Cute Looks Can Kill!

By Ruby M

It’s pretty safe to say that animals of all shapes, sizes, and species manage to capture the hearts of many. Especially when they have an adorable disposition. But while some animals may seem adorable by appearance, they can actually be quite deadly. Here are some of the cutest yet deadliest animals in the world.

  1. Slo Loris

A small, nearly extinct species of Asian primate, the Slo Loris is one of the most illegal pets to own. They might look cute and cuddly, but it is best to think twice before snuggling up to one of these little guys!

The small primate is one of the only venomous mammals in the world and their venom packs a flesh-eating punch! One bite can result in near-fatal anaphylactic shock and even necrosis in humans. An even stranger fact is that the most commonly bitten victims are other Slo Lorises. 

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  1. Golden Poison Dart Frog

Native to the Central and South American rainforests, the Poison Dart Frog is a tiny frog species. Their small size, ranging from 1.5cm – 6cm might make them seem adorable, but it is best to avoid them should you ever cross their path.

The most deadly of the species is the Golden Poison Dart Frog, which keeps its poison in the glands of its skin – making it too toxic even to touch. A single frog contains enough toxic poison to kill 10 grown men. The poison is called batrachotoxin, and even a miniscule amount entering the bloodstream causes paralysis and even death. The poison prevents nerves from transmitting impulses permanently, and this leads to heart failure within minutes. This frog’s toxin has no known cure.

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  1. Giant Panda

Their fuzzy complexion and kind-looking eyes might make you want a snuggle, but their looks are deceiving. Giant pandas, especially ones in the wild, have been known to deliver a rather nasty bite. Their teeth were designed to crush bamboo, so human bones are easy to break in comparison. 

It is also unsafe to presume that all captive pandas are friendly and docile. The truth is, there are many reported cases of pandas in captivity attacking humans with their brutal and sharp teeth. So, next time you’re about to go in for a cuddle, it might be best to admire them from afar.

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