Weird Nature The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals  

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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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Noble Hoopoes


Noble Hoopoes is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Hedgehogs


Hedgehogs is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Mantis Shrimp


Mantis Shrimp is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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Fight club has a got a new member – and it's an itty bitty one. The shrimp mantis has club-like appendices under its head that travel up to 50 miles per hour, crashing into its prey.