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5 Animal Myths to Brighten Your Day

It’s no doubt that animals are fascinating creatures that hold a lot of mysteries. And with lots of interesting stories and speculations surrounding their existence, it becomes sometimes difficult to separate fact from the fiction. While you will be really amazed by the number of myths related to animals, this post tries to cover some of the most common ones.

Following are 5 such animal myths that will really make your day:

1) Bats are blind:  While it’s not clear exactly what fueled this belief, it’s probably their practice of hunting at night that compelled many people to think so. In reality, bats are not completely blind and they can really see to some extent. Of course, that’s why God has blessed them with eyes. Though they have poor vision, this weakness is compensated by their exceptional sense of hearing and smell. Moreover, bats use echolocation and sonar abilities to navigate through dark areas and sense what is in front of them. In fact, this allows them to “see” things in greater detail than any human ever could. Their sonar abilities are so advanced that they are sometimes compared with or even considered better than the military-grade sonar systems.

2) Bulls hate the red color: This is certainly one of the most common myths among people, but it’s not true at all. This belief mainly started in the 1700s when matadors started using muletas – small red capes – in bullfighting. Since then, everybody started believing that bulls hate the red color and then there were Hollywood movies to fuel the myth. However, in reality, bulls are colorblind to red and green. So, it’s not the red color that provokes the bull; rather it’s the movement of the cape and matador that enrages them.

3) You can’t teach an old dog new tricks: With a right training for a certain period of time, almost every dog can be taught some basic things such as how to sit, fetch, roll over, stay, catch ball and more. So, saying that an old dog can’t learn new things is certainly an underestimation and a myth. You can teach even a senior dog to do several things with routine training. It’s just that some behaviors that have been carried out for very long are difficult to change and you need to put extra effort to break that habit.

4) Mother birds reject their babies once touched by humans: This myth is, in fact, good for a reason – it helps keep curious people away from little birds that should be left alone. But, in reality, this myth is completely false. Birds have a very limited sense of smell, and the little scent left by touching a baby bird will definitely not be enough to turn off the mother bird. Moreover, just like all other parents, birds also have a great love and affection for their young ones, meaning they don’t usually abandon their babies. Although they can abandon their nests due to human or other major disturbances, they are highly unlikely to leave their offspring merely because of human touch.

5) Owls are the wisest among birds: Owls are usually shown as the wisest birds in children folklores, stories and Hollywood movies. This myth is actually linked to the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, who is always depicted holding an owl. So, probably, people started to believe that owls are wise too. However, in reality, owls are positioned on the lower end of the intelligence list among birds. In reality, crows are known to be a lot smarter than owls.    

6) Camels store water in their humps: It’s another common myth among people that camels store extra water in the hump. Although a camel can survive for about 7 days without drinking water, it’s not the hump that serves the purpose of fulfilling its water needs. In reality, a camel’s hump is nothing more than a fatty tissue. This fat, when burned, can provide camels with the same amount of energy as three weeks of food, buy they definitely don’t store water at all. It’s actually the kidneys and intestines of a camel that help avoid dehydration in desert areas. They extract so much water that the camels’ urine comes out as thick as syrup and their feces is so dry, it can be used as a fuel to light up a fire.

7) Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump: Elephants cannot jump – this is true! But elephants are the only animals that cannot jump, this is not true at all. There are several other animals that cannot jump such as hippo, sloth, rhino, rockhopper, giraffe, penguin, and more. After all, can you imagine a rhino or hippo to jump with such a massive structure? If this ever happens, that would certainly be very interesting to see.