13 Animal Myths: DEBUNKED – Bet You Didn’t Know Most of These!

The animal world is not only very complex and hard to understand, but sometimes also fuelled by rumors. These myths about animals are widely believed by most of the population, but they are oh so wrong!

#1. Ostriches do not hide their heads in the sand. Pliny the Elder started the rumor in one of the first Encyclopaedias.

Ostriches do not hide their heads in the sand; Pliny the Elder started the rumor in one of the first Encyclopedias.

#2. Mice actually don’t like cheese more than other foods. People in the Middle Ages thought they did but only because it might have been the only food source available.

Mice actually don’t like cheese more than other foods. People in the Middle Ages thought they did, but only because it might have been the only food source available.

#3. Lemmings don’t commit mass suicide. This was popularized by a 1950s Disney film called “White Wilderness”.

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#4. It’s not true that scientific calculations indicate that bees shouldn’t be able to fly. we know why bees can fly.

It’s not true that scientific calculations indicate that bees shouldn’t be able to fly. We know why bees can fly.

#5. House flies don’t have a lifespan of 24 hours. They typically live 20-30 days.

House flies don’t have a lifespan of 24 hours. They typically live 20-30 days.

#6. Goldfish do not have a 3-second memory. They actually can retain memories for a couple of months.

Goldfish do not have a 3-second memory. They actually can retain memories for a couple of months.

#7. Elephants don’t go anywhere specific to die, like an elephant graveyard.

Elephants don’t go anywhere specific to die, like an elephant graveyard.

#8. Dogs do not sweat through their tongues. They actually sweat through their paw pads but panting does help them cool down.

Dogs do not sweat through their tongues. They actually sweat through their paw pads, but panting does help cool them down.

#9. Dogs aren’t completely colorblind. They can see ranges of blue, yellow, and grey.

Dogs aren’t completely colorblind. They can see ranges of blue, yellow and grey.

#10. Daddy longlegs aren’t the most venomous spiders in the world. They can bite a human but it would only result in minor discomfort.

Daddy longlegs aren’t the most venomous spiders in the world and they CAN bite a human, but it would only result in minor discomfort.

#11. Cutting a worm in half would not create 2 new worms. Only the section with the head would grow another tail.

Cutting a worm in half would not create 2 new worms. Only the section with the head would grow another tail

#12. Camels don’t store water in their humps. Their humps are actually made up of fat stores for energy.

Camels don’t store water in their humps. Their humps are actually made up of fat stores for energy.

#13. The color red doesn’t anger bulls. Matadors just happen to be decorated in red and use a red flag.

Spanish bullfighter Lopez Chaves looks to the crowd in front of a bull during a bullfight in Seville

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