Not everything in nature is as beautiful or as hilarious as we're mostly used to. It has a dark side, too, and I'll completely understand if this list by Bored Panda forces you to build a pillow-fort in your living room and avoid going outside for a week.

From a mama centipede protecting its babies to a wasp colony building a nest around a discarded doll, these pictures feature some of the scariest things Mother Earth has to offer. Scroll down to test how brave you are, and vote for your favorite entries.

#1

This Lava Pit Looks Like It's Sucking The Souls Of The Damned Into Hell

This Lava Pit Looks Like It's Sucking The Souls Of The Damned Into Hell

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John L
Community Member
3 years ago

Where's Dante when we really need him. :D

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#2

Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

Hermit Crab Using A Discarded Doll Head For A Shell

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Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

As I've always had a fear of dolls,this is terrifying. ..Can you imagine this head moving across your path?

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#3

Wasps Build Nest Around A Discarded Child's Doll

Wasps Build Nest Around A Discarded Child's Doll

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Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

Jesus....This is even worse then the Hermit Crab.

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#4

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning. The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To F*cking Life

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning. The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To F*cking Life

9999monkeys Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Sounds like something that's possible only in cartoons. ♥

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#5

An Abandoned Hornet's Nest My Dad Found In His Shed That He Hadn't Been In For A Couple Years. The Head Is Apart Of A Wooden Statue It Fused With

An Abandoned Hornet's Nest My Dad Found In His Shed That He Hadn't Been In For A Couple Years. The Head Is Apart Of A Wooden Statue It Fused With

CountBubs Report

#PugLife
Community Member
3 years ago

That is HORRIFYING.

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#6

Mama Centipede Protecting Her Babies

Mama Centipede Protecting Her Babies

gDisasters Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

Mama nope protecting her little nopes.

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#7

Somebody Responsible For The Lake Found The Fox (Which Drowned) In The Ice, Cut Him Out And Put Him Back On The Ice To Keep People Off The Ice

Somebody Responsible For The Lake Found The Fox (Which Drowned) In The Ice, Cut Him Out And Put Him Back On The Ice To Keep People Off The Ice

3urny Report

#PugLife
Community Member
3 years ago

Certainly beats a wooden sign.

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#8

Cymothoa Exigua Is A Type Of Parasite That Enters Fish's Gills, Eats Their Tongue, And Then Replaces It

Cymothoa Exigua Is A Type Of Parasite That Enters Fish's Gills, Eats Their Tongue, And Then Replaces It

taffetatam Report

Hope Floats
Community Member
3 years ago

That's it...Of to watch Little House on the Prairie....Aaaaarrgghhhhh..

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#9

Husks Of Dead Flowers In My Garden. Look Like Skulls/Plague Masks

Husks Of Dead Flowers In My Garden. Look Like Skulls/Plague Masks

TAHTPB Report

Stephanie Hutner
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like slipknot masks

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#10

Devil's Fingers Fungus

Devil's Fingers Fungus

DJHbutterflies Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Now I know the inspiration for the Alien films.

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#11

Smiiiittttttthhhhhers

Smiiiittttttthhhhhers

beardol Report

Troux
Community Member
3 years ago

This is a young Goblin Shark.

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#12

So Many Bees In The Wall That Their Honey Is Leaking Through An Outlet

So Many Bees In The Wall That Their Honey Is Leaking Through An Outlet

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

And attracting ants!!!

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#13

Antarctic Worm Species Called Eulagisca Gigantean

Antarctic Worm Species Called Eulagisca Gigantean

Grim_Reaper_O7 Report

spirit wolf
Community Member
3 years ago

Holy shit don't fucking touch that...

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#14

Snake Head Caterpillar

Snake Head Caterpillar

yongchiunhuei Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

I just hope that the butterfly doesn't have a snake head. Flying snakes, that's what we need.

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#15

This Busy Owl Killed 70+ Lemmings And Surrounded His Nest With Their Fresh Corpses

This Busy Owl Killed 70+ Lemmings And Surrounded His Nest With Their Fresh Corpses

Christine Blais-Soucy Report

Samantha Barnard
Community Member
3 years ago

Cosy

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#16

A Centipede That Was Devoured By A Viper, Ate Its Way Out

A Centipede That Was Devoured By A Viper, Ate Its Way Out

Xavier Bonnet Report

Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

So the snake thought that the blade-mouthed bug would make a good lunch.

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#17

This Tree In Nebraska Was Struck By Lightning And Burning Afterwards A Day Later

This Tree In Nebraska Was Struck By Lightning And Burning Afterwards A Day Later

kimchigimchee Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Side quest!

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#18

Lizard Growing Another Foot On It's Tail?

Lizard Growing Another Foot On It's Tail?

NegativeCreep12 Report

Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

Ha! And you though only cells could reproduce asexually. One day... one day.

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#19

Fireants Create A Floating Island Of Themselves To Ride Out The Houston Flooding

Fireants Create A Floating Island Of Themselves To Ride Out The Houston Flooding

jumbodung Report

Aunt Messy
Community Member
3 years ago

As someone who's been bitten by those little tidbits from Hell, it would not be a problem for me if a wave took care of them.

Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed. When I was a kid, I stepped in a fire ant hill. My dad was a Dr., but, nothing he did dulled the pain. I can still remember screaming all the way home.

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

Dad ant to son ant: -What do you wanna be when you grow up? -a bridge. -son, you can't be that.... -chalenge accepted.

Lauren Diane
Community Member
3 years ago

Say what you will, they're clever.

Wendy
Community Member
3 years ago

Blowtorch anyone ?

JoAnna Volante
Community Member
3 years ago

Dishwashing liquid poured on it breaks it up and drowns them...

Derpicorn
Community Member
3 years ago

Impressively NOPE

Isabel Tamayo
Community Member
3 years ago

We're all in this together... xD

Katie O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

THEy have actually had to tell people 'don't even poke it with a stick, when I'll attack you!'

Katie O'Brien
Community Member
3 years ago

They will attack you* that'll teach me to not type too fast. Lol

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Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

Fire ants are one of few organism on this planet who does things very synchronously. There are many videos on them on youtube which are mind blowing. check them out.

MichelleFernung
Community Member
3 years ago

Fire, fire!,...get some accelerant...and a match!!

Nicole Longpre
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd pour a little gas on them and make it a floating fire island for real!

Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

I've seen this before & there are public service warnings against getting too close.

love life you only live once
Community Member
1 year ago

i think the the ones on the bottom would die

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
3 years ago

Effing bastards...

Chuck Larson
Community Member
3 years ago

As long as you can reach them why not spray them with lighter fluid strike a match and give them a Viking funeral.

Neil Chan
Community Member
3 years ago

kill em...kill em with fire

Arlene Davis
Community Member
3 years ago

RAID the shit out of them. You know you want to.

Pi...
Community Member
3 years ago

This has got to be the scariest thing! Imagine trying to save yourself from the flood and this yuuuge colony of fire ants floats up to you....

Mischa Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

I'D HATE TO BE ONE OF THE ONES ON THE BOTTOM.

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

And if they hit the house, oh ya the house you're on the roof of to avoid flooding, gl because they're gonna take refuge.

Doggo
Community Member
3 years ago

Ants from rafts have 175% more venom in their bites than the average fire ant as well.

Ayrionna Borge
Community Member
7 months ago

As a kid, I loved jumping from rocks across the water, barefoot for more grip. Imagine jumping on this

Ayrionna Borge
Community Member
7 months ago

LAURIE HOGENSON
Community Member
11 months ago

I want a shower now...

Elizabeth Mitchell
Community Member
2 years ago

I would make a flamethrower with hairspray and a cigarette lighter......hey, it worked for a damn funnel web spider, it would work with fire ants.

Laura Seat Ringgard Barnes
Community Member
2 years ago

During the hurricane Harvey, my sister walked through a bunch of them floating. Dtung the heck out of her.

Karen Taylor
Community Member
2 years ago

would hate to be the ant on the bottom

Cassy Evelyn
Community Member
3 years ago

I hate fire ants as much as anyone, especially considering my mom and I have worse-than-average reactions to their stings (their bites do nothing btw, they bite to hold on while they sting). BUT... I think it's kinda nifty that they can do this, AND they brought along their babies.

Jeannie Carle
Community Member
3 years ago

gasoline and a good match. These are VICIOUS!

Robin Mack
Community Member
3 years ago

YOU CAN'T DROWN THEM!

August Walks
Community Member
3 years ago

Nope

Tammy Chapman
Community Member
3 years ago

I was born, raised and still live in Texas. When I was a lil' kid (about 4 yrs. old) I was playing with other lil' kids, and I didn't know about fire ants. The ball went over the fence, I went to get it. I stepped in this big pile I thought was dirt so that I could climb the fence to get the ball. Those fire ants just started climbing really fast, stinging as they came, and I started screaming. Mom heard me, raced outside, grabbed the water hose and started spraying me telling me to take my clothes off (shoes too). She came up closer (so everyone wouldn't see me totally naked) so that she could spray off the ones in my underwear. I was in pain for a loooong time because of those little f**kers!! Now, every time I see a fire ant mound I want to destroy it!! I don't care if it's floating or actually on/in the ground. They're evil little creatures. I think we should import anteaters or we should all buy flamethrowers. My 22 yr. old daughter has been allergic to them since she was born.

TheMsLollidella
Community Member
3 years ago

This is pretty cool actually. Saw a documentary on ants and they all form a raft when water gets through their colony

adiana
Community Member
3 years ago

From hell.

Linda Gruber
Community Member
3 years ago

Gas and fire! Burn

Julie Russell
Community Member
3 years ago

And termites...

Julie Russell
Community Member
3 years ago

And termites..

Djaris Edmonds
Community Member
3 years ago

I will survive.....hey hey

Kim Lorton
Community Member
3 years ago

Saving their babies, too.

Sallie Loftin
Community Member
3 years ago

Tres creepy ...

Maggie Collins
Community Member
3 years ago

Mother Nature is AWESOME! But really Mom, don't we have enough ants on the planet? Come on!

Tanzy Colasanti
Community Member
3 years ago

I hope they sprayed these bitches. They got too many fire ants down there already.

Sue Donim
Community Member
3 years ago

would sun dry them up if they floated too look

Jesus Wäre
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd probably be the idiot that goes "hey look at this moving dirt" and pick it up only to start throwing them because they're biting me :) I'm a problem

Pamela Grove
Community Member
3 years ago

I've seen this before.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
3 years ago

If they're that intelligent, we're in trouble.

Dan Holman
Community Member
3 years ago

Keep spraying them with water saturated with soap. Hopefully it would destroy the water tension barrier and they would sink and drown.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 years ago

Nasty critters

PigAdmiral
Community Member
3 years ago

Do NOT stand on it!!!

Unwelcomed Guest
Community Member
3 years ago

That's just Million Ants Man taking a swim

S. Vati
Community Member
3 years ago

Ooohh fuck yeah...nature will school our dumb asses..

Fangirl Cancer
Community Member
3 years ago

Survival of the fittest at it's finest.

Bettina Jansen
Community Member
3 years ago

impressive more than scary

Peg Gy
Community Member
3 years ago

Fireants huh… Does that make them fire resistant?

Vanessica Bloxgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

I feel sorry for the ants at the bottom

Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

They didn't have time to build an ark.. or they just couldn't find Noah!

Joshua Pekera
Community Member
3 years ago

Fire ant navy was called up

Janet French
Community Member
3 years ago

If you get bit by one or more, quickly make a paste of adolph's meat tenderizer with a little water. It will take the fire out immediately. I promise!

Lalo Vidals
Community Member
3 years ago

Who's the queen??

Mischa Alexander
Community Member
3 years ago

I'D HATE TO SEE THE ONES AT THE BOTTOM

Lorena Magee
Community Member
3 years ago

or pour a little gas around them and set them on fire, the nasty biting things

Vince Piscar
Community Member
3 years ago

watch it get displaced to your house.

Maverick rudometkin
Community Member
3 years ago

look, its a spicy boi island

Barbara Kring
Community Member
3 years ago

POOR TEXAS and LOUISIANA and other places with floods. UGH

borklaser
Community Member
3 years ago

they even saved the larva......

Debra Stamnitz
Community Member
3 years ago

Run away!!

LaDonna Hulcy
Community Member
3 years ago

easy to scoop them up and KILL THEM! JK!

Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

Good thinking. At least they are ok now... well, the top half at least.

Thegreatcountryofverden
Community Member
3 years ago

Genius.

Larry Pilch
Community Member
2 years ago

No swimming around them!!!

Claudia Machado
Community Member
3 years ago

Burn them all!

Wombat34
Community Member
3 years ago

tip kerosene on them and light 'em up.

Jim Power
Community Member
3 years ago

I've been bitten by at least a half dozen dogs in my lifetime (so far). How would you all react if I said we should do the same thing to all the dogs?

Tessa Plattner
Community Member
3 years ago

It sounds to me like you just need to stay away from dogs.

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Cheryl Harless
Community Member
3 years ago

Add dish soap (or simple green) to break the surface tension and those suckers will sink and DIE!

Brandon Paltoo
Community Member
3 years ago

They can swim ....

Linda Gulley
Community Member
3 years ago

No, they can float when there are several together. One alone will drown.

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#20

Was About To Show My Kids That Cicada Shells Aren't Gross And Scary When

Was About To Show My Kids That Cicada Shells Aren't Gross And Scary When

Snarcasm101 Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

It did it on purpose. Waiting for the perfect moment to prank on you.

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#21

These Reticulated Pythons Self-Segregated Themselves Based On Color Just After Hatching

These Reticulated Pythons Self-Segregated Themselves Based On Color Just After Hatching

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a box of guts!

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#22

Caribou (Rangifer Tarandus) Bull Showing Antlers That Are Shedding Velvet, North America

Caribou (Rangifer Tarandus) Bull Showing Antlers That Are Shedding Velvet, North America

Mark Raycroft Report

criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks gory, but still really impressive.

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#23

A Beehive Built Around Wind Chimes At My Friend's House

A Beehive Built Around Wind Chimes At My Friend's House

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Judh Palcon Domo
Community Member
3 years ago

Because they do not want noise.

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#24

The Sheepshead Fish Has Human-Like Teeth

The Sheepshead Fish Has Human-Like Teeth

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Lila Launehase
Community Member
3 years ago

He can be happy he still has his tongue...

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#25

Wingless Fly Penicillidia That Attaches To Bats' Heads And Never Leaves Its Body

Wingless Fly Penicillidia That Attaches To Bats' Heads And Never Leaves Its Body

Piotr Naskrecki Report

Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Spiderman vs. Batman

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#26

This Gecko With Three Tails

This Gecko With Three Tails

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Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor guy. I'm sure the others make fun of it.

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#27

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

Ant On My Porch Carrying The Head Of His Vanquished Enemy

liedel Report

Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

May be it will put it in on top of door of its Ant-home, fancy design!

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#28

A Landslide In Taiwan

A Landslide In Taiwan

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Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

"Well then..."

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#29

The Battle

The Battle

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Neeraj Jha
Community Member
3 years ago

Stalemate?

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#30

My Mussel Contained A Tiny Half-Eaten Crab

My Mussel Contained A Tiny Half-Eaten Crab

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Vlad Horobet
Community Member
3 years ago

I've found a half eaten worm in my pear once... guess where was the other half.

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#31

My Cousin Caught A Lobster With Double Pinchers. Both Claws Work

My Cousin Caught A Lobster With Double Pinchers. Both Claws Work

aperull Report

PsychoPrincess
Community Member
3 years ago

Again stop polluting our Waters God this world is screwed

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#32

A Venus Fly Trap Getting A Huge Meal

A Venus Fly Trap Getting A Huge Meal

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Nancy E
Community Member
3 years ago

Why do people buy these plants ? My brother had one for a long time

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#33

Spiked Skeleton

Spiked Skeleton

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

Puffer fish?

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#34

Arachnids Aren't Safe From Cordyceps Fungus Either

Arachnids Aren't Safe From Cordyceps Fungus Either

Hovie1 Report

Cassiel Magem
Community Member
3 years ago

It's "The last of us" zombie fungus.

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#35

Battle-Scarred Hippo

Battle-Scarred Hippo

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Reminds me of the giant whale in One Piece, was similarly scarred.

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#36

Lamprey's Mouth

Lamprey's Mouth

blickwinkel Report

Zenozenobee
Community Member
3 years ago

Wanna Kiss XD ?

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#37

Millions Of Fire Ants Floating In Flooding From Harvey

Millions Of Fire Ants Floating In Flooding From Harvey

TheScaryNature Report

Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

I don't even want to imagine the agony of creatures that will come in their way!

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#38

Lightning Struck This Fishing Rod

Lightning Struck This Fishing Rod

BubbleBoyB Report

Blue Hippo
Community Member
3 years ago

Are you sure that didn't come from the shower drain?

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#39

This Crab Claw Grew Another Smaller Claw

This Crab Claw Grew Another Smaller Claw

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Sanchit Jain
Community Member
3 years ago

awww.. that's cute!

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#40

Brave Patriot Bald Eagle Takes Down Wimpy Canadian Goose

Brave Patriot Bald Eagle Takes Down Wimpy Canadian Goose

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criminalgirl
Community Member
3 years ago

There is nothing wimpy about a Canadian goose! But size and talons make the difference.

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#41

Gecko Eats His Own Tail

Gecko Eats His Own Tail

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Andrius
BoredPanda Staff
3 years ago

Waste not, want not

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#42

Fatal Blow

Fatal Blow

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Ladislav Pollo
Community Member
3 years ago

it looks like taking selfie :D

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