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List of the most horrifying defense mechanisms of adorable animals. It turns out, some of the most adorable creatures on the planet also have the most terrifying adaptations. It appears as though mother nature has blessed our cutest and most cuddly animals with the most heinous of defenses. It makes sense, after all, since it's all about natural selection and survival of the cutest.  

Who wouldn't want the blue ringed octopus to stay alive when attacked by predators? When those rings turn blue, you'll know it's ready to snap your butt off. If only humans were able to communicate this kind of thing without speaking. Same goes for the mantis shrimp, which is one of the cooler shellfish out there. But this guy ain't kosher – its appendages will slam into an enemy at the speed of a car on the highway. We see this with other members of the animal kingdom, like pottos and platypuses and porcupines alike. Don't be fooled by their fuzzy appearances and cute little faces... the animals on this list have some killer ways of, well, killing other animals.
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Duck Billed Platypus


Duck Billed Platypus is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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This huggable amalgam of species has sharp spurs on its hind legs that produce venom. Perhaps "duck billed snake" would be more apt?
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Hedgehogs


Hedgehogs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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The hedgehog rolls into a tight ball creating a wall of spikes to prohibit attackers. This would be a living nightmare for their enemies, but we still want to tickle them.
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Noble Hoopoes


Noble Hoopoes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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Its name is as lovable as its face, but consider yourself warned. A little birdie told me that the hoopoe dissuades predators from attack by squirting fecal matter at on-comers. 
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Crested Porcupines


Crested Porcupine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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The awesome looking quills that make these rodents cute to begin with can actually kill you! Still a sweetheart, before attacking, the porcupine warns predators by menacingly shaking its quills.  see more on Crested Porcupine
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Skunks


Skunks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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Sure, it mght be difficult resisting the desire to pet the softness of a skunk. But considering they shoot a noxious smelling gas out of nipples on either side of their anus, it's easy to see why they're not household pets.
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Northern Fulmar Chicks


Northern Fulmar Chicks is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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Don't get too close to this darling pile of fluff. A Northern Fulmar Chick will literally projectile vomit a horrible-smelling orange liquid on your face.
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2 people just voted on Dormice


Dormice is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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These cute little fellas are hanging onto their teeny tails while they can. Predators who catch their tales can detach them from the body, giving the dormice a chance to escape. 
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Opossums


Opossums is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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With mini, pug-like faces, opossums go into an involuntary comatose state when they experience extreme fear, giving the illusion that they're dead. So resist the urge to save the life of one of these guys!