Top Ten Most Misunderstood Animals

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21 Cockroaches

They are so misunderstood poor cockroaches most cockroaches are harmless

They are worse than rats I bet. They are almost impossible to get rid of.

I don't understand what they do wrong. They just run around and do nothing else. - LemonComputer

I find them gross but they do no harm - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

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22 Dolphins

How are dolphins misunderstood? They are one of most loved animals in the world. Who ever put this on the list in an idiot.

Dolphins are misunderstood as better than they actually are.

What?! Dolphins have a bad rap?!

Smiling rapists

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23 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

24 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.

25 Leopard 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 ...read more.
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27 Platypus Platypus The platypus, also known as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania.
28 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.

29 Deer Deer Deer are the ruminant mammals forming the family Cervidae. The two main groups are the Cervinae, including the muntjac, the fallow deer and the chital, and the Capreolinae, including the elk, reindeer, the Western roe deer, and the Eurasian elk.

Like cattle, most think of deer as nice or gentle, but can be quite dangerous. Deer especially can be very aggressive during the mating season.

I don't really like hunting animals at all.

30 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.

31 Ravens

Ravens are not evil and are very smart

Corvids (i.e. crows, ravens) are supposed to be very intelligent birds, yet people see and mistake them as 'evil' just because of their appearance. Yes, I know you don't want them bothering you, but that doesn't make them evil as a whole.

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33 Tasmanian Devils

They're scavengers! That means they only eat leftover food. Although they're called Tasmanian Devils it doesn't mean they are devils - FavoriteFightingFrenchman

34 Skunks

They only spray people when they get scared. If you don't want to get spayed don't go scaring skunks!

35 White Tigers
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37 Praying Mantis

Often hated and misunderstood by anyone who hates insects or thinks they're scary or disgusting, when the fact that a mantis can be a very cool bug. Like the bat and spider, a mantis is also helpful in eating harmful insects.

38 Honey Badgers

It is believed that they are the meanest animals in the world, yet they are starting to get a positive portrayal in fiction thanks to the "Honey Badger Don't Care" meme and (bleh) The Lion Guard's character, Bunga. I have nothing against the animal itself but I hate Bunga and the whole Lion Guard/Lion King franchise itself. (Bunga is so annoying! ) I find it unfair that a mean old honey badger gets a positive portrayal in the media than nicer animals such as vultures, jackals and *gasp* hyenas.

39 Horses

One annoying stereotype about horses and ponies is that they're often portrayed as toys that only little girls can play with. All ages and both genders should like horses if they want to, and long before vehicles were invented, people used horses as a way of transport back in the old days. Horses and ponies can also be aggressive and even dangerous if treated wrong or in a bad mood. Ponies as girl toys? My butt. Thankfully, My Little Pony appeals to all ages and both genders now, but I still think it's unfair for a guy to be bullied just because he liked My Little Pony or horses in general. You don't see girls being bullied for liking stereotypical guy toys or things the last time I checked...

40 Ferrets Ferrets The ferret is the domesticated form of the European polecat, a mammal belonging to the same genus as the weasel, Mustela of the family Mustelidae.

Not to mention that the black-footed ferret was once an endangered species that was almost extinct in the wild, but was saved by conservation groups (Yay! ). It also doesn't help that even not as viewed negatively as weasels, ferrets still get a bad reputation from the same weasel-haters.

They are often stereotyped that they're aggressive rat-like creatures but they're related to the weasel family (Mustelinae) not rodents! once trained they're the most cutest and sweetest creature of all and if they are aggressive its because of poor handling or neglect if you don't train your dog to behave your going to have of problems but once trained they can become a loving family pet same goes for ferrets. - StarPitfan

I own a ferret and I have never met an animal more gentle, kind, tame, and playful. My ferret has never done anything aggressive. They are some of the best pets hands down. They are absolutely adorable and highly intelligent. They're cuddly and very, very playful. They are not rodents; they are actually extremely capable predators related to weasels; mustelids of the genus mustela. They can learn tricks. They are lively and interactive. They will sleep in your shirt and lay like a baby in your arms. They will play with cat toys and go through tunnels and chase their owners. Ferrets are astounding pets.

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