Here are the top five deadliest animals. They just might surprise you.

[Times archive]
[Times archive]

If you were to die in an animal attack, what do you think would kill you? Would it be a lion, a tiger or a bear (oh my!)?

Maybe, but it’s none of those are at the top of the list for animals that kill humans.

One animal that ranks in the top five is the hippopotamus. Recently, a Florida couple planned a dream vacation to Zimbabwe but was then attacked by a hippo. The wife sustained a fractured femur and is still in the Intensive Care Unit.

BBC News reports that the hippo is the world’s largest land mammal killer. It’s estimated that the aggressive animal with sharp teeth kills an estimated 500 people per year in Africa. They can also crush a human to death with their weight ranging anywhere from 3,000 to 9,000 pounds.

But the deadliest animal? It’s found in your backyard ― the mosquito.

Mosquitos cause the most animal deaths every year, [Times archives]

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