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28 Cute Animals That You Don't Want To Mess With

List RulesVote 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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    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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    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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    Photo: Kaz / Pixabay / CC0 1.0

    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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    Photo: katja / Pixabay / CC0 1.0

    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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