Let’s face it; the overwhelming majority of animals are very cute. But just because they are extremely cute and innocent looking, doesn’t mean that they aren’t deadly. In fact, some of the most adorable creatures in the world are also among the deadliest. Today, we’re going to take a look at ten of them.
Thinking of animals that can kill us makes us think of carnivores that can tear us apart, like lions or crocodiles, or defensive herbivores like hippos and elephants. You may think that lions and elephants are cute. But right now, we’re only going to look at some of the really cute animals that hardly anybody would think were a threat. These animals can be deadly, aggressive and poisonous. As a general rule of thumb, if the animal lives in the Ocean or in Australia, you’ll want to avoid it! But despite that, there’s still more animals on this list whose habitats are outside those areas.
There are many cute but deadly animals that we could talk about today, but space only permits us to look at a small handful of them. As you look at these animals, you may have been won over, time and time again, by how cute they are, totally unaware that they can annihilate you in the most unexpected ways. A valid argument could be made that these animals use their cuteness to their advantage, as it allows them to appear un-menacing. But it’s only when you’ve been fooled by how cute they are that you finally realize their true nature. Fortunately, this list should give you a fair bit of warning! Here are the top ten cutest animals that can still annihilate you:
10. Puffer Fish
The puffer fish just might be the most adorable fish in the sea. If you’ve ever gone swimming in the ocean, you might have seen one that wasn’t inflated. Only on the internet do most people truly get to see the puffer fish initiate it’s defense mechanism, by puffing itself up. There is no doubt that this might be one of the cutest defense mechanisms of any animal in the world. But you still can’t fall trap to the true nature of the puffer fish; the fish is packed with poisonous neurotoxins that can bring death to people. Puffer fish are treated as a delicacy in some cultures, and when cooked, the intensity of the neurotoxins go down so that they only provide a light headedness to the people who eat it. But if you are inflicted with the poison when it’s not cooked, you’ll likely die a slow death of being paralyzed, then unable to breath and dying under your own weight. Do you still think that the puffer fish is really as cute as you once did?
9. Slow Loris
The slow loris is one of the most harmless looking animals on the planet, but it’s also one of the most venomous mammals. So toxic is the poison from the slow loris, that it is illegal to keep them as pets. The poison on the slow loris is released from the side of the elbows that the slow loris releases when it feels threatened. It has been known to cause death in some people.
That’s right, dolphins are included on this list too. Dolphins are some of the most fun sea animals to watch. They work together to have fun by performing flips in the sea, hunting fish and appearing to live an excellent life. Who can’t like dolphins? But the truth is that dolphins have displayed very aggressive behavior to other animals, such as working together to beat porpoises to death. They’ve also been shown to be aggressive towards swimmers and divers in the water; sometimes the dolphins are only trying to be playful, but end up doing more harm than good, by inflicting severe injuries on the swimmers. There have also been a few unfortunate recorded incidents of people who were killed by dolphins.
Chimpanzees may sure look adorable, especially the younger ones but at times, it is reported that they can be very aggressive. If you invade a chimpanzee’s territory or provoke them, they are known to respond with fists and teeth faster than you will be able to defend yourself.
6. Poison Dart Frogs
The poison dart frogs of the Amazon Rainforest are actually among the most deadly animals in existence. They can be told apart from other frogs for their bright colors, but the poison can kill someone in less than thirty seconds. In other words, if you merely touch a poison dart frog, there is a strong possibility you could die. The tribes of the Amazon even use the toxin from the poison dart frogs on their blow darts.
5. Duck Billed Platypus
Well, whether or not the platypus is ‘cute’ depends on the person. But no one can deny that the platypus looks funny; after all, it looks like a bunch of pieces of animals stitched together: apparently, when it was first unveiled to the public hundreds of years ago, many believed it to be a hoax. However, the male platypus actually has a deadly spike filled with poison that can cause severe pain to humans. The pain is reported to be so bad that it completely incapacitates the victim for months.
The anteater is another very unusual animal that only feeds on ants and termites. At first glance, it comes across as a very harmless animal. It’s notable long and narrow snout is designed for feasting off of the small, little insects on the ground and as a result, the anteater does not come across as a real threat to anyone. But the truth is that the anteater also sports a pair of long, sharp claws that are deadly to humans. People have been known to be killed by being disemboweled by an anteater’s claws when they provoked it.
3. Pfeffer’s Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Many of the animals in the world with bright colors are extremely deadly. The Pfeffer’s Flamboyant Cuttlefish is no exception, but what’s unique about this fish is that it is the only cuttlefish known to be poisonous. The poison, which is located in the flesh of the cuttlefish, shoots into the veins of the victims and spreads rapidly throughout the body. Cuttlefish sushi, anyone?
Okay, some people think that mice are downright disgusting. They can get anywhere in the house and cause some serious problems; it’s why we have to set up mouse traps with cheese sometimes. But domesticated mice that can be bought cheaply from the store are no doubt, very cute. But why are mice so deadly? It’s because it’s not uncommon for them to come with a number of fleas and other diseases that can wreck havoc on the human body, sometimes even causing death. After hearing this, you might plan on setting up more mouse traps.
That’s right, kittens are number one on this list. Why? Well first of all, no one can deny that almost every single kitten in existence is downright adorable. But many of them carry a deadly parasitic disease that gets passed down through generations. This means that if a mother cat had the disease, most of her kittens will too. People can get this disease from picking up cat feces in the litter box, which is simply part of owning a cat. But if you have the flu, are pregnant, currently taking chemo, or are positive for HIV, then this disease will wreck havoc on your body and cause extreme sickness, and in rare cases, even death. This is the perfect example of the old saying ‘death by cuteness.’