Bad Dog Needs Rotten Home



Added on: 26th Aug 2016





The hyena is the first to start off this list of the most hated

Mammals known to man. Though primarily a scavenger, the

hyena can also hunt for prey if there’s not enough carrion

(dead animals) around. During periods (such as war) when

there are high human casualties, hyenas have been known

to develop a liking for human flesh and even hunt live

humans if not enough corpses are around.





Though it may look cute, the red fox is more of a menace.

Kept in check (and keeping small mammals in check) in its

native habitats of Eurasia, North Africa, and Central America,

the red fox has become an invasive species in Australia

where it was introduced in the mid 1800’s for hunting. The

fox often kills new-born lambs and carries rabies.

With a range of 190 miles (305 km), the red fox’s

effects can be devastating on an ecosystem.




brushtail possum

The brushtail possum is a native mammal to Australia and was

introduced to New Zealand in the 19th century. Since then, the

animal has ravenously devoured eucalyptus leaves and

threatened many local bird species. Even worse for Kiwi farmers,

possums are the main method of transferring bovine tuberculosis

which can quickly rip through a herd. For the benefit of Kiwi beef,

it’s probably best we keep hating this animal.





Popularized by a comedic YouTube video of a man narrating a

day in the life of the “crazy nasty, honey badger”, the honey

badger holds the Guinness Book of World Records prize as

“the most fearless animal on the planet”. Known to send even

lions scurrying off their prey, the honey badger is incredibly

difficult to kill due to its loose and tough skin. Neither dogs

nor machetes have proven effective against this beast which

easily can rip up hen houses. Even worse, the honey badger

is known for surplus killing whereby it kills way more

prey than it can eat.





Sounding more like the latest health food bar, the nutria

(or coypu) is a semi-aquatic rodent which mildly resembles

the beaver. Once cultivated for their fur, large feral populations

now roam territories outside its native South America. Though

only a herbivore, the nutria devours river plant stems and has

now become the most common herbivore in Louisiana’s

marshes. Everyone down in the bayou hates the creatures

which contribute to Louisiana’s loss of a football field-sized

patch of wetland every hour, partially by destroying

local dykes and irrigation systems.




Spotted Deer Lakeland Florida

Deer are some of the most hated animals in the world, especially

on roads which wind through forests and wooded areas.

Known for crossing the road just as a car passes by, deer

cause about 1.5 million collisions annually, resulting in

85 million pounds of damage and the death of about

150 people in the United States alone.





Also known as the African hunting dog, the African wild dog

is one of the best hunters on the savanna. Whereas lions

only come back with a kill on about 10% of hunts, this dog

has a success rate of about 80%, making it one of the most

efficient and deadly African predators. (Ironically, one the

biggest and most successful predators of the African wild dog

is the lion.) Some groups in Africa have turned fear into

respect for the beast, with locals in Ethiopia formerly believing

that killing the wild dog with a spear would lead to it dipping its

tail in the blood and whipping it at its attacker, causing

instant death. Sounds pretty scary.




monkey of forest temple

Though they are our closest relatives, monkeys are seriously

hated in some parts of the world, especially Asia. Though

revered in India as the monkey god Hanuman, monkeys have

been known to infect humans with rabies and destroy crops.

In temples and tourist spots throughout Southeast Asia,

monkeys have been known to attack humans.





Not many mammals in our world are venomous, but the platypus

is one of them. This egg-laying mammal (one of only five) is

endemic to eastern Australia. With a spur on its rear foot, the

platypus can inject its prey (or a human) with venom so

powerful it can kill a dog. The venom is not lethal to

humans but has been reported to cause excruciating pain,

sometimes causing the victim to fall unconscious. Some

people stung by the platypus even report a heightened

sensitivity to pain that can last many months.


View by Month