If human have myths, legends and tales to live on, the animal kingdom can boast of some fascinating if not strange misconceptions. From angry bulls, dancing snakes to flying fish, the animal kingdom is spared with misconceptions some of which comes from animated movies and cartoons. Read one to learn which is true and which is not. We have compiled a list so that you can know the facts.
1. Bulls are Color Blind Bull
fight is a common sport in Spain and few other European countries, and surely is enjoyed by many millions around. Game is simple, either matador or bull makes its way out of arena in the end. It is a common misconception that the bull gets furious by the red capes held by matador that “forces” bull to run towards it. Interestingly bulls are green and red color blind! So it is not about the color but it is actually the movement of red fabric that makes the bull go wild!
2. Snakes are Deaf
3. Fish Can Fly
We all know that fish spent its entire life swimming below the surface of water and need to stay underwater for its survival. But did you know that there are some species who have also learned, practiced and mastered the art of flying. These flying fish belongs to the fish family Exocoetidae, consisting of 64 species grouped in seven to nine genera. To get away from its predator, flying fish using its large pectoral fins take short glided flights to propel themselves out of the water. By swishing its tail to about 50-70 times per second, flying fish are able to muster up enough momentum to burst through the surface. In so doing, it could rise into the air up to 11 meters and glide up to 50 meters.
4. Turtle Can Never Get Out Of Their Shells
5. Bats are Not Blind
6. Elephant do not have thick Skin
7. Owls Can Turn Their Heads All the Way Around
8. Fish can walk
9. Penguins do not exist only in Black and White Color
People have few misconceptions about penguins too and one of them is that they exist only in black and white color. Fact is, there are penguins with gray, blue, orange and yellow shades! Most of penguins have bright colorful feathers with really bright orange beak, pink feet or sometimes red eyes that adds unique beauty in them. One more thing about penguins that they are not considered mammals or fish; instead they are called birds even though they can’t fly and spend all of their time on land and water.
10. Flying Squirrels "Fly" Through the Air
Technically, flying squirrels do not fly, they glide. These nocturnal rodents are smaller than familiar gray squirrels and have big eyes that help them see during nighttime hunting and foraging. The squirrel has a fold of skin on each wrist that connects to the ankle of the back leg on the same side. When the squirrel leaps, extending its limbs outward, the folds of skin spread out, allowing the animal to glide up to 200 feet. The squirrel uses its flat, broad tail to direct the glide and maintain stability. So while it appears that the squirrel is “flying,” it is essentially making a lengthy jump.