9 of the World's Deadliest Mammals

1. Hippopotamus Despite their seemingly docile appearance, hippos are highly territorial and aggressive. They are responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other large animal, capable of attacking boats and people with their massive jaws.

2. African Elephant Elephants can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous, especially if provoked or threatened. They can charge at high speeds and have been known to trample and gore humans.

3. Saltwater Crocodile The largest and most aggressive of all crocodile species, saltwater crocodiles can attack with lightning speed and have a powerful bite that can easily kill a human.

4. Cape Buffalo Known as "Black Death" in Africa, Cape buffaloes are highly unpredictable and can be extremely aggressive, especially when injured or cornered. They are responsible for many human deaths each year.

5. Polar Bear Polar bears are the largest land carnivores and can be very aggressive. They have been known to attack humans, especially when food is scarce and they are forced closer to human settlements.

6. Grizzly Bear Grizzlies are highly protective of their young and their food. They can attack with immense power and speed, often leading to fatal encounters for humans who inadvertently provoke them.

7. Leopard Leopards are strong, agile, and excellent hunters. They can become man-eaters if they are old or injured and unable to hunt their usual prey, leading to deadly attacks on humans.

8. Lion Lions are apex predators and can be very dangerous to humans, particularly if they are sick, injured, or have lost their fear of humans. Man-eating lions have been documented in several instances.

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