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.
A group of coconut crabs is called a “nightmare,” with leg spans reaching up to three feet, and are known to climb trees on their native islands in the Pacific and Indian oceans; they’ve also been observed devouring chickens and kittens.
After a photographer was almost eaten by a leopard seal, the seal realized how weak of a predator this photographer was and tried to teach him how to eat penguins for 4 days.
Vampire bats not only drink the blood of their prey, but urinate on the prey as they do so.
The sabre-tooth squirrel featured in the 2002 film Ice Age was fictional… until a real one was discovered in 2011.
While viewing 1980’s The Blue Lagoon, a herpetologist noticed iguanas in the background with characteristics unseen in documented species. He then traveled to Fiji, tracked & named the Fiji Crested Iguana.
Lulu the kangaroo was rescued as a joey and raised by a farmer and his family. When a branch knocked the farmer unconscious, Lulu stayed with him and ‘barked’ until the man’s family came, likely saving his life.
Approximately 8% of all rams (male sheep) exhibit an exclusive sexual preference for other rams and this preference is linked to a decreased volume of a particular brain region compared to “straight” rams.
Japanese macaque wash their food in saltwater before they eat in order to both clean it and enhance the taste. They also make snowballs for fun.
Gorillas have been known to pick up and gently pet frogs.