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Most animals are cute and cuddly, but some are downright terrifying. And while we may not want to come face to face with them, in reality, many are greatly misunderstood. An online poll highlights animals that have bad reputations but, in reality, have many redeemable qualities. Here are some of the top contenders.

1- Vultures

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“The pH level of their stomach acid is the lowest of any animal in the animal kingdom. Its acidity is so strong it can dissolve any organism, bones and all, which helps prevent the spread of diseases,” offered one user.

2 – Rhinos

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“Rhinos, actually pretty gentle for their size. Hippos are the real a**holes,” someone said.

3 – Snapping Turtles

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“Snapping turtles. So many people are afraid to move them out of the road. Just pick them up by placing both hands on the bottom of their shell on either side of their tails,” someone said.

4 – Opossums

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One person said, “Despite the mean mug and demon-looking eyes, they are not aggressive and generally clean creatures.”

5 – Armadillos

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“Notorious for carrying pandemic-level flesh-eating diseases. In reality, extremely few are recorded to have said disease, which is easily treatable with antibiotics if symptoms even surface,” someone said.

6 – Daddy Long Legs

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“Daddy Long Legs spiders. They’re harmless, but they feel like they are crawling all over my soul,” one user confessed.

7 – Black Cats

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“One of the oldest superstitions is that a black cat is evil and will bring bad luck. Black cats have the highest rate of euthanasia (74.6%) and the lowest rate of adoption (10.0%) of any color,” someone shared.

8 – Sharks

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“Survived ALL FIVE mass extinctions, and we’re going to be the ones to wipe them out because a movie made us afraid and callous towards them,” another user commented.

9 – Bats

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Someone said,” Bats are one of the best pollinators in the world. They kill crazy amounts of bugs.”

10 – Hyenas

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“Hyenas are also highly intelligent animals with complex social structures and excellent memory,” someone said.

11 – Rats

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“Apparently, domesticated rats are intelligent, cuddly, and playful, among other good pet qualities,” a person said.

12 – Wolves

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“They’re always interpreted as evil and highly predatory to humans and livestock. The truth is they’re way more afraid of us than them, and attacks on humans are extremely rare,” a person said.

13 – Crows

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“In India, crows are unholy according to religion, but they are known for their remarkable intelligence,” a person said.

14 – Tasmanian Tigers

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Someone said, “Tasmanian tigers were all snuffed out for eating sheep. After they were all killed, it was discovered that their jaws weren’t strong enough to puncture sheep skin.”

15 – Bees

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“Kids are often scared of bees (adults too) because they sting, but bees are absolutely vital to growing fresh fruit,” someone said.

16 – Pigeons

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“They’re completely domesticated animals that were kept by humans for thousands of years until they were just dumped on the streets en mass once they fell out of usefulness,” a person said.

17 – Barracuda

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“Barracuda; as a dive instructor, many clients have a fear of fish. But they are really calm and mesmerizing to see,” a person said.

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