Do you know that zebras can’t sleep alone and elephants mourn over the deaths of other elephants?
We are sure you didn’t know this, right? We love animals but sadly, we do not know a lot of things about them. There are so many kinds of animals and all of them have different personalities. We, humans, want to pet them all but first, we should have some information about them. A Reddit user Pancakebunny15 asked, “What is a wholesome animal fact that you know?” A lot of people came up and shared some of the most interesting facts and here we have compiled 40 of them. Would you like to know some facts about your favorite animals? If yes, then scroll down and enjoy!
1. “During the Australian wildfires, wombats started extending their burrows to other animals in need even including birds and reptiles and had different “rooms” set up for each species to stay safe and even started digging their “entryways” bigger for bigger animals like sheep.”
2. Elephants are one of the few animals who mourn over their dead. They have rituals too.
“There are reports of elephants finding humans sleeping under trees and the elephants think they’re dead. People have woken up with elephants gently stroking them with their trunk and in some cases they try to cover them with branches and sticks as a “burial””
3. Ravens and the toys.
“I saw a video not too long ago of some research ravens given small toys to play with. When the researchers came to collect the toys the ravens hid the toys and tried to trick the researchers into looking in fake hiding spots so they wouldn’t find and take the toys away.”
4. Orcas are one of the only animals to have culture and traditions.
“Orcas have incredibly complex social structures. They have different languages and regional dialects. They have names. They sing and dance. Pods that are close and speak the same language will mourn deaths and celebrate births together, even from other pods, other families. Their young are largely taught by the matriarch(s) of the pod, and they’re able to teach verbally, rather than by showing.”
5. Rats only live about 3-4 years on average.
“In a recent study, researchers put one rat in an uncomfortably small, confined space that can be opened by another rat on the outside. The Outside Rat would figure out how to release the Trapped Rat when they made sounds of distress. Even when the researchers distracted the Outside Rat with treats, it would save a treat for the Trapped Rat when it let it out. Basically proving that rats have empathy.”
6. “Mama cats can sense when their kitten(s) are having nightmares, so they tightly pull them into a hug and lick their faces to aid them”
7. Why bearded dragons wave?
“Bearded dragons wave to communicate greeting and that they aren’t a threat. When you wave to a bearded dragon and it waves back at you, you’re literally speaking the same language with the same intent.”
8. “In Switzerland it is illegal to own only one Guinea Pig as they get lonely”
9. Orangutans take the plumbing tools away.
“My father in law worked for a commercial plumbing company. They got a job putting in all the water related stuff for the primate enclosures at the local zoo. While working near orangutans, they had to not leave their tools unattended, and take inventory when they left. The orangutans would try to use the tools to take their enclosure apart.
Bonus Wholesome: Years later, my son got a book on animals at the book fair. Reading it together, when we got to the part about orangutans it said, “orangutans are so smart, plumbers working on their enclosures at the (Hometown) Zoo had to be careful not to get their tools taken when working on their enclosure.”
I said, “Holy c**p, they are talking about your grandpa!!””
10. “Zebras can’t sleep alone which leads to my theory Marty spent like 80% of the Madagascar movies as a raging insomniac hence explaining his erratic personality at times”
11. “deer adopt baby deer. like if a mom deer gets hit on the road, and another mom deer is around, which is likely because they are herd animals. they just like “i guess i got two now”.”
12. “Dogs evolved the ability to move their eyebrows to better communicate with humans.”
13. “Cows have best friends”
14. “Cats will knead throughout life because of when they were kittens with their mother. If a Cat kneads on you, I know it may hurt, but they see you as their parent/family and they have a somewhat deep connection with you.”
15. “Otters hold each other’s hands when they are sleeping so they don’t float away.”
16. “if a cat blinks slowly at you it’s giving you a hug and if you blink slowly back you can give it a hug in its language”
17. Crows and wolves have a friendly bond.
“Wild wolf packs and murders of crows form bonds over time. The crows help lead the wolves to live prey and in return and crows get the scraps after the wolf pack has eaten their fill. Crows have been seen playing with wolf pups and bringing them sticks and feathers as gifts. These same crows and wolf pups reunite as adults and do the deal time and time again. Sometimes the birds and carnivores just hang out together, supposedly just to enjoy each other’s time.
Like Hood Nature (Casual Geographic) once said, “There’s a Disney movie in here, I just know it.””
18. Vampire bats share food with other vampire bats.
“Vampire bats will share food with other vampire bats who haven’t fed in the last day or two (their metabolism means they die if they don’t eat roughly every three days). This helps support members of the colony, even though it puts the sharer at risk. It is considered one of the few forms of altruism observed in non-human animals.”
19. “Dogs love us just as much as we love them.”
“Scientists studied their brainwaves and they showed a significant difference between being shown the image of a stranger and the image of their owner. Furthermore, the “pleasure center” of their brain shows more activity with humans than it does with other dogs”
20. All pets want to be petted.
“Not really a fact, more whatever the opposite of a fact (as in lack of knowledge) is. A lack of knowledge with wholesome implications: I’m not aware of any animal that doesn’t like to be petted (species, individuals have varying preferences of course). You can pet lizards, fish (including sharks), a friend of mine even pet a spider and when he stopped it came closer, indicating that it wanted more. Every animal seems to share this one trait, they all want to be loved.”
21. “Some Sharks will let divers pet them, and then drive away other Sharks who try to get cuddly with ‘their’ Human.”
22. “Sometimes dogs in movies have had to have their tails replaced with CGI because their real ones were wagging too much.”
23. “Cats sleep on your shoes because they are comforted by your scent. They may also sleep on your sheets or laundry.”
24. Antisocial eels got comfortable with human.
“There’s an aquarium in Japan that has eels who are antisocial, but because of the constant exposure to people, they’ve learned to be comfortable with humans. But due to the pandemic, eels went back to being isolated creatures, until the aquarium decided to FaceTime the eels. Yes, FaceTiming eels.
They eventually went back to be comfortable to humans.”
25. “Bees stay in their hives and don’t go out during the winter. Since they want to keep the hive clean, they don’t excrete either.”
“Once the weather gets warmer, they free themselves and shower the planet with their massive load of poop.”
26. “Crows have been known to drop hard nuts onto zebra crossings so that cars run over them cracking the nut and then waiting for people to cross to stop the traffic before retrieving said nut. Smart af”
27. Some spiders pet frogs.
“Humans aren’t the only species to be found to keep other animals as pets/livestock in a way that resembles us much more than you might think. Some spiders have pet frogs. Some types of ants will raise aphids like livestock. In captivity the list expands–Like how many cheetahs in captivity have emotional support service dogs to help them with anxiety and other issues, especially in breeding programs where a happy cheetah is MUCH more likely to be able to carry to term. Even species that don’t exhibit the behavior yet show that they could if presented with the right option of pet–See elephants getting excited about cute things, and being very gentle with anything they know is smaller/weaker than them.”
28. “Cats don’t meow to other cats. They meow to people to get their attention”
29. “The Saimaa seal, native to the Finnish lake Saimaa, is making a slow recovery and will likely cease from being extremely endangered in a few years. The population has doubled to 300 in 20 years.”
30. “A lot of animals love Capybaras cause they’re just so chill and lay around. It’s basically the animal kingdom equivalent of that one pothead you hang around because they’re mellow 24/7.”
31. “A group of ladybugs is called a Loveliness :3″
32. As soon as beavers hear the sound of running water, they start building dams.
“When they hear running water, beavers will automatically start to build a dam. We know this because people put a speaker playing sounds of running water next to beavers, and the first thing they did was start building a dam on the speaker.”
33. “Foxes aren’t as solitary creatures as people think.”
“In fact (especially in urban situations), Vixens will often group up together and take care of each other’s babies. One watches over the kits, while the others go out and hunt.
Vixens are also known to simply adopt orphaned kits and raise them as their own.”
34. “Pigeons are not wild animals, they are feral.”
“Every pigeon in your city is descended from escaped domesticated birds. You could catch and tame a pigeon just like any stray dog or cat.”
35. Platypus fur glows when they are exposed to ultraviolet light.
36. “Domestic kittens need to remain with their mother for four months because they need education.”
“They’ll live more than twenty years, but only if you give them proper (expensive) food and you don’t let them roam the streets.”
37. “Dogs look at you when they’re pooping because they feel they’re in a vulnerable position and they trust you enough to protect them if something dangerous happens.”
38. “Similar to cats, goats have scent markers on the top of their head that they will use to rub against their favorite humans to “claim them.””
39. “1/3 of all giraffes are thought to be gay or have gay relationships”
40. “English mastiffs sailed on the Mayflower”
“Most people wouldn’t consider dogs that can weigh nearly 200 pounds an “essential,” but most people weren’t John Goodman.
The 25-year-old pilgrim brought his English mastiffs on the Mayflower with him, and they sailed to the New World. Though the master didn’t last long, the community adopted his dogs, and cared for them.”
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