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15 cute animals that could kill you

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 4, 2016, 12:50 p.m.
Giant anteater

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Giant anteater

You wouldn't know it by looking at it, but this large creature feeds only on ants and termites. Its size is part of what makes it such a dangerous animal, but the true weapons are the powerful, sharp claws. If threatened, an anteater can maul a human and do an incredible amount of damage with just one swipe.

Anteaters aren't aggressive, but will fight back fiercely if cornered, reports National Geographic. A threatened, cornered anteater will rear up on its hind legs, while using its large tail for balance. It will lash out with its claw which can be four inches long. The giant anteater is ferocious enough to fight off animals as aggressive as jaguars and pumas.