There are certain animal-related facts that just about everybody knows by heart. Or at least, they think they do. Many widely-known facts about animals are just plain wrong. Luckily, we’re here to set the record straight.
It’s always a bad day whenever an animal dies before their time. When they die at the hands of a human, we’re naturally outraged. But when death is the result of a freak accident, we’re just plain depressed. And now you get to be depressed too, as we visit ten stories of animals who suffered the most unfortunate twist of fate imaginable.
Goldfish are the earliest fish to be domesticated by humans, approximately 1700 years ago in China. They also have the longest lifespan of any domesticated fish, typically between 8 to 30 years, though a record 45 years has been established. The notion that goldfish have a three-second memory span is a myth. They can recognize their […]
Some animals are so popular and ubiquitous that it’s just assumed they’ve been part of our lives forever. However, it turns out some of these creatures were in hiding longer than we think, and our knowledge of them is restricted to the past 200 years or less. Who knows what else is out there?
Some of the most common characteristics of a bear include a large body, stocky legs, long snout, shaggy hair, a short tail, and five nonretractile claws. Bears are the largest terrestrial members of the order Carnivora, with the biggest species being the polar bear and the Kodiak brown bear. The largest bear can reach a […]
Dogs can’t eat candy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t go trick-or-treating! Actually no, wait. We’re wrong. They can’t trick or treat. They’re DOGS. But this hasn’t stopped a bunch of companies from designing elaborate costumes for your pooch to contemplate murder in. And yes, several of them are sexy. It IS Halloween, after all.
Most species have a shelf life and, once that expires, so does the animal. Others, however, take the Twinkie approach to life, in that they never, ever go away. Like the great-great grandmother who’s survived dozens of family members over the years, here are ten species that clearly intend to hang around until the planet’s inevitable heat death.
For most, ants are just harmless insects (unless you find a red one; then run away to another country IMMEDIATELY.) We know they can lift extremely heavy stuff but, other than that, they’re pretty insignificant, right? WRONG. Ants are basically little humans in buggy form, who can do just about anything we can, for better or for worse.
Oil spills are tragic events, not only is the damage to the environment and nature catostrophic, but it’s also on-going, meaning people have to deal with the issues that arise from the spill for months, even years after the original disaster. By far one of the most harrowing and iconic images of such events is […]
Cannibalism is one of the ugliest acts we can possibly imagine. But, as it turns out, plenty of adorable, fuzzy, cuddly animals partake in it. On the one hand, this certainly sullies our perception of them as cute widdle cweatures of nature. On the other hand, if they’re eating each other, they’re not eating us.
Most animals are either anonymous wildlife, or regular old house pets. However, some manage to break through and become famous in their own rights. Here are ten famous animals from ten different species, none of whom are aware they’re more popular than any of us could ever hope to be.
Elephants were the tanks of the ancient world, lumbering, arrow-proof monstrosities that barreled through entire legions of men like they were made of malnourished twigs. If your opponent had an elephant you were effectively screwed, unless that is you had a pig and the ability to set said pig on fire. Science! You may be […]
Remember when you were young, and your mother told you to chew your food at least 25 times before swallowing? Yeah, many animals do not give one single rip about what your dear Mommy thinks. They prefer to save time and eat their meals in one bite. Their food is still alive too, because killing takes time, and time is money.
With around 8.7 million animal species gracing our planet, it’s no wonder that we have some facts about animals totally wrong. Some animals and their behavior remain mysterious to scientists and it’s only through long term research and observation that they’ve been able to bust a number of animal myths. Here’s a list of well-known […]
Everyone’s seen a bat before. They’re basically the slightly less feathery and way more furry birds of the night, flapping their way around the place until they find a nice big hairdo to get stuck in, the owner of which they’ll probably infect with rabies. Even if it’s not about to turn into a hungry […]