Exotic Pets That Killed Their Owners

Have you ever dreamed of owning an exotic pet? Some people have lived that fantasy, keeping wild animals as companions. We’ve already told you some uncomfortably odd stories involving some of the strangest pets on the planet.

But the weird and wacky can give way to nightmares in the waking world. Unfortunately for you, if you have ever dreamed of riding around on the back of an unusual creature, this list reveals 10 times when those cherished companions have turned deadly.

Cassowary

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The world’s most dangerous bird is the cassowary, edging out both the emu and the ostrich for the win. Although a cassowary is as tall as a person, the real threat is closer to the ground.

The bird has 10-centimeter (4 in) swords for claws on the end of its ridiculously powerful legs. A kick from a cassowary can kill you both by blunt force trauma and blood loss. So naturally, they are sometimes sought out by exotic animal collectors as pets.

In Florida, a 75-year-old man was a breeder of these birds until one of them attacked him in 2019. According to officials, he fell to the ground by accident and then the bird struck. The man was probably doomed from the moment he hit the ground as a cassowary can run up to 50 kilometers per hour (31 mph) and jump 2.1 meters (7 ft) into the air despite being flightless.

This isn’t the first time that a cassowary attack has made headlines. In 2012, a man was chased by a cassowary and cornered on a cliff above a pool of water in Australia. The bird then kicked him in the back, sending him rolling down the embankment into the water below.

He survived but with bruises and a ripped shirt. He hadn’t done anything to upset the cassowary other than being nearby, but it decided to attack anyway. PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS 

A Red Deer And Elk Hybrid

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On his farm in Australia, Paul McDonald was killed by a hybrid of a red deer and an elk (aka a wapiti). His family had kept the normally docile animal for years before it attacked Paul in 2019.

The deciding factor in the sudden mood shift appeared to be mating season. The animal’s hormones were acting up. Red deer stags live as social animals for 10 months of the year, but for two months, they enter a period of “rutting” in which they display more aggression and other sexual behaviors. PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS  PETS SCIENCE ANIMALS 

According to research on wild populations of deer, violence is connected to changes in testosterone. So, both castration and social isolation are useful in preventing dangerous outbursts in the animals during mating season. Unfortunately, this animal became unexpectedly violent despite its relative isolation from other deer.

One morning, Paul had gone to feed the hybrid breakfast when his wife and son heard a commotion coming from the animal’s area as the beast attacked. His wife attempted to intervene, but she was injured by the animal.

Their son went to get help. After paramedics and police arrived, they treated the injuries and shot the hybrid. Paul died from his injuries, but his wife survived. She was moved to a hospital where she eventually recovered after several operations.SHOW MORE…