15 Beautiful But Deadly Animals

8. The Leopard Seal

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Seals are cute! They have a sweet kitty cat nose, big dark eyes and those silly flippers that make you think that they might be an interbred of a dolphin, a cat and a calf into a blubbery ball of soft fury cuteness. However they are the wildest predator you can ever met.

Why deadly?

Yea you heard me right, they are on a tie with the Killer Whale for the top predator animals. Not so cute? huh? However they prefer a diet of fish and penguins and possibly other small seals but yes a hungry predator can go to any extent and would look at you like Tom looks at jerry as a drumstick when shipwrecked. (Source)

7. Bottlenose Dolphin

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This cannot be right. These guys save humans. Every other year or so, some diver or something gets lost out at sea, these guys bring them home. Dolphins have been compared to humans on a number of fronts. They are intelligent, communicate with each other, have the ability to learn, do tricks, play jokes, and can almost use their fins as hands. What’s not to love? Some people even believe they have special healing powers. Swimming with dolphins can be a therapeutic and enlightening experience. It may be their eyes, their smiling face, their playful nature or their intelligence, but dolphins have won their way into our hearts.

Why deadly?

Dolphins can be violent. Not only have they been known to kill and maim their own young, they also kill porpoises and play with their dead carcass for no apparent reason other than its fun. Male dolphins particularly show aggression towards human males when there’s a female involved. Why? Sexual competition. They may also drown your wife while attempting to steal her away and mate with her. In 2002 CNN reported that an amorous dolphin was targeting swimmers in Weymouth, England. Swimmers were being warned to stay away from the dolphin because “When dolphins get sexually excited, they try to isolate a swimmer, normally female. They do this by circling around the individual and gradually move them away from the beach, boat or crowd of people.” When dolphins get sexually aroused, they become rough. The swimmer may not be able to escape from the 400 lbs animal and drown. And in 1994, a male Bottlenose off the coast of San Paolo, Brazil, that was noted to be fond of female human swimmers attacked a pair of human males that the dolphin apparently considered to be competition and killed one of them. (Source)

6. The Raccoon

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What a sweet little bandit! Who doesn’t like a raccoon? Sure, they can be a nuisance when they turn over your trash or steal your food while camping, but their adorable little masked faces make up for all that. They seem so pet-worthy; if you could ever get a hold of one you just know you and he’d be friends forever. Seriously, they even smell daisies.

Why deadly?

Because they may attack the crap out of you. Raccoons without a fear of humans are a concern to those who attribute this trait to rabies, but scientists point out that this behavior is much more likely to be a behavioral adjustment to living in habitats with regular contact to humans for many generations. Although serious attacks on humans by groups of non-rabid raccoons are extremely rare, at least few such attacks have been documented. Raccoons usually do not prey on domestic cats and dogs, but individual cases of killings have been reported. (Source)

5. Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)

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Look at him. Look at that fur, those eyes, that playful grin. If that dingo was behind a clear plastic wall at a pet shop, we would take him home in a heartbeat. We’d name him Bandit and put a red bandanna around his neck and we’d take him out to the lake in a pickup truck and he’d hang his head out the window as we drove, howling along to the radio. If we died, he’d lie down on our graves and just howl away for the rest of his life because he’d miss us so much.

Why deadly?

That adorable little guy with the silly name and the gleam in his eye is, in fact, absolutely nothing like your blessed yellow Labrador-mix that was the only friendly face you saw all day in your childhood. No. That is a wild, as in untamed, as in feral, meaning thoroughly and completely–this is important–a dangerous and unpredictable animal. Wild dogs–are inquisitive, intelligent predators that travel in packs. Which means there are several of them and they all think “fair fight” means “we outnumber the hell out of you”. Dingoes often kill by biting the throat and adjust their hunting strategies to suit circumstances. Do not attempt to pet the dingos. Do not attempt to play with the dingos. Do not throw squeaky toys to the dingos or attempt to sneak scraps of food to the dingos from the dinner table. If a dingo follows you home, you should not keep it. DO NOT LET A DINGO PLAY WITH YOUR INFANT. It took 7,000 years of breeding and training to make your pet dog. This is not your pet dog. This is a dingo.

4. Chimpanzee

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They are almost like little people, aren’t they? Chimps have done everything from fly jet planes to sleep in the same bed as a former President of the United States. If you put a chimp in front of a camera with an action star, you have no choice but to prepare for a wild, wacky romp that will tug your heartstrings and tickle your funny bone until you vomit your entire digestive system in pure laugh-a-minute glee. They are the only mammals on the earth, with such obvious similarities as hands (with opposable thumbs), brain function, and facial expressions.

Why deadly?

Keeping an exotic non-domesticated animal is never a good idea. With all these similarities, however, it shouldn’t be too surprising that they also have the similar traits towards violence. Chimpanzees have been documented as having bloody feuds with each other, resulting over territorial or other differences. Countless “trained” chimpanzee pets have also been known to turn on their owner or friends, causing severe damage, such as mangled hands (torn off in some cases), shredded faces, broken bones, etc. One important difference between a chimpanzee and human, is their skeletal muscle structure. The chimp has as much as 5-times the strength of a human, leaving little hope of defending ourselves should one decide to attack. (Source)

3. Polar Bear

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Polar bears are also popular in fiction, particularly in books aimed at children or young adults. The beautiful polar bear has appeared in everything from cartoons, movies and television ads, playing soft, fuzzy, gentle creatures, who are as noble in their allegiance with the human race, as they are adamant in their preference to the taste of Coca-Cola beverages. Polar bears have evolved unique features for Arctic life, including furred feet that have good traction on ice and totally cute and cuddly. While a Polar bear sleeping on an ice berg with its paws clutched around it like a toddler holding their teddy bear is truly cute.

Why deadly?

The polar bear is the largest terrestrial carnivore, being more than twice as big as the Siberian Tiger. It shares the title of largest land predator (and largest bear species) with the Kodiak bear. The polar bear is the most carnivorous member of the bear family, and most of its diet consists of ringed and bearded seals. Although stereotyped as being voraciously aggressive, they are normally cautious in confrontations, and often choose to escape rather than fight but when it comes to danger the polar bear is an enormously powerful predator. Somewhere between 20 to 90 people are attacked each year by the polar bear. With no natural enemy, a male polar bear has been said to have the strength to rip a 12-inch thick seal clean out of a 4-inch hole, as if it were peeling a banana for breakfast.

2. Blue Ringed Octopus

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The blue ringed octopus is tiny and beautiful. Its amazing rings flash a rich fluorescent blue. An individual blue-ringed octopus tends to use its dermal chromatophore cells to camouflage itself until provoked, at which point it quickly changes color, becoming bright yellow with blue rings or lines. Should you run across this tiny vividly colored octopus, you may think to grab it to take home to your salt water tank.

Why deadly?

Grabbing it for your salt tank might be a deadly mistake. The blue-ringed octopus is 5 to 8 inches, but its venom is powerful enough to kill humans and there is no blue-ringed octopus anti-venom available. They pounce on their prey, paralyze them with venom and use their beaks to tear off pieces. They then suck out the flesh from the body. Once bitten, the fast acting poison leads to loss of sight, taste and touch immediately. Without quick treatment, the paralysis will cause asphyxial death because of respiratory paralysis.

1. The Slow Loris

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Never heard of it? Oh, well the Slow Loris is one of the absolute most cute, sweet, and shy mammals on earth. Its simply adorable! This endangered primate can be found in Borneo and the Southern Philippines through Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Southern China and Thailand. It can also be found as a pet, albeit an illegal one. Its big eyes, cute face, tiny little hands and slow nature makes it one of the disguised monsters. (Source)

Why Deadly?

Besides being one of the cutest mammals, it is very poisonous and venomous. By poisonous, the Slow Loris produces a toxin on the inside of its elbows through a gland, which if eaten, would give you quite an extreme case of stomach pain. They smear this excretion on their young, to help keep them from being eaten in the wild. Loris bites cause a painful swelling, and the toxin is mild and not fatal. Cases of human death have been due to anaphylactic shock. (Source)

4 thoughts on “15 Beautiful But Deadly Animals

  1. Just a note, the Dingo is the Australian version of a wolf.
    Yes they are very dangerous and smart.
    The dingo is one of the only, if not the only (other then humans), animal to have its young during winter, so it will be old enough to hunt and kill for itself by spring when all the other animals young are being born. Giving the young dingos easy prey.

  2. Guys they’re not that bad trust me, I’m an ausi, we keeo dingos for pets, my step uncle has like three.

  3. I knew about the Cassowary, but the other animals I didn’t know that they could do such harm to humans. The one that got me the most was the Siberian Chipmunk. I though that they cute animals that would like to be friendly to kids/toddlers or just be plain cute. This was good information to know and it will definitely help be careful with the animals I touch or I’m around.
    Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Fun Fact: Cassowary’s are the most dangerous birds in the world and I’ve seen them attack people. WOAH!!! They….. are freaks when they attack things or their prey!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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