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10 scary animals that are totally harmless

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 25, 2010, 11:35 a.m.
A close-up of a vulture

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Vultures are often demonized because of their frightening appearance, intimidating wing span and the inappropriate habit of only showing up when there's a dead carcass lying around, but they're completely harmless — as long as you're alive and kicking.

These scavengers have sharp beaks and razor-like talons, but they don't use these tools to kill prey. These birds are among the largest flying animals in the world. Watching a vulture soar above the world's mighty canyons can be a truly majestic experience.