Washoe, a chimpanzee, was taught sign language. When one of her trainers returned after a while away Washoe was initially dismissive of her, but when the trainer signed “My baby died”, Washoe signed “cry” and mimicked a tear running down her face.
Emily the cow escaped from a slaughterhouse minutes before her turn at the abattoir, wandered for 40 days eluding capture, went on to live for 8 more years before getting a memorial on her grave.
Paul the Octopus was so precise in his predictions during the 2010 FIFA World Cup that he received death threats from German fans and had to be offered state protection.
Wild pigs are one of the most destructive animals in America causing more than $400mil damage a year in TX alone. They can dig 3′ deep destroying crops and even feast on lambs, calves, sea turtle eggs, and everything in between.
During the cold war, when navy divers repairing a whale enclosure heard a human-like voice saying “out, out, out,” and got out of the water to see nobody, they found out that a beluga whale named “Noc” had learned to mimic human speech and was trying to communicate with them.
Like humans, animals also have varying accents depending on locality and regions.
Google hired a camel to map a desert for Google Street View.
Leonardo Da Vinci used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.
A man rescued a dying crocodile, looked after it, tried to release the croc into the wild, but the croc kept coming back. The two became ‘best friends’ and for the next 20 years, Chito (man) used to get into the water to swim, kiss, hug, play with ‘Pocho’ the 5-meter, 450kg croc.
Congo, a chimpanzee who made over 400 paintings, would scream if a painting was taken away from him before he was finished.