In European mythology, goats were sometimes associated with wicked spirits such as witches and devils.
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Sure, Harry Potter had Hedwig. But the connection between owls and magic dates all the way back to ancient Greek and Roman mythology.
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Although black cats are considered bad luck in some parts of the world, they’re a symbol of good luck in Japan and Australia.
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People once thought that touching the bumps on a frog or toad's skin would give them warts.
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Not all bats look like vampires. Meet the Honduran white bat, also known as the marshmallow bat.
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In Norse and Greek mythology, crows act as spies for the gods.
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In Irish folklore, St. Patrick drove out all of the snakes—which represented evil in Ireland—from the island country.
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This little guy looks harmless, but in Egyptian lore rats were viewed as symbols of destruction.
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Some Native American cultures believed that spiders’ thick webs protected them from evil.
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Wolves aren't howling at the moon—they actually howl to communicate with members of their pack.
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