No matter how these 10 animal myths got started, they’ve become so ingrained in Humans they’ve become fact.
10 Animal Myths That You 100% Believe Are True…But Are Really 100% False.
#1: Cats and Dogs Can’t See Colors
Cats and dogs have much better color eyesight than the experts have been telling us for years.
Both animals can see shades of blue and green.
In fact, cats have way more light-sensing cells or rods in their eyes than humans do, and that’s why they can see better in low-light situations.
Of course, that doesn’t explain why our furry friends sometimes act the way they do.
#2: Bees Sting Once And Then They Die
It turns out the only bee this is true for is the honey bee. Once they get you, it’s the big beehive in the sky for them.
So why did we include it on our 10 Animal Myths You 100% Believe Are True list?
Because if you asked anyone, 99% will say it’s all bees. Plus 99.9% can’t tell the difference between a honey bee and a Bumblebee.
Speaking of which, Bumblebees and Yellow Jacket Wasps have mostly smooth stingers so they have the ability to attack repeatedly.
And if there’s a European hornet that’s buzzing around your yard, stay away! According to an article in Forbes, they don’t even bother stinging you because they’re large enough to bite with their jaws.
Lastly, we have the good old Carpenter bee. They’re the ones that burrow holes in your wood deck or home.
While a female may sting you, you’re safe if it’s a male Carpenter bee. They’re all bark and no bite. Poor little guys aren’t packing…stingers that is.
#3: Touch a Baby Bird And Mama Will Abandon It
My theory is that every spring when heavy rains, and/or a strong gust of wind sends baby birds tumbling out of the nest, and onto the ground.
Moms all over the world welcome home their little darlings who just so happens to be holding an innocent little baby bird.
Since “Don’t bring baby birds home” went over as well as “Clean your room” or Goto bed” had.
Somewhere along the line one enterprising mom came up with this myth and after being retold the world over, this fiction became fact.
The truth is Birds can’t even detect human scents. Most have small and simple olfactory nerves limiting their sense of smell to basically zero.
What you should tell your child is to see if they can see the nest the bird fell out of then tell your parents, and hopefully, they can place the baby back in its nest.
If they can’t then place the baby by the trunk of the nearest tree and cover it loosely with some leaves or grass to hide it from predators.
When the mother bird returns she’ll find her baby.
Personally, I’ll return the next morning and if the baby bird is still there, then you can decide to take it home and raise it.
Hint, having raised dozens of orphaned baby birds myself, most do very well on wet cat food.
#4: Bats Are Blind
The saying “blind as a bat” may be appropriate when your son can’t find the ketchup bottle right in front of his face or your husband lost his car keys … again.
But it wouldn’t be fair to cast aspersions bats. According to Livescience, bats do hunt in the dark using echolocation, which means they use echoes of self-produced sounds bouncing off objects to help them navigate.
But they can also see.
In fact, bats sometimes prefer using eyesight to sound when hunting. And many fruit bats don’t even echolocate at all due to having particularly sharp vision.
#5: A Goldfish Memory Only Lasts 3-Seconds
Another myth that was only strengthened by Disney’s Nemo, and laughed out loud at Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory, a regal blue tang fish that was unable to form new memories.
But according to researchers at Plymouth University, instead of a Goldfish having a 3-second memory. A Goldfish actually has a memory span of at least 3 months.
In fact, Goldfish may even be able to tell time.
By training fish to nudge a lever to get food at certain times of the day, the researchers discovered the fish would hover around the lever as feeding time approached, apparently recalling it was chow time.
Now that you know the truth, I betcha you’ll never look at that poor little guy being taken home in a sandwich baggie the same way again.
#6: Camels store water in their humps
Sorry to tell you a camel’s hump isn’t nature’s gas tank, where he fills up once a week, and off he goes.
Camel humps are an adaptation that helps the animals survive when resources are low. But instead of water, Camals actually store fat.
This is the very reason why, when food is scarce, you’ll see a Camal with a droopy-looking hump.
Camels do store water, which allows them to go for a long time without rehydrating. But that extra water (they can drink up to 20 gallons at a time) is stored in their bloodstream, not their humps.
#7: If you cut a worm in half, it will grow into two worms
Earthworms have two distinct ends, a head and a tail. The head is on the end closer to its thick band, and the head can grow a new tail if it’s cut below that band.
But if the tail gets sliced and diced, it might wiggle for a little bit after you’ve cut it, but it won’t be able to grow a new head to create a new worm.
There is however one exception, the Planarian Flatworm.
Planarian flatworms can regrow their body and form a new head, even from a slice one three-hundredth of their original size.
But what’s truly astonishingly amazing than growing a new head. It’s head will be complete with all the original worm’s old memories.
#8: Opossums hang by their tails
Forget all those cartoons you’ve seen as a kid that showed opossums lined up upside-down hanging from a tree branch by their tails.
Opossums actually make their dens in trees, logs, rock crevices, and any other cozy areas they can find to sleep in.
Baby opossums can hang from their tails for a couple of seconds, but adults are too heavy and only use their tails to help keep their balance while using their legs to climb.
#9: You’ll get warts if you touch a toad
Toads have wart-like bumps, and human warts are contagious, but you could never catch a wart from a frog or toad.
While humans get warts from viruses, the bumps on the amphibians are glands.
Their secretions might irritate your skin, but you won’t be left with warts.
#10: Ostriches bury their heads in the sand
Burying your head in the sand to ignore a problem sounds ridiculous for humans and that goes for ostriches as well.
No idea how this myth started. I suspect a person who had a bad vantage point one day saw an ostrich who sensed danger dropping its head to the ground.
The reality is, ostriches not only drop it’s head to the ground, but they also drop their entire body, to the ground as well to make themselves less visible to predators.
So from far away, an ostriches neck can easily blend in with sand, making it appear to someone that its head went underground.
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