Laika, the first dog in space, was taken home by a scientist shortly before her launch to play with the scientists’s kids.He wrote ‘”Laika was quiet and charming…I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live’.
Left unchecked, an unspayed rabbit and her intact female descendants can produce more than 1300 offspring in a year. Over the course of five years this number balloons exponentially to more than 94 million.
Smaller creatures experience time much faster than we do, so to them we seem to be moving in slow motion.
In 1889 a lion escaped from a traveling show in Birmingham and ran into the sewers. When an angry mob formed, Frank Bostock, the owner secretly snuck another lion out the back. He then returned with the lion clearly visible and was hailed a hero. The escaped lion was still in the sewers.
A Naked Mole Rat can survive up-to 18 minutes without oxygen by dropping its heart rate and switching to fructose based anaerobic respiration.
In 2002, a cow jumped a 6 foot fence at a slaughterhouse in Cincinnati, only to evade police officers for 11 days, making national news headlines, and eventually living out the rest of its life in NY.
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.