Top 10 Animals Who Least Deserve Their Bad Reputation

Some animals get a worse reputation than others, and for the wrong reasons, period. (such as from how they are portrayed in the media rather than the real facts about them) In my honest opinion, there are animals who don't deserve their bad reputation.
The Top Ten
1 Cat The cat (Felis catus) is a domestic species of small carnivorous mammal.
It is the only domesticated species in the family Felidae and is often referred to as the domestic cat to distinguish it from the wild members of the family. A cat can either be a house cat, a farm cat or a feral cat; the latter ranges freely and avoids human contact.

Domestic cats are valued by humans for companionship and their ability to kill rodents. About 60 cat breeds are recognized by various cat registries. more.

People say "cats don't wag their tail" but they do and guess what? It means they are annoyed if it is sticking straight up then they are happy idiots.

Cats are my FAVORITE animal and I HATE people who say things like 'cats are evil' or 'cats are stupid, I hate them' and 'I am allergic to cats, I hate them' and other stuff. Seriously people! there was an abandoned baby a cat found in a box on the streets in the middle of winter. the cat sat on the baby to keep it warm and meowed to get the attention of a passerby. I understand why they wouldn't be your FAVORITE (not really) but the doesn't mean you have to hate them!

I've had my fair share of people who told me they hate cats. I had one person tell me he hates cats because one scratched him once. UM, HELLO?! That's plain stupid. ONE scratch and that's enough to get you to hat cats? I'll have you know there's literally a list on Wikipedia for fatal dog attacks. (I'm serious, go look it up.) Have you ever heard of a (domestic) cat killing someone? And also those cat videos on the internet give people the image that cats are dumb. They're just curious.

You know what really pisses me off? I've watched three comedy movies in the last few nights, and everyone one of them included a cat being injured, electrocuted, or pulverized. I don't understand why cat abuse is so funny! Dogs get treated like saints in movies, yet cats get tortured and no one cares! Cats are beautiful, precious, adorable, and deserve better than this. Please, stop.

2 Dog The dog or domestic dog (Canis familiaris or Canis lupus familiaris) is a domesticated descendant of the wolf, and is characterized by an upturning tail. The dog is derived from an ancient, extinct wolf, and the modern wolf is the dog's nearest living relative. The dog was the first species to be domesticated, by hunter–gatherers over 15,000 years ago, before the development of agriculture. Due to their long association with humans, dogs have expanded to a large number of domestic individuals and gained the ability to thrive on a starch-rich diet that would be inadequate for other canids. more.

Humans should be nowhere near this list! They do deserve their bad reputation! They start wars, abuse and even kill innocent animals and other people. They are also the reason half of these animals get their bad reputation because they teach them to be that way. Pit bulls and huskies are definitely two of the most misunderstood dog breeds because people always come up with these stereotypes about them being evil when most of them are actually really sweet unless of course, the owners train them otherwise, but that's the owners' fault, not the dogs'!

I have 4 dogs 1 is a pitbull, we were fostering one though that um, had a rough path and injured my sweet mini boxer-lab-collie-Norfolk terrier mix, Sunny. he's still waiting for someone to adopt him. He got a warning from the society, and has to be muzzled out of the house or around other dogs. He was actually probably trying to play with Sunny. He's 94.2 pounds! She's only 42.7

OK, this is the first animal that is on the list for being mistaken as harmless. Dogs kill 10,000 people per year (because of mistreatment and rabies). Have you ever met a dog defending something? Well, they can be just as ferocious as a cobra (spitting venom) or bees (stings) when doing so. Besides, people hate cats and love dogs...
this thing is making me go insane.

They are always made out to be vicious monsters that will rip your skull out, but I knew a pit bull that has never bitten or even really barked at anyone, and she was great with kids. Sadly, she passed away a few years ago, but she was one of the calmest, sweetest dogs I ever knew.

3 Shark Sharks are a group of elasmobranch fish characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton, five to seven gill slits on the sides of the head, and pectoral fins that are not fused to the head. Modern sharks are classified within the clade Selachimorpha (or Selachii) and are the sister group to the rays. However, more.

There is nothing scary about sharks if you stay away from the deeper part of the ocean, and even so, sharks are more interested in eating fish than humans, and due to their poor eyesight, would only mistaken a human for a sample. More people die from falling coconuts and even toilets, than they would from being bitten by sharks. (Seriously, I am not making this up! )

When humans get rid of the sharks then we'd end up having to do their job. Just like what happened with deer, we have to kill them to keep the balance of nature. Once the Sharks go and we don't do a good enough job, all of the algae will be eaten, and then goodbye oxygen, good bye life as we know it.

Sharks are amazing animals. Jaws made them into monsters. Humans kill thousands of them every year. Honestly, I would swim with a shark but not a dolphin. I have swam with blacktip reef sharks before and my knee was bleeding. The sharks didn't even acknowledge my presence.

I honestly love shark movies, like Jaws, but I don't like the message they give about sharks. they're portrayed as heartless, bloodthirsty maneaters. They only attack humans because they mistake us for their natural prey.

4 Snake Snakes are elongated, limbless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes. Like all other squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with several more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads (cranial kinesis). To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs (such as kidneys) appear one in front of the other instead of side by side, and most have only one functional lung. Some species retain a pelvic girdle with a pair of vestigial claws on either side of the cloaca. Lizards have evolved elongate bodies without limbs or with greatly reduced limbs more.

I have never seen the movie anaconda, but I read some reviews, and the movie said that they could grow to be 40 feet long, at least 15 feet longer than the average length of the snake in real life! For the record, they don't (Intentionally) regurgitate prey. After a large meal, they actually just sit and wait for the food to digest. My dad's friend saw the movie and it is the one reason she hates snakes. She is now afraid that my small corn snake will eat two cats. No animal should be hated because of a movie.

A lot of times, reason people hate snakes is because of religion, how their portrayed in fiction, or just because they're different from us, I find it ridiculous that so many people don't like them in someway or other or their just jumping on the bandwagon of hatred towards snakes.

They're portrayed as evil, sinful creatures throughout fiction for no reason, but you know what? If it weren't for snakes, then farmers would have a rodent problem, so they can help out our environment like any other wild animal.

How are they evil? I even had a dream about how a snake looked evil, but then instead of hurting me, he looked at me for a while and then he was happy! I had a pet snake in my classroom once and she was nice!

5 Fox Foxes are small to medium sized animals and belong to the Canidae family along with other animals such as jackals, wolves, and domestic dogs. There are 37 species of fox but only 12 are considered true Vulpes. A fox's prey is small mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, eggs, insects, worms, fish, crabs, mollusks, fruits, berries, vegetables, seeds, fungi and carrion. Some of the best known species of fox are the fennec fox, red fox, gray fox, arctic fox, and the swift fox. Foxes are considered one of the most adaptable animals because it can live on almost every continent. Foxes range from all different colors and habitats. Foxes can be a deep red, a light tan, or white. If you are lucky enough you more.

Ruined by the mess known as the 'furry fandom', who see them as sex objects of some kind. They aren't sexy and are great, clever animals who can adapt to the environment. They don't deserve this awful treatment the furries want to give them. Some other people don't want them bothering their chickens, or whatever animals they're farming or raising.

I'm a furry and honestly, the gross part of the fandom is disgusting. I don't see foxes as sex objects, instead I see them as beautiful animals.

I'm a furry and I don't see foxes as sex symbols. I see them as beautiful, mysterious animals, but they are also adorable. I love foxes.

People hate them because they kill livestock, but they're only doing it to get food. Plus, people hunt them for their fur to make "coats". #PAYBACK

6 Spider

People are only scared of them because they LOOK pretty creepy. You don't have a very high chance of being bitten, unless you live in Australia.

They may look scary, but spiders don't bite. Unless threatened. If they bite, the poison is not that deadly, but to make sure, go to a doctor. But I ain't scared of spiders. I love them sooo much killing them makes me get angry of the killer

Sometimes I get scared of them, but they are important and don't deserve all that hate.

This should be higher than cats! Cats hardly even have a bad reputation!

7 Crow

With the possible exception of maybe the blue jay, corvids (I.e. crows, ravens) have gotten a horrible reputation because of their looks or something else, when the fact is that they can be really intelligent birds.

They're extremely smart, and yet neglected and killed!

They're wonderful creatures!

8 Wolf The wolf (Canis lupus), also known as the gray wolf or grey wolf, is a large canine native to Eurasia and North America. More than thirty subspecies of Canis lupus have been recognized, and gray wolves, as popularly understood, comprise wild subspecies. The wolf is the largest extant member of the family more.

Ruined by wolfaboos... They worship wolves to the point they'll flip on anyone who doesn't share the same opinion about wolves to them. I love wolves, but boy I was a wolfaboo once and I regret my actions. In fact there's people who think anyone who loves wolves is a wolfaboo. I love wolves, but I know they're not perfect. They are still beautiful creatures, though.

I don't know why they deserve this, but I just love drawing wolfs to me they are amazing animals and I can't think they evolved into dogs but they did it.

Wolves are known as mean carnivores who eat deer and other small woodland creatures, but they are related to dogs. Dogs are man's best friend. Wolves are so super awesome they don't deserve a bad reputation.

Absolutely right! People actually think wolves are dumb because they howl at the moon for no reason. But I think those people are dumb because they have put down these beautiful creatures for no reason.

9 Bat Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera. With their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more agile in flight than most birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium. The smallest bat, and more.

They're always seen as "monsters" by most people when the fact is that, like spiders, they eat harmful insects and aren't so bad after all. Some other bats also eat fruit.

They are so cute! I went to Mexico once and saw a few! They are cute, and be Lamborghini named

Well, they eat Mosquitos, so they really aren't so bad.

10 Hyena Hyenas or hyaenas are any feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Hyaenidae /haɪˈɛnᵻdiː/. With only four extant species, it is the fifth-smallest biological family in the Carnivora, and one of the smallest in the class Mammalia.

If you look at all predators, Hyenas are no less violent, opportunistic or vicious than others. A lot of carnivores and omnivores go for carcasses, and there is an example of them being quite placid inside one African town (I don't remember the name). Cats should not be so high, since they have been known to decimate some bird populations (Stephens Island Wren).

Hyenas are actually very beneficial to the ecosystem, and most of the time, they hunt 80% of their food. It is the lions that usually scavenge kills from hyenas more often than the other way around. (no offense to lion fans) I don't get why the hyena should be a bad guy species when, in reality, not all hyenas are bad.

Should be higher on this list. It's The Lion King's fault that this matriarchal species have an undeserving bad reputation. Hyenas in real-life are very intelligent and helpful for the environment, unlike the awful henchmen in the movie. Stereotypers need to do their research.

Hyenas suck, I'd kill their babies for no reason. They eat alive, steal food, kill baby prey animals (foals, calves, pups, piglets, cubs), if it weren't for their jaws, they'd be the stupidest, crappiest and weakest predators on the planet

The Contenders
11 Rat Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. "True rats" are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.

Blaming rats for the Black Death In the mid-1300s, the outbreak of bubonic plague known as the Black Death killed an estimated 75 million people. Rats were initially blamed, but it was later determined that the disease was actually transmitted by the fleas of warm-blooded mammals in general, not just rats. Rats appeared responsible because they are so common, but they weren't the only culprits.

Often portrayed as the 'evil' counterpart to mice, and even if an original story features a mouse villain, the adaption has to change it into a rat for the sake of the dumb and ridiculous stereotypes. (I.e. The Mouse King was changed to 'The Rat King' in some versions of The Nutcracker story) In fact, rats can actually be intelligent, adaptable and are one of the few animals capable of showing emotion.

They don't carry the plague! It was the fleas all along. My friend has 3 pet rats and they are really cute.

Let's not forget that Chuck E. Cheese was originally a rat, then was changed into a mouse for cliche reasons.

12 Grizzly Bear The grizzly bear less commonly called the silvertip bear, is any North American morphological form or subspecies of brown bear.
13 Chicken The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals, with a population of more than 19 billion as of 2011.
14 Mouse A mouse is a small rodent characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, a body-length scaly tail and a high breeding rate. The best known mouse species is the common house mouse. It is also a popular pet.

Mice probably has the worst reputation out of all animals. Similar to rats, they're considered ugly, scary, disgusting creatures, while they're actually cute and pretty animals. They work perfectly as pets as well.
Most underrated animal ever.

15 Dingo The dingo is a wild dog found in Australia. Its exact ancestry is debated, but dingoes are generally believed to be descended from semi-domesticated dogs from East or South Asia, which returned to a wild lifestyle when introduced by Aborigines into Australia.

Very cute pup awe!

16 Coyote

I'm sorry about the golf course behind your house and such. If you protect your pets, other family members, or such from coyotes, then they won't bother you. Heck, a large or powerful guard dog can tear a coyote apart, and even horses can kick or stomp a coyote if it gets too close to them, so not all pets or domestic animals are vulnerable to the coyote threat.

Not too different from that of wolves or foxes. However, unlike wolves and foxes, coyotes are still hated and seen as a threat by most people, today. If you can protect your pets or children from coyotes by keeping them away from danger, then you would have no problem.

Coyotes aren't as bad as people make them out to be. As long as you keep an eye on small pets and kids, you'll be fine.

Just like those stupid wolves, foxes and jackals. I dispise them! They're useless crap.

17 Pig A pig is any of the animals in the genus Sus, within the Suidae family of even-toed ungulates. Pigs include the domestic pig and its ancestor, the common Eurasian wild boar, along with other species; related creatures outside the genus include the peccary, the babirusa, and the warthog.

Often negatively stereotyped with the word "pig" being an insult to people who eat a lot, but what you don't know is that pigs can actually be very intelligent, and the only reason they roll in the mud is to keep themselves cool, since they have no sweat.

Pigs are adorable! I mean when someone calls you that (like my brother cause I'm eating a lot but I like eating) just ignore them. It means that you are smart and on the plus side you don't get turned into bacon (no offense pigs) My birthday is coming up so I want a pig so I'm excited

They're actually clean animals, from what I've heard.

Pigs are one of the smartest animals on earth.

18 Bobcat The bobcat is a North American cat that appeared during the Irvingtonian stage of around 1.8 million years ago.

Bubsy haters. Enough said.

Bubsy's the reason. Need I say more?

It's all Bubsy's fault!

19 Polar Bear The polar bear is a carnivorous bear whose native range lies largely within the Arctic Circle, encompassing the Arctic Ocean, its surrounding seas and surrounding land masses.

Polar bears aren't scary at all. They are super adorable and only hunt for food. You should actually feel pity for them because they may die out from global warming. (Shame on you! )

Exactly! No animal should die from global warming! Conservation needs all the support it can get to keep animals alive.

Often seen as being scary to some, but they're endangered animals so shooting one for fun is not right.

If there were no bears I would be upset and if I'm upset then my friends are upset and then it will lead to stress and stress leads to frustration and frustration leads to anger, anger leads to fighting and fighting leads to more anger and more anger leads to war and war causes separation and that = the end of earth

20 Eagle Eagle is the common name for many large birds of prey of the family Accipitridae. Eagles belong to several groups of genera, some of which are closely related. Most of the 60 species of eagle are from Eurasia and Africa. Outside this area, just 14 species can be found - 2 in North America, 9 in Central more.

Stupid, scummy Anti-American people are to blame.

The National Bird of the US is a great animal and deserves a good rep, not a bad one.

They're amazing animals, I don't get why they have a bad reputation.

How do they have a bad reputation?

21 Coydog

They have a terrible reputation!

They need a better reputation.

22 Human Humans (Homo sapiens) are the most abundant and widespread species of primate, characterized by bipedalism and large, complex brains. This has enabled the development of advanced tools, culture, and language. Humans are highly social and tend to live in complex social structures composed of many cooperating and competing groups, from families and kinship networks to political states. Social interactions between humans have established a wide variety of values, social norms, and rituals, which bolster human society. Curiosity and the human desire to understand and influence the environment and to explain and manipulate phenomena have motivated humanity's development of science, philosophy, mythology, more.

We do not deserve it. I hate how people try to act like humans are such evil animals like shut up traitors if you hate humans so much than go live in the forest with the animals. We fr the most part are amazing animals and probably the best animal on the planet. Sure there are bad people in this world, but not all of us are bad. Why aren't there evil animals? God gave us free will so some of us are good and some of us are bad but animals pretty much act like the rest of their species. God says that just one of us is worth more than a hundred sparrows. Also why when something is horrible do we call it inhumane? People tend to look at the bad parts of humanity, but we do a lot of good things like wildlife conservation. Cows contribute to climate change but do you see them trying to help reverse it? No. So please stop being an annoying stupid traitor and learn to love yourself as a human.

No, we do deserve it. We start wars, create terrorist groups, kill other people/animals for our own pleasure, and we are the ones that put the bad reputations on all of these animals in the first place.

While we are pretty messed up, I do agree that we humans are overused as villains in stories.

We are messed up, but we are overused as the villains.

23 Leopard The leopard is one of the five "big cats" in the genus Panthera. It is one of the most adaptable and the most widespread big cat; it's secrets being:well camouflaged fur; its opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, and strength to move heavy carcasses into trees; its ability to adapt to various more.

Pixolt, you are seriously messed up on so many levels. They're animals, they need to eat just like us and you say they need to die. At least they don't post cringy minecraft videos like you. Hate me I don't care.

Some species are endangered, people. Give the poor leopards a chance.

Why do people hate them? They're endangered, give them a chance.

24 Brown Bear

Why do Brown Bears even have a bad reputation? They are fun and they won't attack unless you attack them or unless you run away. If you know how to deal with the sight of a Bear, you will be just fine. If you don't, that's not the Bear's fault. That's your fault.

25 Vulture

I cannot believe that The Lion Guard made a vulture a bad guy alongside a hyena clan... Drats... Now that's another reason to have a dislike to the TLK franchise. Well, anyway, why would they have to be bad animals when they do a ' good job of scavenging the meat left by other animals? Even an issue of National Geographic said that vultures are vital, and not vile.

Yes! The lion guard ruins so many animals. Vultures are amazing animals that clean up the Earth and help the environment.

Vultures help the ecosystem as well. Helping clean the earth by eating decomposing carcasses.

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