People Share The Most Wholesome Animal Facts They Know
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Most of the wild kingdom is far more ingenious and kind than us.

And when they do get "snippy," it's usually in reaction to humans.

They share food, build one another home, and will adopt lost creatures from another family.

We have a lot to learn from them.

Redditor pancakebunny15 wanted to discuss the best knowledge that can be shared about animal kingdom.They asked:

"What is a wholesome animal fact you know?"

I have two dogs. They make me feel better. That's my wholesome take.

Dam It

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"When they hear running water, beavers will automatically start to build a dam. We know this because people put a speaker playing sounds of running water next to beavers, and the first thing they did was start building a dam on the speaker."

OkLack6837

"burial"

"There are reports of elephants finding humans sleeping under trees and the elephants think they're dead. People have woken up with elephants gently stroking them with their trunk and in some cases they try to cover them with branches and sticks as a 'burial.' Elephants are one of the few animals who mourn their dead and have rituals."

Zonerdrone

Poe's Pet

"I saw a video not too long ago of some research ravens given small toys to play with. When the researchers came to collect the toys the ravens hid the toys and tried to trick the researchers into looking in fake hiding spots so they wouldn't find and take the toys away."

HumpieDouglas

"Ravens are crazy smart. They can use tools to solve problems, remember human faces especially ones they have a grudge or connection with, and will sometimes bring trinkets for people who give them food and such."

SquanchMcSquanchFace

Complexity

"Orcas have incredibly complex social structures. They have different languages and regional dialects. They have names. They sing and dance. Pods that are close and speak the same language will mourn deaths and celebrate births together, even from other pods, other families."

"Their young are largely taught by the matriarch(s) of the pod, and they're able to teach verbally, rather than by showing. This means they have culture. Traditions, not just instinct or patterns. One of the only animals in the world that has that."

Anrikay

Group Effort

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"In Switzerland it is illegal to own only one Guinea Pig as they get lonely."

ExponentSoda811

Two of every pet is always best.

Colors

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"Despite all the weirdness that is the Platypus, they are still discovering weird things about it. Within the past two years it was discovered that platypus fur glows blue-green when exposed to ultraviolet light."

the_spurring_platty

Packs

"Wild wolf packs and murders of crows form bonds over time. The crows help lead the wolves to live prey and in return and crows get the scraps after the wolf pack has eaten their fill. Crows have been seen playing with wolf pups and bringing them sticks and feathers as gifts."

"These same crows and wolf pups reunite as adults and do the deal time and time again. Sometimes the birds and carnivores just hang out together, supposedly just to enjoy each other's time. Like Hood Nature (Casual Geographic) once said, 'There's a Disney movie in here, I just know it.'"

StorytellerEclipse

Sharing is Caring

"Vampire bats will share food with other vampire bats who haven't fed in the last day or two (their metabolism means they die if they don't eat roughly every three days). This helps support members of the colony, even though it puts the sharer at risk. It is considered one of the few forms of altruism observed in non-human animals."

Chiropteran_Coffee57

"My father in law worked for a commercial plumbing company. They got a job putting in all the water related stuff for the primate enclosures at the local zoo. While working near orangutans, they had to not leave their tools unattended, and take inventory when they left. The orangutans would try to use the tools to take their enclosure apart."

"Bonus Wholesome: Years later, my son got a book on animals at the book fair. Reading it together, when we got to the part about orangutans it said, 'orangutans are so smart, plumbers working on their enclosures at the (Hometown) Zoo had to be careful not to get their tools taken when working on their enclosure.'"

"I said, 'Holy crap, they are talking about your grandpa!!'"

middleagethreat

Slumber

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"Zebras can’t sleep alone which leads to my theory Marty spent like 80% of the Madagascar movies as a raging insomniac hence explaining his erratic personality at times."

winoozie

The Plumber

"My father in law worked for a commercial plumbing company. They got a job putting in all the water related stuff for the primate enclosures at the local zoo. While working near orangutans, they had to not leave their tools unattended, and take inventory when they left. The orangutans would try to use the tools to take their enclosure apart."

"Bonus Wholesome: Years later, my son got a book on animals at the book fair. Reading it together, when we got to the part about orangutans it said, orangutans are so smart, plumbers working on their enclosures at the (Hometown) Zoo had to be careful not to get their tools taken when working on their enclosure.'"

"I said, 'Holy crap, they are talking about your grandpa!!'"

middleagethreat

Mellow Feathers

"Pigeons are not wild animals, they are feral. Every pigeon in your city is descended from escaped domesticated birds. You could catch and tame a pigeon just like any stray dog or cat."

PearlStreetBlues

"They also make wonderful pets! I volunteer with a rescue and pigeons are the sweetest animals I’ve ever had. They’re mellow, spend most of the day napping and preening, and seek out attention when they want it without being too needy."

"As someone who’s had both pigeons and doves, pigeons are like lazy cats and doves are like puppies on cocaine (and doves can SCREAM). I never expected to adopt a pigeon until getting involved with that rescue, but once I did, they became my favorite animal in the world."

serotyny

High Sea Companion

"English mastiffs sailed on the Mayflower..."

Most people wouldn't consider dogs that can weigh nearly 200 pounds an 'essential,' but most people weren't John Goodman. The 25-year-old pilgrim brought his English mastiffs on the Mayflower with him, and they sailed to the New World. Though the master didn't last long, the community adopted his dogs, and cared for them."

Back2Bach

I Feel You

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"Mama cats can sense when their kitten(s) are having nightmares, so they tightly pull them into a hug and lick their faces to aid them."

couch_potato235

Lay Around

"A lot of animals love Capybaras cause they're just so chill and lay around. It's basically the animal kingdom equivalent of that one pothead you hang around because they're mellow 24/7."

Pixel_Knight7

"I adopted my dog for this reason. He was 5 months old and just laying at the gate of his kennel. His brother was running around barking and of course every other dog in there was barking and whining too but not my guy!"

ktarzwell

See you on FaceTime

"There’s an aquarium in Japan that has eels who are antisocial, but because of the constant exposure to people, they’ve learned to be comfortable with humans. But due to the pandemic, eels went back to being isolated creatures, until the aquarium decided to FaceTime the eels. Yes, FaceTiming eels. They eventually went back to be comfortable to humans."

OffBeatBerry_707

Trapped...

"In a recent study, researchers put one rat in an uncomfortably small, confined space that can be opened by another rat on the outside. The Outside Rat would figure out how to release the Trapped Rat when they made sounds of distress. Even when the researchers distracted the Outside Rat with treats, it would save a treat for the Trapped Rat when it let it out."

"Basically proving that rats have empathy. Which I already knew, I love rats. They make amazing pets, clean and smart. It's just a damn shame that they only live about 3-4 years on average. Plenty of time to break your heart, but definitely not long enough."

Sexy_Widdle_Baby

Hear Me?

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"Dogs evolved the ability to move their eyebrows to better communicate with humans."

spanishbanana

I love animals. They're so much better than us humans.

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