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5 Myths About Animals Everyone Thinks Are True

5 Myths About Animals Everyone Thinks Are True

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Animals are fascinating. It’s hard to comprehend just how many different species there are, especially to those who aren’t zoologists or biologists, which is why there are a lot of myths about certain animals which have stayed within the world’s consciousness over the years.

Here are five myths about animals which everyone thinks are true when, in reality, it’s all rubbish!

Bats are blind

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The saying ‘you’re blind as a bat’ has been around for donkey’s years, but is it actually true? The notion that a bat should be blind because it primarily uses sonar to guide its way round trees and walls is one that’s been perceived common knowledge for ages, but in reality, it’s actually not true. Sure, bats do have very small eyes, but they can actually see pretty well. Sonar is still their preferred vision, but their eyes are definitely in workable condition.

Old dog, new tricks

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Again, this is another classic saying and another myth which is actually untrue. Saying that you ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is fair enough, but in reality even an dog, with a few weeks training, should be able to pick up the basic tricks of rolling over, sitting and fetching. It’s probably relevant to point out the saying should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it applies more to humans than it does dogs.

You’re never too far away from a spider

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Many people believe you’re never more than three feet away from a spider. That is, without any question, a scary prospect, and it originally came from Norman Platnick, an arachnologist, who pointed out that, in the realms of probability, you’re ‘probably no more than a few yards away from a spider’. The important word there is ‘probably’. That word changes everything.

Sure, there are shed loads of spiders within every mile of the country, but you’re more likely to within a few feet of a spider if you’re stood in a field than you would be sat at home.

Wait; what’s that on your wall?

Death sex

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One of the best myths surrounding anything in the world has to be the praying mantis. According to popular belief, after sex, the female praying mantis bites the head off the male – as if to suggest that this will be his first and last time. And she isn’t joking; she’ll then go about his entire caucus, to ensure he actually is dead.

As amazing as this myth is, it’s actually untrue. Sure, scientists found this was occurring when they were watching the insects have sex in a laboratory under high-intensity lights, but when they realised they could be messing up the mantis’ mojo they placed hidden cameras in the tanks instead – and saw some interesting results. Guess what happened? That’s right; they just had sex. No death. No head-biting. Just sex. Lovely.

Goldfish can’t remember

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It’s one of the most long-standing myths ever and it is just not true. Goldfish do have memory capacity more than three seconds worth – in fact, their memory can stretch quite a lot further than you’d think. Experiments suggest goldfish can remember up to around five months, meaning the myth that’s been around for decades is about anything but factually correct.

So there you have it; some of the most popular myths regarding animals which aren’t actually true. Did you believe any?

Author: This article was compiled by Andy Graven who works for Invisible Fence, providers of invisible pet fences.



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Arctic Animals

Arctic Animals

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The Arctic is a polar region situated in the most northerly region of the planet. It is an area which is made up of several different countries including the US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia and Russia. This is a place which is extremely hostile in terms of its climate with an ocean covered by ice. This is not an environment for the faint hearted as the temperatures in the summer are on average -10 degrees whereas in the winter this drops to as low as -68 degrees. High winds regularly make the conditions even worse. Of course, this means that the wildlife in the Arctic includes species which we will not see anywhere else in the world. Here we take a look at six of the coolest animals around.

Arctic Hare

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These cute little creatures are much like their southern counter parts with the exception of their brilliant white coats. They tend to dig holes in the snow in order to keep warm. The hares will feed on berries, leaves and buds. They can run at speeds of around 40 mph which helps them evade the arctic wolves and foxes.

Arctic Fox

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Not many people would have heard of the arctic fox but it is one of the most abundant species in the northern hemisphere. They are known for their exceptional hearing which helps them hunt out their prey which is usually much smaller animals such as voles, lemmings and the arctic hare above.

Harp Seals

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These seals seem rather small at first sight but are indeed on average over 6ft long and weigh over 400lbs. They are particularly distinctive due to their pure black eyes surrounded by white blubbery bodies. They spend most of their time in the ocean and have extremely good vision.

Arctic Tern

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These birds are a common sight in the region. Although they do not reside exclusively in the Arctic, they will breed near the North Pole before they head off on an 11,000 mile flight to the Antarctic where they spend the winter. They have an exceptionally long life span, averaging 30 years. Diets include fish and small marine animals.

Puffin

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One of the few animals in the Arctic displaying any colour, these coastal birds generally exist in colonies on cliffs and islands. Their bright orange beaks are not just there for show as they are used for catching prey as they dive under the sea water. This is one of the reasons it is known as the ‘sea parrot’.

Musk Oxen

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These animals are quite large and are considered as one of the main sources of subsistence for the Eskimos, providing food and clothing. Their name is derived from the fact that the males let off a really strong odour which is used to attract females. Musk oxen have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.

Author: This article was compiled by the team at Ladbrokes.com.



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Crocheted Handmade Animals and Dolls for Kids

Crocheted Handmade Animals and Dolls for Kids

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While there are many dolls for kids from a plastic in classic retail shops, many of them are potentionally treats. We hear everyday that we should not buy this one or these ones because they contain something toxic. Probably it is time to check some handmade dolls or create it really yourself. It can be not just fun making it, but an interesting doll for your kid, like these crocheted handmade animals and dolls.

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Photo Credit: Wednesday Elf – Mountainside Crochet (CC BY 2.0)



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World oldest animals

World oldest animals

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turtle World oldest animalsJonathan the tortoise and Mischief the cat may have hit the headlines for their longevity, but there are plenty of other creatures giving them a run for their money in the age stakes.

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This photo of a tortoise was taken on the island of St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean. The tortoise, named Jonathan, still lives there today. He may be the world’s oldest living animal.

A spokesman for the island’s tourist board said Jonathan is owned by the St Helena government and lives in the specially built plantation on the governor’s land.

He said: “Jonathan is the sole survivor of three tortoises that arrived on St Helena Island in 1882.

“He was already mature when he arrived and was at least 50-years-old.

“Therefore his minimum age is 176-years-old. He is the oldest inhabitant on St Helena and is claimed to be the oldest living tortoise in the world.

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Icelandic scientists have found a 400-year-old clam, nearly twice as old as any other animal in history.

The clam — a qahog or, technically, Arctica islandica — spent those centuries in the frigid Atlantic waters off Iceland’s north coast. As the press release notes, “When this animal was a juvenile, King James I replaced Queen Elizabeth I as English monarch, Shakespeare was writing his greatest plays Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth and Giordano Bruno was burnt at the stake for espousing the view that the Sun rather than the Earth was the centre of the universe.”

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Rabbit: Fourteen-year-old George, from Tewksbury, Massachusetts in the US, was recognised as the oldest rabbit in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records earlier this year.

The average life expectancy of a rabbit is six to eight years, making George an estimated 160 years old in human terms. His owners met at college and fed their pet Doritos.

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Cat: Spike, a ginger and white tom, died two months after his 31st birthday in July 2001 – making him the world’s oldest cat.

He was bought for two shillings and sixpence in London’s Brick Lane market in 1970 and nearly died at the age of 19 when he was attacked by a dog.

Spike’s owners, from Bridport in Devon, used to put aloe vera gel into his cat food.

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Spider: The world’s oldest spider is thought to have been a female from the Theraphosidae family, which lived up to the age of 28. The bird-eating arachnid was captured in Mexico in 1935.

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Dog: At 29, black Labrador Bella was thought to be the oldest dog in the UK until her death in September.

She was bought from an RSPCA sanctuary 26 years ago and lived out her long life in Derbyshire.

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Guinea Pig: The average age for a guinea pig may be between five and eight years, but the official record is 14 years and 10 and a half months.

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Monkey: Bueno, a black spider monkey, died in 2005 at the age of 53 and was thought to be the world’s eldest monkey.

She lived a “stress-free” life at the Japan Monkey Centre in Aichi, 150 miles west of Tokyo. The average black spider monkey lives for between 30 and 33 years.

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Goldfish: Tish beat all the records by living to a ripe old age of 43 after being won a funfair in Doncaster in 1956.

As he aged, his scales faded from orange to silver but his owner Hilda Hand said the key to his longevity was not feeding him too much and placing him in the sun every now and then.



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