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What are the odds?

Between 1990 and 2006, 17 adults and children in the United States were fatally mauled by captive big cats, according to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Web site. According to Responsible Exotic Animal Ownership, an animal owners' rights group, your lifetime odds of getting killed by a big cat is 1 in 4,000,000. You're more likely to meet a pit bull or a bee.

The National Safety Council listed these animal-related accidental deaths for 2003, the latest year available, and lifetime odds of dying these ways:

32

Bitten or struck by dog; lifetime odds, 1 in 117,127

78

Bitten or struck by other mammals (including horses and cattle); lifetime odds, 1 in 48,052

2

Contact with venomous snakes and lizards; lifetime odds, 1 in 1,874,034

66

Contact with hornets, wasps and bees; lifetime odds, 1 in 56,789

101

Animal rider or occupant of animal-drawn vehicle; lifetime odds, 1 in 37,110

Other causes of accidental death in 2003

3,306

Accidental drowning; lifetime odds, 1 in 1,134

15,797

Car accident; lifetime odds, 1 in 237

1,588

Falling from stairs and steps; lifetime odds, 1 in 2,360

11,920

Assault by firearm; lifetime odds, 1 in 314

47

Struck by lightning; lifetime odds, 1 in 79,746

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