The hazardous wildlife in France you need to watch out for
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The hazardous wildlife in France you need to watch out for

In general France's animals are considerably less dangerous than its motorists, but the country is home to several species that you need to beware of - from wolves and bears to spiders and ticks. Here's what you should watch out for in the French countryside.

France’s Asterix park to shut down dolphin show

France’s Asterix park to shut down dolphin show

Groin groin, coin coin and meuh – The weird things French animals say

Groin groin, coin coin and meuh – The weird things French animals say

France seeks killer of bear shot in Pyrenees

France seeks killer of bear shot in Pyrenees

France’s wolf population rises once again

France’s wolf population rises once again

Why seagulls are leaving the French coast and setting up home in Paris

Why seagulls are leaving the French coast and setting up home in Paris

This horse-killing bear is causing ‘lots of concern’ in Spain and France

This horse-killing bear is causing ‘lots of concern’ in Spain and France

Man held in mystery case of decapitated seals on French beaches

Man held in mystery case of decapitated seals on French beaches

French ham fans bring Hungarian pigs back from the brink

French ham fans bring Hungarian pigs back from the brink

French farmers furious over plans to release more bears in the Pyrenees

French farmers furious over plans to release more bears in the Pyrenees

Marine parks celebrate as France overturns ban on captive dolphin breeding

Marine parks celebrate as France overturns ban on captive dolphin breeding

‘Bone eaters’ are back: Europe’s largest vultures return to French Alps

‘Bone eaters’ are back: Europe’s largest vultures return to French Alps

Paris vows to ban use of wild animals in circuses

Paris vows to ban use of wild animals in circuses

VIDEO: France’s presidential pooch caught peeing on ornate Elysee fireplace

VIDEO: France’s presidential pooch caught peeing on ornate Elysee fireplace

Half-starved lion cub found abandoned in Paris flat

Half-starved lion cub found abandoned in Paris flat

Parisians fight for pigeons’ rights as mayor plans to deploy falcons

Parisians fight for pigeons’ rights as mayor plans to deploy falcons

Frenchwoman cleared after stabbing neighbour’s dog to death to save her cat

Frenchwoman cleared after stabbing neighbour’s dog to death to save her cat

Deadly sea creatures wash up on Brittany’s beaches

Deadly sea creatures wash up on Brittany’s beaches

French researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for investigating whether cats are both solid and liquid

French researchers win ‘funny Nobel’ for investigating whether cats are both solid and liquid

Paris hires falcons to beat pigeon plague

Paris hires falcons to beat pigeon plague

VIDEO: Police free 130 cats kept in one-room Paris apartment

VIDEO: Police free 130 cats kept in one-room Paris apartment

Noisy cows spark outcry from British homeowners in French Alps

Noisy cows spark outcry from British homeowners in French Alps

Debate over Pyrenean bears leads to death threats

Debate over Pyrenean bears leads to death threats

Noisy cockerel causes legal row in southern France

Noisy cockerel causes legal row in southern France

At least nine dogs dead after swimming in ‘toxic’ River Loire

At least nine dogs dead after swimming in ‘toxic’ River Loire

Eleven truly bizarre French animal-related idioms explained

Eleven truly bizarre French animal-related idioms explained

Mexican tiger cub named after French striker Gignac

Mexican tiger cub named after French striker Gignac

Four runaway camels have been tracked down in northern France

Four runaway camels have been tracked down in northern France

Police search for possible lioness roaming French countryside

Police search for possible lioness roaming French countryside

French mayor eats rat after losing football bet

French mayor eats rat after losing football bet

French researchers discover baboons can say ‘wahoo’… and other vowel sounds

French researchers discover baboons can say ‘wahoo’… and other vowel sounds

Has a French mayor found the solution to the problem of dog poo?

Has a French mayor found the solution to the problem of dog poo?

Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry

Bear taken to disco in Brittany and internet gets very angry

Frenchman, 94, killed in attack by rampaging sheep

Frenchman, 94, killed in attack by rampaging sheep

The ‘most dangerous’ animals you can find in France

The ‘most dangerous’ animals you can find in France

French hikers end in hospital after hornets launch sting

French hikers end in hospital after hornets launch sting

French cows die after eating all winter stock in one night

French cows die after eating all winter stock in one night

French group releases rabbit video to urge angora ban

French group releases rabbit video to urge angora ban

France goes ape over club’s ‘zoo night’ with caged tigers

France goes ape over club’s ‘zoo night’ with caged tigers

French Riviera’s Marineland accused of ‘mistreating orcas’

French Riviera’s Marineland accused of ‘mistreating orcas’

France confirms first case of mad cow disease since 2011

France confirms first case of mad cow disease since 2011

Wolf appears on the slopes at French Alps ski resort

Wolf appears on the slopes at French Alps ski resort

171 dead animals found on French farm

171 dead animals found on French farm

Warning: this video may put you off foie gras forever

Warning: this video may put you off foie gras forever

The ‘alien species’ France must wipe out

The ‘alien species’ France must wipe out

French thieves steal Portuguese team’s boots

French thieves steal Portuguese team’s boots

Ten whales found stranded on Calais beach

Ten whales found stranded on Calais beach

France opens abattoir probe after grisly video

France opens abattoir probe after grisly video

France set to slaughter Alps mountain goats

France set to slaughter Alps mountain goats

Panic over ‘poisoned’ pooches in Paris park

Panic over ‘poisoned’ pooches in Paris park

France hit by summer spike in abandoned pets

France hit by summer spike in abandoned pets

French pensioner freed after ‘sex with pony’

French pensioner freed after ‘sex with pony’

Rare baby tortoises found at Paris airport

Rare baby tortoises found at Paris airport

French zoo offers ‘night at home’ with polar bear

French zoo offers ‘night at home’ with polar bear

Chocolate-fed monkey terrorizes Marseille

Chocolate-fed monkey terrorizes Marseille

Cat returns after 1,200km trek across France

Cat returns after 1,200km trek across France

Flood-fleeing pheasants invade French town

Flood-fleeing pheasants invade French town

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu

Top French chefs want banned bird on menu

French zoo sees birth of rare Sri Lankan leopards

French zoo sees birth of rare Sri Lankan leopards

VIDEO: Boulangerie cat becomes star of the web

VIDEO: Boulangerie cat becomes star of the web

Frenchman kills cat for breaking Buddha statue

Frenchman kills cat for breaking Buddha statue

France to spend €3m on protecting Great Hamster

France to spend €3m on protecting Great Hamster

Wolves continue their advance on Paris

Wolves continue their advance on Paris

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats

VIDEO: Inside Paris’s first luxury hotel for cats

VIDEO: France’s feline version of Harry Houdini

VIDEO: France’s feline version of Harry Houdini

Cat-flinger video sparks outrage in France

Cat-flinger video sparks outrage in France

VIDEO: Paris set to get its first ‘cat hotel’

VIDEO: Paris set to get its first ‘cat hotel’

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Photo of the day: French ponies ride on trams

Farmer saves five-legged sheep with online sale

Farmer saves five-legged sheep with online sale

Drunk French friends take llama on tram ride

Drunk French friends take llama on tram ride

Ten treated in France after rabid kitten find

Ten treated in France after rabid kitten find

Air France slammed for transporting lab monkeys

Air France slammed for transporting lab monkeys

Tourist in France gored to death by runaway bull

Tourist in France gored to death by runaway bull

GALLERY: France’s first ‘cat café’ opens in Paris

GALLERY: France’s first ‘cat café’ opens in Paris

Farm worker goes deaf due to squealing pigs

Farm worker goes deaf due to squealing pigs

Testicle-biting cousin of piranha caught in Paris

Testicle-biting cousin of piranha caught in Paris

Endangered lion cub dies in French zoo

Endangered lion cub dies in French zoo

Endangered lion cub born at French zoo

Endangered lion cub born at French zoo

VIDEO: Rare shark born in French aquarium

VIDEO: Rare shark born in French aquarium

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VIDEO: Circus celebrates birth of sextuplet tigers

Bardot’s elephants settle into new royal home

Bardot’s elephants settle into new royal home

‘Miracle kitten’ survives 200km trip in car engine

‘Miracle kitten’ survives 200km trip in car engine

‘Snake charmer’ fatally bitten during viper demo

‘Snake charmer’ fatally bitten during viper demo

Animal rights groups slam Paris ‘cat café’ plan

Animal rights groups slam Paris ‘cat café’ plan

VIDEO: Rare panda looks for love at French zoo

VIDEO: Rare panda looks for love at French zoo

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VIDEO: Rare tiger cubs born in French circus

Man sets dog ‘Adolf’ on neighbour in racist attack

Man sets dog ‘Adolf’ on neighbour in racist attack

France declares war on the Tiger mosquito

France declares war on the Tiger mosquito

Rodent police launch war on Paris rats

Rodent police launch war on Paris rats

Blow for Hollande as Mali family ‘eats his camel’

Blow for Hollande as Mali family ‘eats his camel’

French zoo to turn Panda poo into power

French zoo to turn Panda poo into power

Sheep start new jobs as Paris ‘lawnmowers’

Sheep start new jobs as Paris ‘lawnmowers’

Bardot’s elephants set to receive royal treatment

Bardot’s elephants set to receive royal treatment

Paris trials ‘sheep’ option over lawnmowers

Paris trials ‘sheep’ option over lawnmowers

Outrage as diner shuns blind man over guide dog

Outrage as diner shuns blind man over guide dog

French pensioner faces jail over sex with horse

French pensioner faces jail over sex with horse

British coq rules the French roosters

British coq rules the French roosters

France promises inquiry into horsemeat scandal

France promises inquiry into horsemeat scandal

Wolves to be ‘educated’ not to kill sheep

Wolves to be ‘educated’ not to kill sheep

Bullet kills driver after ‘freak rebound’ off boar

Bullet kills driver after ‘freak rebound’ off boar

Dog suspected of mauling owner to death

Dog suspected of mauling owner to death

Two circus camels go missing in central France

Two circus camels go missing in central France

Princess offers to save Bardot’s elephants

Princess offers to save Bardot’s elephants

Hollande steps in to save Bardot’s elephants

Hollande steps in to save Bardot’s elephants

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Hollande refuses to save Bardot elephants

Bardot: save elephants, or I’ll go to Russia too

Bardot: save elephants, or I’ll go to Russia too

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Doomed elephants win Yuletide reprieve

Jailed: man who stabbed sausage dog with fork

Jailed: man who stabbed sausage dog with fork

Rare monkey born in French zoo

Rare monkey born in French zoo

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Drought hit farmers to cost a billion

Court fines family over adopted fox

Court fines family over adopted fox

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Bardot protests New Jersey bear hunt ‘carnage’

Custody battle over dog between former lovers

Custody battle over dog between former lovers

Diamond collar buried with Paris poodle stolen

Diamond collar buried with Paris poodle stolen

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Pet dog leads French murderer to police

Free chicks for French village people

Free chicks for French village people

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Missing python found behind stereo