Okunoshima, Japan (aka Rabbit Island) has thousands of wild rabbits which began from only 5 released there in the ’60s. Since there are no natural predators to keep the rabbit population in check and tourists feed them, the rabbits have no fear of people and will swarm them with cuddles.
Ming the Clam, the world’s oldest animal at 507, was killed by researchers trying to tell how old it was.
To help airline passengers deal with travel anxiety, San Francisco International Airport has hired the nation’s first airport therapy pig. LiLou wears costumes and performs tricks to help travelers calm down before boarding their flights.
Some free range turkey farms use alpacas to guard their flocks from foxes, since alpacas are extremely territorial and will accept the turkeys as part of their herd, defending them by chasing off predators.
All domestic cattle on Earth originated from one single herd of about 80 animals 10,500 years ago.
A chimpanzee, which was raised as a human being by a psychologist, learnt sign language, dressed herself and ate with silverware, was shipped away to assimilate in wild, expressed “hurt” via sign, and later died.
A chimpanzee has been observed wearing a piece of grass into her ear, with no apparent function. After other members of her group started imitating her, researchers realized to be in presence of the first fashion statement observed in other animals.
Horses can be trained to use symbols in order to communicate with humans. After just a couple weeks of training, horses could tell if they wanted a blanket put on or taken off, or stay unchanged, a study found.
English writer Charles Foster and his eight year old son lived like badgers in a hole in the ground for several weeks. They ate worms and grasshoppers, and traveled by crawling on their stomachs.