It’s hard to say what it is about animals that makes them lovable. 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 be pleasantly surprised to learn that there there is scientific proof the emotional connections we share with them are real.
Humans connect to animals through a part of their brain known as the amygdala. The amygdala processes emotions, emotional learning and memory formation, so scientists believe that our natural appreciation for animals comes from an ancient need to determine whether these animals are friends or foes. More interestingly, animals are said to have the same reaction to us.
Below are some of the most fun and exciting things you’ll learn about animals:
Even with their physical advantage, it is natural for male puppies to let female puppies win when they’re at play.
Gentoo penguins use a pebble as a way to propose to their lifemates.
Because they frequently forget where they put their acorns, squirrels end up planting thousands of new trees every year.
In China, anyone who kills a panda is punishable by death.
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 are elephant shrews’ closest relatives, not shrews.
Puffins mate for their entire lives. They have homes on cliff sides and make room for toilet.
Research shows cows make more milk while listening to relaxing music. “Everybody Hurts” by REM makes them produce the most.
There is a program that requires prison inmates to raise and train seeing-eye dogs. 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.
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 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.
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.
Like human fingerprints and dog nose prints, the stripes of a tiger’s skin are also unique and can be used for identification.
Indeed, the world is more colorful and meaningful with animals!