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