Despite the advancements of science and everything we know about the natural world, the individuality of fingerprints is a still a shocking fact to wrap one’s head around. Every single human being has a unique set of fingerprints. What about others in the animal kingdom?
Records of this morbid behavior in other species go back as far as the 2nd century A.D. Claudius Aelian was a Greek scholar who wrote an entire book about it, citing 21 different incidents. Questions about why some animals behave this way have cropped up over the centuries. Even today, scientists struggle with pinpointing the reason. The biggest question is whether or not the animals commit suicide, knowing what it is.
The largest of all monkeys, mandrills are impressive figures best known for their stunning coloring. While every color of the rainbow can be found in all manner of life, even Charles Darwin noted that “no other member in the whole class of mammals is colored in so extraordinary a manner as the adult male mandrills.” In his book The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin refers to these variegated primates often. Perhaps one of the first to record this species, he certainly paved the way to further study and understanding of them.
Giant pandas have shorter lifespans than most others of the ursidae family, averaging 20 years.
They come of age any time between 4 and 8 years old, after which the females are sexually active.
Many people would recognize a merle, but not know the name for it. It’s a unique and beautiful blend of multiple colors that, even on smaller dogs, can really make a canine’s coat pop. Pomeranians especially. With their signature puff, this kaleidoscope of color can emphasize a Merle Pomeranian’s characteristic fur.
You don’t have to be a Corgi owner to recognize these beautiful herding pups. From their short legs and long torso, to their long hair and friendly personality, Corgis can make a long-lasting impression on anyone.
There are a few different types of the Corgi breed, and we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about one in particular. Below is an in-depth look at the Merle Corgi.
Are you considering a Cavachon for your next family pet but need to know a little more about them before you make your final decision? Like are they hypoallergenic or do they shed? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to tell you all about them.
While bees have pretty monikers like “honey” and “bumble” attached to them, wasps come with rather more sinister titles – the “executioner” or the “warrior”. Warrior wasps, which can be found in central or south America, are named after their aggressive behavior, which includes threatening displays of wing-beating and creating a war drum sound by scraping their mandibles on the insides of their nests.
Don’t let giraffes fool you. They might look weird and wonderful enough to put in a list of the 10 cutest animals, with their absurdly long necks and tennis ball eyes, but giraffes are darker and more dangerous than you know. We’ve written before about the awesome power of a giraffe kick, but did you know they could also use those long necks as clubs, smashing at enemies and each other with the hard, knobbly ossicones atop their heads? At moments like these, look more like something from “Jurassic Park” than “The Lion King”.
Brindle French Bulldogs one of the world’s most charming pooches. With their small bodies, big ears, and singing personalities they’re sure to make a great pet for you and your family. But before you jump the gun, there are some things you should know about this breed that will help you make the right decision on whether this is the right pup for you.
"Nature reserves the right to inflict upon her children the most terrifying jests,” the playwright Thornton Wilder once wrote. And while he wasn’t pointing the finger at Cymothoa Exigua, specifically – this nightmarish crustacean wasn’t discovered until this century, and Wilder died in 1975 – the description certainly fits. If you’ve managed to get through life without hearing of this aquatic horror, then it might give you a clue to know it is more commonly called the tongue eating louse (we’ll call it a cymothoa exigua for short). Which sounds bad, but doesn’t capture the full horror of this creature’s life cycle.
Although thousands of new species of animal are discovered every year, the majority are never going to make headlines, given that most vary in only very minor ways from existing species. But when fishermen discovered the mimic octopus off the beautiful Indonesian island of Sulawesi as recently as 1998, they really had uncovered something new. Or had they? In fact, there’s every chance that this creature had been spotted before, just not recognized, as it may have looked like an entirely different animal at the time.