10 Happy, Cuddly, Incredibly Cute Animal Facts

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Adorable animals can make anyone happy – that’s 80% of the reason the internet was invented.

And you know what’s better than just pics? Random facts that maybe you never knew!

Here are the top ten cool and cuddly facts about all animals that we’re betting will make you smile.

10. Penguins are ticklish

When touched in certain areas, penguins and other animals can give off a laughter response.

9. Bees and harvest mice sleep in flowers when tired.

Bees can get so drunk on nectar that they need a nap. And some harvest mice just like the soft, confined space of flower petals for their rest.

8. Dogs probably dream about their owners

A Harvard psychologist says, “Humans dream about the same things they’re interested in by day, though more visually and less logically. There’s no reason to think animals are any different. Since dogs are generally extremely attached to their human owners, it’s likely your dog is dreaming of your face, your smell and of pleasing or annoying you.”

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7. Elephants will trumpet the arrival of a new calf

Elephants for Africa explains, “The female elephant community is social and supportive, with young calves being tended to not only by their mothers, but also by other females in the herd. When a new baby is born, all of the females in the group trumpet the news and announce the new arrival.”

6. Cows make friends with other cows

Aa recent study at the University of Northampton explains the physical changes in heart rate among cows that have been separated.

“Social bonds do occur in domesticated dairy cattle and can be found when living in large dynamic group systems, but they are significantly affected by separation at the time of regrouping. These social bonds are important to the welfare and wellbeing of cattle; practices that promote stability and positive associations will be beneficial to the welfare of animals.”

5. A lot of times, mean looking dogs in film are actually really happy

During the making of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, CGI was used to hide wagging tails.

“The dogs are happy, their tails wagging, tongues hanging out. They’re not thinking about the drama, they’re not wondering where are those kids? So, we had to replace their wagging tails in a bunch of shots to make them look more menacing.”

4. Bees make cute sounds when they bump

It’s crowded in a hive and bees bump each other all the time. What’s funny is that they make a “Whoop” sound when it happens, per this video.

3. Squirrels hide a lot of nuts that grow into trees

Squirrels hoard the nuts they don’t eat right away. In fact, they hoard so many nuts that they forget where they stashed them all, which results in millions of new trees, according to this Purdue University study.

2. Baby elephants are confused by their trunks

Not only must a new born elephant learn to stand and walk, they also have to learn how to control their trunks, just like a baby has to learn to grab things with their hands.

1. The Giant Panda is no longer endangered

Great news! The Giant Panda population has increased 17% over the last ten years, putting them out of immediate danger and in the “vulnerable” status.

That’s a wrap!  Comment below with some of you amazing animal facts!