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‘Scary’ Animals Aren’t So Scary

Halloween is a time to revel in scary stories and cheap thrills. Unfortunately, a lot of our annual practices end up promoting harmful myths about animals. The truth is that all these creatures have more to fear from humans than humans do from them. These animals really aren’t so scary. In fact, they can be downright adorable.

BLACK CATS

Black Cat Tim.jpg© Diane Nicoll

Because of superstitions about black cats being unlucky, they’re the least likely kind of cat to be adopted from animal shelters. However, not all cultures have felt the same way about them.

• Ancient Egyptians revered cats. The goddess Bast was believed to take the form of a black cat, leading many Ancient Egyptians to own them.
• U.K. legend maintains that owning a black cat is good luck. King Charles I loved his black cat so much that he insisted on having the animal guarded around the clock.
• In England, sailors’ wives believed that owning black cats would protect their husbands while at sea.
• Scottish folklore tells that a visit by a black cat to your porch will bring prosperity.

BATS

•Megabats, also known as “flying foxes,” are vegetarians! They live off fruit and nectar.
•Vampire bats are actually nothing like what the scary stories would have you believe. They don’t even suck blood—they lap it up. They don’t attack humans and don’t kill their prey, as they ingest only 2 tablespoons of blood a day.
•Some species of bats raise their young together in large nurseries. Even if there are thousands of bats in a nursery, a mother can always find her baby when she returns.

SNAKES

•There are more than 3,000 species of snakes in the world, and only about 350 of them are venomous.
•Snakes are deaf, and most have poor eyesight. Their strongest sense is that of smell, and they detect smells with their tongue.
•In Ancient Greece, snakes were believed to have healing powers, which is why most health-care symbols include a snake entwined around the Rod of Asclepius.
•According to Chinese wisdom, a snake in the house is a good omen. It means that no one will go hungry.

SPIDERS

•Humans aren’t the only ones to use music to set the mood. Certain species of male spiders pluck their web like a guitar to attract females.
•Although spiders are not usually known for social behavior, the whip spider caresses and snuggles with her young.
•A tarantula’s venom has a very low toxicity to humans. A bite would probably affect you in the same way that a small spider bite would.
•The golden wheel spider does cartwheels to escape predators.

Now that you know the shockingly unscary truth about these animals, those Halloween displays will probably seem a bit less spooky!

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  • Ann says:

    Some Humans need to be scared of themselves more than anything else on this planet became of their stupidity, ignorance, nonsensical beliefs against innocent animals who harms no one.please look at your fellow humans as they’d are the ones who rape. Torture, murder , imprison and perform the most heinous acts of brutality on humans . It’s humans you must be afraid of and not the harmless helpless animals.

  • Charlotte says:

    I would never think of a black cat being unlucky and bats are one of the sweetest creatures! Snakes are one of the lucky-est animals I think and spiders are beautiful, I am just becoming to be brave when spotting a spider but I would never dream of hurting the gorgeous creatures! Xxx Why would anyone think these animals are unlucky!

  • Maple says:

    Golden wheel spider looks awesome!

  • Veronica says:

    The most scaring animal is the human…

  • Louise Duplante says:

    Mimi was black and Snoopy orange tabby. Mimi like Snoopy brought lots of love in our lives. They played together for 6 years. They were both affection, loving, playful pets. There is no bad luck in having Mimi who is black. After he died Snoopy looked everywhere for his playmate. Now Snoopy is gone who was with us for 9 years. We missed them both. Black is just one of the beautiful colours we have. Both our cats had big hearts . The last thing Mimi did was give rub his head with mine before he died and Snoopy his paw. There is no bad luck in having a black cat. Adopt one and you will see. :-)

  • Crazy Cat Lady says:

    I’ve been married for 45 years and all my kitties have been Black…until I adopted Purrkins. She’s a beautiful gray longhaired kitty who sleeps right next to me every night. Black cats are actually the number one favorite color of cats according to a poll taken by Cat Fancy magazine!

  • joe says:

    I usually vacuum up spiders and release them outside.

  • MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRER says:

    NO HAY QUE CREER EN SUPERTICIONES, ESTO ES SOLO UNA DISCULPA PARA MALTRATAR ANIMALES, YO RESPETO ABSOLUTAMENTE A TODOS LOS ANIMALES, PERO ADMITO QUE CUANDO ERA CHICA, ME DABAN MUCHO MIEDO LOS GATOS NEGROS Y LOS SAPOS, PERO DESPUES QUE FUE CRECIENDO FUI TOMANDO CONCIENCIA QUE TODO ESTA SUPERTICIONES DE GENTE IGNORANTE.

  • Tonya says:

    They forgot to mention rats. They’re very affectionate, playful, and experience emotions just like any other living being. They’re intelligent, you can teach them tricks and to respond to their name just like a cat or dog, you can even litter train them. They’re just awesome loving little beings. I ♥ my <3( )~~~

  • Jacqueline says:

    I used to be terrified of spiders, but as I learned more about them, I became comfortable with them. Now I adore them! I won’t kill them & I have many different species living all over my basement apartment. It may sound weird, but they’re my little friends.

  • Minerva Krueger says:

    I rescued 2 black cats. They are the sweetest kitties. They give our family so much joy and love. Sometimes they crack me up with the hilarious things they do :-)

  • Nola says:

    I love black cats, share my home with one now, and have had several over the years. They are just as beautiful and loving as any other color or breed of cat. Bats, snakes and spiders are all part of the ecosystem, and as such, should be protected. I will go out of my way to not hurt a spider. If I find one in the house, I gently catch it in a container and take it outside. Funny how in this day and age, silly superstitions about such creatures are still so prevalent!!!

  • Anna says:

    Awwwwww! I think all of the above animals are adorable. :P I have a beautiful black cat named Jason who actually came up to me on Halloween night, 2012, hungry and in danger due to people who harm black cats during the season. I happen to be a witch and I hate it when people blame us for this cruelty. Animals are sacred to me, we can learn so much from them.

  • Mayhem says:

    Another comment about Black Cats for the British Isles. Winston Churchill believed Black Cats are lucky and would stroke any he came across. It was often claimed that this gave him the luck to see through the Battle of Britain

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