13+ Times Mother Nature Almost Gave Us a Heart Attack
November 30, 2022
Penelope Trent

There’s no doubt that the natural world is full of breathtaking beauty and wonder. At the same time, Mother Nature nature has a scary side! As much as planet earth can make us gasp in awe, she can also make us shriek in fear. From organic optical illusions to freaky natural phenomena, these photos capture environmental encounters that were less like a nature documentary and more like a horror film.

Does “an eye for an eye” apply in the animal kingdom?

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This lion got the nickname “Scarface” after surviving an encounter with a Maasai warrior defending his herd of cattle. A wound like this might be fatal under regular circumstances, but conservancy vets nursed him back to health and sent him back to the wild. He might have lost his eye, but hopefully this lion didn’t lose his pride.