Existing in the world means living alongside animals. Sometimes, this is awesome – pets can be a wonderful addition to anyone's life, and some wild animals are just obscenely beautiful. That said, sharing space can be difficult when we're talking about animals that terrorize people.
Yes, that's right – animals can go rogue and deliberately attack people. Sometimes, it's not such a big deal, like the moose in Alberta, Canada, who took over a parking lot by licking salt off all the cars. Other times, it's a huge deal, like when a one-ton crocodile named Gustave reportedly murdered hundreds of people.
Why are these animals acting out? The reason depends on the animal. Sometimes, an animal feels threatened or intimidated by humans encroaching on its territory. Often, the reasons are a mystery. Let's learn about some of these aggressive creatures and how they lay waste to their hometowns.
The African nation of Burundi is home to one of the largest and most dangerous crocodiles on Earth, the 2,000-pound Gustave. For comparison, the average Nile crocodile weighs around 500 pounds. Instead of hunting for zebra and birds like most crocodiles, Gustave reportedly goes after larger game, including hippopotamuses.
But Gustave hasn't only eaten hippos. The reason he's so terrifying is that he's rumored to have killed hundreds of people. He's also survived multiple attempts on his life – some of his most distinctive markings are bullet wounds. Although he has vanished in recent years, his legend inspired the horror movie Primeval.
In May 2013, Londrina, Brazil, was terrorized by a furious goat. No one knew what set the animal off, but they did know it headbutted two people on a motorcycle and knocked down others who were just trying to walk down the street. Mercifully, the raging goat had a bell tied to its collar, warning residents of its approach.
An eyewitness captured video of residents fleeing from the rampaging goat. At the end of the video, the goat is subdued and tied to a post, ending its reign of terror... for now.
Sometimes, the animal wreaking havoc on a community is impossible to identify. That's what happened in Shelby County, KY, when a mysterious beast began mauling local livestock. Residents found goats with their faces and ears torn off. One woman is reported to have heard the creature making an "indescribable" noise while being chased by it. No animals were killed directly, though five goats were injured so severely that they had to be euthanized.
Despite efforts to trap it, the culprit was never identified. Some have compared it to the Chupacabra, a mythical beast who is said to attack livestock in the Southwest, but local experts say it exhibited characteristics of a domestic canine.
Los Angeles probably isn't the first place people think of as a mountain lion habitat, but the area around the city is home to a community of these big cats.
One mountain lion in particular has been terrorizing LA residents who live close to the Santa Monica Mountains. A lion dubbed P-45 by the scientists tracking him is unusually aggressive. The New Yorker reports that from late 2015 to early 2017, he killed upwards of 60 animals, including goats, llamas, a miniature horse, and a 450-pound heifer. Many of these animals were people's pets. What's worse is that P-45 didn't eat any of the animals – he just killed them.
Victoria Vaughn-Perling, a rancher in Malibu, CA, was given permission by the state to kill P-45 after he slaughtered several of her alpaca. Vaughn-Perling declined the offer and accepted help rebuilding her alpaca fence instead. P-45 is still at large, though one local man claims to have wounded the lion.