PSA:My Mother never told me this! Reblog to save a baby Bird:)
JUST A LITTLE HISTORY FACT MY GRANDFATHER TOLD ME:
The reason this myth was a thing, was because back in the 30’s-50’s or so ( I can’t remember the time)
There was a parasite that was living in birds. It was hard to explain it to children, so they basically made up this myth so children wouldn’t touch the birds incase it carried the parasite.
THE MORE YOU KNOW YEA?
Glad someone pointed that out. My parents always told me it was unhealthy to touch wildlife, which is good, because it kept me from doing just that.
I wish more parents would just tell their kids the truth instead of lying to them for the simplicity’s sake. It’s not hard to say “wild animals can make you sick if you play with them”. I didn’t question it—at least, not any more than I did the notion of Santa Claus.
Children are people, too. When we lie to them, we spread misinformation and myths to the next generation. Can we please just be honest, yet tactful and sensitive with our kids? It’s not terribly hard.
wow I didn; t know this either. me was being told the exact same thing about the mother and scent.
i knew how to correctly identify roughly 30 different kinds of wild birds by the time i was 5 years old because my parents took the time to say “see that bird? that bird is this bird (point it out in a bird book) and it’s called a yellow bellied sapsucker.
it’s not hard to explain things to kids. it’s literally one of the easiest things in the world until you go and complicate it. just tell it the way it is for goodness sake!