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A video of a man punching a kangaroo has gone viral. To be fair, the bloke was trying to save his dog, but considering the RSPCA is investigating the matter, we can only assume people raised concerns about animal cruelty. Which begs the question: is it legal to punch a kangaroo, even if it’s in self-defence? Read on to find out.

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You might not think it by looking at them, but Bambi and his hoofed friends pack a serious wallop. Depending on the situation and time of year, deer and moose can be deadlier than a sharp-toothed predator. Here's what you need to know to keep those crushing hooves and sharp antlers away on your next US holiday.

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Australia has a reputation for snakes, but don't think that you'll be safe on your great American holiday. Out of the over 100 types of snake in the US, the deadly rattlesnake is one of the only ones that gives you a warning before it sinks its venom-injecting fangs into you. Still, plenty of people manage to get bitten by them every year. Here's what you should do if hear that rattling sound, and how to survive if you get bit.

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Of all the wild animals found in Australia, the crocodile is one of the most intimidating. Its scaly skin, reptilian eyes and sharp teeth make it look like an actual monster. The fact that they kill with a move called a "death roll" doesn't dissuade fear either. But with a little knowledge, you can avoid being croc bait.

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Mountain lions -- also known as cougars, pumas, catamounts or Florida panthers -- have razor sharp claws, can weigh over 90kg, and can run at speeds of up to 80km/h. These aren't your normal neighbourhood kitty cats. Here's what you should do if you visit the US and encounter one in the wild.

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Sharks don't really like the taste of people, but their poor vision and the splashing of beachgoers can lead to sharks confusing you for a tasty snack. Here's what you should do if you see a fin and the Jaws theme starts playing.

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Bear encounters are less like singing "The Bare Necessities" and more like, "oh crap, I hope there aren't any bear cubs around." Here's what you should do if you're on a camping holiday in the woods of America and run into a bear in the wild who isn't as friendly as Baloo.

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Picture the scene: You're on holidays in a heavily wooded area of Eurasia or North America. As the sun starts to go down, you begin to make your way back toward camp. Suddenly, a set of sharp teeth belonging to a snarling wolf appears in front of you -- and it's not alone. Here's what you do.