Top Ten Most Misunderstood Animals

ToptenPizza
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).

Never kill sharks. They eat us because they think were fishies. don't listen to those films saying they eat us for no reason

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

Piglets are so cute and I think all of the
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In this are cute
Expect moths and misqutios

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4 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 recommend watching the anime movie wolf children. One of the wolf pups is upset about the wolf always being the bad guy. I <3 the film

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5 Meerkat Meerkat The meerkat or suricate is a small carnivoran belonging to the mongoose family. It is the only member of the genus Suricata.
6 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 actually really cute, and mostly harmless, I once saves a mouse.

Mice are actually some of the world's most intelligent species. - naFrovivuS

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7 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

Everyone in my school is a snake

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8 Parrot Parrot Parrots, also known as psittacines, are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions.

People think they are just birds that repeat what we say, they are wrong!

9 Opossums Opossums

Some people think Possums are ugly and mean. They are SO not ugly. They are really nice, don't chase or attack your pets, and their not mean I will say that again. When they are only in trouble they hiss, drool, try to look tough, and show their teeth. Their only protecting themselves. Don't be mean to them and say their ugly.

They make transcendent pets.

10 Lion Lion The lion is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera and a member of the family Felidae. The commonly used term African lion collectively denotes the several subspecies in Africa.

The Contenders

11 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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12 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.

Look up a Zebra Jumping Spider. Cute little guys. - Kolobanov

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13 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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14 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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15 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!

16 Hippopotami

Often thought as cute or funny creatures by the media, but hippos kill more people than any other African animal, and are, in fact, the most dangerous land animal. So you have no hope for escape if you see one chasing after you.

17 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

18 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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19 Foxes

Also, the furry fandom portrays these poor creatures as sex symbols, which is wrong since they're not sex symbols and should never be.

Why do people portray them as sly animals! They also may kill livestock BUT PEOPLE PORTRAY THEM AS EVIL! #Payback! Also foxes would have no way of knowing that the chicken belongs to a person! People are such idiots! - MichaelAftonUTTP

The evil of poaching. I find a fox skin purse cool, but that's because the animal was killed by a Native American for a nessecity. Just taking an AK-47 and bang bang bang is inhumane.

20 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...

I have 2 ratties and they are the sweetest little things! everyone who has met them instantly fell in love with them.

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