Top Ten Most Misunderstood Animals

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So many animals have been given a bad name by human culture and it's all mindless and unfair. These are the ones who have been given the worst name.

The Top Ten

1 Sharks Sharks Sharks are a group of 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. Sharks have been around before the earth's first dinosaurs and even the earth's first trees.

People die more often by toilets than by sharks. Seriously... I'm not making this up.

Sharks don't kill humans because they are mean, they sometimes think they are seals. Also, we pull their fins off and leave them to die in the ocean so we can make soup. #PAYBACK - ToptenPizza

Actually, nowadays there is evidence that sharks don't mistake humans for seals, as they attack humans in a totally different way to seals. - Flamesofsilver

I have mentioned this in another list, but yeah, sharks are seriously misunderstood. It is probably down to film portrayals, their appearance and perhaps their attitude towards their offspring in most species, but most people probably only consider the last two because they compare them to humans (I don't know whether this is true, I'm just guessing).

From what I heard from beach guards in Egypt, sharks only attack you if you're bleeding or if they think you're weak or dead. So if a shark hits you slightly, and you've tensed your muscles and you're firm to touch, it's most likely to swim away. - KarenBridges

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2 Gorillas Gorillas Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa.

Why do gorillas represent violence? I mean, they are very gentle and rarely start violence, when they pound their chest it's to seem tough, but they don't want to fight. Watch the YouTube video "KoKo the gorrila cries over loss of kitten" - ToptenPizza

Gorillas are endangered because of trophy hunting even though they have almost never hurt anyone despite their immense power

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Human DNA Is The Same As The Great Apes (Gorillas Are One Of Them) 98% Of The Time So It's A Bit Wired To Not Be Able To Understand Them. - 12cc

Rip Harambe - PhantomPowah

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3 Wolves Wolves Often in/from packs, Wolves are carnivorous Canines that come in various colours and breeds, and have evolved to Dogs. Some breeds of Wolves are, like Dogs, domesticated, to become a Working Dog.

I find it ironic that the predator in a story is the bad guy, considering most of the population isn't a vegetarian or a vegan. The big bad wolf is bad for eating pigs, but we eat pigs. Anyway, wolves rarely attack humans, and are very loyal. - ToptenPizza

Wolves yup there comes the wolf to eat them there not that deadly they only attack when threatened I hate that wolves are always the animal that attacks the hero like in stories they will kill everyone and the hero and kill everything and the predator that does is always wolf they look like careless animals but there not they love there youngs and care a lot about them

I think wolves should be the most misunderstood animal because they really are harmless, wolves are actually afraid of humans and would rather stay away from human habitats. They of corse are going to raid farms because if chickens pigs cows and sheep are all there is to eat then wolves will have to steal food from farms I mean they have to eat!

I love wolves. My spirit animal is a wolf. I think I read that there was only one recorded attack of a healthy wolf - LetWolf

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4 Pigs

Pigs are really smart, despite not being able to look up all the way. They are nice, and cute. Lots of people simply see pigs as smelly, dirty, rotten creatures. Those people are heartless!

Both the piglets and the adults are the cutest animals I can think of. Lazing around, rolling in mud and not caring what people think of them somehow makes them more so.

Pigs are actually very clean. The reason they roll around in mud is to cool off. They can't take cold showers.

Pigs are misunderstood for their dumbness when they are actually very smart. People usually look at the pigs as dumb, dirty, and dumb. They are kept as pets in some parts of the country. They love human attention and are trainible.

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5 Black Cats

Agreed. Black cats are as good as any other pet. Bad luck? My butt.

This is not true! I have walked past a black cat plenty of times if one happened to be passing by and nothing bad happened afterwards! Black cats are like all other cats and do not deserve this reputation because of a superstition!

The superstition has nothing to do with a race of people. Black has other meanings that have nothing at all to do with race or connotations toward people. Everything is Not about the race card - geez - Billyv

Yess my butt

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6 Snakes Snakes Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears.

Snakes are amazing animals and are highly under estimated and are considered as "evil" and "devilish" but really, a snake is just like you and me, a living creature with thoughts and feelings. Not to mention they make brilliant pets. (Not the venomous one star of corse! ) Snakes are amazing and people also think they are ugly and slimy. You will be surprised to hold one, they have smooth scales and they are beutiful creatures, not ugly. Mammals are not the only animals that are "cute" all animals are brilliant and unique in their own way. And snakes, are one of the most greatest animals on earth. And snakes do not bite, unless if they think they are being harmed. They don't care about harming humans! They are the same as any other animal!

I see why people think snakes are dangerous. They can be fatal in one bite and eat their pray whole, I think that's a bit scary. But saying they are all mini versions of the devil or are all evil is just childish. You can say that dogs slobber, because it's a proven physical trait, not a personality one. Imagine if every human had the same personality, well, we are saying that is true to snakes. I love how cunning and fast they are, but they aren't mean. I had a pet snake that escaped a lot that was very active but not evil. Saying snakes are evil without even owning one is just childish, so please stop.

Snakes are not ugly or stupid, they are very beautiful and intelligent creatures. Not all of them are mean, or even harmful. Many snakes are real sweethearts, stop generalizing and saying all snakes are evil or something, because they're not! - starlightsong

Snakes have been seen as a symbol of "evil" for quite a long time. That needs to come to an end. People need to understand that snakes have no evil in them, just like every other living creature. Actually, many people see then as quite cute with tons of personallity. As a persen who is experienced with snakes I can tell you that this is completely ture. Don't be afraid. Just have respect for snakes like you would have for any othere living creature.

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7 Mice Mice 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 are not dirty little rodents, they are actually intelligent. No one is too small to matter, they are natural students who excel at learning and understanding concepts, they have excellent memories, once rats learn a navigation route, they never forget it. Mice and rats are also highly social animals. They become attached to each other, love their own families, and easily bond with their human guardians. They make sounds similar to giggling when having fun. But who cares about rats and mice, right? - ToptenPizza

Joey's Rattata will wreck you. - MrQuaz680

They are cute, not ugly as most people say. - Oliveleaf

I truly can't tell the difference between rats and mice All you need to do is read how to keep them clean use the best information you can get RATS DO NOT CARRY INFECTIONS and so do mice the are sooo smart best memory and are cute as heck infact I'm going to try and get ONE and the size of the brain and there is infinite conections in the brain witch makes infinite memory but if you loose that combination you don't remember like spelling infact your using them now so mice and rats are really the smartest things witch is why once they use one way they don't forget it witch is why they are so misunderstood humans make me rage with rats why would you hate something so cute LOOK AT THIS PICTURE that is what a rat looks like I do understand if you have a phobia I have one too of a lovley animal witch is a spider and I do adore them and we had a pet deadly poisonous spider witch can shoot out spikes but it would never harm anything and when I was 4 it was missing and I opend a draw and it ...more

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8 Porcupines Porcupines Porcupines are rodentian mammals with a coat of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators.

Poor porcupines no one likes them, they don't try to prick you, Derek Small, the director of Wildlife Encounters Zoo says that this is not true. A porcupine cannot shoot its poisonous quills, but it can definitely release them into the face of some animal that starts sniffing it a little too close. - ToptenPizza

I love porcupines! They are so cute and their quills are only there to defend them against predators who want to eat them!

9 Bats

Bats are awesome but they are always associated with creepiness especially on Halloween where it's now totally okay to think of bats as creepy blood-sucking vampires when most bats eat fruit and even mosquitos! Only some bats drink blood but they are not monsters!

Bats are always associates with creepiness. They actually have a network of family and friends and a good social life. When they can have a social life, they are smart. - ToptenPizza

They actually have good eyesight. They just use echo location for hunting small bugs and such.

They are my favorite animal but there not that popular for a favorite animal honestly

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10 Spiders Spiders

I think spiders are pretty cool and some are actually harmless. They're useful because they prey on nasty, harmful insects like mosquitos and flies that carry disease. If it weren't for spiders, then we would have a problem.

Honestly, there is nothing dangerous about them, unless you saw, say, a tarantula or a black widow. They protect your homes from other, more harmful insects, and you repay them by killing and fearing them. Another reason the human race is stupider than spiders.

Yea they are really nice creatures but... You gotta admit they look creepy. But that's no reason to smack them on site.

Nasty little buggers

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The Contenders

11 Bears

Don't go trying to mess with bears they are very teritorial but they are constantly being killed for sport by the horrendous thing called HUNTING! They are not all bad, if someone you didn't know came in your house and started touching your kids, wouldn't you be pissed? - ToptenPizza

Hey hunting is not bad! How else do you think our ancestors survived? But I don't hunt bears I hunt squirrels - Katekat123

Bears usually only attack humans when threatened or when there is food nearby. It is easy to prevent a bear attack...they are not the savage beast portrayed in movies - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

Bears are beautiful and not savage. Hunting provokes bears and seeking them out can of course make them feel threatened and make them attack. And yes, hunting is wrong. People once used it only when they needed fur and meat, but as a sport it is disgusting to take something's life just for a cruel 'sport'.

I love you guys that love BEARS.

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12 Pitbulls

Pitbulls have a bad reputation because of dog fighting. Dog fighting is a cruel, illegal and unacceptable act which I think should be banned. (And Pitbulls aren't the only dog fighting breed. The English Mastiff, Cane Corso and Tosa Inu were also used for dog fighting, yet their incidents aren't as well known and their reputations aren't as bad. Either way, I still think dog fighting gives any dog a bad name) Although it's usually the irresponsible owners that are bad rather than the dogs themselves, I still think Pitbulls are more untrustworthy than misunderstood. You just don't want to mess with them. (unless you really want to)

Really? They aren't misunderstood. I get that some of them are nice but a vast part of them are not. Call it stereotype, but it's true. One attacked this harmless cute little west i.e. At the dog park and really hurt it. The little waste was so happy, trotting around and smiling. Then a nasty pit bull went charging after it and pounced on it and the good natured west is was so petrified and hurt he couldn't stop him. I will never look at one the same again. I think they are cute and all, and I'm sure there are very nice ones out there, but you have to admit that a lot of them will attack. Way more than any other dog breed. I don't think they are misunderstood, I just think they are untrustworthy. 'enough said.

Pitbulls are naturally more aggressive than the average dog, so I completely understand what you're saying. But these dogs can be extremely loyal and trustworthy if trained correctly. The pitbull who acted this way must have not been socialised from young by its owner. These dogs generally do not get along well with other dogs, I'm not going to sugar-coat it. But this is why they must be socialised from young to get this behaviour out of them. I definitely do not recommend this dog to a first time dog owner as it can be exhausting to train them, but it's always worth it in the end. As a fellow pitbull owner, I can confirm that these dogs are extremely loyal and trustworthy when with the right owner who knows how to care for them. - CaitlinComet

A dog's aggression (if it is aggressive) isn't because of its breed, it's because of the way it was raised. If a dog is beaten and/or taught to attack people, that is what it will do because that is what it knows. If it is taught to be lovable, that is what it will be.

This animal is so misunderstood.The pitbull is a lovely dog.My epileptic friend's pitbull SAVED HER LIFE!

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13 Human Human Humans are not exactly wild animals, but not domesticated, either. Proven to be the most intelligent species of animals on Earth. Humans' colours vary from almost pepper black to milky white. Builders of the global civilization.

Yes, while Hitler, Stalin, and Vlad the Impaler were all humans we shouldn't forget that Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Mother Teresa were also humans. While in most talking animal films humans are either portrayed as pure evil or stupid, in reality most humans are normal people trying to live normal lives.

Humans are jerks.

They kill off entire species! - DragonFires

14 Hyenas Hyenas 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.

It's all The Lion King's fault that hyenas have gotten such a horrible reputation and I thought the old folk stories of the past had it bad enough. Hyenas are often mistaken as henchmen or a species exclusive to the villain side because of this movie. For a change, I rather see a good guy/gal that is a hyena instead of another villain that's one. In reality, hyenas are intelligent and excellent hunters who hunt their own prey most of the time and it's usually the lions who scavenge from hyenas more often than the other way around (No offense to lion lovers, just telling the truth).

You know what is sad? Some people actually defend the bad reputation of hyenas, saying stuff like "they make good villains", or "hyena biologists are acting ridiculous", or "we must follow folk traditions since the 'evil hyena' stereotype has been used before so it must be kept being used again and again for generations" or other crud I don't care about. I know fiction is fiction, but The Lion King has been a horrible influence on peoples' views on the animals. Fans of the bad hyenas in The Lion King and The Lion Guard are not true hyena lovers.

Hyenas are my favorite animals. At least they don't kill their kids, like lions!

Only the male lions do this and it's when they take over another pride they never kill their own young but if it's another male's offspring... - Katekat123

Hyenas may seem ugly and nasty but really they are taking care of the savanna by cleaning ( eating ) dead carcass that other animals left over

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15 Rats Rats 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.

Did you guys know that there is no law against performing experiments on rats, no matter how painful? Let's say I wanted to cut off a bunch of rats' heads to see how long it took them to die. No law against it. They are just as cute as other rodents like hamsters and Guinea pigs. Rats are way smarter than them, too. You say they're dirty? You would stink too if you lived in sewers. Why do they live in sewers, you might ask. It's because they have nowhere else to go. Cities are to big for people to walk across, imagine how it is for rats! Rats are the only animal besides humans that have been known to laugh (for the right reason). The Bubonic Plague was caused by fleas, not rats. The fleas simply bit the rats. Then the rats bit the humans that were trying to exterminate them.

Sometimes we have to experiment on them scientists are performing new cancer medicines and seeing if they can grow back body parts for the animal. It's not animal abuse we just don't want to risk a human life over a rat's - Katekat123

I also blame executive meddling for trying to make rats the evil version of mice. In fact, if a story or such happens to feature either a heroic rat or a villainous mouse, someone might want to change it to fit the old, outdated and ridiculous stereotype. Remember Chuck E. Cheese? He was originally a rat but was changed to a mouse in the later years. Or how about the Mouse King villain in The Nutcracker? Andrey Konchalovskiy changed him into the "Rat King" in his feature film version of the story because he could not accept a mouse as a villain due to Mickey Mouse's popularity and iconic status. I find that to be ridiculous. Artists and such should be able to have the freedom to design whatever characters they want without someone having to change it for them.

They are so intelligent as well as adorable, plus an ability to develop morality, the bad rep only really comes from the plague, which was the fleas that caused it not rats, if they didn't live on the rats they would've found another creature to live on...

Rats should be far higher. They should be at least #3. They always get such a bad reputation when domestic rats are some of the cleanest and friendly little things you will ever meet. And it was NOT rats that caused bubonic plague. It was the fleas on the rats that did.

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16 Blobfish Blobfish A Blobfish is a pink, slimy looking sea creature that lives off the coast of New Zealand. Much like chickens, it sits on its eggs to warm them. They are critically endangered.

They look like the picture on land. Underwater, they supposedly look much cuter. Blobfish look the way they do because they need that type of body for the pressure. When it's underwater, where all the pressure is, it looks near-enough like a completely normal fish. - LemonComputer

Blowfish aren't that ugly. They're actually pretty cute. - Oliveleaf

Blobfish are hated because of how different they look. I honestly think they are adorable - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

Ha ha this creature looks funny.

17 Bumble Bees

When somebody tells me they got stung by a bee, I always say, "Poor bee." You know why? Because if you get stung once or twice, you'll live. Most definitely. But bees will die. Most definitely. Besides, being scared gets you more prone to be stung because bees mistake it as aggression. If you're not scared, they sting you because you mess with them. If you feel like they stung you for no reason, stop being selfish! The bee died while you just got a little owie! It died, okay? The world bumble bee population is going down and nobody seems to care much. Yes, there's honey, but bees pollinate 90% of crops.

People fear them because they have stingers. They think bees will sting you for no reason, but that's not true. They will only sting you if you mess with them. And then the bee dies afterword, but no one seems to care.

Bees may have stingers, but at least they make honey. It's the wasps that are useless. - Minecraftcrazy530

There was one in my class the other day. Everyone freaked out. I was confused by the panic and felt sorry for the bee. I wonder who was panicking the most.. The bee or the people? - LemonComputer

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18 Cats Cats The "House Cat", also known as the Domestic Cat or the Feral Cat, is a small feline, a good hunter, and comes in a variety of colours and fur patterns. Contrary to popular belief, however, they are not truly domesticated.

Especially the black cats and Persian cats.

Cats are not evil and they are devoted to their owners

They're often hated for looking "ugly" or having a "smooshed face", when they, like the black cats, can be as good and well cared for as any other cat.

Cats are cute.

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19 Vultures

Cute vultre I love you

What most people think they are: Evil, ugly things
What smart people know: Interesting, Friendly, Well adapted scavengers - GriffinDoge

20 Jackals Jackals The jackal is a small omnivorous mammal of the genus Canis, which also includes the wolf and dog. While the word "jackal" has historically been used for many small canids, in modern use it most commonly refers to three species: the closely related black-backed jackal and side-striped jackal of sub-Saharan ...read more.

They're mistaken as cowardly scavengers when they're actually very brave when feeding on a carcass and also hunt prey much larger than they are.

Why do people portray them as weak and cowardly! They can rip an animal up in seconds! Not so cowardly now huh! - MichaelAftonUTTP

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