Critter Country

Pity the poor animal — rarely does anything good happen to him in the realm of urban legends. If he isn’t the object of some unfortunate mishap, he’s being treated cruelly, causing a calamity, being unceremoniously disposed of, or forming the main course of someone’s meal. And when the animal’s turn to be the star of the story comes, it’s usually because he’s attacked some unsuspecting human being. Since we like to provide our readers with all the creature comforts of home, we’ve given our friendly critters their due and included a fair share of tales that highlight the lighter side of the animal kingdom as well.

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Did Seresto Pet Collars Cause 1,698 Dog and Cat Deaths? Readers asked about Seresto pet collars following an investigation by USA Today and the Midwest...
    Unproven
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Anaconda, Reptile, Animal
Does Video Show a 10-Meter-Long Anaconda? The anaconda is one of the largest snakes in the world.
    False
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Ice Cream, Food, Dessert
Does a Photo Show a Parasite That Replaced a Fish’s Tongue? And you thought that canker sore was bad.
    True
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Person, Human, Bird
Was a Mysterious Orange Bird Just a Gull Covered in Spice? Orange you glad they found him?
    True
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Poster, Advertisement, Flyer
Is This a Video of a Cockroach Strumming a Guitar? The viral video has been on the internet for over a year, but it is...
    True
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Rodent, Animal, Mammal
Did Scientists Discover Why Wombat Poop Is Square? The cubed-shaped turds have fascinated wildlife ecologists for decades.
    True
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penguin sweaters
Does Australia’s Oldest Man Knit Sweaters for Injured Penguins? The doll-sized sweaters were intended to help protect penguins after an oil spill.
    Outdated
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Bird, Animal, Cardinal
Does This Photo Show Half-Male, Half-Female Cardinal? In theory, such a bird would also be able to both lay and fertilize eggs.
    True
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Poster, Advertisement, Text
Is This an Authentic Photo of a Baby Shark With a ‘Human Face’? If true, it wouldn't be the first deformed shark to make waves on the internet.
    Unproven
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Penguin, Bird, Animal
Does a Viral Photo Show a Bright Yellow Penguin? The bright yellow chest feathers of ordinary king penguins are thought to be an evolutionary...
    True
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Wildlife, Animal, Mammal
Did a Gas Leak Lead to the Discovery of a Bear Living Under a Tennessee Home? Cubs in the wild reportedly tend to be quiet — unless they're afraid, cold, or...
    True
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Nature, Outdoors, Bear
Did Stray Dogs in Russia Turn Blue from Chemical Waste? Some news outlets reported the coloration resulted from chemical exposure.
    Unproven
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