Raven, a 6 year old chimpanzee, became the 22nd most successful money manager in the USA by throwing darts at a list of internet companies. Raven created her own index, dubbed MonkeyDex, and in 1999 delivered a 213% gain, outperforming more than 6,000 professional brokers on Wall Street.
In an experiment where a kitten was raised in the same cage as a rat, the cat not only refrained from attacking the rat, but the two became close companions, and the cat refused to chase or kill any other rats as well.
There was a now extinct species of crocodile that could gallop.
To eliminate all the elusive invasive goats in the Galapagos, researchers attached a radio-collar to a ‘Judas goat’ who would, because of its gregarious nature, seek out other goats. It was then tracked down, the group killed, but with the ‘traitor’ left alive in order to find more goats.
Keiko, the orca who starred in Free Willy was released in the wild in July of 2002 after being in captivity for 23 years. A few weeks after his release, he showed up at a Norwegian fjord in hopes of seeking human contact and would even give children rides on his back.
If you feed a moose, it may become aggressive and attack the next human it meets if it has no food to offer.
A charging elephant broke down the door and a wall of a home in India, but immediately stopped when it heard a baby crying. It then removed the debris from the child using its trunk and peacefully returned to the forest.
When an elderly hiker was pounced on by a mountain lion that began to tear at his arm, a nearby bear rushed over and attacked the lion, driving it away and saving his life.
In 1986, when a five year old boy fell into a gorilla enclosure and lost consciousness, a large male gorilla named Jambo stood between the boy and the other gorillas in a protective gesture, even stroking the boy’s back. The incident helped create a positive public perception of gorillas.
A pig in Australia stole 18 beers from a campsite, got drunk, and then tried to fight a cow, resulting in the cow chasing the pig around a car.
California’s official state animal is extinct.
A chimpanzee named Frodo has impregnated his own mother, killed a human infant, attacked cartoonist Gary Larson, and beat the head of primatologist Jane Goodall so badly, he almost broke her neck.
For two months Ai Hin, a panda living in a Chinese zoo, managed to trick her caretakers into thinking she was pregnant — surprising behavior that suggests the bear knew she would be getting extra food and an air-conditioned room all to herself. She accomplished this all by just eating more, moving less, and raising her hormone levels.
Tiny pseudoscorpions (about 4mm) live inside old books, effectively protecting them by eating booklice and dustmites.
This terrifying creature is called Eunice aphroditois, or simply the Bobbit worm. It can grow up to three meters long and is capable of slicing its larger prey in half. Moreover, it injects a toxin into its prey to make it easier to digest. The worm keeps itself buried in the sand or gravel at the bottom of the sea, only allowing its five tiny antennae to stick up out of the silt. If something swims or crawls along that disturbs one of the antennae, the worm springs up out of the ground and grabs whatever passerby happened to be unlucky that day. They’re found throughout the warmer parts of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans.