I like those top 10 lists that pop up in the media from time to time. You know – like the happiest Countries (Denmark #1) and Ten Most Depressed Countries (Moldova #1).
The world’s fattest nation overall is Nauru, a South Pacific island where 71% of its 10,000 population is obese. But, I’d never thought about the top 10 most evil animals until Time magazine published its list.
At number ten is the Asian carp, a nasty native of China, sometimes weighing as much as 100 pounds. When startled, they jump out of the water; attack fisherman and often cause the unfortunate angler broken bones and black eyes.
Next, the emerald ash borer, also of Chinese origin, destroys trees by the millions. This
iridescent green beetle has a gargoyle’s face. Unless the USDA intervenes, they have the potential to be a modern-day plague like the Old Testament locusts in Egypt.
Eighth place goes to pandas. Yes, pandas, that cute, cuddly bear beloved by small
children. Again, from China, these deceptively sweet looking critters are lazy, mean-spirited, and prone to abusing their mates and offspring.
I totally agree with number seven. The tapeworm invades the liver and digestive systems of other animals, with a preference for humans who unknowingly eat raw undercooked infected meat. They steal food while living happily inside the body without the host
even knowing it until there is an unpleasant surprise in the bathroom.
Few people had ever heard of number six until Meryl Streep’s 1988 movie “A Cry in the Dark.” Based on a true incident, it’s the story of an Australian mother falsely imprisoned for killing her baby. Later evidence showed a dingo had eaten her 9-month-old. Other reports of dingoes killing children followed.
Fifth place for sheer evil goes to locusts. Like number nine, the ash borers, they breed with wild abandon and turn to gang behavior. Aggressive swarms of locusts travel
hundreds of miles, devouring entire crops in their wake. Maybe you have read of their
infamy in Exodus 10.
At number four is the tsetse fly. Fond of human blood, this fast flying African insect
transmits the dreaded “sleeping sickness” to its victims. Untreated, the disease is often fatal.
The third most evil creature is the rat and its cousin the house mouse. They are disgusting, nasty, disease-spreading relatives. In the 14th century, rats were partially
responsible for the Black Death that killed 100 million Europeans over a period of 200 years; one out of three.
Evil creature number two is the human being. Hmmmm. I would have rated humans number one most depraved, twisted and malevolent of all God’s creations. The Time Magazine article published a gallery of the 50 most evil Americas. Charles Manson
is #1, and Scott Peterson is #50. Daily we hear about murderers, child molesters, rapists, war mongers, haters, con artists, and other evil people on this planet. I agree with George Bernard Shaw, who said, “Human beings are the only animals of which I am thoroughly and cravenly afraid.”
Drum roll, please…..
The most evil beast in the animal kingdom is the bedbug. About the size of an apple seed, they can drink up to three times their body weight in human blood. They’ve become especially prolific over recent years with infestation reports coming in from all 50
states. New York City, also known for its lesions of rats, had them in almost epidemic proportions last year. In Cincinnati one out of five residents have encountered
bedbugs personally. They won’t kill you, but when you wake up covered in pink, itchy blotches; you’ll probably wish you were dead.
Guest writer: Mary Ready, twice-retired English teacher from Destin, Florida