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15 Animals Whose Adorable Appearance Disguises Just How Dangerous They Really Are

Most animals are pretty wonderful, but some are definitively cuter than the rest. Obviously, puppies and kittens are way up there, but a lot of the cutest animals still need good defense mechanisms. Being out in the wild means that predators might come after them at any moment. Even though their big eyes and soft fur is cute to us, to a hungry animal it still looks like lunch.

These 15 animals may look like they are super cute, but you really shouldn't mess with them. Their adorable faces are really just a big trick, they are actually capable of a lot more than you'd give them credit for.

Elephants

Elephants may look like they are calm giants, but in reality they aren't afraid to use their size as a weapon. They are known to throw rocks with their trucks so hard that it can actually kill people. While some zookeepers say it's rare, it's not as though you can really stop them from doing it if they wanted to.

Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees may be one of the cutest creatures on this list, but they are incredibly dangerous. They are ridiculously strong. Their arm strength is about five times the amount of an average human man. They also have sharp teeth and aren't afraid to get a big bite in if they need too. Another problem with the primate family is that because their genes are so similar to ours, they carry a lot of diseases that humans can catch.

Wombats

Wombats are cute creatures, but their body is built for fighting. They have strong back legs that they use to kick others when they are feeling territorial. If that isn't working, they also have incredibly thick hide on their rear that shields them from bites. If something tries to pull them out of their burrow, they will grab it with their back legs and crush it against the ceiling using their rear. Not the best way to go...

Giant Anteater

Anteaters actually have huge claws and crazy strong muscles. They are capable of shredding through human skin as if it is paper. In most cases of anteater attacks, they will go right for the femoral artery in the groin because they somehow know that it's the worst way to die.

Moose

Did you know you are more likely to be attacked by a moose than a bear? It's due to the fact that some places have a much higher population of moose than bear. They tend to get aggressive during their mating season and they are a lot faster than you'd think too. They can run 35 miles per hour and has strong legs that you really don't want to be kicked by.

Pufferfish

Their cute little faces are all a big lie. They are actually the second-most poisonous vertebrate on Earth. They give off a venom that will paralyze your diaphragm, and there is no cure.

Dingo

Australian Reptile Park

Dingos are an adorable wild dog, but they are territorial and excellent hunters. They have been known to hunt humans if they have to, and honestly, you really don't want to be in that situation.

Dolphins

Dolphins aren't the sweet little creatures you may have thought. They are actually actually a fairly violent animal that tends to rape and kill other dolphins regularly. As for humans, they have been known to use their speed as a weapon and hit people hard with their noses before drowning them.

These aren't the only animals you have to worry about...

Duck-Billed Platapus

The duck-billed platapus looks like a goofy monster, but it actually has ankle spurs that have enough venom to kill small animals. It wouldn't kill a human, but it'll cause you a lot of pain.

Red Foxes

Foxes can actually be just as vicious as a wolf, just smaller and stealthier. They also are capable of hunting small children like they were prey.

Leopard Seal

Leopard seals are not messing around. They might look cute but they will jump out of the water and chase humans on the ice if they feel like it. They also are known to bite people and try to drag them into the water. They have even been known to attack inflatable boats, so much so that they had to build protective guards so the boats won't puncture.

Bears

Obviously ever knows that bears are dangerous, even though they are super cute. Even pandas who seem like enormous goof balls are capable of mauling a human if they wanted to.

Wolverine

The X-Men character, Wolverine, has his name for a reason. The aggressive animal has powerful claws that are capable of taking out a moose, so a human would be basically nothing to it.

Cuttlefish

These aren't actually fish, they are mollusks, but no matter what they are they are dangerous. They use tentacles to secure their prey and their muscles contain a highly toxic venom that you absolutely don't want to deal with.

Slow Loris

This little guy might look cute, but it actually has a completely insane defense mechanism that you should be cautious about. Their elbows have a special gland that holds a toxin that can cause an anaphylactic shock.

Did you realize that all these animals were so deadly?

Tanya has been writing for Shared for two years. She spends too much time thinking about dogs, Marvel movies, and ice cream. You can reach me at tanya@shared.com