Seconded. I wouldn't be surprised if fears of spiders had at least an innate component, given that a few subspecies do
have lethal venom, hence weeding out those without a fear of spiders through natural selection... but the sheer perseverence and hard work of these creatures, combined with the realization that they help control populations of the real pests (ie. flies) makes them very lovable creatures.
Not surprised birds are problematic. That seems to be a pattern by now; the Friend to All Living Things
page mentions birds as being one of the few kinds of animals Steve Irwin
of all people didn't get along with well.
Seriously, next time a work shows a cat killing birds, it shouldn't be in a Cats Are Mean
light, it should be in a Pay Evil unto Evil
edited 11th Jan '12 1:21:19 PM by HiddenFacedMatt
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