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 several facts about animals that we’ll be happy to know and enjoy. And you’ll love the surprise of learning that the emotional connections we share with them are real, with scientific evidence to prove it.
When humans connect to animals, a part of their brain called amygdala is at work. The amygdala is the seat of our emotions, emotional learning and memory formation; and according to scientists, we appreciate animals because of an ancient need to gauge whether these animals will be friend or foe. More interestingly, animals are believed to react to us in the same manner.
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.
Gentoo penguins use a pebble as a way to propose to their lifemates.
Squirrels often forget where they keep their acorns, so they end up planting thousands of trees yearly.
In China, death is the punishment for killing a panda.
Kaninhoppning is a competition is Sweden that features jumping rabbits.
Pigs have orgasms lasting 30 minutes.
Dolphins have pet names for each other.
You can hear rats 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 spend their entire lives mating. 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. REM’s “Everybody Hurts” makes them produce the greatest amount of milk.
There is a program that requires prison inmates 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 our own fingerprints, the nose prints of dogs are unique and may be used for identification purposes.
Crows are intelligent and often play pranks on each other.
Like humans, goats also have accents.
Turritopsis nutricula, or the immortal jellyfish is the only known specie that lives forever.
Houseflies always hum in the F key.
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 colorful and exciting world with animals.