Goldfish have a four-second memory: The goldfish not only have a memory span of up to three month but also can tell the time – goldfish can distinguish between morning, afternoon and evening, and are able to learn a routine, for example, to press a lever for food at a particular time.
Robin is a festive symbol depicted on many Christmas cards, representing sweet, gentle and peaceful creatures. In reality, robins are natural born fighters who defend their territory from their mates with ruthless determination. Thus, the same bird would behave differently, depending on whether they are at home or away. In its own domain, the robin... Continue Reading →
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 →