False Myths About Animals

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You tend to hear a lot of things from a lot sources. Sometimes it can be hard to determine what’s true and what’s not. Here are some animal myths you can assume are nowhere near true.
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Mother Birds Reject Babies with Human Contact

This myth isn’t true, because birds don’t have a great sense of smell. Still, it’s best to leave baby birds alone.
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Wet Noses Equal Health

Dog owners sometimes worry when their dog’s nose isn’t wet because they think this means they are sick. Vetrenarians say this indicates physical activity, not health.
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Lemmings Commit Suicide

There’s an untrue myth that lemmings commit suicide by jumping off a cliff. Sometimes they fall, but they never do this as a mass migration.
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Wedding Rice Kills Birds

Rumor has it that the rice you toss at weddings will expand when birds eat it, causing their stomachs to explode. Turns out rice needs boiling water to expand so this isn’t true.
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Daddy Long Legs are Poisonous

Many people think that daddy long legs are the most poisonous spider, but they can’t bite because their mouths are too small. No one knows where this myth came from, but it’s not true.
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Bats are Blind

“Blind as a bat,” is just a saying because bats aren’t completely blind as they can see a little bit.
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Possums Hang From Their Tails

Young possums sometimes hang upside down, but like any creature, blood rushes to their heads and they can only do this for very short time periods.
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Pit Bulls are Dangerous

Like other dogs, pit bulls only become dangerous if they are trained to be.
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Ostriches Bury Their Heads

You’ve probably heard that ostriches bury their head in the sand when they are scared, but experts say this isn’t true because the birds wouldn’t be able to breathe.
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Toads Give You Warts

Mothers once told their kids to avoid toads because they cause warts. This is simply not true.
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