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The world is a fascinating place, but it’s also filled with some pretty frightening creatures. And in some cases, some of them are actually considerably more threatening than you might expect. So from the great white shark to the humble cow, let’s explore 40 of planet Earth’s most dangerous animals.

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40. Wolf (Canis iupus)

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Though wolves can pose a risk, they usually avoid human contact. But starvation, confrontation or even rabies can override their innate fear of humans. Furthermore, these canines are aggressive hunters – capable of exerting a bite force of up to 1,200 pounds if they feel under threat. And in terms of risks to us, experts estimate that wolves are responsible for ten human deaths a year on average.

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