Many people head Down Under hoping to enjoy cuddly encounters with animals in Australia, but even the most innocent and sweet looking Australian inhabitant can be a little prickly if caught at the wrong time. If you’re looking forward to some winter sun, you’re heading to the Southern Hemisphere for your gap year or you’re thinking of emigrating, here are some tips to help you steer clear of angry animals in Australia and avoid travel accidents.
Five animals in Australia which look cuddly but are actually dangerous
Australia is famed for its diverse wildlife and while it’s often snakes and spiders that receive bad press, some of the more cuddly looking creatures can also cause holiday injuries. Here are 5 of the most dangerous cuddly creatures to be wary of in Australia:
- Koalas: Koala bears may look docile and impossibly cute, but they can actually be quite grumpy, especially if they are disturbed at the wrong time. In some places, it is possible to cuddle koalas and in these cases, they tend to be used to being handled. However, in the wild, it’s not wise to pick up a koala and try and give it a snuggle. Koalas have a vicious bite on them and they can also scratch you.
- Platypus: Platypus are native to Eastern Australia; they are rare, but if you do see one, approach with caution. Although they look harmless, males have venomous stingers, which are located on their feet. They can’t poison humans and they are designed to kill bugs, but you will experience severe pain if you do get a sting.
- Wombats: These furry creatures don’t often appear at the top of lists of dangerous animals, but they can attack, especially if they are protecting their young. If you do come across a wombat, resist the urge to give it a stroke and marvel from afar.
- Kangaroos: Kangaroos are usually harmless and you can often feed and pet them at wildlife parks in Australia. However, in the wild, they may be more aggressive and it’s particularly important to stay clear if you see kangaroos fighting with each other or you hear a kangaroo making a clucking or growling noise.
- Wallabies: Wallabies don’t usually harm humans, but they have the power to inflict nasty scratches if they perceive that they are under threat. Keep away from wallabies in the wild to reduce the risk of animal accidents abroad.
Claiming for an accident in Australia
If you’ve been involved in a holiday accident or you’ve been injured abroad in Australia, you may be thinking about claiming travel accident compensation. If you would like to find out if you have a viable holiday accident claim or you’d like to discuss your personal injury claim with one of our advisors, call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown