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Monday, April 18, 2016

I'm guilty of anthropomorphizing animals - Are You?

Good Day World!

I'm guilty!

I treat animals like they were humans. Animal lovers are like that...yeah they are. 

In my defense, it's not uncommon to anthropomorphize animals and ascribe their behavior to human emotions.

Take the above photo for example: CLAIM: A photograph shows a female wolf protecting a male's throat during a fight.

ORIGIN:A photograph purportedly showing a female wolf "pretending" to be scared so that she could protect a male wolf's throat during a fight started recirculating on the internet after it was posted to the web site Reddit in April 2016. While the photograph is real, the caption often associated with it is incorrect.

All three wolves in the photograph are male, and the "female wolf" in the image wasn't trying to protect the male wolf's throat. According to Cameron Feaster (a wolf specialist), this photograph was simply taken at the moment one wolf backed away and accidentally bumped into another. (Via Snopes.com)

I have to admit, I thought the idea of a female wolf protecting her mate was super cool and believable. But there you have it; I'm one of those people that tend to treat animals like humans.

Sometimes I go overboard in my beliefs about animals, but reality usually kicks in, and I discover the rest of the story! 

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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