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What is the most dangerous mammal in Australia?

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October 27, 2008 7:47PM

Among the native Australian animals: The male platypus is possibly considered one of the mot dangerous mammals in Australia because it has a poisonous spur on its hind leg. This poison is enough to cause excruciating pain to humans, but would not kill them. On the other hand, the poison is sufficient to kill a small dog. The dingo, although not truly native, is also dangerous, and in some areas of Australia are becoming increasingly more aggressive as they become used to people. On Fraser Island, off the Queensland coast, dingo attacks on children are becoming more frequent - and of course, there is the notorious case of baby Azaria Chamberlain who was taken by a dingo at Ayers Rock in 1980. Among the non-native animals: Packs of feral, wild dogs (not dingoes, but mixed breeds) remain one of the most dangerous threats to people and animals. Wild boars, Brahman bulls and short-tempered camels also deserve to be given a wide berth!