Nature is beautiful, but it can also be deadly, and sometimes, just downright nasty. If animals could talk, they would spend most of their time calling us names and telling us to get off their land. The traits we think of as “cute” are often simply tricks animals have developed to get tourists to throw them food. Here are few animals that you’ll probably want to steer clear of, no matter how adorable they look on that wall calendars.
1. Dingo (Canis lupus dingo)
If that dingo was behind a clear plastic wall at a pet shop, we would take him home in a heartbeat. We’d name him Bandit and put a red bandanna around his neck and we’d take him out to the lake in a pickup truck and he’d hang his head out the window as we drove, howling along to the radio.
We can practically feel you trying to reach out a hand to give the Dingo a scratch behind the ear so he knows what a good boy he’s being but seriously STOP. That adorable little is, in fact, absolutely nothing like your blessed yellow Labrador-mix that was the only friendly face you saw all day in your childhood.
Wild dogs–also called wolves–are inquisitive, intelligent predators that travel in packs. Which means there are several of them and they all think “fair fight” means “we outnumber the heck out of you”. “And we’re ready for action”.