When Cows Attack

You are more likely to be killed by a cow than shark

Between 2003 and 2008, 108 people died from cattle-induced injuries across the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s 27 times the whopping four people killed in shark attacks in the United States during the same time period, according to the International Shark Attack File. Nearly all those cow-related fatalities were caused by blunt force trauma to the head or chest; a third of the victims were working in enclosed spaces with cattle.

via Neatorama: When Cows Attack

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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

4 comments on “When Cows Attack
  1. Wonder if cows are simply more dangerous, after accounting for exposure. (Because I tend to agree with Al Dove and minimize out-of-platter exposure.)

  2. And what marine animal is most closely related to a cow? That’s right, dolphins! With their mouths full of vicious, spiked teeth and their prehensile appendages (think about it), we clearly have misplaced our fears. Sure, you hear tales about dolphins “rescuing” drowning sailors and kittens, but that’s just clever cetacean PR. You never hear about the poor souls that got eaten by Flipper. They are smart enough not to leave any clues.

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