It’s hard to tell why we find animals lovable. 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 love the surprise of learning that the emotional connections we share with them are real, with scientific evidence to prove it.
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 have the same reaction to us.
The following are some fun and exciting facts 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.
In Sweden, a competition known as Kaninhoppning is held featuring jumping rabbits.
Pigs orgasm for half an hour.
Dolphins give each other pet names.
Rats actually laugh when they are tickled.
Oysters can change their gender according to what’s best for mating.
Contrary to popular belief, shrews are not the closest relatives of elephant shrews, but elephants.
Puffins mate all their lives. They build their homes on the sides of cliffs and leave room for their toilet.
Research shows cows make more milk while listening to relaxing music. REM’s “Everybody Hurts” makes them produce the greatest amount of milk.
Raising and training see-eye dogs is a task assigned to prison inmates under a certain program. According to their own accounts, working with the puppies felt like an atonement for their crimes.
Seahorses hold one another’s tails when they’re traveling.
Before hatching, chicks talk to one another and to their mother via a system of sounds.
Like our own fingerprints, the nose prints of dogs are unique and may be used for identification purposes.
Crows are both an intelligent and naughty specie known to play pranks on each other.
Not only humans have accents – even goats do!
The only specie known to live forever is called Turritopsis nutricula or the immortal jellyfish.
When houseflies hum, it is always in the key of F.
A male ostrich can roar like a lion.
The stripes on a tiger’s skin are unique (just like our fingerprints and dogs’ noseprints) and can also be used for identification purposes.
Indeed, we have a more vibrant and exciting world with animals around!