Zoophobia is one of the most common phobias that can be found in humans and refers to the overall fear of animals, regardless of species. However, it is quite rare and is usually found in those who lived in big cities and did not have the opportunity to interact with any animals on a regular basis, unlike people who live in rural areas or who visit zoos since they were young.
However, the number of people who are afraid of a certain species of animal, such as fish, chickens and so on, is significantly higher than the rate of people who suffer from zoophobia. These types of phobias manifest differently from person to person. For example, there are people who can feel safe if they see these animals, but they are far from their habitat, while others can’t even watch them on TV and have nightmares. The most common phobia is arachnophobia (fear of spiders), but there are other lesser known phobias you had no idea that people have to deal with.
In general, medical experts define phobias as a type of anxiety disorder that causes an irrational fear of something – in this case: animals – and people experience extreme panic attacks and high heart rate when imagining or seeing a situation that involves those types of animals.
That being said, here are the weirdest animal phobias you didn’t know about. Read on to find out more info!