In 2001, a lion cub, bear cub and tiger cub were found neglected in a drug dealer’s basement. They have lived together ever since they were adopted by a sanctuary and are considered inseparable because of strong friendship.
Alligators in Louisiana have learned to balance sticks on their snouts specifically during egret and heron nesting season, when the birds are actively searching for nest materials. This is the first known case of predators using lures based on seasonal prey behavior.
African buffalo herds display “voting behavior” to indicate their travel preferences by standing up, staring in one direction and then lying back down. Only adult females vote.
Israel-related animal conspiracy theories exist in some countries. Sharks, vultures, boars, rats, and dolphins are among the animals Israel allegedly uses against others.
In 2015 at least 120,000 saiga antelopes died mysteriously en masse. This corresponds to about 50% of the entire population of these rare animals.
Wildlife researchers around the world have caught deer on film eating birds, in some cases “actually eating living baby birds right out of the nests”.
Ken Allen (1971–2000), an orangutan at the San Diego Zoo, not only did he escape 3 times, his peers began following his example & escaped too. He outwitted zookeepers even when they posed as visitors. During his escapes, Ken would “peacefully stroll around the zoo looking at other animals.”
A bonobo named Kanzi once asked for “fire” and “marshmallows” using lexigrams while on a hike in the woods. His trainer gave him matches and some marshmallows and he broke twigs, made a fire, and roasted the marshmallows over it.
Hermann Goering banned vivisection and announced an end to the “unbearable torture and suffering in animal experiments” and said that those who “still think they can continue to treat animals as inanimate property” will be sent to concentration camps.