Animals

In addition to the pets we have at home, the animal kingdom is made up of thousands of different species. This section takes a look at some of the most well known, including horses, pigs, and birds, as well as wild animals like lions, whales and monkeys.

Swordtail Fish – Diet and Reproduction

If we say Xiphophorus, you probably won’t know we’re talking about. But we’re sure you might know them by one of their more common names: swordtail fish, platyfish, and platy. This is one of the most common fish in aquariums.…

Medicinal Leeches: Do They Really Work?

Leeches are hermaphroditic invertebrates in the Annelida phylum. There are lots of different species of leech, with a wide range of biological diversity. Today, though, we’re going to focus on their use in medicine, and one specific species, Hirudo medicinalis, or…

Shibas, the Breed Known as “Dog Cats”

Shibas are frequently confused with Akitas, although they don’t share the same characteristics. Firstly, Shibas are smaller in size and are the smallest Japanese dog breed. This article will explain all you need to know about this dog breed and…

Playing Dead – Why Do Animals Do It?

Playing dead is a defense mechanism. The animal adopts this behavior, simulating death, as a protection technique against possible predators. Origin of the term “thanatosis” The word thanatosis is a combination of the Greek words thanat(o), which means “death“, and…

American Mink: Habitat and Characteristics

The American mink is originally from the North American continent. But, due to reasons such as its great expansive and colonizing potential, these days it has extended its habitat to much of Europe, Asia, South America, and New Zealand. Learn…

The Word Calf: Etymology and Meaning

Today we’d like to tell you about one of those words that’s quite familiar to everyone. However, you may not know that it has multiple meanings. So, continue reading to find out about the etymology of the word “calf” and…

The Tui: New Zealand’s Nectar Connoisseur

To learn more about the animal at the center of today’s article, we need to travel several thousand miles to the forests of New Zealand. There, you will find the tui, a curious and intelligent bird, with a particular fondness…

How to Help a Cat Who Has Fallen From a Height

People say that cats have 9 lives. Considering their curious nature, it’s no surprise to see them clambering up trees or on rooftops, or sometimes falling off them. This article will explain how you can help cats who have fallen…

Resplendent Quetzal: Beautiful and Mysterious

The resplendent quetzal, whose scientific name is Pharomachrus mocinno, is one of the most emblematic birds in South America. Its color and symbolism make it a rather sought-after species. Etymologically, the name quetzal has its roots in Náhuatl (Aztec), a…

Atlantic Cod: Characteristics and Reproduction

The Atlantic cod is a marine fish species. People also know them as Norwegian cod. They mainly inhabit the coasts of northeastern North America and Greenland, as well as the waters of the Atlantic Ocean near Iceland and the North…

How Do Marine Mammals Sleep?

Timely rest and sleeping are necessary for all creatures in nature, not only for human beings, as we often tend to think. Yet, in the case of marine mammals, these processes are somewhat different and, without a doubt, surprising. So,…

Bitches in Season: Heat, Pregnancy and Birth

You’ve just adopted a female dog and you’re full of questions. You’ve heard about bitches in season but you don’t really know all of the details. How will you recognize when she’s in heat or when she gets pregnant. If…

The Echinoderms: 6 Things You Should Know

The echinoderms are a group of marine invertebrates. This group includes some of the most iconic marine animals in the world, from sea urchins and starfish, to sea lilies. The name echinoderm literally means “spiny skin”. Although not all members…