Published in May 2019 / Updated in Aug 2021
Did you know that you feel the same emotions animals have when they see each other? Or is it the other way around? Apparently, animals are a lot like us in their own unique ways.
Some of these creatures are even capable of making lifelong commitments to their partners. Some have eternal bonds to their mothers, generally showing the same behavioral responses humans do under certain situations.
Even cats often considered the epitome of aloofness and emotionlessness, can express certain important feelings towards humans in the cutest of ways.
All the traits we consider human, it would seem, can be found in many animals in nature. They might not all be present in a single animal species, but when you consider a broad range of animals, you will find that animals do the very same things we do.
If you think this is all made up, consider the following 20 interesting facts about animals.
1. Sea otters hold hands while they are asleep to prevent drifting apart while floating
2. Squirrels plant thousands of trees every year because they forget the exact place they buried their acorns
3. 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
4. Seahorses mate forever and once they are together, they always hold each other’s tail
5. The quokka is considered the world’s happiest animal
6. Otters show their babies when facing danger to make a predator feel compassion for them
7. Dolphins have their own language and have names for each of their friends when calling out to them
8. Oysters can change their gender: they make that decision depending on which one is considered best for mating
9. Male puppies will sometimes let female puppies “win” when they play together to get to know them better
10. Cows make best friends with other cows, and when they are separated, they experience horrible anxiety
11. Not only do penguins mate for life, but they also spend a lot of time in search of the perfect pebble to give to their partner to “propose”
12. Little chickens can communicate with each other while they are still in the egg through a system of sounds
13. Polar bears greet each other by using the “nose-to-nose” method when they want to ask for a favor, like when they need some food
14. Even after a grizzly bear grows up and leaves their mom, they will still set up her den close to her mom’s
15. Cats rarely cuddly to others, but when they do show affection, it’s to show them that they trust them
16. Octopuses collect shiny objects and crustacean shells to build a garden around their caves. They do this to stay hidden to protect themselves and their homes
17. Red pandas have naturally bushy tails, which they use as a blanket during the winter to keep warm while sleeping
18. Baby elephants suck on their trunk for comfort, just like humans do with their thumbs when they are babies
19. After a koala baby grows up and gets bigger than the mom’s pouch, mom will carry her baby on her back
20. Squirrels adopt and take care of other baby squirrels if they are orphans