From 1881-1890, a baboon named Jack was the assistant of a disabled railway signalman in South Africa. The signalman trained Jack to push his wheelchair and to operate the railways signals. After Jack’s job competency was verified, he was paid 20¢ a day, and half a bottle of beer each week.
Horses evolved on the great plains of North America. They migrated across the Bering land bridge to Asia, and all remaining horses died out in America. When the Spanish brought horses with them in the 16th century, they were returning them to their ancestral ranges.
Prairie dog language is complex. They don’t just have a call for “danger”: their calls differentiate human, hawk, domesticated dog, coyote etc. and specify size & color. One study found that they can communicate “Here comes the short human in the yellow” (vs the tall human in blue) to each other.
Ken Allen, a Borneo orangutan in the San Diego Zoo, escaped his enclosure three times. He never acted aggressively towards anyone during his escapes, and generally wandered around the zoo looking at other animals.
Humans make up just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of all known wild mammals.
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The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea has become a unintentional nature preserve. Several rare and endangered species, including the Amur leopard and Siberian tiger have been spotted there.
Polar bear jail (also known as Polar Bear Holding Facility) is a special building in Churchill, Manitoba where polar bears that are considered troublesome or dangerous are isolated before they can be relocated… Before establishing the facility, polar bears who were considered dangerous used to be shot. The premise is that extended captivity would create a sense of danger for the bears so that they will be reluctant to approach the town.
In 1859, a guy released 24 rabbits for hunting into the wild in Australia, a country which had no native rabbit population then. By 1920, their population increased to 10 billion. This is the fastest spread ever recorded of any mammal.
In 1963, the Bronx Zoo had an exhibit called “The Most Dangerous Animal in the World”. It was a mirror.
Bears are considered by many wildlife biologists to be one of the most intelligent land animals of North America. They possess the largest and most convoluted brains relative to their size of any land mammal. In the animal kingdom, their intelligence compares with that of higher primates.
In 1997 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner, having a heart attack. Lulu heard the owner’s cries of pain then forced her way out of the yard and played dead on the road. Lulu successfully stopped a car and guided help to the owner, she survived.
Badgers and Coyotes hanging out together is well documented. Here is a rare video of a coyote and badger playing and hunting together in Northern California.