occurs when infectious larvae enter
human skin, then cause internal damage. Many cases have occurred in China following
Yangtze River flooding. Terrestrial snails like Giant African Land
Snails or Roman Snails may be viewed as good, easy starter pets for children or curious
hobbyists, but if a child ingests a small snail — an easy occurrence — rat lungworm
infection may result as the mollusks are hosts for these grotesque parasites. Perhaps most terrifying of all, the rat lungworms
can burrow into the spinal cord and brain, potentially causing paralysis or death. 2. Amphibian Bites OK. We get it. The unusual, the strange. In the search for something truly different,
you opt not for a reptile, but an amphibian as an exotic pet. What could be more harmless and cute than
a salamander or frog? Actually, while these creatures are indeed
soft and fragile to the touch, many of the most popular pet species grow to a substantial
size and are armed to the teeth, literally. Take the Pacman Frog, a popular and cartoonish
little terrarium pet easily picked up at a pet shop near you. Though it can go in a 20-gallon tank, this
creature is toothy, may bite your finger, and when it does, expect blood. Scientists have discovered that this mere
frog bites down with 30 Newtons, or 6.6 pounds of force when it clamps its target. Moving on to salamanders, the deceptively
eel-like Two-Toed Amphiuma — a huge, aquatic salamander sometimes mistakenly called a Congo
Eel — poses a threat to the careless aquarist. Actually of American origin, native to the
Southwestern States, the creature is the third largest salamander and capable of inflicting
some very painful gashes when provoked. You would think a snake had gotten you. The same goes for species like the beautiful
and renowned Tiger Salamander. The striped amphibian also packs quite a bite. If bitten, watch out for infections, and always
be aware of salmonella when near amphibians. 1. Oh Deer Deer are herbivores. So what could go wrong if you decided not
to have a friendly but potentially bite-inflicting dog on your property, opting instead for a
small member of the Cervidae? A lot, it turns out. Deer won’t eat meat, but are aggressive
for other reasons and may leave a naïve keeper as a ready meal for a scavenger. In a tragic Australian incident that happened
in Wangaratta, close to Melbourne, a 47-year-old man named Paul McDonald was fatally roughed
up by his pet deer, which he kept on the property he shared with his wife, who was also attacked
after she came with her son in response to her husband’s screams. Police officers responded and shot the deer,
which was described as a hybrid deer, the result of the mating of a Red Deer and a larger
deer species, an Elk, also known as a Wapiti. The main dangers from a deer attack do not
come from bites, instead being presented by the mass of the animal and concentrated force
delivered by blows from the hoofs and sharply-pointed antler racks. The territorial nature of deer and unpredictable
behavior of these animals makes them questionable choices as a pet.

100 thoughts on “10 Weird Ways Your Pets Could Kill or Disable You”

  1. I have a Russian dwarf hamster and i'm not worried about his bite, It's more the mini-AK47 he carries. And i think he makes beer by soaking his peanuts and fruit in his waterbowl…

  2. Deer are unpredictable for sure and they do eat meat a body farm has video of a deer chomping on a human rib bone like it was a cigar. Plus, more people are harmed and killed by deer than sharks or other land preditor s.

  3. In 1977 I dated a fella who had a female rhesus monkey (bought before the ban), who was enormously possessive (the monkey, not the man). In a pique of jealousy one night, the monkey waited (because she always went with us on dates) until the man ducked out of the van into a store on a quick errand. As soon as the man was out of sight, the monkey bit me on the crook of my neck. She then peed all over me and scampered to the furthest point of the vehicle. Nope – I wasn't antagonizing her, playing loud music, speaking, or anything but exsisting. Yes, the guy was super nice and treated the monkey well. Even though the animal was being herself, I never went out with either one after that…scared the pea-waddin' outta me and required a trip to the ER!

  4. In 1977 I dated a fella who had a female rhesus monkey (bought before the ban), who was enormously possessive (the monkey, not the man). In a pique of jealousy one night, the monkey waited (because she always went with us on dates) until the man ducked out of the van into a store on a quick errand. As soon as the man was out of sight, the monkey bit me on the crook of my neck. She then peed all over me and scampered to the furthest point of the vehicle. Nope – I wasn't antagonizing her, playing loud music, speaking, or anything but exsisting. Yes, the guy was super nice and treated the monkey well. Even though the animal was being herself, I never went out with either one after that…scared the pea-waddin' outta me and required a trip to the ER!

  5. My cat looks at me the same way she looks at a mouse she is about to pounce on! "If only you were smaller," she thinks!

  6. Ok, when I heard “chlamydia death by cockatiel,”… I have to admit, I thought, “what are they doing w that bird?!”

  7. Deer can be incredibly dangerous. Yeah, I know we've all seen Bambi, but they will gut you in a second if they have a chance. A kick from a deer can be lethal too.

  8. Re: #4. I have MS; treatment suppresses my immune system. I had a fist-sized encapsulated infection removed from my rib cage. Surgeon’s first question afterwards: “Do you own a cat?” Answer: “No. They impede my respiration (i.e., I’m allergic). Why?”
    And I always thought “cat scratch fever” was just a catchy song…

  9. My oldest son contracted cat scratch fever when he was 3 or 4. We noticed his lymph nodes were swollen (I mean really swollen) and he had a sore throat. I took him to the doctor and he was diagnosed with cat scratch fever. The doctor said it was more common in children and the elderly.

  10. a lot of communicable illnesses originally came from other species. the closer we are to animals, the more chances of their illnesses mutating and jumping to us. best idea is to avoid adopting unfamiliar, non-domesticated species, wash your hands frequently, and drink only filtered, boiled water.

  11. I know of a person that got sick from a cat scratch, at one point she needed a colostomy bag, then she had to have some of her intestines removed, she was sick for over a year almost died, on the other hand, I get scratched all the time, and never have a problem.

  12. I know of a person that got sick from a cat scratch, at one point she needed a colostomy bag, then she had to have some of her intestines removed, she was sick for over a year almost died, on the other hand, I get scratched all the time, and never have a problem.

  13. I know of a person that got sick from a cat scratch, at one point she needed a colostomy bag, then she had to have some of her intestines removed, she was sick for over a year almost died, on the other hand, I get scratched all the time, and never have a problem.

  14. I know of a person that got sick from a cat scratch, at one point she needed a colostomy bag, then she had to have some of her intestines removed, she was sick for over a year almost died, on the other hand, I get scratched all the time, and never have a problem.

  15. 1 Death. 2 Death. 3 Death. 4 Death. 5 Death. 6 Death. 7 Death. 8 Death. 9 Death. 10 Death. Bonus Fact Death.

  16. I siphoned my SO aquarium. Too late swallowed some of the water. Lost 10 lbs in 3 days with diarrhea. Tank water gave me worns.

  17. Commercial pet stores conveniently don't tell you how hard hamsters bite. I saw a sales clerk let a family put their hands in the cage to show that hamster bites aren't that painful. But those babies grow up and so do their jaws.

  18. My Green Iguana bit the tip off my favorite finger.
    Fifteen years ago and it still hurts.
    We got our red tail boa as a baby and he never had a cage. He had the run of the house his whole life and slept in bed with us. He was housebroken and was always sweet. We miss him.
    A friend, after petting one of my tarantulas too hard, scratched her neck and transferred barbs. She got a terrible rash for two days. The only time I'm aware of this happening.

  19. Nice video, fun, yet dark subject and informative.
    I'm writting this durging your number 8, so I dont know of you adress this, but only American tarantulas can make their hair airborne. So its a danger that can be avoided.

    Sort of. From what I understand old world trantulas are poisonous

  20. When hamsters attack! Wait. What? That’s a real thing!

    Cat scratch fever sounds like the name of a slamming song from the speakeasy & prohibition era.

  21. I heard a story about a lady who ended up having her hands amputated bc of something she got frim her dog licking her!! How crazy is that

  22. Deer are so dumb lol bears see vehicles, runs away. Moose see vehicle . They stand there or rum away . Deer see vehicle , they play a game of chicken with you lol

  23. Did you have to show a possum? 🙁 Possums don’t carry rabies or most tick-borne diseases and are like nature’s pest control. They’re also incredibly sweet- but obviously you shouldn’t try to interact with a wild one. I volunteer at a opossum rescue (yes those exist) and we really aim to educate about the benefits of possums. They’re not just gross animals. They’re also North America’s only marsupial! Be kind to them

  24. Deer do actually eat meat occasionally. They've been caught eating rabbits, squirrels, birds, and in one case, a human rib when researchers placed a cadaver outdoors to find out how scavengers interact with human remains in the wild.

  25. People need to stop the hate towards these gentle four legged friends. They have nothing to offer you but unconditional love!!!!

  26. Please name the bacteria on cat schatch fever. Since I have always had cats so pretty confident I have toxoplasmosis with no worries.

  27. I had cat scratch fever when I was a small boy. I vauguly remember being scratched by the cat but nothing afterwords….maybe the shot? I dunno.

  28. My rabbit likes to run up to your feet when you're walking past her. Shes completely black and so looks like a shadow. One day, she'll trip us up and kill us or she'll get hoofed across the room herself. Stupid little fluffer

  29. Deer will absolutely eat meat. They will eat baby birds right out of nests. I have seen cows do the same thing. I expect better with the tiny details from this show.

  30. A placid deer who used to come to our gate in winter and enjoyed dry bread hit me once and I woke up a couple of metres away, luckily landing in the snow.
    I learned what a "private space" is 😉

  31. I have a family member that was infected by a cat with cat scratch fever. He became blind from this. He can only see partialy a bright light. Can't see to walk or faces ECT.

  32. I used to pet sit on the side when I worked as a vet tech. One client, a dentist & his wife had an obese, diabetic dog. The wife kept getting strep throat. Finally, we cultured the dog, it was a carrier! I got salmonella once & the Drs tried to blame my Ball Python. I had been pet sitting at the time, had been away from the snake for a week. Turns out, it was contaminated food, almond butter, at the pet sitting house. Caused big issues as the hospital wanted me to euthanize the snake, "just in case". Still have my Sulley, wont go back to THAT hospital, ever. Diseases gotten by animals are called zoonosis, zoo-no-sis, still like animals better than most people! It's estimated a large number of veterinarians & techs are infected by some zoonotic disease at some point.

  33. I wish more people knew just how dangerous housecats are. There's been quite a few studies that link their carried diseases with schizophrenia.

  34. 11:36 Deer won't eat meat? You ever see a deer eat a bird?
    It's pretty bizarre,
    but herbivorous eat meat on occasion if they need too and have an easy source.
    Like say, and injured bird on the ground.

  35. You forgot to mention that “cat scratch fever”, or toxoplasmosis, can only be contracted from a cat that actually has it. Cats are not all born with it. It has to be gotten either from the mother or from eating or being bitten by infected rodents. In other words, if you keep your cat indoors, it won’t happen.

  36. I knew a guy who got killed by his Shire Horse.
    She kicked him in the chest and caused Commotio Cordis.
    He was found hours later so no chance to save him.

  37. You know when someone's a sell out when you get bombarded with 3 commercials within the first 3 minutes of their shitting video!

  38. It's pretty ridiculous when you get more out of the commercials than you do the actual video that these greedy f** are making!

  39. Actually deer WILL eat meat. If they find a baby bird, mouse, or rabbit or an injured one they eat it. They have been known to scavenge too.

  40. Gerbil bites are just as bad as hamster bites trust me because I have been bite by both and they hurt plus drew blood too

  41. F*ck Hamsters!! Every one I’ve ever held has bit me! The owners always say “oh, no, this one is calm, has never bit anyone, we hold him all the time” then NOPE and the little f*ckers turn into a new flying species temporarily as it glides across the room.

  42. I always noticed whenever I got scratched by a cat, the scratch would become red, swollen and quite itchy. I've never tested positive for an allergy to cats, so it's not that, but it certainly seems like a histamine based reaction, which some sort of allergy would produce. Anyone else with no allergies get this? Or does anyone WITH allergies get this?

  43. Around 25 years ago I went to a "meet the residents" park in the New Forest, in England. There was a lovely young fallow deer that had been hand raised. She would mug all the visitors by examining their pockets closely for food. I suppose zoonotic deer diseases weren't so well known then.

  44. I stupidly tried to grab a catfish out of the water once and got spiked in the palm, it was sore for a few days but no infection. I have also been scratched by a thousand cats with most scratches only bothering me for a few hours, but I had a white angora as a pet for 18 years, bff, once while holding her she stuck me with one claw , unintentionally in my right collar bone, this caused a bone infection that was the most painful experience of my life. It required the most potent antibiotic available at the time to cure and took a week before the pain subsided.
    I still have cats, I don't fear them but try to keep their claws away from bones that are close to the surface.

  45. The world famous animal expert, Jack Hanna once said "Never keep a primate as a pet." In the 1960's, squirrel monkeys were sold in pet shops and through comic book ads. Monkeys and other wild animals are not meant to be pets!

  46. No 3 remind me of a story from my year 7 (then it was last year of primary school) teacher. When we were learning about gastropodas. She use to collected and brought in some common garden snails into class. I remember her keep them in an ice cream contain. Apparently one night her husband mistake the ice cream contain for something else and end up accidetally ate some of the class snails. I don't know how you could mistake snails for something else. my teacher was not impressed. I can not remember if he end up being in emergency room. 🐌🐌🐌🐌🐌🍴

  47. I tamed some co0ast deer. I saw that she was getting agitated with me. The gland next to her eye expanded. She shifted her body swing her leg at me. I caught it in the palm of my hand. I surprised the heck out of her. She stood there thinking. She then did a double fake hitting me in on the shoulder. I did not feel anything. She felt like she hit a wall. She never did that again.

  48. There was a man in my hometown who had a pet whitetail buck named Rocky. He'd owned and handfed his seemingly tame and friendly pet for years. One fall day (in rutting season) the man's family became concerned when they hadn't seen him for hours. They eventually found him in Rocky's pen, bled out from a slashed femoral artery. If it isn't domesticated, it isn't tame – just habituated to humans with all it's wild instincts still intact.

  49. Noraly…I have genuinely enjoyed watching your videos over the past few months. If you get bored, or rested up, you might consider some videos of the Netherlands. A lot of us have probably been to or through Amsterdam (great city), but have no detailed knowledge of your country. The videos would be welcome in the interim and still keep you close of home, friends and family. Thanks again. Ride Safe.

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