Most people would put sharks and snakes on their list of animals to be scared of.
But in reality it's the family pooch or cute little guinea pig that's likely to leave us in need of medical treatment.
Ambulance Service of NSW figures reveal that five months from September 1, 2012, to January 31, 2013, paramedics treated at least 237 people across NSW for dog bites and attacks.
About 22 people were treated for incidents involving cats.
Guinea pigs also came in for mention, with two people treated for bite wounds.
Outside the home, horses accounted for 15 responses where the animal has either bitten, kicked or rolled on a person.
Farmers had their share of grief with nine incidents involving people being either trampled, charged or kicked by horses.
More obscure attacks involved stingrays, two attacks by sharks, a water buffalo and a blue-ringed octopus.
Paramedics advise that the puncture wound caused by an animal should always be assessed and cleaned by a health care professional.