I got the inspiration to put this list together when I went to visit my uncles very wild and untamed game lodge in the Lower Zambezi, Zambia. It was an old hunting camp he took over, which means it has none of the defenses and structures of your commercial game lodges, you’re literally co-inhabiting that little area with Lions, Leopards Elephants and Hippos to name a few. So naturally I was shitting myself and always on the look-out for Lions or the resident Leopard, but to my astonishment, one of the lodge workers there told me what I should really be scared of is the Buffalo a.k.a ‘Dagga boys‘, which is a term used to describe old and usually solitary buffalo bulls who have been forced out of the herd. Since they’re alone and always on edge, anxious for predators waiting to take advantage, they’re raging all the time, which means whatever poor soul startles them or even gets their attention is in for a world of hurt and there isn’t much anyone can do to stop them, rifle or no rifle.
Anyways, after hearing this I decided to research some of the scariest Herbivores in the world and the following is my list of the 5 scariest non-meat eating animals in the world:
King Kong wouldn’t have been based on this entry if it were a pussy, a Silverback Gorilla can weigh up to 200 Kilograms, is about 6 to 15 times stronger than a human and on average about 1.8m (5ft11) tall! They are usually chilled out vegetarians, but an adult male won’t hesitate to attack any threats to his family or opposing alpha males. They’re also faster than us, so unless you have a bazooka handy, you can basically tuck your head between your legs and kiss your ass goodbye.
Don’t let the goofy looking face fool you; Moose are among the most dangerous, regularly encountered animals in the world. They prefer to leave us alone but won’t hesitate in opening a can of hoof-ass if they’re threatened, especially when defending their calf. They attack more people annually than bears do, and with a weight of about 700kg, standing 2.1m tall, I’m not sure which one is worse.
The hippopotamus is the most dangerous of all large land animals in Africa; it kills more people every year than lions, leopards and crocodiles. Extremely territorial and females are especially protective of it’s young, the hippo, can weigh 1 ton or more, and has been known to attack both on water (even capsizing boats) and on land, where believe it or not, they will outrun you with ease (reaching speeds of up to 30km/h). They’ve been known to bite crocodiles in half, so we’d the equivalent of a a pesky piece of beef jerky stuck between it’s teeth.
The 4th most intelligent animal in the world, Wild Boars are known to be more dangerous to hunt than Bears. Weighing over a ridiculous 660lbs with razor sharp tusks, this entry i
nto my list, is not a herbivore you want to piss off. Even Robert Baratheon got his has handed to him by this mini-tank of bacon with a vengeance.
Cape Buffalo (Dagga Boy)
Cape buffaloes, as mentioned in my intro, are one of the most feared animals in all of Africa. Weighing 1300lbs, 90% of which is pure raging muscle, equipped with sharp horns and heavy hooves, you do not want to find yourself face-to-face with one. When a Buffalo becomes a ‘Dagga Boy’ it steps up it’s not-fuck-with-able level; they’re alone and in a state of pure anxiety driven rage, waiting for a reason to destroy any ‘threat’ getting in its way. I’ve heard stories where they’ve attacked hunters and circled back while being shot to make sure that same hunter leaves in a cooler box.