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15 cute animals that could kill you

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 4, 2016, 12:50 p.m.

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The elephant is often portrayed as a lovable giant, and animals domesticated by trainers and zookeepers can be quite peaceful. But if agitated, abused or if encountered in the wild, an elephant can be one of the most dangerous creatures in the world. Elephants experience unexpected bouts of rage and are known to be vindictive. In India, hundreds of people are killed by mistreated or rampaging elephants.

According to the National Geographic Channel documentary "Elephant Rage," some 500 people are killed by elephant attacks each year. "I do think that elephants are becoming more aggressive towards humans in very compressed areas where they are being shot at and harassed," said Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell, a biologist at Stanford University.