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Adorable Animals That Can Destroy You

Cute but deadly. These adorable creatures worldwide are the perfect example of “looks can be deceiving”.

These animals are best enjoyed from afar or left in the wild, from puffer fish to hippopotamuses and kangaroos. Even the kid’s favorite stuffed animal, the bear, is not that friendly in real life. It will not only kill humans but hunt them down.

So next time you come across these following creatures, keep in mind how dangerous they are:

Blue-ringed Octopus

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A first glance at the blue-ringed octopus will create an impression of a tiny, adorable creature. Those beautiful, bright blue rings these tiny animals display on their body is not due to excitement. It’s a sign that they’re alarmed and about to strike.

Commonly found in coral reefs, the blue-ringed octopus paralyzes its prey with the toxin in its saliva before eating it. The venom that this little creature injects is so deadly that 1 milligram of it can kill a human.

The scariest part is that there’s no antidote for this despite being one of the most potent toxins on earth. However, some victims of a blue-ringed octopus bite were able to survive when intubated and put on a ventilator on time. According to a 2008 study, a 4-year-old boy survived the lethal bite after receiving intubation and oxygen from a ventilator within 30 minutes of being bitten.

Panda

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Don’t let their teddy bear-like looks deceive you. Pandas are one of the most adorable deadly land animals.

Due to the black patches around their big eyes, generous cheeks, snub noses, and toddling gaits, pandas remind humans of babies. As such, people typically consider pandas to be cute and friendly.

Pandas are not as friendly as their appearance suggests but are naturally solitary animals and do not like being bothered.

No matter how many adorable videos of pandas you’ve seen, it’s not advisable to approach them in the wild. Adult pandas are stronger than most men, and they have dangerous teeth and claws. Pandas rarely attack humans, but when they do, they are ferocious.

The panda is one of the cute animals whose facts can entertain people. If you would like more animal facts, click here to compare different animals.

Slow Loris

You may have seen videos of slow lorises being tickled on YouTube, portraying them as cute pets. However, experts advise against keeping these wide-eyed, nocturnal primates from Southeast Asia as pets. They might look adorable but think twice before snuggling up to one.

Bites from a slow Lori’s can be extremely painful, causing illness and even death in humans in some cases.

One thing to note is that the venom is solely a defense mechanism. These animals are usually non-aggressive and won’t bite unless they feel threatened. However, a bite from a loris is no joke. The glands underneath their armpit ooze toxic oil. When a loris licks those glands, their saliva combines with the oil to concoct the venom. And the imbued venom causes the victim’s flesh to rot away.

Koala

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People associate koalas with cuteness—so much so that it’s difficult to imagine them as dangerous. They can easily win over both children’s and adults’ hearts with one look.

Koalas are ferocious fighters that can inflict serious damage when provoked. The good news is that they won’t attack unless they feel threatened. Human invasion and any threat to their young can make them aggressive, attacking with their sharp, dagger-like claws or inflicting serious damage with their powerful hind legs.

Polar Bear

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If captured when young, you can tame bears easily, and they are commonly used in circus animal acts. As such, people often consider bears harmless and tame. However, several bear species are known for being highly aggressive. And polar bears top the list among those deadly ones.

There is something about polar bears’ furry bodies, their long muzzle, and cute facial expression that humans find adorable. But polar bears are expert hunters and vicious at it, so it’s best to keep a respectable distance and admire them from afar.

Known as the largest carnivores on land, polar bears are especially dangerous to humans in their territory. Female polar bears rarely attack unless to protect the cubs. A study by the Wildlife Society bulletin revealed that the starved adult male polar bears are more likely to attack humans.

Anteaters

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It’s hard to imagine the timid-looking long-nosed creature as a killer. But despite their poor vision, lack of teeth, and bad hearing, anteaters can be deadly.

Though they’re not aggressive with humans, anteaters are territorial and can be aggressive when they feel cornered. A report reveals the details of a gruesome anteater attack that left a hunter dead in northwestern Brazil.

A cornered anteater will rear up on its hind legs and use its tail for balance while lashing out at an invader with dangerous claws. They have four sharp claws on both their forelimbs that can fight off large animals like a puma or a jaguar and inflict fatal wounds on humans.

In Conclusion

Most animals on this list will only attack when they feel threatened. You have nothing to fear if you keep your distance and give them their respect. But some will actively hunt humans for food. So, it’s best to appreciate their cuteness from afar.

 

Research

https://www.healthline.com/health/blue-ringed-octopus-bi

https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/species/giant-anteater

https://wildexplained.com/are-polar-bears-dangerous/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-polar-bears-dangerous

https://www.livescience.com/47113-anteaters-can-kill-people.html

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S108060321400115X

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