This year my speech was about animals that we think are dangerous actually aren't. So I decided to call my speech Least Suspecting. While I was writing my speech, I was learning how to use different language devices such as exaggeration and or vivid verbs. The language devices I used were Rhetorical Questions: What do you think of when I say ‘dangerous creature’?, Vivid Verbs, Precise Nouns, Repetition: Ocean homes. Forest homes. Back-Garden homes, Alliteration and Idioms. For my speeches structure and content, I think my speech was well organised and it showed connection and flow between all important parts of speech structure and it connected to the start. It went OK because I got a few votes but I didn't get through to the Competition (just as well, I'd probably stop half way through).
Please click here to listen to my speech or read it below...
What do you think of when I say ‘dangerous creature’? Maybe the sleek tiger padding around in the jungle? Maybe the golden Lion stalking its prey in the Savannah? Or even the scaly Snake slithering around on the forest floor? If that's the case, then you're pretty mistaken. What if I told you that they all seem quite innocent? What if I told you that most of them aren't big or scary? And what if I told you that you see the most dangerous one every single day? What would you think then?
First of all, what do you think is more dangerous. Tiger or Donkey? Have a listen to this. Sometime before 1907, there was a tigress called ‘The Champawat Tiger’. In her time, she killed over around 200 men and women. The reason she was a ‘Man Eater’ was that her upper and lower canine teeth on the right side of her mouth were broken so she was unable to hunt her natural prey. Be aware that this is only one tiger, and not all of them are that bad. But then we have the ‘Donkey’. Between 2001-2007, 77 people were killed by donkeys in Australia only. On average, The Champawat Tiger could have killed 13 people per year. The Champawat Tiger was spread out over 15 years and Donkeys just 6. So who killed more? The Donkey. The innocent donkey! I mean, think back to Eeyore. How many people did he murder? Where do people get these ideas...
Secondly… What would you rather be in a cage with. A murderous leopard or a sweet Sloth Bear? Think about it. The leopard of the Yellagiri Hills was responsible for many deaths until it was shot in 1957. Before that happened though, there were three searches for it. As you might have guessed, 2 of them were unsuccessful. Finally the leopard was shot in the throat and chest, finally killing it. But… Ever heard of a Sloth Bear? Well, you have now. The Sloth Bear Of Mysore only had 12 victims who ended up dead, but over 2 dozen others were attacked. This is pretty gruesome, but those who died usually had their face torn from their heads. So pretty much all that was left was blood, flesh and bone. If you spread all the deaths or maulings out evenly, 2 people were mauled by the Sloth Bear for 15 years. Who was more dangerous? The Sloth Bear, of course.
How about poisonous Snakes or Doey Eyed Elephants? 21 people have been killed by snakes in AMERICA only in the last 6 years. The snakes were mostly Rattlesnakes, but there were occasionally Copperhead snakes. One man was bitten by his friends pet rattlesnake will helping him move house. Another man was bitten while pulling his pants up in Smithville, Texas. But when I say ‘Elephant’, do you think of a slow, loving giant? Think again. Elephants kill about 500 people per year by crushing them. What's more dangerous: Elephant or Snake? Hmmm? Elephant.
See my point now? These animal are dangerous but there are worse. Many animals aren't as dangerous as what we think they are. The animals that are dangerous are the animals we hardly know exist.
Take a Puffer Fish. Sweet as they may look in pictures, they are highly toxic. They are the seventh deadliest thing on this planet because when they go ‘Puff’ the venom in their spines gets injected into you (that's if you're next to one), paralysing you resulting in death. But… Everybody is afraid of sharks. There have been a total of 2,899 shark attacks and 548 of them ended up in death. The earliest shark attack reported was in 1989 so if we spread that out evenly, and average of 82 people were attacked each year. And each year 100-200 people are killed by Puffer Fish. Who kills more? The Puffer Fish. Of course.
What are people more afraid of. Mosquitoes or Spiders? The tiny little bug, flying around in the evening, biting people, spreading Zika Virus and Malaria around the world. These diseases have been responsible for what have been MILLIONS of deaths. Luckily, in New Zealand we do not have these diseases. But then if we think about the 8-legged creepy crawly that nearly everybody hates. The Spider. How many people are afraid of spiders? How many people do spiders kill each year? How are we supposed be afraid of something that in NZ, hardly any people are killed by it each year? In America, 6-7 people are killed by spiders each year. In NZ we only have 2 venomous spiders, and even then the bites from them are extremely rare. So why are we still afraid?
And finally… The most dangerous animal in the world… The face you see in the mirror each day. Yes. Humans are definitely the deadliest thing on this planet. Each day we destroy millions of homes to different creatures. Ocean homes. Forest homes. Back-Garden homes. We humans are destroying the planet even more every single day.
Now what do you think of when I say ‘Dangerous Creature’? Maybe the venomous Puffer Fish lurking around under the sea? Maybe the annoying little Mosquito fluttering around in the evening? Or even yourself? If that's the case, then you're pretty correct.