15 SURPRISING ANIMAL FACTS

1. Cows have best friends.

 

2. A group of flamingos is called a “flamboyance.”

 

3. Millions of trees grow every year thanks to squirrel’s forgetting where they put their nuts.

 

4. Butterflies can taste with their feet.

 

5. Sea otters hold each other’s paws when they sleep so they don’t drift apar

 

6. There’s an immortal jellyfish.

The Turritopsis nutricula jellyfish is the only animal capable of reverting to a sexually immature, colonial stage through the cell development process.

7. When rabbits jump and twist out of excitement, it is called a binky.

8. Gentoo penguins propose to their lifemates* with a pebble.

*Sometimes only for a breeding season, but more often than not, they mate for life.

 

9. Sea horses are monogamous life mates and travel holding each other’s tails.

 

10. Worms communicate by snuggling.

11. Elephants show remarkable empathy, even to other species.

Elephants are known to mourn their dead, but it turns out they will often put themselves in harms way to help another animal as well. Pictured above is the beautiful story of Tarra and Bella, best friends despite their stature. When the dog, Bella sadly passed away, Tarra found Bella and carried her back home to bury her. Amazingly, as Tarra was grieving, the other elephants gathered around, bringing food to comfort her. Watch the the full story .

 

12. A cat’s nose is ridged with a unique pattern, just like a human fingerprint.

 

13. Dolphins have names for one other.

Recent research shows that dolphins can call out to one other specifically, by mimicking the distinct whistle of the dolphin they want. They do it to identify objects as well. This is the only animal who can do this outside of humans (at least that we know of…

 

14. Cows produce more milk when listening to smooth jams.

15. Rats laugh when they get tickled.