If you’ve ever been called bird brained, maybe it wasn’t quite as insulting as you thought. True, birds do think differently from mammals, but their actual brains can be surprisingly large compared to their overall size. In fact, birds’ brains are similar in proportions to primates, including apes, monkeys, and – yes – humans. Not only do their brains look capable of intelligence, but their behavior suggests it too. Just look at one of the most common and most scorned birds of all, the pigeon.
We absolutely DO NOT recommend that you try to tame a hyena or even own a hyena, but lets take a hypothetical detour and see if taming such a wild animal is possible.
Of all the big beasts of the animal kingdom, giraffes are widely considered one of the more adorable, and often feature in compilations of the cutest animals alive. Yes, they might be the tallest mammal in the world, but with their comically long necks, cartoonishly huge eyes and clownish faces they seem both hilarious and harmless. But don’t be deceived. A threatened giraffe can be one of the deadliest creatures alive, and it all comes down to one terrifying secret weapon – their kick.
Imagine you’re on an African plain and the earth beneath your feet begins to shake. You look up and see the gigantic, tank-like shape of a rhinoceros thundering towards you, snorting like a bull with its huge horn lowered. What do you do? Well, don’t try running in zig-zags (that’s how to escape crocodiles) or sit down and try to make yourself small (that appeases gorillas, not rhinos). Your best bet, even if the only things you can see around are a small rock or scrawny tree, is to hide. In fact, you stand a decent chance of getting away with it, because although nature has given the rhinoceros many extraordinary gifts, good eyesight isn’t one of them.
(photo: David Brossard)
Pangolins are small animals found in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. While they might look like simple creatures, they have a unique built-in defensive system to help protect themselves from danger.
Penguins are often thought of as being idle creatures that do nothing more than waddle around in search of food. While penguins do hunt for food for most of the day, they spend their days doing much more than just that. In fact, you might be surprised to discover what exactly they do to pass time.
The eastern lowland gorilla is the largest species of gorilla. This gorilla can stand over six and a half feet and will max out at a weight of 550 pounds if living in the wild.
(photo: Karl Young, Wikimedia)
Most people have probably heard of cows and bison, but not of the beefalo. The beefalo is a blend of these two animals resulting in a unique appearance and healthy meat options. Below is more about this interesting animal and why it was created.
Undoubtedly, you have probably seen one of the many “honey badger don’t care” memes, but have you ever wondered where this meme actually came from and why the simple statement actually makes sense? It turns out that these little creatures, also known as ratels, are pesky and fierce animals. Thus, the “don’t care” sentiment ties back to the fact that this animal makes its own rules, and is fierce enough that most similarly sized animals will keep their distance.
If you’ve ever been to a gift shop and perused the aisles of stuffed animals, you have probably seen a cute and cuddly hippo toy, ready for the next child to gush over and want to take home. And it is no surprise that plush hippo animal toys are so popular. If you’ve ever seen a hippo in captivity, you’ve probably been in awe over how cute these animals can be. But in reality, hippos are extremely dangerous animals. In fact, the hippo is commonly known as one of the dangerous seven amongst African tour guides, with the hippopotamus being grouped with the cape buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and crocodile.