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, 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 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 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.
If you tickle a rat, it will laugh.
Oysters can change their gender according to what’s best for mating.
Elephants are elephant shrews’ closest relatives, not shrews.
Puffins mate for their entire 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. 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.
Through a system of sounds, chicks are able to communicate with one another before they hatch.
Like human fingerprints, dog nose prints are unique and can be used to identify them.
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 have a roar as fierce as that of 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, we have a more vibrant and exciting world with animals around!