7 Deadliest Man-Eating Animals in Modern History



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Sitting around the campfire, people often tell stories of man-eating animals to scare each other, but the tales we have collected here are not make-believe. These are seven stories of real and terrifying man-eaters, which, together, have been responsible for killing hundreds of people in recent history alone. Join us as we take a look at some of the most dangerous animals in the history of the last hundred or so years.


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7. Gustave the Man-Eating Crocodile

Nile crocodiles are said to be responsible for more human deaths than any other crocodile species but none are as infamous as Gustave, a man-crunching, bullet-scarred behemoth living in Burundi, Africa. In 2004, some estimates were made regarding his size and age, and the scientists came up with the following figures: this beast is thought to be 60 years old, 20 feet long, and to weigh approximately 1 ton. He lives along the banks of the Ruzizi River and the northern shores of Lake Tanganyika. Some say that during his lifetime he has killed 300 people – with his great size being the factor that makes him attack larger or less agile prey like humans. Others say this number is greatly exaggerated, but the locals in the region are terrified of him – and for good reason!

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