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The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos, and Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife

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Science  27 Apr 2018:
Vol. 360, Issue 6387, pp. 387
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat7146

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The medieval belief that beavers will chew off their own testicles to escape a hunter may seem laughable now, but many other mischaracterizations of animals—the "lazy" sloth, the hyena as simpering scavenger—remain commonplace. This week on the Science podcast, Lucy Cooke discusses some of humanity's notable misconceptions about the animal kingdom.