According to the University of California, humans experience the same emotions as animals do when they see each other. They both think of the other creature as “cute” and “dangerous” at the same time. There are a lot of interesting facts about animals that resemble human behavior that most of us are unaware of.
We at SmallJoys collected some interesting and heartwarming facts about animals that will make you love them even more.
1. Sea otters hold hands while they are asleep to prevent drifting apart while floating.
2. Otters show their babies when they are facing danger to make a predator feel compassion for them.
3. Squirrels plant thousands of trees every year because they forget the exact place they buried their acorns.
4. Not only do dolphins have their own language, but they also have names for each one of their friends when they are calling out to them.
5. Puffins mate for life — Once they find their partner, they build their home on a cliff, and stay there for the rest of their lives.
6. Oysters can change their gender — they can make that decision depending on which one is considered best for mating.
7. Seahorses mate forever. Once they are partners they always hold each other’s tail.
8. Male puppies will sometimes let female puppies “win” when they play together, in order to get to know them better.
9. The quokka is considered the world’s happiest animal.
10. Cows make best friends with other cows and when they are apart they experience really bad anxiety.
11. Not only do penguins mate for life, but they also spend a lot of time searching for the perfect pebble to give to their partner in order to “propose.”
12. Octopuses collect shiny objects and crustacean shells in order to build a garden around their caves. They do this to stay “undercover” in order to protect themselves and their homes.
13. Little chickens have the ability to communicate with each other while they are still in the egg through a system of sounds.
14. Red pandas have very naturally bushy tails which they use as a blanket during the winter in order to keep warm while sleeping.
15. Polar bears greet each other by using the “nose-to-nose” method when they want to ask the other bear for a favor, like when they need some food.
16. Baby elephants suck on their trunk for comfort just like humans do with their thumbs when they are babies.
17. Even after a grizzly bear grows up and leaves her mom, she will still set up her den close to her mom’s den.
18. After a koala baby grows up and gets bigger than the mom’s pouch, mom will carry her baby on her back.
19. Cats rarely headbutt others, but when they do it’s to show them that they trust them.
20. Squirrels adopt and take care of other baby squirrels if they are orphans.