Animal Stereotypes: True or False?

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Health Editor’s Note:  I think we have all heard at least a few of these animal myths.  Now you can see some of the misguided reasons for them. It would appear that Disney does more than its share of finger pointing and denigration and we take our children and grandchildren to experience these falsehoods in living color, often accompanied by music. The music I usually enjoy……Carol  

12 Animal Stereotypes and the Truth Behind Them

by Bob Strauss/Thought.Co

Do elephants really have good memories? Are owls really wise, and are sloths really lazy? Ever since the beginning of civilization, human beings have relentlessly anthropomorphized wild animals, to the extent that it can often be difficult to separate myth from fact, even in our modern, supposedly scientific age. On the following images, we’ll describe 12 widely believed animal stereotypes, and how closely they conform to reality

  1. Owls   Folks think owls are wise for the same reason they think people who wear glasses are smart: unusually big eyes are taken as a sign of intelligence. And the eyes of owls aren’t only unusually big; they are undeniably huge, taking up so much room in these birds’ skulls that they can’t even turn in their sockets (an owl has to move its entire head, rather than its eyes, to look in different directions). The myth of the “wise owl” dates back to ancient Greece, where an owl was the mascot of Athena, the goddess of wisdom — but the truth is that owls aren’t any smarter than other birds, and are far surpassed in intelligence by comparatively small-eyed crows and ravens.

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Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, two rescue pups, and two guinea pigs.

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  1. Bob Strauss is demonstrating ignorance. Owls are not considered smart because of the shape of their eyes. Imagine it is dark and snow is covering the ground in the forest. Now, emerge from your hidden hole in the trees (among the least easily found) and pick up the sound of a mole rustling the leaves under a foot of snow 200 feet away. Now, launch and fly through the branches in the dark at breakneck speed and catch that mole. Another reason is extra sensory perception. Owls are among the easiest species to communicate with. They are telepathic and highly responsive with humans and other species. In the pantheon of time, they are associated with 2 separate times, both known for sensing the coming of physical death. It’s that aunt or grandmother who looks up and says “Oh dear, I think Harold just died”. happens all the time.

    • Crows and Ravens are more devious, not wiser than owls. Crows will plot against each other and other species. Owls never do this. When owls communicate with each other it is a bonding and sharing thing. When crows communicate it is an argument or deception. If you ever get to hear a murder of crows having a meeting, they squawk and scream and argue for a time, then silence, then one speaks in a completely different language than the others in clicks and growls, then they repeat this several times. There are certain individual crows that separate from the murder in small numbers that behave in an obviously more benevolent way. In nature, as a rule, crows and ravens are villainous thieves, liars and spies. This much the movies get right. This also matches their place in the symbolism, and persona of time. If you feed them, they will spy for you. Until someone else feeds them too.

    • Some crows are also telepathic. They will respond repeatedly in one caw for yes and two for no on request. Even a novice can do it, if given the opportunity. It is a shocking and wondrous thing. The problem is, they lie. On purpose. Even after the method is repeatedly demonstrated to validate it, and the discernment is clear. The motive for this cannot be established beyond simply witnessing, disingenuous and conniving behavior. But if you can befriend a benevolent raven or crow, then things can be tenuously better. This is basic and very old knowledge, that today most people would consider insane, while simultaneously considering insane things true. People born during the time associated with the crow are highly visibly able to lie and get away with it. It is subtle hypnotism.

    • We have a Manx cat, Ursus, who has eyes just like an owl’s. He is supper smart and more like a nice child than one would give cats credit for. I say nice child, because sometime being a child does not necessarily make one nice.

    • David, I think there seriously is something strange with the owls. It was a par decades ago and I was going to sleep. Then I had that strange feeling, that someones staring at me. I took aside that window totally blind and I saw a owl staring at me sitting on the telegraph road. But that’s also the only time I’ve seen owl sitting on that wire.

    • JL, That is basic telepathy. Owls are famous for it. They are curious and open minded. There are many stories of owls attacking people for no apparent reason. But, if they can read intentions, then it is explainable. Nobody asks. Generally smart animals approach us seeking permission to be in our territory, something humans would not think of. There are also tons of stories of owls appearing to people just before a death, they are not a harbinger, just a concerned local communication facilitator. Again, not in the motive list people would suspect.