Human beliefs, traditions, historic incidents and folklore around the world regarding animals can often be as strange, diverse, amusing and fascinating as the natural world itself. These can reveal a lot about perceptions of the natural world and the human condition in equal measure. Similarly they can be either incredibly useful or destructive for the conservation of biodiversity. This is a thread that I've been meaning to create for a while and I thought this could be a place where I or you can post strange and fascinating folklore, ethno-zoological beliefs and sayings relating to wildlife from around the world as we discover them. So go ahead and share an obscure or interesting saying, proverb, piece of folklore, history or cultural belief regarding an animal species that you have learned about here in the comment section below.