Why animals fear defenseless humans - WHAT we do - Deepstash
Humans are practically defenseless. Why don't wild animals attack us more?

Humans are practically defenseless. Why don't wild animals attack us more?

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Why animals fear defenseless humans - WHAT we do

Why animals fear defenseless humans - WHAT we do

  • They are outnumbered - In heavily populated areas, we have been clearing the landscape which large predators use. The animals that escaped, became wary of humans. A study even showed the sound of humans talking was enough to scare away pumas & smaller predators like bobcats. The human sounds were of people reciting poetry & passages from books.
  • On a brighter note, According to Justin Suraci, lead scientist with an NGO, wild predators' "healthy fear" of humans may help us coexist, "as long as we're conscious about their presence."

Why animals fear defenseless humans - WHO we are

Why animals fear defenseless humans - WHO we are

  • We walk upright - According to Joh Hawks, paleoanthropologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison walking upright makes us look tougher & more threatening than we actually are... animals like chimpanzees & gorillas too stand to express threat.
  • Humans are social creatures - We live in groups & aggressively defend ourselves with weapons... taking the fight to predators.

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This has been one of my most favourite long-reads yet! As an A-Level biology student, I really resonated with the explanations and was able to understand how different aspects, some surprising, can possibly tie in to our development as a whole. It is a big question that surprisingly isn't asked enough- instead of our lifestyles, how will we change in the future?