3. Millions of trees grow every year thanks to squirrel’s forgetting where they put their nuts.
4. There are two kittens in this picture.
Baby bunnies are called kits, which is short for kitten.
6. Sea otters hold each other’s paws when they sleep so they don’t drift apart.
7. There’s an immortal jellyfish.
Well, kind of. It is still susceptible to predators but the Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish is extremely good at regenerating cells, “revealing a transformation potential unparalleled in the animal kingdom.” Scientists are currently studying it in hopes they can apply these amazing qualities to human life.
8. When rabbits jump and twist out of excitement, it is called a binky.
9. Humpback whales have their own “pop” music.
It turns out, mating tunes evolve and get passed around different whale populations. According to one scientist, “This is the first time that such broad-scale and population-wide cultural exchange has been documented in any species other than humans.” It’s like going viral underwater.
10. Gentoo penguins propose to their lifemates* with a pebble.
*Sometimes only for a breeding season, but more often than not, they mate for life.
11. Sea horses are monogamous life mates and travel holding each other’s tails.
12. Male pups will intentionally let female pups “win” when they play-fight so they can get to know them better.
13. Monkeys don’t like unequal pay either.
A TED talk recently discussed an experiment in which two monkeys were given different rewards for the same work. Let’s just say the monkey who got the rock instead of the grape was not so happy.
15. Elephants show remarkable empathy, even to other species.
Elephants are known to mourn their dead, but it turns out they will often put themselves in harms way to help another animal as well. Pictured above is the beautiful story of Tarra and Bella, best friends despite their stature. When the dog, Bella sadly passed away, Tarra found Bella and carried her back home to bury her. Amazingly, as Tarra was grieving, the other elephants gathered around, bringing food to comfort her. Watch the the full story.
16. Fish use tools.
Watch as this fish uses a rock to open up a clam.
17. A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.
18. Dolphins have names for one other.
Recent research shows that dolphins can call out to one other specifically, by mimicking the distinct whistle of the dolphin they want. They do it to identify objects as well. This is the only animal who can do this outside of humans (at least that we know of…).
20. Aside from nesting, common swift spend their entire lives in air, living on insects they catch in flight.
22. Chimp babies play with dolls.
Chimps have been observed playing “make believe” with sticks, cradling them, scolding them, mock feeding them, much the way that young children do with dolls.
24. There’s a beluga with a fine appreciation for the arts.
26. There’s an animal called the quokka and it’s the happiest animal in the world.
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