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.
A monkey, residing in San Diego Zoo had a diabetes. He was trained to welcome multiple blood sampling and insulin injections daily. Soon, he became a role model for children with diabetes, who were unenthusiastic about injections.
Many animals can communicate by vibrating the surface of earth, water or other substrates, a phenomenon known as seismic communication. Predators also use this ability to eavesdrop on their prey.
Zoo keepers in England had to learn French in order to speak to baboons coming from a French zoo, because the animals didn’t respond to English commands.