It’s hard to tell why most of us love animals. Is it their cuteness or just the ways they make us feel when we’re around them? In any case, there are several facts about animals that we’ll be happy to know and enjoy. And you’ll love the surprise of learning that the emotional connections we share with them are real, with scientific evidence to prove it.
When humans connect to animals, a part of their brain called amygdala is at work. 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 respond to us in pretty much the same way.
Here are some of the most exciting things you can 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.
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.
In Sweden, a competition known as Kaninhoppning is held featuring jumping rabbits.
Pigs orgasm for half an hour.
Dolphins have pet names for each other.
Rats actually 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 spend their entire lives mating. They build their homes on the sides of cliffs and leave room for their toilet.
According to a study, soothing music increases cows’ milk production. “Everybody Hurts” by REM makes them produce the most.
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