8 Sad Facts about Animals

8 Sad Facts about Animals

8 Sad Facts about Animals

1. Wolves howl out of grief, not at a full moon

1. Wolves howl out of grief, not at a full moon

Though wolves occasionally howl to scare other wolves away from their territory, scientists have uncovered that some howls have a softer side.

Recent studies revealed that wolves howl to locate missing members of their pack and that the closer a relationship the howler has to the missing pack member, the more they howled for them.

2. Octopus don’t teach their young anything

8 Sad Facts about Animals

For the most part, the average octopus tends to be kind of a loner and some will even seal themselves inside their dens with rocks.

Though they mate with various other octopuses, they tend to kinda be deadbeat parents who pass very little knowledge on to their offspring.

3. Birds can’t swallow in Space

8 Sad Facts about Animals

Though NASA originally thought taking birds into space would be a great idea, because they are so low maintenance, the plan went horribly wrong when they realized birds couldn’t swallow without gravity.

As it turns out, the throats of most birds are just gravity chutes which is why they tilt their heads back to swallow.

4. Giraffes Only Sleep 20-30 Minutes a Day In The Wild

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Not only do most giraffes sleep standing up, they sleep very little at all. Giraffes in the wild only sleep about 20-30 minutes a day via a series of short power naps so they can stay on the alert for predators.

5. Beavers’ Teeth Never Stop Growing So They Have To Chew Constantly

5. Beavers' Teeth Never Stop Growing So They Have To Chew Constantly

That’s right, the passion beavers seem to have for constantly chewing on logs isn’t just their favorite recreational activity. If they weren’t always wearing down their teeth, they’d quickly get too big for them to eat.

6. Mice can experience empathy for other mice when they’re sad

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A study out of Montreal University shows that, not unlike humans, mice experience empathy when other are sad or in pain.

7. Pigs are more intelligent than a 3 year old human

7.  Pigs are more intelligent than a 3 year old human

Pigs have not only been proven to be smarter than dogs, but can even outrank your average toddler when it comes to intelligence. A study at Penn State even revealed that they excel at joy-stick controlled video games even better than most primates.

Intelligence of pigs

8. Grizzly Bears Can Smell Odors from 18 Miles Away

8 Sad Facts about Animals

As it turns out, Winnie the Pooh would not have had all those honey issues had he only been a grizzly. Grizzlies can smell food sources from anywhere from 18-20 miles away.

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