It’s hard to say what it is about animals that makes them lovable. Is it their cute looks or just the way they make us react to them? In any case, there are so many facts about animals that are worth knowing and enjoying. 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 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 believed to react to us in the same manner.
Below are some of the most fun and exciting things you’ll learn about animals:
Male puppies are wired to let female puppies win when at play, even if they have a physical advantage.
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 give each other pet names.
Rats actually 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 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.
Under a certain program, prison inmates are made 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 travel holding each other’s tails.
Through a system of sounds, chicks are able to communicate with one another before they hatch.
Dog nose prints, just like human fingerprints, are unique and may be used as an identifier.
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.
Houseflies always hum in the F key.
Male ostriches can have a roar as fierce as that of lions.
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.