4 Animal Myths Exposed!

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

Many of the things you think you know about animals are wrong! Anthony goes down his list of favorite animal myths.

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Spider silk is a wonder of nature, but it’s not stronger than steel

“You must have heard that spider silk is stronger than steel. We all want to believe that there are wonder materials in nature that are far superior to human-made ones.”

Do the humps on camels hold water?

“No — a camel’s hump is a giant mound of fat, actually.”
A Bird in the Hand

“Claim: Handling a baby bird will cause its mother to reject it.”

Bird Senses: How Birds Use Their 5 Senses

“Birds depend on their senses for survival, and bird senses have adapted to give birds the edge they need to thrive.”

The Avian Sense of Smell

“Most birds are primarily “sight animals” as their superb eyes, colorful plumage, and nonacoustic signals attest.”

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Shyam Bhakta June 24, 2013 - 7:33 AM

The complete oxidation of fat in camels releases water, too. Beta-oxidation of the fat yields acetyl-CoA, which enters the citric acid cycle, which provides electrons to the mitochondrial electron transport chain, whose final electron acceptor is oxygen, yielding water when reduced by cytochrome C oxidase.
One triglyceride with 3 saturated 16-C fatty acids yields 33 Ac-CoA (with glycerol), which are oxidized to yield 165 e- using 66 H2O, yielding 17.5 H2O (3 e- & 1 H2O for glycerol->Ac-CoA).

Rick Ooi June 24, 2013 - 8:42 PM

I honestly thought mother bird will abadon their babies if I touch them…no wonder I never wash their nextboxes.

ReyoVR June 24, 2013 - 9:52 PM

The claim that spider silk is stronger than steel has always been based on its weight (which is true, since for the same weight of both materials, spider silk is at least 5 times as strong.) It is just that some people only take in the first half of the claim. As for the Cambridge lecturer, it wasn't a serious research article, the data cited to write that blog wasn't very accurate (I am talking about using data from the 80's).

porlae June 25, 2013 - 2:21 AM

if any kids gets h1n1 its on DNews! now sniff that bird poo and that dead birds kids! sniff it good!

porlae June 25, 2013 - 2:26 AM

by that logic feathers are stronger then Lead

TheaDragonSpirit June 25, 2013 - 2:28 AM

How can we get people to buy our product over rice at weddings? Tell them birds eat them and explode… Ha.

Pathik Patel June 25, 2013 - 2:29 AM

because bugs bunny

Crazy Nerd June 25, 2013 - 5:35 AM

Megaraptor has toe claws not hand claws. It's a misconception that is widely known but when the dinosaur was discovered they thought it was a hand claw but quickly realized that it was a toe claw instead.

mason henry June 26, 2013 - 9:51 AM

We think rabbits love carrots because you will see them in gardens the wil eat carrots but the tops that are leaves so they eat carrots they just left out the specific area, the tops

Kayla A. Stephen June 27, 2013 - 4:45 PM

Funny story anthony. My dad told me it was because it was the creation of buggs bunny. You know cuz him eating the carrot is the iconic thing. When in reality they love eating celery and carrots make them sick.

NibbleTheKitty June 28, 2013 - 4:38 AM

Dogs aren't completely colorblind. They CAN see colors, just not as much as we can.

Bulls dont get charge at red. In fact, they are colorblind so they only see shades of grey. They only charge because the flag thingy is moving, and nothing else is.

ThePassionFruit11 June 29, 2013 - 5:29 AM

HAHAHA 'Um guys…I'm an emu'

Noel Hutchins June 29, 2013 - 2:54 PM

Carrots were a bumper crop export from brittain, so the marketing of carrots stretched the facts, caliming many things, Such as: Snipers excelent visual accuity bieng credited to their carrot consumption, use as stubborn mule rewards, & miracle rabbit trap bait… Commercial word of mouth export marketing…

Noel Hutchins June 29, 2013 - 3:02 PM

Myth 1. Dogs care, Myth 2. you are smarter than an animal, Myth 3. Sheep are natural Myth 4. flying squirls don't look like rocky, Myth 5. Dolphins are peacefull…

Iosha June 30, 2013 - 2:53 PM

Just so you know, the picture you showed upon the word 'Kiwi' was an Emu.

Jesse James June 30, 2013 - 4:06 PM

ANIMAL MYTH BUSTED! Pitbull's aren't mean dogs.

ellock1998 July 1, 2013 - 8:05 PM

If you cut a worm in half it will not grow into two new worms… if anything, you will have a dead worm carcass…

temporary1234m July 2, 2013 - 12:56 AM

That is true! It's all in how they are trained!

SpyCzech July 2, 2013 - 10:31 AM

Why is a related video titled "Mare first Time Mating deep"

jLyf July 2, 2013 - 6:27 PM

My nation's iconic bird got mistaken for an emu LOL that was awkward
but at least there was a caption which recognized the mistake.

chelsea BJD July 3, 2013 - 8:45 AM

No such thing as a poisonous snake.

Sarah Lee Stones July 4, 2013 - 3:13 PM

The rabbit/carrot thing:

It goes back to an old Clark Gable movie from 1934 called It Happened One Night. There was a scene where Gable was talking around a carrot he was chewing on and the animators for Bugs Bunny depicted Bugs doing the same, in an open parody of the scene that audiences of the time would have immediately recognized. That became standard Bugs Bunny behavior, and what followed was 75 years of kids growing up thinking that rabbits were carrot junkies.

(From cracked.com)

Will Bowers July 5, 2013 - 5:57 AM

There are poisonous snakes, I think three of four known species if I remember correctly. But most snakes are venomous, where they kill by injecting into the blood, rather than poisonous, that is what eats them dies.

LeftGarrow July 6, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Except, as a rabbit owner, I can tell you that they DO eat them. Wood is used to gnaw down their teeth, not carrots. Carrots are a treat for them – however, if they eat too much, the overdose of sugar is incredibly bad for them. A few small carrots here and there is great to EAT (not just chew?), but too much is very bad.

Kiweh July 9, 2013 - 2:17 AM

Nope, you don't. It's a sad fact.

Callum Suttle July 10, 2013 - 11:32 PM

Walt Disney pushed lemmings of a cliff to keep up the myth

Breana Rinker July 11, 2013 - 5:15 AM

here's a truth for a myth that barely anyone knows. Most people think that milk is good for cats right? No! if you give a cat cows milk then it will have diarrhea and an upset stomach!
sorry for ruining your life

PiPiPasto July 12, 2013 - 8:34 PM

Anthony i think you're the best host to this show! Good job man!

xXSlaughter3dXx July 14, 2013 - 7:22 AM

PERIODS.
use them!

NewFormofSilence July 15, 2013 - 6:24 PM

That's not entirely true. Like a lot of humans, cats lose the ability to efficiently digest milk once they grow up. In humans, it's called lactose-intolerance. But it's not a black and white thing. Even lactose intolerant people and animals can digest a little milk, some more, some less. So it's ok to give the cat a little milk, but if yours really loves the stuff, buy special low-lactose milk.

NewFormofSilence July 15, 2013 - 6:30 PM

Quite possibly. As in "I may not know you've been naughty when I wasn't around, but *insert deity* will know and punish you!". Works well on children and those who have never improved their cognitive capabilities beyond that of children, i.e. reoughly 50% of the world population.

Marshmallow Pie August 14, 2013 - 12:15 PM

Only 4? ):

JB Offroad August 21, 2013 - 9:09 AM

Only god knows for sure.

Ken Marin August 28, 2013 - 7:41 PM

Carrots are good fo your eye's and I've never seen a rabbit wearing glasses….. Creationism science at it's best right there. ;)

picatooakal August 29, 2013 - 5:28 PM

NOOOOOO!! that camel!! who said that its back humps have stored water! now I know the fact.

ajbeals August 30, 2013 - 8:36 PM

That was a picture of an emu; not a kiwi.

Lenora Powers October 17, 2013 - 6:03 AM

Opossums do not get rabies!

Tuan Truong February 2, 2014 - 9:30 AM

My dad put his fingers on a rabit and is mom never came back

Christopher Fernandez March 23, 2014 - 5:19 AM

Um… am I the only person to realize that the "Kiwi" he showed in the video was not a kiwi at all but an emu? I guess I was.

Lance Loeser April 15, 2014 - 10:44 AM

Rabbits like carrots because bugs bunny likes carrots. That's where we get it from.

Phillip244 May 12, 2014 - 9:18 PM

Yay so i can hold birds, one made a nest on a reef at my door XD

Atticus Klass May 22, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Mr hat was an emu not a kiwi

Cloverfang June 1, 2014 - 7:52 AM

Oooo Ooooooooooo um If you cross a black cat, you get bad luck :-/ REALLY! MY CAT IS BLACK AND CROSSES MY STUPID PATH 50 TIMES A DAY XDDDDDDD

RB Castmeyer February 8, 2018 - 11:41 PM

Actually I once touched a hummingbird's nest with 3 eggs and when she came back she broke them all. She left and never came back.

project zorgo is fake February 23, 2018 - 11:50 PM

A common misconception is that a blue whale can swallow a car