Possums do not actually “play” dead. In fact, they pass out from being shocked.
There are whales alive today who were born before Moby Dick was written.
A man rescued a crocodile and they became inseparable best friends.
Bonobos are a relative of chimpanzees that have developed a ridiculously peaceful culture because of their incredibly frequent sex including their use of sex as a greeting, a means to form social bonds and as conflict resolution.
A chimpanzee named Santino was known to collect rocks and pieces of concrete in the hour before his exhibit opened. Come showtime, he would hurl the dessert plate-sized rocks at zoo patrons.
After the extinction of the dinosaurs, there was a turtle that was the size of a car and could eat crocodiles.
The largest centipede which ever existed was tall enough to rear up and look a human in the eyes.
Freckles, a goat in Utah, was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk proteins in her milk which is used to make “biosteel,” a material stronger than kevlar.
The Pittsburgh Press reports on Sep 14, 1928 that “a short time after a peddler and his wife had been murdered and robbed on a road near Soldin, in Brandenburg, a farmer’s horse died on the same spot. When the horse reached the scene of the murder he stopped, whinnied and dropped dead“.
There is a species of deer in Germany who won’t cross the border where the Iron Curtain once stood, even though that border has been gone physically for 20 years.