Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Cute But Deadly Animals From Around The World
Most people "judge the book by its cover" when it comes to animals but that can be a fatal mistake. Some of the cutest animals on the planet are also the deadliest and if you plan on staying alive it's best you know which ones to stay away from. The animals on this list can kill you in an instant despite their cuddly appearance and most of them wouldn't give you a second thought after you were gone.
Top 10 Cute But Deadly Animals
- The Chimpanzee
- Blue-Ringed Octopus
- The Dingo
- Duck-Billed Platypus
- Puffer Fish
- Slow Loris
- Leopard Seal
- The Poison Dart Frog
1. The Chimpanzee
The movies love to depict Chimpanzees as cute little buddies that wear clothes and fetch you stolen goods but in reality they are nothing you should mess around with. Attempting to approach one of these cute little guys can leave you dead in a matter of moments because despite their small size they are extremely strong and vicious. One of the worse parts about a chimpanzee is that no matter how long it has known you, once you piss it off it won't stop until one of you is dead. There was once a case of a pet chimpanzee eating someone's face and then chasing a cop around his car until it was shoot dead.
Video Of A Chimpanzee Attack
2. The Blue-Ringed Octopus
The Blue-Ringed Octopus is a type of submarine animal that be found lurking around the tide pools and coral reefs of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It can be identified easily thanks to it's distinctive black and blue rings and yellow skin. For food, this octopus generally hunts small, crabs and hermit crabs because of their slow speeds. As a crab passes by, the octopus will pounce on it and bite into it's shell with it's powerful beak. When bitten, a bacteria that is powerful enough to affect a full grown human is released into the victims bloodstream causing nausea, respiratory arrest, paralysis, blindness or even death. When enraged the octopus' skin will change from a pale yellow into bright yellow while it's brown spot will darken with memorizing blue circles pulsating in them. This change in appearance makes look a lot more threatening and can convince other animals to stay way from the octopus without it needing to attack.
3. The Dingo
Dingo's may look like adorable prairie dogs but they act more like coyotes or wolfs and are one of Australia's greatest predators. Dingos aren't really known to attack human all that often, but it has been known to happen on occasion. What makes Dingos so dangerous is that they like to go after the smallest in the bunch, meaning children and toddlers. There has even been an occasion when Dingos stole and ate a baby.
4. The Duck-Billed Platypus
The Duck-Billed Platypus is quiet possibly the strangest looking mammal on the planet as well as being both cute and deadly. This eastern Australian 'mammal' lays eggs, has a duck's bill, a beaver's tail, and the feet of an otter. Besides all of the strange appearance aspects, what makes the Platypus even more strange is that the males are one of the only mammals that are able to secrete a poison. The poison is strong even to cause extreme pain to a human, so under no circumstances should you attempt to pick up or even touch one of these funny little critters.
5. The Puffer Fish
Puffer Fish have the ability to expand their bodies, like a balloon filling up with air, to attempt to scare off would be predators. Puffer Fish peaceful animals that mainly eat crustaceans and mollusks and only use it's spikes in self defense. Puffer Fish may be one of the cutest fish on the planet but that doesn't mean they aren't deadly, in fact these little guys are actually the second most poisonous vertebrate on the planet. Their entire body is covered in tiny little spines that inject a tetrodotoxin into the victims that paralyzes the diaphragm, causing them to suffocation. Did I mention that there is no antidote. That's one way to say hands off.
6. The Slow Loris
Slow Loris' are a small nocturnal animal from Southeast Asia and it's outlying areas, from Northeast India to the Philippines. They have a small figure with light brown fur and huge beautiful eyes like a Furby with a body. What makes them even more adorable is that when they are spotted by another animal or human, they actually cover their eyes with their hands like a baby playing peek-a-boo, because if it can't see you then you can't see it. The Slow Loris may look adorable because of their big round eyes and shy ways but they are actually one of the only poisonous mammals on earth. When scared it is able to secrete a venom from glands in its elbows that can cause anaphylactic shock. They lick their own elbows to mix the venom with their own saliva to make their bites lethal and some have even been known to give themselves 'cat baths' to spread the toxin all over their entire bodies.
7. The Moose
They make look like giant goofy deer but Moose are extremely dangerous animals because of their seer size and moodiness. A Moose does not have any special abilities like the other animals on the list but is still one of the most threatening of the bunch. Moose have also been know to attack for pretty much any reason, for instance if a moose is hunger and can't find any food it will attack anything it catch, simply because it is upset. They also have the ability to run at speeds up to 35 mph. And in case you were wondering that's faster then you.
Video Of A Moose Attack
8. The Cassowary
The cassowary is the second largest bird in the world and it can be found deep in the rain forests of Australia and New Guinea. It's body is covered in black feathers but it's head is made up of a mix of bright reds and blues (like a peacock). The cassowary is a omnivorous animal whose diet consists of fruits and seeds. What makes the cassowary so terrifying is that when it is disturbed the bird will enter into a "berserker rage" and attack you with everything it 's got. This flightless bird will run at you at high speeds, leap into the air slashing you with it's large claws. Claws that are so sharp, they can disembowel you or sever a limb with a single streak. That's right, this thing is pretty much a feathered velociraptor.
9. The Leopard Seal
Seals are by some considered to be the dogs of the ocean but they have never been in the water with a leopard seal. Like dogs, leopard seals are both bold and curious but the difference in the two animals is the way they treat humans. Dogs seems to generally like humans but seals on the other hand have been known to hunt people. In 2003, a biologist Kirsty Brown was dragged to her death by a leopard seal when she was snorkeling and it grabbed hold of her leg and pulled her under. If your swimming and you see a seal, get out the water.
10. The Poison Dart Frog
The Poison Dart Frog is a small frog found in Central and South America known for having bright skin colors and arbitrary patterns on it's back. These colors may be pleasing to the human eye but they are not commonly found in nature and is the planets way of tell animals to stay away. These little guys are able to secrete an extremely dangerous alkaloid toxin from their skin to harm anything foolish enough to try to eat them. There are several different types of these frogs and each species' toxin strength varies. The most powerful of which is able to kill up to twenty humans with a single secretion making it one of the most fatal cute but deadly animals.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2015 Ricky Rodson
Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on September 21, 2015:
Absolutely so happy to do it. :)
Ricky Rodson (author) on September 21, 2015:
Thanks For The Support!
Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on September 21, 2015:
Hi Ricky nice meeting you, what a terrific hub it was non-stop attention grabbing from the first word to the last, I look forward to reading more as you publish them. I look forward to following you. Linda