If you ever encounter an anteater out in the wild, there are several things you probably shouldn't do. 

A couple of examples:

  • Physically threaten the anteater
  • Put your mouth on the anteater (you don't know where that animal has been)
  • Set it on fire (that's pretty cruel and unnecessary)
  • Pick a fight with it
  • Anything other than "leave it alone"

They're wild animals, and they're likely to experience fight-or-flight reactions when they feel like their well-being is threatened. 

If you need any more convincing, here's what can happen when you don't leave the anteater alone...

How did he expect that to go?