Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Photograph shows a fawn cleverly camouflaged on a porch by its mother.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
Origins: One of the facets we find most intriguing in other animals is their display of human-like behavior, particularly when they engage in actions that not only mimic our own but suggest a level of intelligence and complex emotional thoughts similar to our own. Both those intellectual qualities are evinced through accounts in which female animals seemingly demonstrate both problem-solving abilities and a sense of compassion in the course of protecting their young from harm (features that figure prominently in another legend about a bird's sacrificing herself to shield her hatchlings from a fire).
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Last updated: 1 May 2004
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