20 Slightly Sad Facts About Animals

Greyhounds

Greyhounds

If you guessed that this would be about the bus then you really didn’t read the title. We all know greyhound dogs as really fast runners used in racing. What is sad to consider about this is that thousands are put down each year due to the fact they lack racing potential.

Cicadas

Cicadas

You will probably hear a cicada (or in fact, a whole tree full of them) before you manage to lay eyes upon it. An interesting thing about the cicada is that some of them spend up to seventeen years under the ground.

Roadrunners

Roadrunners

A roadrunner is a long-legged cuckoo, perhaps best known for inspiring the Road Runner cartoon character. In real life of course, a coyote is faster than a road runner. Another peculiar thing about them is that they cry in order to rid themselves of excess salt.

Turtles

Turtles

When you think about the wisdom that was passed down to you by your mother, consider the life of a sea turtle for just one moment. Each one of these creatures you might see has never met its own mother.

Mayflies

Mayflies

By the time span of the life of a mayfly, I would be a middle aged man had I been born when I woke up this morning. When averaged out, most of the species live less than one whole day. They really do need to pack a lifetime in to a day.

Lizards

Lizards

When I was a little boy my mother used to try and get me to drink quite a lot of milk to make sure that I was getting enough calcium. Weirdly enough, garden lizards have been known to get calcium by eating their own tails.

Mice

Mice

Here is one to make you truly weep – that is, unless you really hate mice like so many of us do. I guess it isn’t their fault though. Mice can experience the emotion of sadness and when they do, other mice around them can sense it and become sad as a result.

Octopus

Octopus

What could stress out an octopus do you thing? Whatever may causes stress to these weird creatures, their reaction is often quite severe. There are some octopuses that have been known to eat themselves when stressed out.

Wolves

Wolves

Wolves are true survivors, it seems. Well, some of them are at least. In an act that I cannot even begin to imagine replicating as a human being, some wolves have been known to chew off the part of their leg caught in a trap.

Tuna

Tuna

This is kind of like nature’s version of the movie Speed only without either Sandra Bullock or Keanu Reeves. It is said that if a tuna ever stopped swimming, the way its body works would mean it suffocates.

Pigskin or Cowskin?

Pigskin or Cowskin?

Have you ever considered what footballs are made out of? No? Well, consider this; in order to provide footballs for one season of the NFL, three thousand cows are needed. But I guess it’s not like they’re killing extra cows – their meat will get eaten too.

Bears

Bears

We love to visit the zoo so we can see all the beautiful animals but often, if the conditions are not 100% suitable, the animals will become stressed out. Some captive bears have been known to intentionally starve themselves to death as a result.

Sheep

Sheep

Shearing a sheep provides people with wool for warmth and all sorts of other purposes. But it also helps the sheep. In fact, if you were to leave a sheep unshorn, it would become so heavy that it would fall over and starve to death.

Cows

Cows

You never can be too careful when it comes to animals and their trustworthiness, or at least that’s what the French thought in the 18th Century. In 1740, a cow (of all creatures) was hung to death for the crime of sorcery. Seriously.

Elephants

Elephants

War has casualties beyond those inhabiting human skin. During World War Two, the first bomb which the Allies dropped on Berlin happened to end the life of the only elephant in that city’s zoo.

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

Have you ever considered that jellyfish are a bit like vampires? No, me neither. Interestingly though, when exposed to direct sunlight, jellyfish actually begin to evaporate. Their water content is said to be around the 97% mark.

Mice 2

Mice 2

If you are starving and have no potential source of food whatsoever, what would you do? Presumably, just wait until help arrives or die in the process. Mice? Well, they start to eat themselves….

Dolphins

Dolphins

The dolphin that played Flipper in the movie of the same name actually committed suicide. Dolphins are voluntary breathers and so the animal (which was presumably very stressed) simply stopped breathing.

Crocodiles

Crocodiles

We always imagine that crocodiles are all very fierce and scary. Whilst this may be true for the most part, most of them won’t survive in to adulthood. Their different colored skin which makes them stand out is evolution at work.

Seagulls

Seagulls

We are all familiar with seagulls, and quite obviously, those who spend their time closer to the ocean might be more familiar. But do you know what a group of seagulls is called? Weirdly enough, the collective term for seagulls is a “wreck”.