What humans have got wrong about goldfish

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.

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Robins: Cuties or aggressive fighters? It depends.

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 →

What humans have got wrong about donkeys

  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.

What humans can learn from fish

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 →

What humans can learn from pigeons

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.

Idioms with ‘giraffe’

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 →

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