In the same family as horses and zebras, donkeys seem to get the short end of the stick when it comes to grace and majesty. Sturdy creatures, they are raised on farms around the world. First domesticated over 5,000 years ago, they’re relied upon in every corner of the globe. Each species of donkey has an elastic idea of its limitations – unlike species of sharks who don’t interbreed, or species of big cats that only do so under human intervention, donkeys breed willingly (in the wild and in captivity) within different species of Equus … and that’s not just with other donkey species!
The change of the seasons is often depicted by quaint nature scenes: the leaves changing color and bears bedding down for their winter-long hibernation; then flowers blooming in spring and the very same bears emerging from their den. This period of hibernation is a known fact to many, but its details remain a mystery to most. What do the bears do? Why do they do it? What is hibernation?
Hear the word “leopon” and you may think it’s a type of Pokémon. It’s a real animal that exists on planet Earth. It’s a crossed-bred big cat. Think of mules (mixes of donkeys and horses) or dog breeds (cockapoos, goldendoodles, etc.). Another group of four-legged friends whose genetics can get crossed, members of the genus Panthera can produce a whole new slew of furry predators, the leopon included.
In 1917, bull terriers had no place in the war. Mascots were limited to sports teams and service dogs were limited to the police force. Strict regulations forbade animals from living on military grounds. It’s for these reasons that no one would have expected a stray mongrel to end up becoming one of the most decorated soldiers who served in the First World War. From Connecticut to the Allied front line in France and back again, one dog changed the course of history for its entire species.
In almost every species of animal — from the sky to land to sea — competition is fierce. Traditionally, males fight each other for status, mates, and territory.
One of the most iconic head-to-heads is the actual headbutting competition seen between two rams.
From seemingly docile livestock to wild bighorns, male sheep develop horns that are both visually impressive and useful. Like many bizarre habits in the animal kingdom, scientists look into why rams headbutt and if there’s a good reason for why they do it.
1. My life is likely to last ten to fifteen years. Any separation from you will be painful for me. Remember that before you acquire me.
2. Give me time to understand what you want from me.
A video taken in a woman’s garden showing ants bringing flower petals and leaving them around a dead bumblebee is going viral for the unusual scene. In it, the ants are seen carrying pink flower petals and placing them in a circle around the bumblebee. The video, whcich was captured by Nicole Webinger, likened it to a funeral.
Greyhounds are popular breed known for their sleek profiles and fast speeds. Their name comes from several roots, one of them being the obvious: traditionally, the most common coat color was gray (grey). They come in a variety of coats, none perhaps as unique as the brindle Greyhound.
Dogs are absolutely the best! They are always excited to see us and they can turn any bad day around. And in the case of a dog in Turkey, she waited outside a hospital for almost a week when her owner was taken in for treatment.
The dog, named Boncuk (which means bead) followed an ambulance to the hospital where Cemal Senturk had been taken and even though Senturk’s family took Boncuk home, the determined dog returned to the hospital every day and waited outside.