Automobile collisions with wild animals are a problem in almost every country. Here are 8 unique animal crossing signs from all over the world.
In the United States, most people are pretty familiar with deer crossing signs warning us to drive carefully in areas with high populations of deer. However, the United States is far from the only country to employ warning signs like that.
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However, the big difference between the signs in the U.S. and the ones in other countries is that the animals on them are often very different from the ones we are used to in the United States. Trust me, some of these animals are ones that you really don’t want to be hitting with your car. Yeah, hitting a deer with your car can really ruin your day, but hitting a polar bear can be much, much worse.
Click through the slideshow to see eight unique animal crossing signs from all over the world.
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Polar Bear (Norway)
These signs are relatively common in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. It’s best to heed them when driving around up there. If you hit a polar bear in your car and it survives the crash, you’ll have to deal with an angry bear that is more than capable of eating you.
Not only are species of rhinoceros endangered, but they can be quite aggressive when startled, as this guy found out the hard way. Be sure to give them a wide berth if you encounter one in the wild.
Moose Road Sign (Scandinavia)
Moose are encountered on a fairly regular basis in Scandinavia. Since they are very heavy animals that have long legs for their body, they can be extremely dangerous to the driver if one is hit by a car. Exercise extreme caution when driving in Moose country.
Kudu (South Africa)
This particular sign is in South Africa, but similar signs can be found all over southern and eastern Africa where Kudu are quite common. Like deer, they are quite active at night and automobile collisions with them are relatively common. The big difference is that they are significantly bigger than deer and hitting one can make for a really bad day.
Not only are Reindeer relatively large animals, but they often travel in herds. Found in the northern portions of Scandinavia, Reindeer are another winter road hazard that drivers should be careful around.
Bighorn Sheep (Western USA)
Found in the western United States where the Bighorn Sheep populations live, these signs aim to help protect the relatively small populations of sheep still in existence. Unfortunately, a significant number of them are killed in car crashes each year.
Roe Deer (Europe)
Roe Deer are relatively common in most of Europe. Though slightly smaller than whitetail deer, they will still do a number on your car if you hit one.
Invisible Cows (Hawaii)
Yes, this is a real road sign found on the big island of Hawaii. Even though they may appear to be invisible under certain conditions, an invisible cow can be just as dangerous to a careless driver as a visible cow, so exercise caution when driving around Mauna Kea at night.