myth about animal
Bears have poor eyesight
. Some people think that bears amazing sense of smell must make up for a lack of vision In fact bears eyesight is at least as good as humansThey also have excellent night vision due to a reflective membraneon the back of their eye.
Owls are the wisest among birds
. Owls were regarded as wise birds and, like other birds of prey, were thought to be courageousThe link between owls and wisdom is their association Athena, as the Greek goddess of wisdom is often depicted holding an owl, with large eyes, almost thoughtful look on their faces; owls give off the impression of wisdomIt is unfortunate that Owls are actually placed on the lower end of intelligent birds, with the common crow considered the wisest among
Ostriches bury their heads in the sand
. Ostriches dont bury their heads in the sand they wouldnt be able to breathe but they do dig holes in the dirt to use as nests for their eggs Several times a day, an ostrich puts her head in the hole and turns the eggs.
Polar bears eat fish as their main source of diet
. The diet of a polar bear is actually seals, and it is only on rare occasions that they will eat fish, unlike other arctic birds and mammals who rely on these gilled creatures for their main source of energy Fish do not actually feature often on a polar bears menu.
If you touch a baby bird the mother will reject it because it will smell like a human
. This misconception has probably caused the death of many baby birds if people see naked or partially naked bird on the ground and think to touching her will do harmif a young bird is fallen from the nest it,s fine to handle the bird to put her back in the nest most birds don,t have a developed sense of smell so it,s likely that the parent bird won,t smell you at all.
Wild dolphins are friendly and will save humans in trouble
. Dolphins are wild carnivores of the ocean and they dont care for humansThe myth that wild dolphins are friendly and will haste to your assistance when youre in trouble is a result of their curious nature which is often mistaken for friendliness.
You cant teach an old dog new tricks
. Dogs can learn at any age Just because a dog is approaching its more senior years doesnt mean it cant learn a new thing or two In fact, with just minutes of regular training, even the most stubborn dog can usually learn how to sit, stay and fetch, regardless of age The saying is meant to be taken less literally about dogs and more about people specifically, the types who have been set in their ways for so long that changing their behaviour habi
Hippos are clumsy
. With its heavy body, stubby legs and large mouth, the hippo is one of the heaviest land animals, but not the slowest It can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, which is faster than an Olympic sprinter.
Chameleons change color for camouflage
. The color of Chameleons depends on what emotional state, not related to camouflage.
Pigs are dirty animals
. Pigs areone of the cleanest animalThey have been tested ,they choose to eat ,sleep,pee and poo in separate areasPigs are actually no more dirty than any other animal Pigs dont sweat like most animals, so they need a way to cool off Mud holes, if available, are a wonderful way to do this The mud absorbs the heat from the pig and transfers it to the atmosphere.
The polar bear is a left pawed arctic animal
. This popular myth is not correct and has never been corroborated by scientists in the field in reality the giant polar bear can use either paw with equal skill during hunting and swimming.
Cats always land on their feet
. Cats are agileThey can jump high and twist their bodies like acrobats, often landing feet first When falling from distance cat can still be suffer severe injures or death.
Hens teeth are really rare
. The saying harkens back to long long agoas in 150 million years back when the hen,s ancestor buthe archaeoptery x was roaming the world this chicken o the stone age came equipped with feathers ,claws and beak full of cone shaped teeth Scientists not only recently discovered that hens still have the DNA neccessary to grow a set of chompersbut put the theory in to the practice.
Rattlesnakes rattle before they attack
. Rattlesnakes do this to indicate their presence and avoid being stepped on Rattlesnakes usually dont give out any warning before they strike they rattle when they are frightened.
Sheep just follow the flock and cant think for themselves
. Sheep have very good memories and can remember the individual faces of at least 50 individual sheep and remember them for more than two yearsthey are actually extremely intelligent animalsSheep are known to self medicate when they have some illnesses and will eat specific plants when ill that can cure them.
Lemmings commit suicide by jumping off cliffs
. Lemmings are in fact not suicidal Local population levels can dramatically change though as some species of lemming may migrate in large groups when their density becomes too great.
Opossums hang by their tails
. Opossums use their tails to grasp branches as they climb trees so it,s not surprising that people believe they also hang from branches A baby opossum can hang from it,s tail for few seconds but an adult is too heavy so that would not help them too survive.
Rabbits don t eat carrots in the wild
. Carrots are like candy bars for bunnies too many could seriously hurt them.
Porcupines shoot their quills
. The porcupines quills are made up of keratin,which is the same material our finger nails are made ofThe quills are controlled by muscles and are released instantly when they come into contact with another object A surface has to rub on them for them to lose their quills.
Mice dont actully like cheese
. Mice will active avoid most cheeseThe smell is too strong for their noses.
Snake Drink Milk
. Snakes drink water and do not drink milk, neither can they digest it properly They are reptiles and have no association with milk, only mammals who have mammary glands can produce milk and thus a liking for milk in non mammals is unlikely But in a crises when severely dehydrated, a snake might drink any liquid available.
Penguins live in the Arctic
. You will never see a polar bear and a penguin together, and polar bears do not eat penguins Why? Because penguins do not live in the arctic.
Rhino horns are not made of bone but of keratin
. Rhino horns are made of Keratin, the same material found in your hair and fingernailsA rhinos horn is not attached to its skull It is actually a compacted mass of hairs that continues to grow throughout the animals lifetime, just like our own hair and nails.
Bees will not sting at night
. They will sting at anytime for protection.
Groundhogs Can Predict the Arrival of Spring
. The most famous groundhog of all is Punxsutawney Phil, named in honor of his hometown in Pennsylvania where he acts as the spokesperson for all groundhogs Its the only mammal to have its own day named after it and as legend goes, every Feb 2, the groundhog emerges from hibernation If it sees its shadow, six more weeks of winter lie ahead, and if not, spring is on the way.
A Ducks quack doesnt echo
. A Duck quack echos but its difficult to hear for human unde some circumtances.
Penguins fall backward when they look up at airplanes
. Penguins are perfectly capable of maintaining their footing, even if theyre watching airplanes But the realityLow flying aircraft can cause penguins to panic and leave their nests.
A dog wagging her tail will not bite
. The wag of a dogs tail tells nothing about her aggressiveness It simply is a sign of excitement A dog wagging her tail may be excited to play with you or excited to bite you Other aspects of her behavior can tell more about aggressiveness such as ear position, whether the dog is staring, growling or barking.
Hyeana are mostly scavengers
. Hyeanas are infact formidable hunters capable of taking down large prey.
Bulls hate the color red
. Like most mammals, the bull is color blind It is the movement of the cloak that a matador or bullfighter makes which excites the bullWe see a matador, he has a red cape Therefore, many people believe that bulls get Whenever angry when they see the color red It turns out that its the motion of the cape or flag that upsets the bull, not the color.
Monkeys remove fleas from each other fur
. Monkeys removes dead skin which they like to eat.
A healthy dogs nose is cold and wet
. A dry nose can be caused by poor air circulation in a room, or even just by the dog sitting in the sun A dogs nose can change from dry to wet and back to dry several times a dayThe temperature of your dogs nose typically fluctuates during the day, ranging from dry and hot (often when waking up in the morning) to cold and wet later during the day The moistness of your dogs nose is also no indicator of their health, as it could be moist due to a na
Rats Are a Sign of Poor Sanitation
. Rats are extremely opportunistic animals, so even though some of the hallmarks of poor sanitation like uncontained garbage and litter often attract rats, cleaner environments can be prime spots for rat invasions, too Rats will eat bird seed, pet food, grains, meats, fruits and vegetables Pretty much anything they can wrap their paws around may make it on the menu Rats can pass on dozens of diseases to other species, both directly and indirectly t
Giraffes are flexible
. Even though they are one of the tallest animals on Earth and their head is 6 meters above ground, giraffes only have 7 cervical vertebrae, like any other animal They might seem flexible, but giraffes are not even able to turn their head back.
Whales spout water from there blowholes
. Its the air they release but with all the water on its back it propels the water too.
Fish eat each other for fun
. Theres nothing fun about eating another fish Actually, fish rarely eat each other, except when people are watching And even then, its only if the one fish asks the other to do it.
A Rabbits foot will bring good luck
. The thinking behind the superstition is believed to originate from the fact that rabbits are born with their eyes open, and thereby ward against evil Another school of thought suggests that their ability to reproduce and powers of procreation link them with growth and prosperity throughout life.
Flying Squirrels fly through the air
. Flying Squirrels do not fly,they glide and make a lengthy jump .
Puppies should be isolated until they have completed their vaccinations
. Puppies that are not exposed to the world until 16 weeks or, worse, 6 months of age, are significantly more likely to be fearful or aggressive More dogs die due to behavior related euthanasia or in shelters because of lack of socialization than all other communicable illnesses, combinedEarly socialization can be accomplished without unnecessary risk to the health of the puppy.
A dogs age is not exactly 7 1in human years
. A dogs age is determined by its weightsmall dogs age 4 5 years for every human years, medium dogs age 6 7 years for every 1 and a 10 year Dane could be 80 90 in human years.
Frogs or toads will give you warts if you touch them
. Warts are caused by a human virus, not frogs or toads But the wart like bumps behind a toads ears can be dangerous These parotid glands contain a nasty poison that irritates the mouths of some predators and often the skin of humans.
Bats are blind
. Bats have excellent hearing and sense of smellBats use a form of sonar to navigate through dark areas and avoid obstacles Their eyes, while small and sometimes poorly developed, are completely functional.
A birds stomach will not explode from eating uncooked rice
. In 1985 the state of connecticut attempted to pass a law banning the use of uncooked rice in wedding ceremonies but their was no scientific evidence to prove the claim.
Elephants are the only mammal that cant jump
. Myth It is true that adult elephants cant jump But there are other mammals that cant either, like sloths, hippos and rhinos Although, unlike elephants, hippos and rhinos can have all four feet off the ground at the same time when they run.
Turkeys Drown in the Rain
. Domesticated turkeys are so dumb that, if left outside during a rainstorm, they will drown as a result of not closing their mouths as they stare up in wonder at the magical skywater.
Horses are Dumb
. Horses quickly sense which riders are clear communicators and make their cues irresistible They also know which ones cant Since horses arent naturally motivated to do what we ask them, they wont if they think they can get away with it Horses arent smart in same the way people are, but they are very adept at being horses.
An Elephant Never Forgets
. This expression likely stemmed from the fact that the elephant has biggest brainof all land animals and apparently, the bigger the mass, the better the memory Elephants are able to retain a mental map of their entire home range were talking an area the size of Rhode Island! Elephants also travel in packs and when the group gets too big, the eldest daughter breaks off to start her own contingent, yet she never forgets her roots One researcher
Camels Really Store Water in Their Humps
. A camel can survive seven days without water, but not because they are carrying large reserves inside their humps Theyre able to avoid dehydration that would kill most other animals, thanks in large part to oval shaped red blood cells As far as that hump goes, its nothing more than a big mound of fat, though a useful one at that the lump provides camels with the same amount of energy as three weeks of food If theres any body part that excels at
Crocodiles Are Crybabies
. Crocodiles cant chew, so they are forced to rip their food into chunks and swallow them wholeThe glands that keep their eyes moist are right near their throats, so their eating habits actually force tears into their eyesCrocodile tears
Goldfish A Only Has a Memory Span of Three Seconds
. Goldfish can only remember something for three, maybe five seconds, which is about how long it takes to swim from one end of its fishbowl to the other Each time he swims over to the little plastic castle, its like a whole new experience! Hes so stupid, hes having the time of his life in thereRecent Study:Goldfish can regonized there owners after an exposure of a few months.