It’s hard to tell why most of us love animals. Is it their cuteness or just the ways they make us feel when we’re around them? In any case, there are so many facts about animals that are worth knowing and enjoying. And you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that there there is scientific proof the emotional connections we share with them are real.
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 believed to react to us in the same manner.
The following are some fun and exciting facts 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.
Squirrels always forget where they bury their acorns, so the result is thousands of new trees planted each year.
In China, death is the punishment for killing a panda.
In Sweden, there is a rabbit-jumping competition called Kaninhoppning.
Pigs orgasm for half an hour.
Dolphins give each other pet names.
If you tickle a rat, it will laugh.
Oysters switch genders, depending on mating requirements.
Elephants, not shrews, are the closest relatives of elephant shrews.
Puffins mate all their lives. They have homes on cliff sides and make room for toilet.
According to a study, soothing music increases cows’ milk production. They produce the most when REM’s “Everybody Hurts” is played in the background.
Raising and training see-eye dogs is a task assigned to prison inmates under a certain program. A lot of the inmates reported feeling like they were making amends for their crimes as they worked with the puppies.
When traveling in groups, seahorses hold their companions’ tails.
Chicks communicate with one another and with their mother before hatching, and they do it through a system of sounds.
Dog nose prints, just like human fingerprints, are unique and may be used as an identifier.
Crows are intelligent and often play pranks on each other.
Not only humans have accents – even goats do!
Turritopsis nutricula, or the immortal jellyfish is the only known specie that lives forever.
When houseflies hum, it is always in the key of F.
Male ostriches can roar as fiercely as 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.