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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Hairy Frogs


Hairy Frog is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Horrifying Defense Mechanisms of Adorable Animals
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This delightful fuzzy jumper breaks its own bones, using the resulting spines as a weapon against predators. Nothing too cute anymore about a near-suicidal monster.
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Northern Fulmar Chicks


Northern Fulmar Chicks is listed (or ranked) 4 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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