Americans Are Sharing Their Own Terrifying Wildlife Stories In Comparison To Australia And Honestly, Points Were Made
"I'm always glad I can go for walks in the woods without running into a fucking bear."
Internationally, Australia is renowned for many things, like our beautiful beaches, the Hemsworths and, of course, our interesting combination of cute and dangerous wildlife.
From swooping magpies, to venomous snakes and a million* different types of spiders lurking anywhere and everywhere, Australia is home to it all.
It also doesn't help that we like to perpetuate this stereotype by trolling our international friends about drop bears any moment that we can.
"Americans always tell me how scared they are of Aussie wildlife, but they ignore how fucking terrifying their own animals are."
"Most dangerous wildlife in Australia is some combination of small, non-aggressive unless provoked, or living in secluded areas. Then, you've got American wildlife. Bears are half-ton, almost unkillable creatures with no fear of humans. Mountain lions are large, but silent apex predators that also have no problem entering human areas...Moose have been known to charge oncoming traffic during mating season and survive."
"The scariest encounter in Sydney [I've had] was getting unexpectedly swooped by a magpie. In LA, I've on two separate occasions walked home alone late at night only to find myself face to face with a pack of coyotes and would've encountered a hungry bear while walking my dog if a bloke at the entrance of the street I was about to walk down didn't warn me."
As an Australian who lives in Sydney, reading this freaked me the fuck out. While I do love playing up the "dangerous Aussie wildlife" card for fun, I personally live in a suburban area — meaning that I've had little-to-no interaction with deadly animals besides the odd magpie attack.
In response to u/JoCrude's thread, both Australians and Americans shared their take on the debate, as well as some of their terrifying stories.
After reading some of these, I've gained a whole new perspective of wildlife in the States.
1. "I saw one [a video] the other day of a grizzly stalking up behind a kid and the poor father is trying so hard to keep both of them calm and have the little one slowly and calmly follow his instructions. All ended well...but I just cannot fathom having a quarter tonne of muscle, tooth and claw a mere few feet from you."
3. "Most of the stuff in Australia you can either run away from or stand on. The big ones that can beat you in a fight (crocs and sharks) are easy to avoid. Most snakes have anti-venom available at hospitals, but they usually run away if you're minding your business. I can stand on a redback or snake. I cannot fight a bear or mountain lion."
4. "Americans also have poisonous snakes, just not as venomous as the ones in Australia. When I was a kid in NC we were always on the lookout for the cottonmouth AKA water mocassin."
5. "People are forgetting about alligators. They're all over golf courses in the American South. We also have much scarier bees, wasps and hornets everywhere. Not deadly unless you're allergic, but they are fucking painful. Hornets will chase you down. Still, I understand tarantula wasps in Australia are the worst of all. I've only seen one since moving here."
6. "Don't forget coyotes, wolves, wild pigs and boars, venomous insects, sharks, jellyfish, moose, bison, extreme weather, guns, on top of the aforementioned lions, snakes and bears."
7. "I’m always glad I can go for walks in the woods without running into a fucking bear."
8. "Yeah, going camping without carrying bear spray…and putting away food so the WOMBATS won’t get it. Not because a BEAR might roll into your camp."
9. "Imagine surviving a fucking bear attack, waking up in hospital and being more scared of getting the bill than you were of the bear."
10. "I moved to Australia in 2015. Let me tell you how much safer it is here for me. I'm not afraid of a lot. I grew up in the piney woods of deep East Texas. I've been charged down by bears, wild hogs, cougars (not the sexy kind), bulls and heifers protecting their calves. I've had water moccasins steal my fish. I've nearly stepped on resting alligators and been shot at by civilians and police alike. Not hearing gunshots, not getting chased by animals that actively want to kill you or having to deal with overt racism has brought me so much actual peace. I love Australia. Thanks for having me."
11. "I always find it so weird that Americans think Australian wildlife is super dangerous. What have we really got over here? Snakes, sure, but they are pretty shy most of the time. Venomous spiders are also usually pretty easy to avoid. I guess feral pigs and cats are quite dangerous, as well as dingoes, but not a huge risk for most of the Australian population who live in cities along the coast. Blue ringed octopus, jellyfish and sharks are a risk if you're in the ocean, but the ocean can be dangerous anywhere in the world. Crocodiles obviously an issue up north, but if you stay out of the water you're generally safe."
"Whereas over there you could just be going for a hike and get attacked by a bear, wolf, coyote or cougar. They also have their own venomous snakes and spiders, as well as alligators down South and the same issue with wild pigs and feral cats as here."
12. "Americans be like 'I'm never travelling to Australia, not just because I can't find it on a map, but because everything there wants to kill you. Anyway, little Johnny, get your school bag that converts into a bulletproof vest, don't forget you need to be at school early today to run through school shooter drills.'"
13. "I saw a video on here a few weeks ago of a bear literally kicking someone's front door down and walking into their house. Kicked the door clean out of the frame. I don't ever want to hear anyone telling me we have terrifying wildlife in Australia again. There is NOTHING here that would do that."
14. "I’ve lived in the States a bit. Coyotes killed a friend's dogs in the Hollywood Hills, bears opened a friend's car to get into the cooler on a camping trip and one of my in-laws only survived hitting a moose in Canada because he had the presence of mind to hit the seat recline handle and laid back far enough and fast enough to avoid messy death. He was pinned in place until emergency services cut the moose off of him."
15. "I'm an Aussie, living in the USA for the past eight years. There are mountain lions and coyotes down the street in Los Gatos, suburban Silicon Valley, that I have to watch out for while walking with my kids. Bears that you have to be careful not to leave stuff they might smell when visiting Yosemite or Tahoe. Bison and fucking grizzlies when I was hiking in Yellowstone. Alligators if I went to Florida. They have scorpions and ticks that will make you allergic to meat, poisonous snakes and a couple of poisonous spiders."
"I still don't deny Australia is a dangerous place when my colleagues talk it up, but it's all fucking bluff. This place is much more dangerous, I have no idea what they're talking about."