There are many misleading animal myths out there (case in point: “blind as a bat”) — but did you know that some are actually based in truth? For instance, “crocodile tears” are kind of a real thing.
To separate animal facts from fiction, I visited the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, California and spoke with cofounders Paul Hahn and David Riherd. They helped me sort through nine interesting animal truths and myths that every science nerd should know.
Count them down with me in the video above and/or click the link below to read a transcript of the interview. Do you have any cool facts or funny myths to add to the list? Leave them at the bottom of the page in the comments section. Come on, talk nerdy to me!
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Sea Shepherd. Illegal Baby killers!
China volunteers. 900 dogs in cramped trucks!
Plus much more.