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.
There is a complete ban on women, and even female animals, entering the peninsula of Mount Athos in Greece, due to the peninsula being home to 20 monasteries.
An Elephant, Kosik, can speak 5 words in Korean, “sit, no, yes and lie down.” He creates the words by putting his trunk in his mouth and vibrating it. He is the only elephant scientifically proven to speak human words.
“Judas” goats helped eradicate invasive goats in the Galápagos Islands. These goats are sterilized, GPS tracked, and given hormones to attract other goats so that armed hunters could kill all the goats from a helicopter, but leave the Judas goats alive so they could be used to find more goats.