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.
Cougar, puma, and mountain lion are all different names for the same animal.
Due to their small brains koalas are unable to perform complex, unfamiliar tasks such as eat leaves off of flat surfaces.
Bottlenose dolphins have longest memory among non-humans – they can recognize whistles of their mates after being separated for more than 20 years.
Back in 1946, a British fox terrier named Ben won international acclaim for his ability to say the phrase, “I want one”, evidently expressing desire for a cup of tea, a biscuit and other doggy treats. His voice was described as “dark brown” and “a rich baritone”, low-pitched and authoritative. Ben used different tones of voice in making his requests, “from the wheedling note to the gruff, demanding one”.
Hippos often enjoy licking massive crocodiles.
The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometers away.
Back in 1958, high-school sophomore Diana McGee chose as her biology project an experiment “to make a hamster an alcoholic, then to cure it of the disease.” She named the hamster “Alchy”. The hamster consumed about a pint of bourbon a month and reportedly “seems to love it.” Eventually, Alchy refused to drink any more of the bourbon-water mixture, leading the Salina Journal to comment on Apr 25, 1958 that “the animal has more sense than some people.”
There is a creature with the ability to neutralize almost all poisons, even from creatures it has never encountered. One day this ability might be utilized by humans. This creature is called The Opossum.
There’s a 9 year old boy in the Philippines who started his own no-kill, non-profit animal shelter – the first of its kind on his island of Mindanao.
The disclaimer “No animals were harmed during the making of this film” can be put on movies, even if animals died during the production, as long as cameras weren’t rolling at the time.
A chimpanzee that was socialized to humans since birth could log onto a computer to look at pictures, watch television using a remote control, brush his teeth, feed hay to his owner’s horses, water plants and learned the schedule of passing ice cream trucks.