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Random Animal Facts to Explore and Have Fun With

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, 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 believed to react to us in the same manner.

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.

When proposing to a lifemate, a gentoo penguin uses a pebble.

Squirrels always forget where they bury their acorns, so the result is thousands of new trees planted each year.

In China, death is the punishment for killing a panda.

In Sweden, there is a rabbit-jumping competition called Kaninhoppning.

Pigs orgasm for half an hour.

Dolphins give each other pet names.

If you tickle a rat, it will laugh.

Oysters switch genders, depending on mating requirements.

Contrary to popular belief, shrews are not the closest relatives of elephant shrews, but elephants.

Puffins mate all their lives. Their homes are built on the side of a cliff, with space dedicated to their toilet.

Research shows cows make more milk while listening to relaxing music. They produce the most when REM’s “Everybody Hurts” is played in the background.

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 travel holding each other’s tails.

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.

Goats are like humans in the sense that they too have accents.

Only the immortal jellyfish, scientifically known as Turritopsis nutricula, lives forever on this planet.

When houseflies hum, it is always in the key of F.

A male ostrich can roar like a lion.

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 vibrant and exciting world with animals around!

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