Cute Animals You Should Never Hug

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List Criteria: Vote for the cutest animals who, oops! might hurt you if you try to cuddle with them

Animal lovers know the need to cuddle can be overwhelming, especially when there are big-eyed or adorably furry creatures nearby. Unfortunately, mother nature sometimes has other plans, as you’ll find below in this list of cute animals that are dangerous. Hard as it may be to imagine, there are predators out there who seek to harm the world's most adorable creatures, so these little guys have learned to equip themselves with features designed to deliver some no-so-cute pain.

Though many of the cute, vicious animals on this list aren’t the type to go looking for trouble, if trouble happens to find them, they aren’t shy about returning the favor. Other cute animals you shouldn't touch are on this list for less painful (but still terrifying) reasons. For instance, some of these cute little fur balls have awkward habits, including but not limited to: regularly self-bathing in their own urine and committing suicide if approached by an unfamiliar human. Regardless, by the time you’re done reading the fine print that comes along with these adorable little dudes, something tells us that your will to hug will be greatly diminished.

That said, there’s no reason not to enjoy the cuteness overload that this unique group of creatures. Though they may be better filed under “look but don’t touch,” the animals you’ll find here are definitely interesting.

Collection Photo:  Tambako the Jaguar
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    Maybe it was the whole Bambi thing that set them off, but for whatever reason, deer have been known to get a little wild when it comes to humans. Males in particular, who are conveniently equipped with horns, have been known to stop whatever they're doing and charge humans who dare come too close. 

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    Make no mistake, most of the time elephants are indeed the gentle giants you've come to know and love. Piss them off though and they're more than happy to remind you exactly how much more than you they weigh. In fact, elephants are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of unlucky humans in India each year.

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    Though kangaroos aren't generally the type that go looking for trouble, they're not afraid to show you who's boss. Though their arms can be utilized for punching, their legs are their most dangerous weapons. They are strong enough to disembowel an attacker.

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    Owls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
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    Though owls tend to be pretty shy and uninterested in humans, they do not mess around if you interfere with their nests or otherwise piss them off. Their large, sharp talons are not really the type of things you want to get up close and personal with. 

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    Though chimps raised in captivity can take a shine to humans, those born and raised in the wild are a different story. Chimps are actually fairly vicious predators who have been known to mess up unlucky humans in ways we'll leave to your imagination. 

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    Leopard Seals is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
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    Cute as he may be, this isn't really the type of guy you want to come across while snorkeling. Leopard seals not only regularly take out penguins with ease, they've also been known to go after (and even kill) humans.


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    Tarsiers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
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    Though among the cutest, tiniest primates in the world, the rare tarsier may not be the best target for a well-meaning hug. Though not outright dangerous, tarsiers bring a whole new meaning to "neurotic" and can't handle being touched by humans. In fact, their most common response to being touched is committing suicide by banging their thin skulls into trees. Yep, really.

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    Don't let the Bullwinkle facade fool you, the average moose can be super aggressive if provoked. In fact, they are known to be one of the most dangerous commonly encountered animals in the wild, and attack more people every year than bears!

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