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10 traumatic phobias inspired by nature

By: Sidney Stevens on May 10, 2012, 12:02 p.m.
growling grizzly bear (agrizoophobia)

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OK, most of us don’t relish the thought of being stalked by a man-eating tiger or torn limb from limb by a grizzly bear. In fact, you might think that a fear of wild animals just makes good survival sense. However, agrizoophobia goes well beyond setting healthy boundaries between you and nature’s most ferocious beasts. Many sufferers can’t go to a zoo, own a pet, or even watch a nature show without being overcome by terror. And for some, even small, relatively harmless beasts have the power to bring on the willies. Zemmiphobes, for instance, can’t abide the sight of naked mole rats with their wrinkled hairless skin, teeny eyes, and large, curved front teeth.