Wild Animals You Don’t Want To Meet In Your Adventure Travel
For those who love nature and breathless landscape, activities like hiking in the wood, trekking in the mountains and bush or wild camping are probably attractive. However – beside the benefits, health advantages and joy that these activities could bring, it is also important to be aware of all dangers you could face. One of these dangers come from encounters with one of the UK’s many species of wild animals, something which isn’t always as magical as it may seem. In any case, encountering a wild animal is not the end of the world. Just keep yourself ready and informed about them. Let’s separate the facts from the myths surrounding some wild animals that live in the UK.
This kind of animal often causes fear. Some people even suffer from arachnophobia, an irrational fear of spiders. However, it is important to know that there are almost 200 different types of spiders in Europe and only a few of them are poisonous. Moreover – good news for those who really fear spiders – there are no native poisonous spiders in the UK. However, for the faint hearted, having an insect repellent handy whilst travelling is always a good idea.
Out of all insects, the one that could be dangerous, as it could carry diseases, is the mosquito. Mosquitoes, as well as being potentially dangerous, can be noisy and annoying. Unfortunately they also transfer illness to humans like the West Nile Fever, Malaria, Chickungunya Fever and Dengue Fever. Luckily, outbreaks of this kind in the UK are very rare.
Bees and wasps
Being bitten by a bee or a wasp could be dangerous, especially for those who are allergic. In case you do get bitten by one of these little winged animals, be sure to remove the stinger with your fingernail or a clean utensil. It is better to avoid using tweezers as this will make you pinch the stinger, introducing more venom to your body. It is usually advised that you scrape the stinger and not pinch it. If you get several stings at once the only thing to do is to go to the closest hospital or care clinic as soon as possible.
British Big Cats
Encountering a British Big Cat is probably very scary. Your first instinct may be to turn and run away or, even worse, start to scream. These are definitely two things to avoid doing. If you have dogs or children, be sure to keep them very close to you and ensure that they stay very still. Avoid looking directly in the eyes of the animal and if you are in a group, try to move in close together. This is important because being as big as possible in the eyes of the animal will help to keep you safe. However, the British Big Cat rarely attacks humans and importantly, it will only attack if it feels threatened. With this in mind, the best thing to do is to slowly back away, keeping the cat in view at all times until you are well away from the animal. If you have the means to do so, using loud and unnatural noises, like whistles, will help to confuse the animal.
Contrary to you might think, reports of people been attacked by wolves have not been registered since the early 20th century. Previous reports were a result of predatory attacks.
Foxes in the UK are very common, even in urban areas. Even if they do seem frightening, foxes are usually not dangerous at all. The only way a fox could become dangerous is if it has caught the rabies virus, which is very rare. Understandably, foxes can also become aggressive if they are handled and captured. If you do encounter a fox it is better to just leave them well alone and not provoke them, this way you can be sure that you won’t be attacked. Even in the worst case scenario, the fox’s natural tendency is to ﬂee rather than ﬁght, so any encounter is sure not to last very long.
Adder, (Vipera Berus Berus)
The adder has gone by many different names around the British Isles including Gwiber (Welsh), Neidr/Nadredd (Welsh), Naddyr (Cornish), Nathair (Gaelic). The Adder is the only venomous snake that is widespread across Britain. The largest Adders are usually 80cm (2.5 feet) in length. Their body is usually a brown or cream colour with a dark zig-zag pattern along their back, although it is possible to have some colour variations ranging from brick-red to black. Usually this kind of snake flees quickly from humans, attacking only when they feel startled or cornered. If this did happen it would inflate itself and hiss to demonstrate it is capable of defending itself. If you get bitten by them, reach the closest hospital or health care clinic as soon as possible and do not try to suck the venom out.