#1 Cats don’t think of us as humans. Instead, they see us as equals, just like other cats
By nudging you with their heads (bunting) they’re actually greeting you as they would another member of their cat family. This means that to them we’re probably the ugliest, biggest, and clumsiest cats they’ve ever seen but they accept you into their family and love you anyways.
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#2 Tiger populations are on the rise
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#3 Sea otters hold hands while they’re sleeping so that they don’t drift apart
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#4 When a baby elephant is born, other mothers in the social group will trumpet to celebrate or announce the baby’s arrival
Elephants tend to stay in close “family” groups for their whole lives, which are generally made up of female elephants (the males often leave the group to go mate, but sometimes group up with other solitary males). So other female elephants are often present for new births.
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#5 Dogs sneeze when play fighting to show they are playing and don’t wanna hurt you
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#6 Cows have “best friends” and are happier when they’re with them
A study from Northampton University found that when cows were paired with another cow that shared a social bond with them, their heart rate was lower and they were more relaxed while they were penned.
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#7 There’s an abandoned minefield that has accidentally created a penguin sanctuary. The mines keep poachers out, but the penguins are too small to set them off.
The mines were set on the Falkland Islands when Argentinian commandos occupied the territory in a 1982 conflict with British forces. Since then, Magellanic penguins have thrived in the area. And because the areas are well-marked and fenced off, no civilian has been injured by the mines, either.
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#8 An otter will find a pebble as a juvenile and keep it for their whole life
If that’s not cute enough for you, they keep the pebble in the pocket that forms of the skin folds of their armpit.
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#9 Your dog probably dreams about you.
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#10 There are little tiny harvest mice that sleep inside flowers.
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#11 Pandas are no longer considered an endangered species
Also, being a professional panda caretaker is one of the highest paying jobs in China, if I remember correctly, their average salary is about $32.5k.
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#12 Dogs can tell when you’re due to come home by how much of your scent is remaining in the house
Ever wondered how your dog seems to be able to tell time accurately? If you or someone you live with has a daily routine, your dog might go linger by the door or start looking out the window right before their human is due home because they can smell how much your scent has deteriorated in your absence.
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#13 Bees get sleepy after drinking nectar and occasionally take naps on flowers
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#14 Dolphin mothers sing to their babies while they’re in the womb.
According to a study at the University of Southern Mississippi, dolphin mothers will make a “signature whistle” for the benefit of their calf while it’s in the womb. This whistle is thought to act as a sort of “name” for the mother, allowing the calf and mother to locate each other easily once it’s born. After the calf is born, other nearby adult dolphins will whistle less, likely to help the calf learn and use the right whistle.
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#15 When dogs appear in movies and tv, sometimes they have to have cgi tails because they wag too much during the scene
This happened during filming of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, when some husky dog actors didn’t look “menacing” because of their happily wagging tails. It’s possible that they were wagging because they knew they were doing a good job at their acting tasks. The same happened while filming “White Fang” and “Game of Thrones”.
#16 Ravens can remember faces and you can befriend them
Of course, befriending them will require some bribing with food. But they will later recognize you and fly over. Worth it!
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#17 Squirrels adopt other baby squirrels if they’re orphaned
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#18 Your dog actually loves you, not just because you give them food and walks
Studies that measured oxytocin levels, heart rates, and other biometrics showed that levels of bonding hormones rose and heart rates fell in both humans and their dogs after interacting with each other. In other words, when you pet your dog, both of you produce more of the same hormone in your brain that makes you fall in love with people, and both of you relax more.
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#19 Goats and cows have accents
Cows tend to moo differently depending on the region they live in. It’s similar for goats, but goats will also adopt a new “accent” if they hang out with new goats for a while.
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#20 Penguins not only mate for life, they will also spend time to find a beautiful pebble for their mate and then “propose” with it
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