Animals … most of the time we love’ em!
Sometimes, however, they manage to scare the living daylights out of us.
The people of Reddit recently hashed out their worst being experiences and whether it was from a major misunderstanding, wild predator encounter, or sheer arachnophobia( to name a few ), these tales are something else.
Here are 30 stories of the most hair-raising encounters people have had with animals.
There’s no dearth of bear shenanigans at Yosemite. Exhibit A:
” I’ve been woken up by a bear sniffing my head once. Was cowboy camping( no tent) in Lyell Canyon in Yosemite once, when I hear something sniff right next to my head.
My sleep addled brain thinks it’s a ranger on a horse telling me to move my camp( had hiked about 20 miles that day. You have to be at least 4 miles into the canyon to camp, and I wasn’t 100% sure I’d stimulated it far enough since it was darknes when I set up camp ).
Anyways, I say ” just one second ,” sit up, grope for my flashlight and turn it on to see a black bear a couple feet away.
I holler, he tears off, I get out and empty my bladder, and try to fall back asleep until I hear him coming around again. I make a bunch more noise, decide I’m not getting any more sleep, break camp and slowly night hike until the sun rises .” – WestBrink
And exhibit B:
” My husband and I were camping at Yosemite once on a climbing trip-up with a group of people, a few of whom we knew well but most of whom were friends of friends.
We got there after dark the first night because we couldn’t leave the city until after work, so we put up our tent and crashed. A few people were still up drinking and hanging out.
The next morning, we got out of our tent, and some guy was like” oh shit, you guys are alive ?!”
Apparently a bear had Operated OVER our tent in the night, and we slept through the whole thing. This asshole had considered it happen, but was too scared to come check on us at any point in the night.
Also, he had left food all over the area instead of using the bear box, which is why the bear came to the campsite in the first place .” – Spaceh0rse
” When I was young, I ran fishing with my papa and my best friend. We waded out through some deeper water to reach the shallow sandbar, where we fished for quite a while. The tide came in, and the water that had been just above my ankles was now above my waist.
Suddenly a large shark, about 7-8 feet, crashed through a school of mullet only a few feet away from me. Dad watched it, my best friend considered it, and for a second we all three merely kind of froze with our mouths hanging open.
Quietly, calmly, Dad told us to walk back to shore, splashing as little as possible. We did. But the tide had come in, and I wasn’t as tall as the other two guys. The deeper water between the sandbar and shore reached their chests, but I could hardly keep my head above water while my feet scarcely bounced along the bottom, and I struggled to hold my fishing rod up out of the water.
I was wholly helpless, while we knew that a hungry shark was swimming somewhere in the area. It felt like a scene out of a nightmare, trying to run from an invisible ogre, but my feet could barely touch the ground and I was barely moving.
I know — and even knew in that moment — that I had little chance of being feed by a shark, especially one who is focused on fish. Still, if I ever WERE to be attacked, that was the moment, and I was utterly defenseless.
A few years later, a human was killed just a few miles away when he jumped off his dock and into the path of a large policeman shark that was chasing mullet .” – TryCoserious
” I was very drunk at a bridal on a large property in rural NSW. I like to stray and explore when I drink. I was alone and suddenly confronted with a wombat.
Wombats are massive balls of muscle. Being the drunk idiot I was, I was all like “awww hello me wombat” and began to approach it. The wombat did not like this. It charged me. It was so fast.
My heart stopped and I turned and ran as fast as I could. The little bugger nearly caught me. I sprinted back to the bridal in anxiety for my life .” – Allow1 986
The most awkward home invasion ever.
” At the time I was working until 1AM so I wouldn’t get home until 2 or so. I opened the door to the house and felt what I thought was a breeze come by my leg.
I don’t really pay attention, walk over to my desk, set my keys down and turn the light on. Right when I do so, there are two possums in the act of mating in the middle of my kitchen.
They screamed, I called and we began the three-hour dancing of get them out of my house. I aimed up trapping them in a puppy cage and dumping them out in the middle of my backyard .” – terrid2 331
Africa is full of colorful fauna.
” I did fieldwork back and forth between the US/ UK and East and Southern Africa for ten years and in that time period, spent a good chunk of my life living at remote base camps so I have a few’ shit yourself’ moments that I can list off the top off my head.
I was chased by an elephant( it was worse as she had a calf ).” – suchascenicworld
” We were having a party one night and I guess someone forgot to shut the kitchen door. I woke up in the morning hung over and decided to make coffee.
The rubbish pouch was undernearth the sink and I heard something in it( I was directly over it) and I watched coils within striking distance from a Mozambique spewing cobra .” – suchascenicworld
” Two spotted hyenas transgressed into our camp, killed a few dogs and then gone over to a few tents( including mine) and pushed their muzzle through.
The most surreal thing about that was, if you know anything about spotted hyenas, they actually make a noise every now and then( or every fucking night) called a “whoop.” It’s insanely loud.
One of them actually built that noise( it hurt my ears) but interestingly enough, it turns out that their is actually a growling that is always made directly after the whoop. So, really close up it definitely sounds like” whoooop, grrrr”( and so on ).” – suchascenicworld
” I was cycling up a mountain in the Scottish Highlands( my gran lives there ), and as I went round a corner, I came face to face with a huuuuge highland cow which was running down the mountain the opposite way.
Instead of jumping off the route I believed the cow was be friendly and edge over to let me by: big mistake … it threw its head as I went by, almost impaling me and throwing me off the track and into a 20 ft tumble down the mountain .” – SimonFish9 9
” I outran a swarm of bees. I was young and in Straya, and we lived on the front of a farm. I went exploring a lot, it was really cool. I discovered a bees nest in a huge fallen tree.
I had watched a lot of cartoons, and wanted to know if the bees would come out in an arrow and get me if I whacked it with a stick. So I did. They did not. I was frustrated and climbed around the fallen tree.
The bees do attack, just not immediately. And not in an arrow. In a cloud. Suddenly they were all around me. I sprinted home, about 2k, and if I slowed down the bees caught up.
I ran into our yard and shut the gate, guessing I was safe. I wasn’t, plainly and get stung a few hours. I deserved it though, don’t go beating up animal homes .” – Incredulouslaughter
” I moved to Colorado. About a month in one night I had gone to bed, and woke up on severe pain hours later. I felt nausea, throbbing ache around my abdomen, my muscles and back ached.
I turned on the illuminates, and I had in my sleep rolled over a black widow spider and crushed it to demise, which at some point had bit me. It’s carcass lay in my bed. I freaked out, called 911, and put it in a mason jar so they thought I wasn’t crazy. I was brought to the hospital where they treated me with pain management medications.
The venom continued to spread. Every muscle ached and felt as though my body was being crushed. It soon began to get hard to breath and my blood pressure became irregular. The morphine had me drifting in and out of sleep. I prayed to God, who hours earlier I wasn’t even sure I believed in. 12 hours later I was discharged.
The venom operated its course for about 4 days, and the bite site intermittently itched for weeks. For the next year or two I had anxiety trying to go to sleep and reoccurring nightmares of the experience .” –freeyourtea
” I was stationed in Japan for 3 out of the 6 years I was in the Navy. During that time I leased a Japanese house, and the shower was its own room, full walk-in with a bathtub, bench, etc.( Amazing) So as the post says, I stumble into the shower one morning still half asleep, and out of my peripherals I assure a black flashing from behind me and hear a thud.
Look into the tub and there is a huntsman spider the size of my hand gazing back at me. Holy shit. My best guess is it was on the wall behind me and got scared when I strolled in.
So I go into attack mode immediately. Grab the shower head which was on a hose, take aim looking to drown this thing in the tub drain, and as soon as I turned the water on it jumped out of the tub onto the wall and ran into the window sill. Tactic then became opening the window fast and pinching to death in the sill.
As soon as I touched the glass it jumped out onto the wall again and ran out the shower door. Now I’m cornered in the shower peering out into the “powder room” to see the huntsman on the cabinet door waiting for me. Sneak to the front doorway of the house and grab a flip flop, come back to the powder room and wing the flip flop at the spider.
Hit it, wound several of the legs, but do not kill it. It runs out of the bathroom and underneath the stairs, much slower than it was moving prior.
Feeling confident that spider is cornered under the stairs, I grab a can of bug spraying and move in to finish it. Appearing closely under the stairs( it was a hollow staircase where you could see through the gaps between steps) I watch a black “tail” curled over the back lip of one of the stairs and assume it’s the spider concealing on the back of the step. Hit it with the spray, enter fucking mukade centipede. It fell off the back of the stair and started charging at me.
I immediately pee-pee a little. Front half of its body was up off the floor and its mouth was visibly biting. It backed me up all the way to the front door as I emptied the entire can of glitch spray on it. By the time we got to the door, it was obviously overcome by the chemicals and only writhing around, so I grabbed the other flip flop and smashed it. Didn’t work. Hit it a few periods and it would not die, so I turned the flip flop on its edge and used it like a foresee to cut the thing in half. Then remembered the spider.
It was still under the stairs, so I blew under there and it ran out wounded and I smashed it with the flip flop foresee. Then I called at the top of my lungs for 30 seconds.
The whole combat took probably 3 minutes but it felt like a lifetime. I suppose being naked cause an adrenile hurry a thousand times greater than if I were fully clothed. WhenI got to work I was frazzled enough for my co-workers to notice. Can’t tell if it was the most difficult morning of my life or my biggest victory, but man won that day .” – Digibud
” My grandpa cut a home centipede in half with a carving knife.
One half operated left and another ran right. He said there wasn’t enough whiskey in the world to deal with that shit .” – theBytemeister
” I was taking a stroll with my infant daughter once when an aggressive rottweiler charged us.
There was no operating with a newborn in a stroller so, reasoning that SOMEONE owns this dog and therefore acts as alpha, so I acted as alpha.
I charged, hurled my arms up, and roared. He stopped in his tracks, growled a little, and moved off .” – Dalivus
” When I was five I lived in Berlin, Germany. I had an preoccupation with are seeking to hunt and kill wild boars in the wood so my papa and I would walk around with “spears “ sharpened sprigs basically. We never saw any so it wasn’t a huge bargain until one day we spooked a mother and her piglets.
Next thing my dad considers is me chasing them until the sow stops turns all 200 pounds towards me and gaze me down. Luckily my dad scooped me up before I could charge because I was about to. Hindsight 20/20 don’t do that. I would have probably been mauled …” – ItsScotty2 24
The birds! They’re coming!
” Magpies. I was riding my motorcycle to primary school one day and two streets away out of nowhere I feel the flap of wings on my shoulder and it flys by in front of me.
It was quite large, likely an adult and it came back but I considered it and ducked. After that it fly by a few more times( repeatedly actually) and it actually hit me a few days hard and left a few beak dents in my helmet.
I was only able to peg my bike as rapidly as possible to school until I was through it’s’ territory.'” –binshtok
” Snakes in Africa are worth being afraid of.
I was in Zimbabwe with a group and some of the girls got trapped in the bathroom by a spitting cobra; it had decided to hang out in front of the bathroom doorway after they went in. One of the local guys had to kill it with a slingshot.
Pretty crazy !” – Merry_Pippins
” I was about 3 or 4. My family owned chickens. One of the roosters was a dick.
Every time we set foot in the yard, it would terrorize us with his large talons and to continue efforts to peck us. It actually managed to claw my brother up.
My dad finally killed that thing. It was best available meal I ever had .” – no_pizza_4_u
Stuck between a rock and a hard place.
” I cycled( at velocity) past a pack of feral puppies and triggered their prey instinct.
I was out on a straight road, slightly downhill, in the middle of nowhere. When I watched them getting ready I knew I had to go past them as it was too late to stop and cycle back up mound( and besides that was the only road home)
I committed. They chased. I pedaled harder than I have ever pedaled and eventually lost them, but I didn’t turn round “ve been looking for” quite a while. I checked my bike computer when I got home and assured that I had made 79 km/ h.
The scariest proportion was realise I would trigger them and that I HAD to go through the pack, hoping they wouldn’t trip me up as either the autumn or the dogs would have mutilated me .” – FrannyyU
” My scariest animal encounter while hiking: In California on a road cut into a steep slope so nowhere to go except along the road. Ahead of me in the middle of the trail was a chipmunk. Operating wildly in circles. With patches of fur missing.
I decided to hurl a stone in its direction to scare it off the road. When the rock landed near it, the chipmunk ran straight at me. I just about crapped myself as it ran past down the trail.
This was an area with instances of bubonic beset and rabies .” – haresfur
What a silly goose.
” I was assaulted by a giant monster goose! It was at least the size of a … goose. And it was as wild and dangerous as a … goose. Ok, it was just a normal goose. But it was really scary!
I was just minding my own business, taking a walk while listening to music, when this evil being decides that I’m its mortal enemy and starts charging me out of nowhere.
Thanks to my vigorous training and extensive experience I managed developments in the situation in calm and stoic fashion: By shrieking like a girl and punching the critter on top of its head.
And then , not unlike a small child that has just kicked a ball through the neighbor’s window, I panicked and ran .” – Silly_little_pet
” Stalked by a mountain lion at a church camp. Walking along. Felt that eerie feeling of being followed. Heard it growl, watched it gazing me down from the bushes 40 yards off and then I sprinted downhill 20 feet to a cabin.
10-year-old me didn’t know to appear large and back away slowly. Fortunately a cabin was very nearby and the mountain lion wasn’t in maximum stealth mode .” – LightsStayOnInFrisco
” Was working in the Amazon and we had to sleep in trees during the rainy season because there was no dry ground. Woke up one night to the voice of my glitch netting getting torn. The other rangers had insisted I sleep with my machete in the hammock and I had chuckled at them but followed their advice. I have never been more grateful in my life.
A Jaguar was pawing at us from the branch above and we held out our machetes to keep it away. We didn’t want to hurt it but we also didn’t want a killing machine dropping into our hammocks. It eventually stalked off after get its paws pricked a few times.
Slept with that machete like a teddy bear the next 6 months .” – yeastybeast
” Had an Australian Eastern Brown snake rear up and try to bite me.
The Eastern Brown snake is the second most venomous snake in the world. Certainly got my heart beating faster !” – BunnyLurksInShadow
” I was camping in Australia with some buddies back in 2009. During the evening we spotted a dingo fairly far across a field, thought it was pretty cool( since we aren’t Australian) but didn’t think much of it, other than that.
After sundown we heard some motion not too far off, in the same direction of where we assured the dingo. We shined our flashlights out into the field, and saw multiple situateds of eyes, glittering, seeming our way.
We decided to pack up some of the things into our automobile, and chill out a bit in our tents. They came through our site, and then went on their way.
In hindsight, they were more than likely just interested in our food. But it was still fairly creepy .” – PabloSaladBar
An unfortunate Uber ride, but a very natural reaction nonetheless.
” Driving down the freeway and a spider drops out from the visor and hangs in mid air in front of me then merely vanishes in my lap.
I blacked out but the passengers in my Uber said I was hollering,’ We’re all gonna die’ over and over .” – SarcasticCarebear
” Woke up in the middle of the night to a burglar switch through my shit in my room while I laid in bed . Scared the piss out of me, so I laid there half for the purposes of the cover-ups, trying to slowly grab my phone , not knowing how I’d call 911 without the illuminate of my phone screen alerting them.
I didn’t want to die. My heart was pounding, lungs burning from trying to breathe softly enough to not be noticed.
I gazed at the darknes for a long time, listening to little movements of newspaper and trinkets.
It felt too long – why hadn’t they moved?
And then I realized that dark human-shaped place was actually a darknes being cast from my coat. It was always there. What the fucking was stimulating noise?
Goddamn it, a mouse .” – daitoshi
” Was strolling back from the tavern through a suburban street. About 1 a.m. Heard thumping noise getting progressively louder.
Stopped to look about and a kangaroo landed no more than two feet in front of me, after bounding over the high fence I was walking next to.
Scared the shit out of me .” – GJacks7 5
” I’m from Florida and I was volunteering at a local nature conservancy. One of our chores was to remove fallen logs that were blocking up a creek after a big storm.
The creek was about chest deep, 15 feet wide, and opaque brown( Many Florida freshwater routes are browns b/ c of tannins leached into the river from trees ).
As I’m moving logs I notice a 12 ft. alligator on the embankment I hadn’t noticed before. It then slid into the creek I was in. I was with a land manager who was moving logs with me, and a herpetologist( who was in the canoe ).
I asked them what to do and they reacted ,” Well, those logs aren’t gonna move themselves, and that gator’s probably just trying to get away from us .”
Still, expending 30 minutes in a creek you can’t see anything, knowing there’s an alligator lurking near your feet, moving logs WHICH LOOK LIKE ALLIGATORS was one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done .” – A_sweet_boy
” I get charged by a shire stallion who was in full play mode! Thankfully my pony( who I had a very strong bond with) grabbed my jumper and tucked me behind him whilst he stuck his ears back and reared and struck out as a warn at this shire.
The shire objective up skidding past and fly bucking before running off and vexing someone else. I have never felt such a gasps crapping and awe-filled moment like that at the same time.
The thundering audio of that shire stimulating his style down the field was like something out of Jurassic Park .” – Horseshoesandkicks