These Names Can Kill Animals

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Just like the names of products and companies, animals’ names can affect how we feel about them…and changing the name of a species might actually help us save it.

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Image Credits: Hong Kong’s Golden Beach Dolphin Plaza by Wikimedia user WiNg

African Wild Dog by Mathias Appel
African wild dog

Family Dog by Richard Elzey
Family Dog

Sloth by Régis Leroy

Racoon Just Checking the Trash by Julie Corsi
Just checking the trash

Scorpion by Steve Slater

Snake by Photo by Jessica Bolser/USFWS



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