Donkeys are considered as stubborn and stupid. In reality, donkeys are very clever, loyal and brave – they wouldn’t back down even when confronted by a large animal (e.g., a lion). In the past, in Africa humans employed donkeys to guard cattle.
Let us take catfish, for example. It is one of the most remarkable creatures not only in the animal kingdom but also in the human world. There are many different kinds of catfish, for instance, an electric catfish, a walking catfish, even a talking catfish. Their senses differ from any other creature, because they are... Continue Reading →
One of the dictionary definitions: “Cow (derogative) – a woman, especially a course or unpleasant one.” Why do we use the word ‘cow’ when we want to offend someone? If you hear someone calling a woman ‘silly cow’, make them apologize at once! Cows are very sensitive, intelligent and affectionate creatures! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knzBtZNBk9w
Pigeons’ loyalty and reliability as employees are remarkable. They’ve been employed by humans as messengers since ancient times. You could bet that in precision, speed and delivery rate they would easily beat human post services.
I couldn’t find English idioms with this wonderful animal but found one in French: the French idiom peigner la giraffe (‘combing the giraffe’) means to waste time on a pointless task. There are two versions of the origin of this French idiom: one is that it relates to Zarafa – the first giraffe on French... Continue Reading →
Already in Roman times it was common enough to see giraffes in circus games and in the Levantine bestiaries. The ancient Romans referred to giraffes as ‘camelopardelis’ (meaning ‘a camel with leopard-lime markings’). Later giraffes disappeared from Europe (and the memories of most Europeans) and were re-introduced as exotic gifts to the European rulers. Thus... Continue Reading →
What came first, the need to reach the tops of trees to eat or the long neck meant that giraffes eat leaves at the tops of trees? Several hypothesis have been suggested. The first long neck theory is, the giraffe’s neck elongated to reach leaves in trees of acacia and combretum (the giraffe’s favourite trees).... Continue Reading →
When the old skin becomes dry, wrinkled and uncomfortable, the snake sheds it, i.e. the skin has no more life in it and the animal leaves it behind to start afresh. Some human seem to cling to their ‘old skin’, they just cannot let it go. It is wise to learn from our reptile friends... Continue Reading →
Temple Grandin devoted a section of her book (“Animals in Translation”) to explaining the evolution, similarities and differences between the brains of animals and humans. She named the section ‘Lizard Brains, Dog Brains, and People Brains’. (I’d prefer to change ‘dog brains’ into ‘cat brains’ in the title, but, well. I’m biased…) Dr Grandin describes... Continue Reading →