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10 false animal facts most people think are true

By: Melissa Breyer on April 28, 2014, 3:17 p.m.
Bullfighter with red cape

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The color red makes bulls aggressive

The much-believed premise behind bullfighting is that the red cape gets the bull revved up and makes him charge at the matador. In reality, cattle are dichromatic (colorblind) and don’t see red as a vivid color. What they are responding to is the movement of the cape and the overall threat of the situation. (We don’t blame them, we’d be mad too.)

On a happier note, pictured here is Spanish torero Jose Tomas during the last bullfight in Catalonia before the government prohibition of bullfighting took place in 2011.