Your pets are special, no doubt. But we bet you'll never guess just how special some pets are. From birds to bunnies, and cats to goldfish, you'll be surprised how amazing these animals can be. Let's test your knowledge. Did you know these fun pet facts?
1. Rabbits Are Super Athletic
Most people know bunnies have hops, but have you ever heard of show jumping? This is a sport for rabbits that is similar to canine agility. You train your bunny to run a course, jump over hurdles, go through tunnels, and make their way up ramps. Now that's impressive!
2. A Bird's Bones Help Them Fly
Most of your bird's bones are hollow. This makes them lighter than mammal bones, which helps them fly. Bird bones are also less vulnerable to compression damage than mammal or reptile bones, because they don't have marrow inside them. This is one reason birds feel surprisingly light when they perch on your arm. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful with your feathered friend.
3. How Cats Spend Their Day
4. The Tortoise's Intelligence
Galapagos Tortoises have an incredible memory. They have been found to recall the difference between two different colored balls nearly a decade later. That's impressive!
5. Dog Noses Surprise Doctors
Dogs have incredible noses that are as much as 1,000 to 10,000 times better than ours (depending on the breed and individual dog's abilities). But did you know that some dogs have such a good sense of smell, they can detect medical issues in humans before doctors can? This research is still early, but it holds a lot of promise for finding diseases like cancer much earlier.
6. Ferrets Making Noise
7. House Cats and Tigers
Did you know your cat at home and a tiger in the wild share 95% of their DNA? That's right! Your kitty is a little tiger! Domesticated cats have only been with humans for about the last 10,000 years (dogs were domesticated as long ago as 40,000 years!), so they're closer to their wild counterparts.
8. Getting to Know Your Goldfish
9. Your Hamster's Cheeks
Everyone knows hamsters stuff their mouth full of their favorite treats. But it's not just their mouth they're stuffing. Your hamster's treat pouch extends all the way to their hips!
10. A Horse's Healing Powers
Horse therapy has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. This has led horses to become a resource for people experiencing PTSD and anxiety, among other conditions. There's something special about working with a horse, and their healing powers are proving to be beneficial to everyone from veterans to children with autism.
Getting the Facts
These facts are just the beginning. There's much more to learn in the world of pets. Once you get started on your path to learning about pets, you'll find they have even more mysteries and secrets you will love to know more about!