There are just some occasions when you should not judge a book by its cover. When looks can be deceiving sometimes it’s best to learn about what’s out there without completely losing your mind and bursting into tears out of fear for your life. Here are some examples of creatures that are just as afraid of you, as you are of them.
Pictured above, these bat-looking creatures are the world’s largest nocturnal primate and can be found in Madagascar. With their bushy tails and big eyes, their dark color and slim fingers, they appear to be frightening and some would say evil. The irony is that these creatures are completely harmless. It’s the long middle finger of the aye-aye that helps it make its way across tree branches and to pick insects beneath the bark of trees, which is what their diet consists of. So, as it turns out, these fruit-eating animals pose absolutely no harm to humans. The only thing you will need to be concerned about is the legend that comes attached to coming face to face with an aye-aye. If they are to point a finger at you, it’s said you will be met with the end of your existence.
Giant African Millipede
This is one of the largest millipedes. It grows to be about 15 inches in length and over 2 inches in circumference. It has somewhere around 256 legs although that can vary. As scary as this creature is to some, it’s commonly kept as a pet. You can find it mainly in forests in Africa, anywhere from Mozambique to Kenya. They live to be about 5 to 7 years old and the only real danger they pose, if threatened — they can secrete an irritating liquid from their body that can be harmful if it gets near your eyes or mouth. As scary as it looks, not to worry– they feed on decomposing vegetation and organic materials.
Yes, believe it or not, sharks make the list of harmless creatures. Although frightening is the sight of a basking shark, especially with its mouth wide-open, it’s more of just a scare than a real danger. Basking sharks are actually filter feeders. Their diet consists of zooplankton and even if they felt like eating you they can’t. Not only are they completely harmless to people, but if you ever do come across one they are even known to be tolerant of your company.
That’s right, these bats have gotten a bad reputation for years but are not about to suck the blood of humans. Although they can be scary and evil-looking, live in dark caves, hollow trees, and only come out at night, they are sweet creatures that are known to even adopt another bat’s young if need be. Their diet consists of mostly blood, yes, but they prefer to feed on cattle, goats, and birds. At the same time, they never suck enough blood to cause death. If by chance you should ever be bitten by a vampire bat, please don’t worry. You will not be turning into a nocturnal creature yourself.
Goliath Bird Eater
The sight of this creepy-crawly tarantula is enough to send anybody off running and screaming for their life. Native to the rain forest of South America, this is actually one of the largest species of spiders in the entire world. However scary it might seem; the spider’s diet only consists of insects. Take away the size of its fangs, and its spider-esque “ick” factor, this creature is actually harmless and known to even be passive towards humans. In fact, some humans find this tarantula so sweet; they even will keep them as pets.
A vulture’s sheer wingspan alone can be awfully terrifying. But the truth about these birds is that although they seem aggressive, they don’t actually attack any live human beings. They have sharp beaks and claws but they only use them on dead carcasses. They fly higher than any bird, sometimes at 37,000 feet. They’ve also been known to travel great lengths when they’re in need of food. They have an iron stomach, which they need, seeing that most of their diet consists of bones.
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