Animal Tragic: Popular Misconceptions of Wildlife Through the Centuries

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Think Publishing Limited, 2005 - Nature - 160 pages
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Crocodiles lure unsuspecting, sympathetic victims towards them by crying. Hedgehogs steal apples by collecting them on their spikes. The chronicle of natural history is absolutely littered with mistaken notions like these, some embarrassing, some bizarre, and some downright hilarious. How did these fantasies ever come about? Take a look at a bevy of bestial boo-boos, wildlife no-nos, and artistic animal atrocities and discover the reality behind each myth. Among the astounding beliefs: that swallows hibernate under riverside mud (which explained their winter absence); that lemmings hurl themselves over cliffs (blame that one on Walt Disney); and that some creatures could kill with just a glance. Plus, there’s a look at misconceptions from everyday speech—including “blind as a bat.” (They’re not!)

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User Review  - Nic - Goodreads

Fun tidbits. I learned, among other things, that a panda actually IS a bear (whoah!), and that in addition to ligers and tiglons, there are leopons, jaglions, and more. Also contains lots of wacky animal-related beliefs people used to have of which I'd never heard. Read full review

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User Review  - Brad keil - Goodreads

This was entertaining and full of interesting facts. Read full review

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