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25 Scary Owl Photos That'll Definitely Give You Chills

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From Winnie the Pooh to The Legend of Zelda, owls in the fictional sense get portrayed as wise men with nuggets of advice, characterizations that avoid showing owls as they really are. Just a glance at scary owl photos reminds you of how terrifying these creatures are, and not just because they can Regan MacNeil their heads. While they may not rank among the scariest animals of all time, these avians manage to make their own mark in creepy owl pictures. These nocturnal predators gained a reputation of being both beautiful and terrifying, elegant and brutish, and completely mysterious. Their paradoxical existence makes them one of the most interesting animals in the world.

Thanks to the Internet, people are now slowly but surely beginning to understand that the Guardians of Ga'Hoole may have lied to them. Though photogenic when they want to be, freaky-looking owls often can't hide their sadistic, murderous nature no matter how much they try. Every mouse dangling from their mouths serves as a reminder the world would be much more frightening if owls grew any larger. The night is long and full of terrors, and owls only add to it.