Famously known animal superstitions

Halloween is here in 2 days! We all know about certain animals being used during Halloween (perhaps they’ll make it to this list) and those who carry superstitions with them in general. So, I thought that there’s no better moment to talk about that than today! Let’s go!

  1. Rabbits

Most people know about the superstition that the rabbit’s foot brings good luck. Some cultures however, believe that rabbits bring bad luck. They’re thought to be witches in disguise, which is why some people don’t own rabbits due to this belief.

2. Coyotes

Navajo legends say that coyotes can be a bad omen while seen on a journey. According to them, you should turn back when you see a coyote in your path. If not, you might meet a terrible fate.

3. Owls

They’re known to bring good and bad luck and have been written into the oldest of folklore. Some African countries believe the owl is a messenger for shamans to communicate with the spirit world. A Zuni tribe legend indicates that putting an owl feather in a baby crib, keeps the evil spirits at bay.

4. Black beetles

They’re often called the Deathwatch Beetle. So, there’s an old superstition that tells you that when a black beetle crawls across your shoe or taps inside a wall, it’s apparently a sign of death to come. Some say you can avoid this unwelcome fate by safely transporting the beetle outside.

Tanning Photography of Flying Eagle-owl

5. Aye-Aye

An Aye-Aye is a Madagascar lemur. It’s said to be a bad omen, according to a Malagasy legend. Some still believe an Aye-Aye that enters a village is a sign of death to come.

6. Bats

Bats are seen as a sign of a happy and long life in Poland and China. However, many legends say that the bat is tied to witch folklore. They claim they’re evil spirits in disguise.

7. Butterflies

The butterfly has been known to bring both good and bad luck. A Louisiana legend says that a white butterfly in your home brings a string of good luck. Others say that a swarm of butterflies warns that a cruel winter will come.

8. Fish

Fishermen are known for telling tales, some of them appear to be superstitious. Some say that throwing back the first catch would bring a lucky day of fishing. An even odder fable says to never utter the word pig while fishing. Otherwise, you’ll catch nothing.

Gray Rabbit

9. Pink dolphins

Amazonina lore says that the pink dolphins were humans once. They’ll transform into humans at night and steal the children from their homes.

10. Crows

They have so many superstitions surrounding them. There’s a little saying to remember all of them. One’s bad, two’s luck, three’s health, four’s wealth, five’s sickness and six’s death.

11. Ants

Ever see a line of ants crossing your path? Some say to never hop over them as it could bring bad luck to you and your family.

12. Black cats

This one is famously known in modern day society. They’re said to bring bad luck. Thanks to this, it leads to black felines being the least adopted in animal shelters across the world.

Close-up of Fox on Grass

13. Foxes

They’re known to be a bit mischievous, but they have plenty of lore surrounding them. A single fox crossing your path is considered good luck. But, watch out for a group of foxes as they’re considered a sign of great misfortune.

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