We can’t possibly name all the misnamed animals further up the food chain. But here are a few favourites: Neither flying foxes nor flying squirrels fly; they hop and glide instead. Guinea pigs
are neither pigs nor from Guinea; they’re rodents that originated in the Andes where they’re considered a delicacy (yep, they’re food in Peru). The cuddly koala bear, symbol of Australia is not only not a bear, it’s a marsupial. Mountain goats are actually antelopes. But sometimes scientists do change their minds about this stuff: until recently the giant panda was considered a relative of the raccoon, but now researchers
have placed it back in the bear family.