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.
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.
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.
A symbiotic relationship with anemones gives this crab its cute appearance of having playful little pom poms. But these pom poms can sting attackers… ZAP!
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.
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.
This beautiful octopus normally blends in, but when it’s threatened, blue rings will appear, indicating that it’s ready to bite. So next time you wanna pet a baby octo’s awesome tentacles, beware.
This huggable amalgam of species has sharp spurs on its hind legs that produce venom. Perhaps “duck billed snake” would be more apt?
Sure, you wanna hang with a Potto, but watch out for the vertebrae on the back of its silky soft neck. These spiky bones can cause real damage when the suddenly tough animal “neck-butts” any approaching threats.
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.
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.
This adorable-looking fish happens to be the world’s cruelest actor. It can mimic a sea snake, lionfish, and banded sole (all venomous) by adopting their colors and shapes.