When you think of Australia, you conjure up images of the outback, dangerous animals and deadly sea creatures, but does the UK have any venomous snakes, dangerous mammals or poisonous spiders lurking around and do you need to be on your guard when hiking in the countryside, camping out on holiday or even walking home and trying to avoid slips, trips and falls after work?
Does the UK have any dangerous animals?
The UK is a nation of animal lovers, but in most cases, when we talk about animals, we mean domestic pets. More than 50 per cent of households in the UK have a pet, with dogs, cats and rabbits the most popular co-habitants. When it comes to dangerous animals, there’s not too much to write home about, especially when you compare Great Britain with countries like Australia, Brazil and Kenya. Although there is a very low risk of animal attack injuries, it is possible to come across some potentially dangerous wild animals here in the UK. Here are some examples:
- Foxes: Foxes are perhaps our most dangerous mammal; urban foxes have been known to stray into homes and cause injury. Although they tend to shy away from human interaction, their inquisitive nature can lead them into trouble. Fox attacks are very uncommon, but they do happen and in 2010, baby twins were severely injured by a fox in London.
- Spiders: The UK is not a hot-bed of dangerous arachnids like Australia, but there are dangerous spiders around, including the false widow.
- Jellyfish: If you’re a lover of the traditional British seaside holiday, you probably won’t have to contend with piranhas and sharks; however, there are jellyfish lurking in UK waters and it’s always best to swim in suitable footwear.
Can I claim for an animal injury?
In some cases, it is possible to claim personal injury compensation for an accident in a public place, which involved an animal. If you’ve been bitten, scratched or kicked by an animal, you’ve suffered slip and trip injuries or you’ve been involved in an accident on the roads and the incident was not your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice on making a no win, no fee* claim for public liability compensation. The freephone lines are open 24 hours a day; call 0800 689 0500 from your landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown