Top 10 Times Animals Held Grudges Against Humans And Took Revenge

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Debate remains as to whether animals are capable of deep emotions like holding grudges. However, most scientists would agree that animals can have personality traits comparable to humans, so it’s possible that they can hold grudges. Of course, the question of just which species can hold grudges could open a whole new can of worms.

Lions have been observed apparently holding grudges against other lions, and cows have behaved similarly toward other cows.[1] Elephants have even appeared to take revenge against humans. Here are ten instances where animals apparently held grudges against humans and retaliated.


10. A Tiger Tracked Down And Killed The Poacher Who Shot It

The Siberian tiger (also called the Amur tiger) is generally considered the largest subspecies of tiger. They can easily weigh over 225 kilograms (500 lb) and measure over 3 meters (10 ft) when measured from nose to tail. They’re also excellent jumpers and can comfortably scale a height of 7.6 meters (25 ft) without breaking a sweat. Getting on the nerves of such an apex predator is a very bad idea and could have some seriously undesirable consequences.

Russian poacher Vladimir Markov found out the hard way after attacked one in the Russian Far East in 1997. Markov shot and wounded the tiger during a hunt, and to add insult to injury, he took part of its kill. The tiger didn’t forget, and between 12 and 48 hours later, it tracked Markov to the cabin where he lived.

But Markov wasn’t home, so the tiger destroyed anything in the cabin that had his scent and patiently waited for him to arrive. When Markov finally did, the tiger killed and ate him. To date, the incident remains the only time a tiger has been known to have deliberately tracked down a specific human and waited for him before killing and eating him[2]

9. A Pack Of Dogs Vandalized A Car Because The Owner Assaulted A Comrade

In 2015, a man in Chongqing, China, drove to his home one evening to find a stray dog lying in his parking space. Instead of shooing the dog, he proceeded to kick it out of the way before parking his car and entering his home.

The canine didn’t take the kicking incident lying down. It left but returned with more dogs, and they all proceeded to vandalize the man’s car. They used their jaws to make dents in the car and bit the windshield wipers. The man was shocked when he awoke the next morning to find his car full of dents. He only realized what happened when a neighbor who saw the dogs attacking the car told him.[3]


8. Truman The Octopus Shot Streams Of Water At A Lady It Didn’t Like

Octopuses are intelligent animals with good vision and the ability to remember things. They are also capable of holding grudges and taking revenge whenever they get the chance. There was the case of Truman, an octopus that used to live at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Truman took a particular dislike for a woman who was volunteering at the aquarium and would shoot a stream of water at her at every opportunity he got. The lady later left for college but returned for a visit few months later. Truman, who hadn’t been shooting water at anyone in the meantime, quickly shot a stream of water at her the moment he saw her.[4]

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