The Enemy of Mankind
from the book, "Our Fascinating Earth"

Our Fascinating Earth

The Enemy of Mankind

Every continent has its share of dangerous animals, some a larger share than others. Of all the world continents Europe contains the smallest number of species considered dangerous to man. In the past it was somewhat different, but at present the European bear and wolf populations have become so depleted by high concentrations of humankind that they claim very few, if any, victims. Europe can be considered even safer as one perceives that there is also a notable lack of highly venomous snakes throughout the continent.

The safest major country in the world, with no poisonous reptiles or spiders and no large predatory animals, is considered to be Ireland. In the entire country there is nothing more lethal than a bumblebee. But then, of course, there's man!