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The Top Untrue Myths About Animals  

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We've heard all these things about animals and their behaviors and we've all believed them. In fact, many of these animal myths have been around for so long that people even get angry when you debunk them. However, these things are not facts and they have only anecdotal evidence (as in, you heard a story from a friend, who had a cousin, who knew a guy...) to back them up, not scientific data. These are 10 of the myths about animals that many people still believe, but which science tells us are just not true.

Are these untrue animal myths really true? That's up to you to decide but have fun taking a peek at these untrue myths about animals and their explanations.
Baby Birds Will Be Rejected By Their Mothers If Handled By People
Baby Birds Will Be Rejected By... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Untrue Myths About Animals
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The myth: Baby birds will be rejected by their moms if they come into contact with humans.

The truth: While it's probably for the best is commonly believed, this fact simply isn't true. This myth is rooted in the misconception that mother birds won't recognize the scene of their babies if they're picked up by humans, but in reality birds have a very bad sense of smell and don't notice the difference. Baby birds are often found alone because they're learning to fly. This myth is probably a result of well-meaning adults who didn't want children picking up baby birds and potentially injuring them. So, seriously, leave it be.

Wedding Rice Kills Birds
Wedding Rice Kills Birds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Untrue Myths About Animals
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The myth: When birds eat wedding rice, their bellies explode.

The truth: Who knows where this misconception came from, but it's definitely not true. Wedding rice typically is dehydrated rice, different from wild grains. Despite being a tradition that spans back to ancient Egypt, modern-day wedding planners have opted to use bubbles instead of rice for fear it's killing the poor little church birdies when it expands in their stomachs. But the truth is the rice doesn't expand enough to hurt the birds even a little bit. A research done at the University of Kentucky in 2002 showed regular bird seed expands in a stomach more than the rice does. So, really, wedding rice doesn't even constitute as a full meal for church birds. 

Bats Are Blind
Bats Are Blind is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Untrue Myths About Animals
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The myth: Bats are completely blind.

The truth: All bats can see to some extent - that's why they have eyes. No, but really. Bats can actually see really well, because they use both their eyesight and their "sonar" sight. Most bats employ echolocation (which is like a kind of sonar) allowing them to "see" in greater detail than any human ever could. How else do you think these little guys can locate the tiniest flying gnat in near-darkness?

Pit Bulls Are A Dangerous And Harmful Dog Breed
Pit Bulls Are A Dangerous And ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Untrue Myths About Animals
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The myth: Pit bulls are vicious killer dogs. 

The truth: Any dog is capable of attacking a human, and while the pit bull is no exception, the breed itself isn't more violent because of its DNA. It's kind of easy to pick on this dog because it is commonly bred to fight, but many breeds of dog were trained to kill things and they don't get banned from parks or buildings simply because of their breed. German shepherds, rottweilers, dobermans, and chows are all bred from a line of "aggressors." Pit bulls are only aggressive when they've been trained to be that way.