It’s hard to tell why we find animals lovable. Is it their cute looks or just the way they make us react to them? In any case, it is always interesting to know many different things about animals. And you’ll love the fact that the emotional connections we have with them are real and backed by science.
Humans connecting to animals are engaging a part of their brain referred to as the amygdala. The amygdala is in charge of our emotions, emotional learning and memory formation, and scientists are convinced that our appreciation for animals is rooted in an ancient need to asses whether these animals are our friends or foes. More interestingly, animals are said to respond to us in pretty much the same way.
Below are some of the most fun and exciting things you’ll learn about animals:
Even with a physical advantage, male puppies instinctively let female puppies win during play.
Pebbles are used by gentoo penguins when proposing to their lifemates.
Because they frequently forget where they put their acorns, squirrels end up planting thousands of new trees every year.
In China, death is the punishment for killing a panda.
In Sweden, a competition known as Kaninhoppning is held featuring jumping rabbits.
Pigs have orgasms lasting 30 minutes.
Dolphins give each other pet names.
Rats actually laugh when they are tickled.
Oysters change their gender, depending on what works for mating.
Elephants, not shrews, are the closest relatives of elephant shrews.
Puffins mate all their lives. Their homes are built on the side of a cliff, with space dedicated to their toilet.
Based on a study, cows produce more milk when they listen to soothing music. “Everybody Hurts” by REM makes them produce the most.
Under a certain program, prison inmates are made to raise and train seeing-eye dogs. A lot of the inmates reported feeling like they were making amends for their crimes as they worked with the puppies.
Seahorses hold one another’s tails when they’re traveling.
Chicks communicate with one another and with their mother before hatching, and they do it through a system of sounds.
Like human fingerprints, dog nose prints are unique and can be used to identify them.
Crows are an intelligent specie that can also be naughty – they play pranks on each other.
Goats are like humans in the sense that they too have accents.
The only specie known to live forever is called Turritopsis nutricula or the immortal jellyfish.
Houseflies always hum in the F key.
Male ostriches can have a roar as fierce as that of lions.
Tigers have stripes on their skin that are unique and can be used for identification, just like human fingerprints and dog nose prints.
Indeed, we have a more colorful and exciting world with animals.