Animal Facts

The more afraid you are of a spider, the bigger it seems to you!

Michael Vasey, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, found in his research that if you're afraid of spiders, you tend to perceive spiders as bigger than they really are. This may feed your fear, and make it difficult to overcome. 

It has been found that spider phobia affects 1 in 6 males and about half of all females. Participants of the study were asked to estimate the size of the spiders after each encounter. Researchers found that participants who were most afraid of spiders, also estimated the tarantulas' sizes to be largest 


The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park totally changed the way it looks. Find out how

Little things can have a really, really big impact.

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming used to have an issue with deer overrunning the vegetation. They would consume the wild saplings that were supposed to populate the forest with beautiful trees, but instead would never see growth past a foot or two.

Unsure of how else to solve this problem without introducing more unnatural and potentially harmful substances to the natural ecosystem, scientists decided that it would be beneficial to reintroduce wolves to the park which had been previously removed.

The effects happened immediately—the deer that populated the area congregated in places where they were less likely to be trapped by the wolves. This freed up a lot of land for vegetation to begin to flourish.

The trees weren't the only things that changed. A huge domino effect caused an increase in other animal populations and improved the rivers' abilities to resist erosion because of the strong roots of the newly birthed trees.


Sometimes when banana slugs mate, they get stuck together, so they take turns gnawing off the penis to get unstuck!

Banana slugs are often associated with worms, but they’re actually part of the mollusk family; related to octopuses and oysters. So as not to dry out, it is covered in a film of slime. They have a hump on them like shoulders that works as primitive lungs. There’s a pore on the right side of the hump, called the mantle, which allows the air to circulate. It is basically the slug’s nose and it’s called the pneumostome.

Banana slugs mate at any time of the year, but most often when it’s nice out and they are out and about in the big old world. They find each other by following the slime trail and the slime likely carries chemicals that alert slugs that it is time to mate. Mating isn’t really a pleasant thing for the banana slug, as they often bite each other literally taking off chunks of flesh. Sometimes they even rise up and strike their partner like a venomous snake does. They do a sort of foreplay for sometimes hours to stimulate each other. It gets worse, too. Once they actually fertilize one another, they thrash about for sometimes hours trying to pull apart.

If they can’t disengage, they’ll turn to taking turns gnawing of the penis to get away from each other. Aren’t you glad you aren’t a banana slug! The only cool thing, is that they do have the ability to regenerate their penis, like a lizard can re-grow their tail.


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This little guy is a 'zonkey' and is a cross between a zebra and a donkey. His story is so cute Disney wants the rights!

In the romantic city of Florence, Italy, a very rare act of love between a zebra named Martin and a Amiata donkey named Giada led to the birth of a 'zonkey' named Ippo. Martin could not contain his all-consuming love for Giada, and jumped over the fence of his enclosure at an animal shelter for abused animals. He lifted the latch of her stable door, and only 12 months later (the length of a donkey pregnancy) did everybody find out about their romantic rendezvous in the stables.

Ippo is an adorable equine with the striped legs of a zebra, but his rump and face are more donkey-like. He is the star attraction at the shelter and hundreds flock to adore him and vie for his attention. The family-run Aglietti farm takes in animals rescued from circuses or owners who treat them badly and they have been receiving requests for rights over Ippo's image from a soft-toy company and another from Disney to make a cartoon.

"We were there at the birth. First the black hooves came out, then the striped legs. We were amazed!" Aglietti said. "He is doing well. He is naughty but is very sweet with children. He is still on milk but is also eating carrots," she said.


Flamingos and salmon are only pink because of their diets. So what do they eat that gives them that color? Find out here

Ever heard the saying "You are what you eat?" Apparently that is an axiom reinforced in the animal kingdom.

Flamingos and salmon, both known for their pink coloring, owe their hue to a steady diet of crustaceans like small shrimp. These crustaceans have carotenoid pigments that function as antioxidants. These antioxidants enhance the animals' immune systems and protect their tissues against oxidative damage--making their pink coloring all the more vibrant.

In captivity, flamingos and salmon must be fed a diet rich in carotene in order to maintain their coloring or else they can appear dull gray in color.

Humans, however, are not effected by carotene because we don't eat enough in our diets to affect our pigmentation.



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