curiosities

How Do Dogs Recognize Family Members?

Telling familiar and unfamiliar faces apart is a relatively easy task for humans. That has a lot to do with our brains and the way they’ve developed over time. But have you ever stopped to wonder about how other animals,…

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Lips?

Have you ever wondered if when dogs lick their lips, they’re actually trying to tell you something? If you see a dog doing this, you can assume it’s just eating or salivating over something. But what if there’s no food…

Some Extinct Dog Breeds You Should Learn About

We don’t know for certain the exact number of extinct dog breeds. There are many reasons a certain breed may go extinct, too. Some fall out of use as work animals, and others are forgotten. But thanks to old documents…

The 5 Different Cat Personality Types

We’ve all heard about how cats have 9 lives. But whereas most people see that as a myth, no one will deny that they have very strong personalities. In this article, we’re going to tell you about the different cat…

The Saluki: The Royal Dog of Egypt

Also known as the Persian Greyhound, the Saluki is the royal dog of Egypt. In Islamic culture, this breed was sent here by Allah. It also has a lot of positive and interesting traits. Its elegant, refined appearance makes it stand out…

Learn the History of the Extinct Mastodon

About 20 million years ago, according to experts, a distant relative of modern elephants was walking the earth. They’re easy to mix up with mammoths, but the now-extinct mastodon is definitely not the same animal. Keep reading to learn everything…

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…