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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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