It’s hard to tell why we find animals lovable. Does it have something to do with their cuteness or just the way they make us feel? In any case, it is always interesting to know many different things about animals. 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 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 said to have the same reaction to us.
The following are some fun and exciting facts about animals:
Even with their physical advantage, it is natural for male puppies to let female puppies win when they’re at play.
When proposing to a lifemate, a gentoo penguin uses a pebble.
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.
In Sweden, a competition known as Kaninhoppning is held featuring 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 can change their gender according to what’s best for mating.
Elephants, not shrews, are the closest relatives of elephant shrews.
Puffins mate for their entire lives. They have homes on cliff sides and make room for toilet.
According to a study, soothing music increases cows’ milk production. “Everybody Hurts” by REM makes them produce the most.
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.
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 human fingerprints, dog nose prints are unique and can be used to identify them.
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.
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!