Animals

10 Cute Animals With Secretly Scary Behaviors

July 25, 2016

 

We’ve all seen those animals, “Oh my gosh! It’s so cute! I just want to cuddle with it!” Well stop it right now! Remember, that little cutie is a wild animal, so no cuddling. Also, you’ll want to make sure it’s not one of these ten animals that have some secret defenses.

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Sources:

Natures and Cultures of Cuteness


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3260535/
Pufferfish:
http://www.mdpi.com/1660-3397/13/10/6384/htm
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5879406/how-the-puffer-fish-gets-you-high-zombifies-you-and-kills-you
Poison dart frog:
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150422-the-worlds-most-poisonous-animal
Slow loris:
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-primate-toxic-bite-might-have-evolved-mimic-cobras-180952926/?no-ist
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3852360/
Are slow lorises really venomous?
Platypus:
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1874391908002066
Spiny mice:
http://news.discovery.com/animals/spiny-mouse-skin-peels-and-reseals-120926.htm
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7417/full/nature11499.html
Dolphins:
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160204-cute-and-cuddly-dolphins-are-secretly-murderers
http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1568539053627712
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1689180/pdf/9699310.pdf
Sea otters:
https://www.fort.usgs.gov/sites/default/files/products/publications/2183/2183.pdf
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235930282_Behavior_of_Territorial_Male_Sea_Otters_Enhydra_lutris_in_Prince_William_Sound_Alaska
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/217/12/2029.2.full
Ducks:
http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2009/12/22/ballistic-penises-and-corkscrew-vaginas-the-sexual-battles/
Moon snail:
http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/exhibits/marine-panel/moon-snail/
http://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2008/f/zt01770p040.pdf
Ladybugs:
http://beheco.oxfordjournals.org/content/24/3/723.full
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC524671/
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150506-the-truth-about-ladybirds

Images:
Pufferfish:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Diodon_nicthemerus.jpg#/media/File:Diodon_nicthemerus.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fugu_sashimi.jpg#/media/File:Fugu_sashimi.jpg https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pufferfish_(Butete).jpg#/media/File:Pufferfish_(Butete).jpg
Poison dart frog:
20100207-IMG_2610
Blue jeans frog
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APoison_dart_frog_229.JPG
Slow loris:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACaptive_N._bengalensis_from_Laos_with_6-week_baby.JPG
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sublingua_of_a_slow_loris_001.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Slow_Loris.jpg
Platypus:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3APlatypus_spur.JPG
Spiny mice:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sinaistachelmaus.jpg#/media/File:Sinaistachelmaus.jpg
Dolphins:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AScarred_bottlenose_dolphin_cromarty_firth_2006.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bottlenose_dolphin_with_young.JPG#/media/File:Bottlenose_dolphin_with_young.JPG
Sea otters:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASea_otters_holding_hands.jpg
Ducks:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABucephala-albeola-010.jpg
Team Oracle Corkscrew
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMale_and_Female_mallard_ducks.jpg
Moon snail:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ASnail_hole_(5633251669).jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Moon_Snail.jpg#/media/File:Moon_Snail.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMarstonia_comalensis_radula.png
Ladybugs:
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACoccinella_magnifica01.jpg
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P-14_lady_beetle.jpg#/media/File:P-14_lady_beetle.jpg

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