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!
Guinea pigs and capybaras have a type of white blood cell that is unique to them. These cells are called Kurloff cells and make up to 4% of the guinea pig's circulating white blood cells. Adult females have more of them than males do. White blood cells are part of the immune system and their… Continue reading Fact 19: Guinea pigs have cancer resistant cells.
There are many videos on internet of cats looking goofy around catnip. This effect is due to an oil, nepetalactone, that can be found on the plant. The change in behaviour in our companions is very noticeable, it can include rolling around, drooling, head shaking or even an aggressive behaviour. The effects only last for… Continue reading Fact 18: While the majority of cats adore catnip, a third of our feline companions don’t get affected by it.
Rabbits are fragile animals and you should be careful when picking them up so that they don't get injured. Carrying your pet rabbit on its back, like you would do for a baby seems very comfortable and safe. Your bunny appears relaxed and his paws stay available for claw clipping. So why should you avoid… Continue reading Fact 17: You shouldn’t put your rabbit on its back.
When it comes to harnesses, there is a wide range to choose from. Whichever one you choose, make sure that the size is right. Take a girth measurement of your dog's torso and neck, then have a look at the recommended size on the packaging of the harness. How to choose? There are front clips,… Continue reading Fact 16: The wrong harness can injure your pet.
Starfish are incredible animals! We wouldn't suspect that they have eyes, yet they do. They are situated at the end of each one of their arms. They don't allow to see as much as we do but are enough to make the distinction between light and dark. Even more surprising, they can regenerate from only… Continue reading Fact 15: Starfish can regrow from only one arm and eat by pushing their stomach out through their mouth.
We have all heard on the news how plastic can have a negative effect on our health because of a chemical it contains. That chemical is bisphenol A (BPA) and studies show that it can affect our endocrine system (hormones). This is one of the reasons why having plastic bowls for our pets probably isn't… Continue reading Fact 14: Metal and ceramic bowls are better than plastic bowls.
Checking your pet at least once a day is a great habit to take. This allows you to detect any abnormality as soon as it appears. You simply need to run your hands along the body not forgetting to look at the ears and paws. For a dog it is important to do it after… Continue reading Fact 13: Checking your pet frequently could save its life.
As we all know, African savanna elephants live in a hot and dry environment. To survive, their body has adapted to those conditions. Their large ears can be used as fans and they can also help to cool down the elephant's blood! Large blood vessels are present in their ears under a thin layer of… Continue reading Fact 12: Elephants can keep cool thanks to the folds of their skin.