Animal/Plant Cute Animals You Should Never Hug

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List Rules 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.

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The Slow Loris


Slow loris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo: Mark Dumont/flickr/CC-BY-NC 2.0

If you're looking for cuteness overload, look no further than the huge-eyed slow loris. Though their excessive amounts of cute have made them popular in the illegal pet trade, you're in big trouble if you ever come across one before it's had its poisonous glands removed. That's right: this unassuming little guy is one of the very few poisonous mammals in the world.

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Raccoons


Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo:  SHAWSHANK61/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Raccoons may be the cutest things ever to turn over trash cans, but most of them aren't afraid to show you their teeth if they feel threatened. In addition, their cute little paws are equipped with sharp claws that pack a definite punch.

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Giant Pandas


Giant Panda is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo: Freebase/CC-BY-SA-2.5

The undeniably adorable fluffiness of innocent-eyed pandas has made them the most beloved bears in the world. While pandas are normally pretty easy going, if they do feel threatened, let's just say they don't have a problem reminding you that they are bears and will attack you. 

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Hedgehogs


Hedgehog is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo: Jesus Duarte/flickr/CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

These little guys are among the few on the list who are actually very social creatures and can be super friendly if socialized from a young age. However, the important thing for you and your spiky little pal to keep in mind is that he is indeed covered with... well, spikes. Those things can do some damage if he doesn't have them folded down. 

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#13 on The Best Pets for Kids

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Dingos


Dingo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
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Cute? Yep. Furry? Sure. But make no mistake, this is not your average snugly pooch. Dingos are the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, and behave more like wolves or coyotes when it comes to humans. Though they are often shy and prefer to avoid us all together, they will attack if they feel threatened. 

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#165 on The Scariest Animals in the World

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Polar Bears


Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo:  robynm/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Not matter how thirsty you are, don't ask one of these big boys for a Coca-Cola. Though adorable, the polar bear is also the largest carnivore in North America and will not hesitate to attack if he's feeling inspired. He is a bear, after all.

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#108 on The Scariest Animals in the World

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Big Cats


Lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo:  IrmaB/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

No matter how cute they are or how much a resemblance they bear to your house cat, do not believe these guys if they tell you to come over because they only want to talk. By "talk," they obviously mean "discuss how tasty you are."

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#7 on The Scariest Animals in the World

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Deer


Deer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Cute Animals You Should Never Hug
Photo:  smarko/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

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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