All living beings on this planet are unique and amazing. Animals, however, with their fluffy fur and their cute mannerisms, manage to make us fall for them. It’s hard to say what we like most about animals but whether it’s their innocence or emotional connection, we tend to care for them more than we care for other human beings. Studies have shown that there are striking resemblances in brain activities between humans and animals.
For example, a study conducted by the California Institute of Technology and the University of California at Los Angeles, found that humans and animals experience the same emotion when they see each other. A part of the brain called amygdala is responsible for this. Even in ancient times, our ancestors worked together with different animals to search for water, hunt or for security. Animals too have emotions and these 10 facts about them are sure to make you love them even more.
1. When sleeping or taking naps, sea otters hold each others hands to keep themselves from drifting apart.
Who doesn’t like to doze off? Of course we all do but otters in particular sleep in a unique way. The furry critters hold each others hands to stop them from drifting apart while in their deep slumber. Otter families are known to do this technique – called “raft” – to secure the bond and to prevent family members from becoming displaced. Today, the species are threatened by parasites and infectious diseases.
2. While playing, in order to gain the trust of females, male puppies often allow the females to win, even if they have the physical advantage.
Ladies first extends all the way to the dog world. A new study has found that male puppies intentionally put themselves in disadvantageous positions, making them vulnerable to attacks. Researchers suspect that this behavior is exhibited to create an opportunity that gives them more time with the female. Red-necked wallabies, squirrel monkeys, hamadryas baboons and even humans are known to self-handicap themselves in order to gain trust and time with their female counterparts.
3. Once a puffin finds a mate, they stick together for life. The love birds then build a nest together on a cliff and live there for the rest of their lives.
Puffins are one of nature’s most fascinating birds. Also known as “sea parrots” or “clowns of the sea”, the small birds spend most of their lives out at sea. These carnivores live off of small fish and gather in colonies on the coasts and islands of the North Atlantic Ocean to breed. Once they find a mate, the Atlantic Puffins stick with their partners for good. The couples build themselves a cozy home on a cliff and will return to the same burrow each season. They share egg-incubating and parenting duties throughout their entire lifetime. The Scarlet Macaw, Mute Swan, Laysan Albatross, Bald Eagle and a few other birds are also known to exhibit this behavior.
4. During Winter, red pandas use their tails as blankets to keep themselves warm.
The furry creatures with red and white markings are currently on the list of endangered species. Though they share a name with the giant panda, they are not closely related. Their bushy tails not only help them to maintain balance as they climb trees but it also works as a blanket during cold seasons. Since the creatures spend most of their time in trees, they cannot use any other materials to keep themselves warm. According to National Geographic, when temperatures drop significantly, they wrap themselves in their fluffy tails to stay warm.
5. Grizzly bear cubs stay close to their mothers, even after they grow up.
Grizzly and polar bears are the most dangerous bears of all. The mothers are extremely protective of their cubs and if they feel threatened, they will do everything in their power to keep their cubs safe. They are used to a variety of habitats but are normally solitary animals. They are not territorial but when females leave their mother, they often set up their den, close to the mother’s den range. Males, however, make their dens further away but not too far from their mother’s den.
6. If a cat headbutts you, it means that they consider you as part of their family.
If a cat headbutts you, you should feel honored. Also known as “bunting”, this behavior can be taken as a sign of love. Scientists believe that this is a way of marking each other with pheromones, which are produced in glands around their face. They do this to claim certain things as their territory or property; such as their favorite human.
7. Squirrels are known to adopt baby squirrels and raise them as their own, if a mother fails to return to its nest.
Believe it or not, squirrels do have a softer side. Although they are territorial and independent, studies show that they recognize which pup belongs to whom. If a squirrel sees that a pup is alone and the mother hasn’t returned to her nest, they will adopt and care for the pup. The study was conducted by Guelph Prof. Andrew McAdam, along with researchers from the University of Alberta and McGill University.
8. Penguins propose to their partners using a pebble. They scour the shores to find the perfect pebble for their partner and once she accepts it, they mate for life.
The way to her heart is to find the perfect stone. Even penguins have adopted this technique to propose to their loved ones. Studies show that male penguins search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest and perfect one. Once he is satisfied with his selection, he will waddle his way to his companion and present it to her. If she accepts the proposal, she will pick up the pebble and place it near her nest. The two are then on their way to becoming mommy and daddy for life.
9. Quokka, a furry little critter from Australia, is known as the world’s happiest animal.
This marsupial is famous for its irresistible smile. The plant eaters are always seen with huge grins on their faces and are known to be friendly with humans. Because of their irresistible smiles and friendliness, quokkas are named as the world’s most happiest animals. Humans, however, are taking advantage of this innocent animal and offering them food in order to capture selfies. This food has a negative impact on their health and zoologists believe that they could become endangered within the next few years due to the attention they are getting.
10. Seahorses are one of the most romantic creatures on Earth. Once they find a mate, they hold each other’s tails every morning.
When it comes to courtship, seahorses can teach us a thing or two. After finding their soulmate, they hold tails, change colors, swim snout-to-snout, and whirl around in unison. The male carries the offspring in a brood pouch for about two to four weeks, depending on the species. The female visits her partner every morning and holds his tail, in order to keep him motivated.
What do you think of these lovely animals? Did you enjoy reading these facts? Which one surprised you the most? Let us know through the comments section.