Over the last few days temperatures have been very low and I have seen a lot of rock salt on the streets and pavements around Brighton. Rock salt can very useful for us as it melts the ice so we can continue to walk and drive around. When we take our dogs out, rock salt… Continue reading Fact 29: Rock salt can be very harmful to your pet.
Some animals like cheetahs can run extremely fast but not over a long period of time. In fact humans would probably win a race over a long enough distance. People aren't too bad at endurance, being able to run 26 miles (42km) for a marathon. But after such an effort the body takes time to… Continue reading Fact 28: One of our beloved pets can run the equivalent of 5 marathons a day for over a week.
The Screech owl is a small species of owls living in the Rocky Mountains. They feed on mice, worms, insects or bats. Throughout nesting season, they kill their prey before bringing them back to the nest to feed their owlets. During that period, scientists have observed a surprising behaviour with a certain type of "prey".… Continue reading Fact 27: Screech owls have snake nannies!
That's right, off the coast of Argentina gulls feed on whales that are 25 times their size. This phenomenon isn't new as it was first observed in 1969. This is due to the amount of garbage dumps and waste from fish-processing operations that have led to an increase in the population of kelp gulls. As it… Continue reading Fact 26: In Argentina, gulls attack and eat live whales.
There are 5 freedoms when caring for a pet. One of those being the freedom to express normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind. Rabbits should be able to behave like rabbits. In other words, they should have enough room to hop around, hide, run, binky, stretch… Continue reading Fact 25: Rabbits aren’t meant to live in a small hutch.
Nearly 3 years ago I wrote an article about the consequences of breeding. You can check out that article here. Today I would like to focus on brachycephalic dogs, most commonly known as flat faced dogs. This characteristic is present in breeds like Pugs, Bulldogs or Pekingese and has many consequences on their health. Those… Continue reading Fact 24: The current obsession over flat faced dogs is dangerous.
Yes, as most of us know cats are carnivores. By definition, carnivore is said about an animal that feeds on other animals. This includes muscles, organs and bones. Most people feed their feline pet with dry or wet food bought from supermarkets, pet shops or directly from the vet. Those foods always claim to be meaty and/or… Continue reading Fact 23: Cats are obligate carnivores. Seems like a well know fact? Read below.
The sense of taste is due to specific chemoreceptors. In humans they can be found on our tongue as taste buds. Butterflies however do not have taste buds and their tongue resembles a suction tube. So how do they know what to eat? Butterflies are covered in chemoreceptors that allow them to smell pheromones or… Continue reading Fact 22: Butterflies can taste with their feet.
That is true, there is a jellyfish (Turritopsis dohrnii) that is commonly called the immortal jellyfish. It only measures a few millimetres and looks like this. It earned its name for the good reason that it has the ability to regenerate itself. So how is that possible? First let's talk about stem cells. Stem cells are… Continue reading Fact 21: There is such a thing as an immortal jellyfish.
Owls are incredible animals and their eyes are no different. Those birds of prey don't have eyeballs, instead they have something resembling more eye tubes (like pictured below). These tubes are held in place by a bony structure called sclerotic rings (second picture). Owls' eyes face forward like human's do. This allows them… Continue reading Fact 20: Owls don’t have eyeballs!