6 Most Misunderstood Animals on the Planet
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about cockroaches or rats? Naturally, most of us think that they are disgusting pests that are born on earth just to create havoc. Though there is some truth to this, there are certain misconceptions we have about these and many other creatures. Here is a list of six such most misunderstood animals that bear the brunt of our misconceptions.
When we think about snakes, the first thing that comes to mind is their deadly venom and how they are always ready to strike at their enemies. The truth cannot be farther than this. First of all, all snakes are not venomous. Snakes such as tree snakes, sand snakes or rat snakes seldom carry any venom. Of course!! Cobras, vipers or rattle snakes are different. Secondly, snakes are shy and timid reptiles. If you stand in front of a snake, it is the snake that is more scared than a human being. Its readiness to strike is just its defense mechanism in the face of impending danger. Else, the first thing a snake would think of doing is hiding from danger. There is no history of any snake biting anyone voluntarily.
The poor owls are always associated with bad omen. They are associated with witchcraft or dark nights when spirits roam, just like a raven. However, this poor bird is just a nocturnal animal that lives on smaller creatures such as rats and other pests. In certain cultures, owl is also associated with being dumb. However, many people don’t know that an owl is a very intelligent bird. In fact, it is also revered as a god in certain cultures.
Anyone who has seen the movie Jaws may be afraid of venturing near the waters due to the fear of the hungry shark waiting to grab any human being near the seashore. Though movies have glorified the ferociousness of a shark, the truth is a bit different from this. Sharks would definitely like to stay away from meat they are not familiar with. A shark may attack someone just because it mistakes the person to be a sea lion or some other animal. The great white sharks are known to have a very bad eyesight. The only way they can test what they are eating is by taking tiny bites of it. Human flesh is one of the last things a shark likes. Anyone who is attacked by shark may have lost a piece or two of their flesh and not the entire body.
You may ask me as to why dolphin would be one of the most misunderstood animals. Those cute, sweet and friendly mammals that are known for showing so many tricks cannot be ferocious, right? Well, there may be positive misconceptions as well. No doubt that dolphin is a friendly animal. But people who know the truth know that dolphins too are predators. They are powerful, intelligent, cunning, fiercely territorial and lethal killers. They can be quite unforgiving when they torment other animals and sometimes pups of their own species. There are few cases of attack on humans as well.
Ah!! Those creepy, crawly disgusting creatures that thrive in the dark while destroying food!! That definitely is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about cockroaches. What good can come out of them? Well... Actually, they are born scavengers. Most species of cockroaches live a typical insect’s life recycling decaying vegetation, helping in pollination and sometimes even preying on harmful insects. I bet, you didn’t know that they are hygienic creatures in reality. They perhaps keep themselves cleaner than many humans. They are just as dirty as their surroundings. It is extremely difficult for them to transmit dirt. So, if you are blaming a cockroach in your house for spreading diseases, you may want to first start blaming yourself for not keeping your house neat.
Now, how can a porcupine be a misunderstood animal? There are many people who fear porcupines and stay far from them because they think that these animals “shoot” their quills. Derek Small, the director of Wildlife Encounters Zoo says that this is not true. A porcupine cannot shoot its poisonous quills, but it can definitely release them into the face of some animal that starts sniffing it a little too close.
So, here is a list of 6 most misunderstood animals. What other animals would you add to this list?