It’s hard to tell why most of us love animals. Does it have something to do with their cuteness or just the way they make us feel? 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.
When humans connect to animals, a part of their brain called amygdala is at work. 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 said to respond to us in pretty much the same way.
Here are some of the most exciting things you can learn about animals:
Even with their physical advantage, it is natural for male puppies to let female puppies win when they’re at play.
Pebbles are used by gentoo penguins when proposing to their lifemates.
Because they frequently forget where they put their acorns, squirrels end up planting thousands of new trees every year.
In China, death is the punishment for killing a panda.
In Sweden, a competition known as Kaninhoppning is held featuring jumping rabbits.
Pigs orgasm for half an hour.
Dolphins give pet names to each other.
If you tickle a rat, it will laugh.
Oysters change their gender, depending on what works for mating.
Elephants, not shrews, are the closest relatives of elephant shrews.
Puffins mate all their 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. “Everybody Hurts” by REM makes them produce the most.
Under a certain program, prison inmates are made to raise and train seeing-eye dogs. Most of the inmates said that by working with the puppies, it was as if they were making amends for their crimes.
When traveling in groups, seahorses hold their companions’ tails.
Before hatching, chicks talk to one another and to their mother via a system of sounds.
Like our own fingerprints, the nose prints of dogs are unique and may be used for identification purposes.
Crows are an intelligent specie that can also be naughty – they play pranks on each other.
Not only humans have accents – even goats do!
Turritopsis nutricula, or the immortal jellyfish is the only known specie that lives forever.
When houseflies hum, it is always in the key of F.
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.