To the north of here there is a cricket line. In response to my reference to
the noises crickets make someone in Canada wrote yesterday that it had been
years since he’d heard crickets. At what latitude do crickets shut up?
Wikipedia says fifty five degrees north.
You’ll have read a bit about rat lungworm recently. It’s a parasite that
people pick up when they do silly things on a dare—swallow a slug, for example.
Nasty consequences. And we’ve been reading about new ticks appearing in the
Eastern U.S., one of which makes you allergic to red meat. It seemed to me
that a further review of animal dangers might be in order. Wikipedia is again
helpful on the subject. With snakes there are two clear problems: remembering
to resist the idea that god wants you to handle them, and avoiding all urges to
emulate Cleopatra. Otherwise…leave them be and hope they do the same to you.
Alligator deaths happen, but not often:
A friend assures me she has swum in alligator infested waters and come to no
harm. I have swum in waters where sharks have killed people. There is an
element of chance.
Among the bear attacks the one that jumps out at me is the guy who didn’t sleep
in the motorhome with his fiancée and the woman who was walking her dog at the
country club in Arizona.
The best list of all is the fatal dog attacks. L.’s office manager was
attacked while running in Croatia and has had to have several surgeries, so I
know this isn’t a funny subject, but January 30, 1887, “Attacked by her
friend’s lap dog in her theatrical agent’s office in New York City, Jane
McElhenny, age 39 was mutilated but returned to the stage. One month later she
succumbed to rabies.” Killed by a lap dog is quite the thing to have on your
headstone. I looked to see if a Border Collie had ever killed anyone. There’s
a mention of collies and in 2005 a Border Collie. But the attention getting
entry-- until you reflect a little-- is death by Dachshund. "Ein Dachs" is, of
course, a badger, so the beasts are probably more dangerous than PG Wodehouse
I note that the reputations of Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are not undeserved
and, in the case of Pit Bulls…well why would you have one?
Is my title a good name for a band? A murder mystery?
If you want to find which animal is most likely to kill you, you’ll find some
more U.S. information here:
Hornets, wasps and bees for us.
Do carry on…carefully.