Be careful when coming into contact with wild animals
During the holidays of the eleventh, just past, many people went out and many of them chose to go out to enjoy the natural landscape. If we come across “cute” animals in nature, we can’t help but take a picture of ourselves.
However, do you know the risk involved in taking a photo with wild animals?
Insects: mostly harmless to humans
As a master of entomology, I often go to the field to collect specimens. When most people see insects in the wild, they will think they are poisonous, sting, and avoid them. But the fact is the opposite, they are actually a pretty safe type of animal.
Because insects and humans are too far apart, there are few comorbidities. When entomologists research in the field, most insects will be picked up directly with their hands. Only a few of them, such as wasps and venomous ants, cannot be caught directly with their hands because they will sting, but can be observed up close.
In general, most insects are harmless to humans, a small amount sting and bite people, but do not transmit disease; most insect diseases will not be transmitted to humans. There are only a few insects, we need to pay attention, such as mosquitoes and bedbugs, which transmit diseases by sucking blood.
Mammals: beautiful but high risk
Many people think that mammals are beautiful, but the truth is that they are quite dangerous. Because among all kinds of animals, mammals are closely related to humans, so the bacteria and parasites they carry are more likely to infect humans, especially wild mammals.
In addition, mammal hair is easy to contain dirt and the degree of dirt is beyond imagination. Hedgehogs sometimes appear in Beijing, and many people can’t help but keep them up when they see it. But if you look at it, you will find that many wild hedgehogs are covered in ticks. These insects will crawl down and bite people, spreading forest encephalitis and other diseases.
There is also a common mammal, the bat, which looks small, exquisite and very beautiful, but in fact is the host of a variety of viruses, such as the rabies virus and the “SARS” virus. Therefore, even professionals should wear gloves when catching bats.
Marine life: Do not touch anything underwater
We talk about how to get in touch with marine life. I recommend a simple method: when you walk on the beach, just touch common things; when swimming or diving, do not touch anything.
When you walk by the sea, the species you can find are limited, they are usually intertidal creatures, such as oysters, shells, crabs, etc., as well as some small fish, most of which are relatively safe. However, there may also be individual fish on the beach, such as baskets, that seem harmless to humans and animals. In fact, each of its fins is poisonous and people feel distressed when stabbed. Therefore, do not touch unusual fish.
If you search, the responsible instructor will tell you: Do not touch anything, whether alive or not. Because after diving, the species that can be found are more complicated and the chance of encountering toxic creatures is also greater.
Not to mention that jellyfish and sea anemones can sting you. If you touch the coral reef with your hands, it also stings the polyps hidden inside. If you touch the poisonous rose raccoon, which is good for dressing up as a stone, you are likely to die.
In short, before we approach wild animals, we must first have enough knowledge about them and then we can decide how to approach them.
If you don’t understand it, stay away from them, don’t be a curious baby, just touch it east and west. (Source: Popular Science China)