curiosities

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…

4 Wonderful Animal Stories for Kids

Animal stories and fables are still one of the best ways out there to teach kids valuable lessons. This probably won’t be the first time you’ve heard of Aesop’s Fables, and you’ve probably already been reading some to your kids.…

The Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is a condition that mostly affects people in rural areas of Central and South America. It’s almost entirely caused by a tiny little insect: the kissing bug. Also known as the “barber bug” and the “winchuka,” the kissing bug has…

The Little Penguin: The Smallest of Its Kind

The little penguin is a fascinating species of penguin that inhabits the coast of New Zealand. Also known as the little blue penguin and fairy penguin, it’s the smallest breed in the Spheniscidae family. Penguins are flightless birds. Unlike birds that actually can fly,…

Hirudo Medicinalis: The Medicinal Leech

Hirudo medicinalis is a leech, and therefore an invertebrate in the Annelida phylum and the Hirudinae family. This specific kind of leech has been used for medical purposes for many centuries, which is where it got its more common name: the medicinal…

The Best Swimmers in the Animal Kingdom

Fish aren’t the only good swimmers in the animal kingdom. There are lots of land animals that do perfectly well for themselves in the water, though some like it better than others. All animals have a common, aquatic ancestor. The…

All the Most Common Questions About Dogs!

Whether or not you have a dog, you probably have lots of questions about how to care for and treat them. This might be because you’re thinking of adopting one, or because you’ve just got your first dog. Well look…

The Curly Horse: Mysterious and Hypoallergenic

Horses are majestic animals. One of their most striking features is that gleaming coat of hair that shows up in all kinds of colors and patterns. This is part of what makes the curly horse such an interesting breed: its fleecy curls…

The Common Tsessebe: Habitat and Characteristics

The common tsessebe is an animal that moves around in huge packs all through Africa, following the monsoons. Keep reading to learn more about one of the biggest African herbivores. The common tsessebe: habitat and morphology The common tsessebe, or Damaliscus…

Is it Possible to Train a Cat? Find Out!

You usually hear a lot about dog training. Teaching them to follow orders like “Sit, Down, Stand, Stay, Heel, Take it, Drop it” etc seems easy. We can even teach them these at home! However, you never hear about whether…

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne: A Wonderful Friend

The Basset Fauve de Bretagne is a relatively unknown breed of dog. However, the hunting world does know all about it. This breed has great qualities when it comes to that activity, but they’re also perfect dogs to keep you…

The Habitat of the Dibatag (Clark’s Gazelle)

The animal we’re going to talk about today is a rare creature from the Horn of Africa. Keep reading this article to learn about the dibatag, its habitat, and some of its characteristics! General characteristics This rare mammal (Ammodorcas clarkei)…