Lulu the kangaroo was rescued as a joey and raised by a farmer and his family. When a branch knocked the farmer unconscious, Lulu stayed with him and ‘barked’ until the man’s family came, likely saving his life.
Approximately 8% of all rams (male sheep) exhibit an exclusive sexual preference for other rams and this preference is linked to a decreased volume of a particular brain region compared to “straight” rams.
Japanese macaque wash their food in saltwater before they eat in order to both clean it and enhance the taste. They also make snowballs for fun.
Gorillas have been known to pick up and gently pet frogs.
China has salamanders as large as humans.
Bonobo mothers shake their heads to say NO when their infants play with their food.
If a goose gets sick or is wounded while flying a couple of other geese may drop out of formation to help and protect him. They will try to stay with the disabled goose until he dies or is able to fly again.
Some lizards, in which the tail is a major storage organ for accumulating reserves, will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies.
Researchers discovered a clam estimated to be 507 years old — the oldest-ever living animal — and accidentally killed it.
Possums do not actually “play” dead. In fact, they pass out from being shocked.
There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written.
A man rescued a crocodile and they became inseparable best friends.
Bonobos are a relative of chimpanzees that have developed a ridiculously peaceful culture because of their incredibly frequent sex including their use of sex as a greeting, a means to form social bonds and as conflict resolution.
A chimpanzee named Santino was known to collect rocks and pieces of concrete in the hour before his exhibit opened. Come showtime, he would hurl the dessert plate-sized rocks at zoo patrons.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, there was a turtle that was the size of a car and could eat crocodiles.