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15 cute animals that could kill you

By: Bryan Nelson on Feb. 24, 2010, 12:15 p.m.
Monkeys and apes

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Monkeys and apes

These animals are most similar to humans, creating a natural bond and some pitfalls as well. Some diseases carried by monkeys and apes can be easily transmitted to humans. Even a small monkey can bite, potentially transmitting a virus like hepatitis C. Larger apes, such as chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas are powerful animals capable of mauling a human if they feel threatened.