You might think these animals are cute, but they’re some of the deadliest on Earth.

From left to right: dolphin, polar bear, hippopotamusFrom left to right: alexxx1981/Getty Images; OLIVIER MORIN/AFP via Getty Images; Warren Little/Getty Images

  • Animals of all shapes and sizes may look cute at first glance, but many are dangerous.

  • The deadliest mammal in the world is the hippopotamus.

  • Insider has compiled a list of 10 cute but monstrous animals.

Dolphin

Dolphins swim in the Atlantic Ocean just off Atlantic City on August 28, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.

Dolphins swim in the Atlantic Ocean just off Atlantic City on August 28, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Dolphins may seem friendly, but don’t let their smiles fool you.

It is true that researchers have discovered several cases where dolphins offered fish or octopuses to the inhabitants of Australia and that they worked side by side with Brazilian fishermen. But dolphins have also been known to try to drown or forcibly mate with humans.

slow lories

Javan slow lorises climb the tree when released in a Mount Salak national park by International Animal Rescue (IAR) which were confiscated from private individuals or markets that sell them illegally as pets on 20 December 2016 in West Java, Indonesia.

Javan slow lorises climb the tree when released in a Mount Salak national park by International Animal Rescue (IAR) which were confiscated from private individuals or markets that sell them illegally as pets on 20 December 2016 in West Java, Indonesia.Jefta Images/Future Publishing via Getty Images

Slow lorises may look cuddly and adorable, but they mimic cobra snakes – and have venom and a bite that can cause anaphylactic shock or even death in humans.

Polar bear

Polar bears are seen during the expedition of the Turkish scientific research team near the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Ocean in Norway on July 23, 2022.

Polar bears are seen during the expedition of the Turkish scientific research team near the Svalbard Islands in the Arctic Ocean in Norway on July 23, 2022.Ozge Elif Kizil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

As climate change continues to threaten polar bear habitats, these furry creatures have moved into areas populated by humans. They are known to be deadly and attacks on humans have increased in recent years.

If you encounter a polar bear, using bear spray, carrying a gun, or stripping naked as a distraction are your best options for protecting yourself, according to the New York Post.

leopard seal

Leopard seal / leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.

Leopard seal / leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) in Paradise Bay, Antarctica.Arterra Group/Universal Images via Getty Images

Weighing up to 840 pounds, the leopard seal has rarely attacked humans. They are, however, the only seals known to kill other mammals, including other seals.

Panda

A panda climbing to the top of a tree pictured in its enclosure at Madrid Zoo.

A panda climbing to the top of a tree pictured in its enclosure at Madrid Zoo.Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images

Pandas can come across as somewhat endearing, peaceful and lazy, but humans shouldn’t get too close. They are slow, but their claws and teeth are powerful.

Momentum

Moose (Alces alces) bull foraging in heathland with birch trees in autumn, Scandinavia.

Moose (Alces alces) bull foraging in heathland with birch trees in autumn, Scandinavia.ARTERRA Group/Universal Images via Getty Images

Moose can reach a height of 5 to 6.5 feet (at the shoulders) and weigh up to 1,800 pounds.

“Moose are not normally aggressive; however, they can become aggressive when harassed by people, dogs and traffic, or when hungry and tired, especially in winter when they have to walk in the deep snow,” according to the Alaska Department of Fisheries. and Game.

Kangaroo

Kangaroos on the beach at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park on August 06, 2014 in Lucky Bay, Western Australia.

Kangaroos on the beach at Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park on August 06, 2014 in Lucky Bay, Western Australia.James D. Morgan/Getty Images

Encountering a kangaroo might sound like a great photo op, but the animals have become increasingly violent and aggressive with Australian tourists getting too close.

Hedgehogs

This photograph taken on June 16, 2022 shows hedgehogs eating in the

This photograph taken on June 16, 2022 shows hedgehogs eating in the park of the association “Les P’tits Kipik”, which campaigns for the protection of the species, in Orsay.JULIEN DE ROSA/AFP via Getty Images

Growing between 5 and 12 inches long with a tail spreading 1 to 2 inches, hedgehogs look cute in size. But when frightened or threatened, hedgehogs can spread their quills. The creatures are capable of biting humans and carrying parasites in their quills, although some people choose to keep them as pets.

Mantis Shrimp

Rainbow mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus).  New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea.  Solomon Sea.

Rainbow mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus). New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea. Solomon Sea.Avalon Group/Universal Images via Getty Images

These tiny and unique crustaceans are feared by the fishing community.

There are two groups of mantis shrimp – harpoons and smashers, which describe how they attack their prey.

Hippopotamus

A hippopotamus is seen with its newborn cub in an enclosure at the Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden in Guwahati, Assam state, northeast India, October 4 2022.

A hippopotamus is seen with its newborn cub in an enclosure at the Assam State Zoo and Botanical Garden in Guwahati, Assam state, northeast India, October 4 2022.Str/Xinhua via Getty Images

Hippos have earned the spot as the deadliest mammal in the world, killing around 500 humans every year. Their powerful bite can easily halve or crush a human to death.

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