It’s hard to say what it is about animals that makes them lovable. Is it their cute looks or just the way they make us react to them? In any case, there are so many facts about animals that are worth knowing and enjoying. And you’ll love the fact that the emotional connections we have with them are real and backed by science.
Humans connect to animals through a part of their brain known 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.
Here are some of the most exciting things you can learn about animals:
Male puppies are wired to let female puppies win when at play, even if they have a physical advantage.
When proposing to a lifemate, a gentoo penguin uses a pebble.
Because they frequently forget where they put their acorns, squirrels end up planting thousands of new trees every year.
Killing a panda is punishable by death in China.
Kaninhoppning is a competition is Sweden that features jumping rabbits.
Pigs orgasm for half an hour.
Dolphins give each other pet names.
Rats actually laugh when they are tickled.
Oysters switch genders, depending on mating requirements.
Elephants are elephant shrews’ closest relatives, not shrews.
Puffins mate all their lives. They build their homes on the sides of cliffs and leave room for their toilet.
Based on a study, cows produce more milk when they listen to soothing music. 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. Most of the inmates said that by working with the puppies, it was as if they were making amends for their crimes.
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 our own fingerprints, the nose prints of dogs are unique and may be used for identification purposes.
Crows are an intelligent specie that can also be naughty – they 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.
The humming of houseflies 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, the world is more colorful and meaningful with animals!