Australia’s got it all: stunning beaches with postcard views, plenty of sun and an abundance of native flora and fauna. But we’re also home to bunch of really dangerous Australian animals who seem to be intent on destroying the human race, and now, our beloved pets.
This week, an elderly couple in Queensland were left traumatised after a goanna attacked them while they were walking their dog.
According to The Guardian, the 72-year-old man was left with serious arm and leg injuries, and sadly, the couple’s doggo, a Jack Russell, didn’t survive the ordeal.
A spokesperson for CQ Rescue told the ABC, “the reptile suddenly turned on them, latching onto the man’s right arm and leg as well as biting the woman’s leg.”
Tucker said the goanna attack was “definitely out of the ordinary,” but this is by no means the first time Australian animals have tried to kill us – and each other.
Obviously, Aussies are no stranger to the danger of shark attacks, but it’s not just the obvious predators that we should be scared of. Venomous spiders, snakes, jellyfish and ticks have all resulted in deaths, and then there’s the animals that turn on each other.
We live in a country where snakes feast on fruit bats, huge birds, kangaroos, goannas, and even crocodiles.
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Then there are all the creepy crawlies hiding out under our toilet seats, showers, and even on the wings of airplanes. It seems that nowhere is safe.
Let this be a lesson: Next time you’re bushwalking and spot a cute little goanna, best leave it alone.