What is More Dangerous, a Wild Animal or a Human Being?

Many Westerners have a wrong understanding of wild animals.

‘Wild’ in their minds is associated with ‘unpredictable’ and ‘dangerous’, when, in fact, wild animals are predictable, and only get dangerous when feel threatened.

I remember visiting a deep jungle in Karnataka, India.

My boyfriend and I had to ride a scooter for 4 hours to get there; two hours to reach the jungle, and two more hours to get deep into it. We even saw forest people, barely covered in pieces of cloth and with tattoos on their faces.

The road was narrow and winding, and the forest was getting more dense; on a few occasions we thought of turning back, as we felt vulnerable in this unknown area. What if something would happen to our scooter? Where would we get help?

Yet the interest we had for the place we were heading to won over the fear, and we finally reached the deep part of the jungle.

There, we found a little space without any trees, to park our scooter. Near the ‘parking space’, there was a small wooden house, the home of forest workers.

Those forest guardians were people concerned about wild animals, who kept the jungle clean, and prevented people from disturbing animals. There was only one very narrow path that people were allowed to take, which led to some ancient rocks considered sacred by locals, and a waterfall.

In this jungle, there were many types of poisonous snakes (14, if my memory serves me right), including the most deadly one of all – King Cobra. What’s more, there were pumas, leopards, jackals, tigers, flying foxes, and giant squirrels.

It was intimidating, to say the least, to walk down that narrow path, knowing about all the wild animals lurking in the jungle, probably very near us. We struggled our way through bushes and trees, hoping to catch a glimpse of any other fellow adventure seekers, to no avail.

To our relief, none of the beasts showed themselves whilst we were walking to the waterfall, and back. I did get to see a tiny baby snake, that looked more like a worm  – that’s how un-intimidating it was! There were no foreigners in this area, and we only got to see an Indian family on our way back to the parking space.

I must say that I was the one that was afraid – my boyfriend was totally at peace. Since he’s from the tropical South India, being born near the jungle, he knew very well that nothing would happen to us. He felt alive and at peace in the wilderness, totally trusting that we would have no dangerous encounters.

When we went back to our scooter, my boyfriend struck a conversation with forest workers. They even spoke a little bit of English, and told me, that wild animals are very predictable, and least dangerous beings you could find.

All wild animals want is to peacefully roam around their land. They don’t even cross the human path daytime; they only dare to cross it at night.

At night, animals also roam around the wooden house of the forest workers, but these people aren’t afraid. They know that it’s the wild animals’ time, and animals know that daytime is the time for humans to come out. So, animals and humans live in harmony and peace.

Wild animals very much try to avoid humans, and sometimes watch them from afar, never coming closer. On many occasions, forest workers could see a tiger sitting on the branch of a tree, peacefully observing them going about their life.

Forest workers told that humans were more dangerous and much more unpredictable than animals. Animals only attack when they feel threatened, or when their habitat is being destroyed (for obvious reasons). Yet humans can be aggressive without any valid reason.

That wasn’t the first time I heard that. I think most people working with wild animals hold this opinion. Even in UK I met people saying that animals only attack when they feel threatened, and that humans are more dangerous.

Besides this, animals are much more predictable, because they follow the rhythms of nature. It’s humans who are disconnected from the rhythm of nature, and thus, can act in unpredictable ways.

Eventually, I came to the conclusion that humans project their own qualities of aggressiveness and unpredictability to animals. Then they sit and absorb this “reality”, gaining “stability” from it, since they’re witnessing their own qualities playing out.

Whenever I get in touch with an animal that’s unknown to me, my knowledge of that animal grows by observing it and reading about it. This knowledge dispels ignorant fears instilled by media and other people about those animals, and I come to realize that the animal is a pure and beautiful expression of life, which is God.

Conclusion

Experience by experience, I’m shown over and over again that animals are loving creatures who are predictable and only get aggressive when threatened. When humans destroy their habitat, of course they’ll try to protect it. If humans suddenly invade their space, they may feel threatened and can attack.

Yet humans can be aggressive without such valid reasons, and sometimes attack because of their own insecurities and fears. That makes them more dangerous and unpredictable than animals.

Most wildlife shows instill unreasonable fears in humans about animals. A more in-depth study of them, as well as personal experiences, can surely remove this sheet of ignorance.

Comments

  1. Richard says:

    Hi Simona
    Would love to know what engine size(cc)your scooter is?
    Assuming an average speed of 30-40mph,and,of the 4 hours it took to get there,2 hours to reach the deepest part.That must equate to something like 60+ miles of rainforest!
    I thought only I was crazy enough to attempt long distances on a moped.Now I know that you are crazy,too.
    I bet that once,not too long ago,that jungle would have extended almost to your 4 hour starting point.
    Love your posts,but love you more.Richard.x

    • Interesting question, Richard, and the answer is – I don’t know! My boyfriend would be a better person to answer such a question:) Also it took two hours because the road was winding, and we were slowly proceeding. We also got lost a few times:)

  2. Hi.
    Lady Simona, whatever you have said is true! Personally, I was fond of fishing in my youthful years ( both fishing nets and using the fishing rod and line ). Initially, I was afraid of the snakes, baboons, monkeys,mongoose, pythons, owls and other wild birds that were in the forest lining both sides of the river.
    But, with time, I came to understand the predictability of the animals and snakes and also the behavior of most fish found in Kenyan rivers.

    None of the animals and birds I knew could dare to attack a human being unless provoked by the person concerned!
    However, when a person attacks an African black mamba snake, it will emit a unique hissing sound which makes all the mamba snakes alert and move towards the direction of the hissing sound to block all human paths! Any person passing by the paths will be bitten without mercy. As a fisherman, when I hear that unique hissing sound of an African mamba snake, I don’t go where the sound is coming ( note : these mamba snakes have different sounds they make for different incidents, like a fire warning, warning about birds
    and animals that prey on them and warning of an unfriendly human who is attacking ).

    A viper snake in the river gauges your intention and does the safest thing to avoid conflict with you. If you are swimming towards its hole, it will swim away from the hole. You may meet it midway in the river. If you are floating, it sink and swim under your belly and resurface a metre or so behind your feet. If you dive deep, it will fly across your head and back and swim in the opposite direction.

    Crocodiles will attack a human being or any other animal if monkeys, deers and mongoose are not present.( Don’t scare away monkeys from a place where crocodiles live unless you want them to feed on humans ).

    From learning on wild animals and snakes and domestic animals, I have been able to move up to the level of predicting the nature and intention of human beings ( as long as they utter just a single word to me face to face ). Unfortunately, the only Most Unpredictable thing in my life, is Myself!

    Lady Simona, I can tell you what type of person you are and your immediate intentions if we meet face to face and you utter a word to me (some openly admit when I tell them what they are and what they are after. But some some shy admitting ). But, I can’t predict on myself!

    • Thank you for this interesting and informative comment, Denis! I love finding out such things; if we study animals we really understand there’s nothing to be afraid of. They have predictable natures.

  3. Solomon says:

    Dear Simona,
    This is another of your lovely enlightening posts. Thanks for having me on your list to share from this your fountain of wisdom.
    I agree totally with the idea that man is more dangerous than beasts. In this “kali yuga” age, it appears that man is killing his fellow men for any number of reasons, greed, belief, ideology etc. The beast in man has become more than that in animals. Only spiritual enlightenment will save man from becoming beast.

  4. Simona,

    Off of topic, but I would want to know why do you think I see the numbers 1111; 1212, 1010, 111, 333, 444, and 555 almost all the time. I remember the first time this happened to me it was last year in February. At first it was only 1111, but then started with the others numbers as well.

    • A confirmation that you are awakening and that your cells are becoming more conscious, working in harmony, Doris. That’s my feeling – pls go by what you feel inside!

  5. Abhijit says:

    Hi Simona,
    Once again I find the unique power to observe in you We all visit forest time to time but unable to observe things in this way. Thanks for the post and raising awareness about wild animals.

    Love & Regards.

  6. Hi Simona,
    Such a great topic to share which make me aware that we also do have animal behavior built in. We have to understand how to control them, if not it will destroy us. Humans are unpredictable unless we observe them very carefully in what they are doing and feeling – this what i have learned from my experience – today they will be nice and loving, but tomorrow totally opposite –
    keep beaming the inner light – the truth of light from a pure soul.

  7. Thank you for the post. I agree, humans are the only being that fears when nothing presents itself. I find myself freezing in place just by thinking of possible dangers even though they are not happening. Animals doesn’t go through that. I really do think that humans are afraid of their own power rather than their weaknesses because we don’t know the limits of what our thoughts can manifest.

  8. Dear Simona
    Thank you for sending me your post, I enjoyed reading it.

  9. Hi Simona,
    I enjoyed reading your article about wild animals. I admire you for venturing into the deep jungle and hope you had a close up view of the animals you mentioned. Awesome! You wrote “Yet humans can be aggressive without such valid reasons, and sometimes attack because of their own insecurities and fears.” Firstly, people like animals are creations of God and have a higher spirit that is holy, loving and peaceful. But as you point out people also have insecurities and fears. When people attack it is not for no reason, it is precisely because in their minds they feel threatened for their own safety and feel they must attack to preserve their own territories. Much like wild animals. Why people feel threatened and the degree to which they feel insecure and afraid depends on their conditioning that shapes their perception of the world around them. So the ego is manipulating their behavior. It’s true that when people feel safe within themselves they feel safe with everything around them, they are at peace within to venture, get close up and experience beauty and holiness in all of creation. You are an example of that.

    • What a great way of looking at human behavior, Hanna! It’s absolutely true! It’s just that animal territories are visible, and the mental human territories are not, so it looks like they’re unpredictable.

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