an unusual fear of animals.
a phobia is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. it is also a type of anxiety disorder. a phobia is a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object, person, animal, activity or a situation. the top ten phobias include social phobia, claustrophobia, zoophobia, brontophobia, acrophobia, blood, injury and infection phobia, aerophobia, atychiphobia, thanatophobia and nosophobia. medicinenet.com
specific phobias are common anxiety disorders that affect about 8% of adults in a given 12-month period. the most common specific phobias include fear of animals (zoophobia), fear of heights (acrophobia), and fear of thunderstorms (astraphobia or brontophobia). at least 5% of people are at least to some degree afraid of blood, injections, or injury. people who have a specific phobia often have two or more phobias. people who have a specific phobia avoid specific situations or objects that trigger their anxiety and fear, or they endure them with great distress, sometimes resulting in a panic attack. however, they recognize that their anxiety is excessive and therefore are aware that they have a problem. merckmanuals.com