Did you know?
Animals can also save lives. In fact, they do it every day.
For many of us, the only time we care about animals is either there is nothing to watch except National Geographic, or that we want to make sure we maximise that Groupon Zoo ticket.
Have you ever wonder how we end up having furkids in today’s society? And also, how do animals and insects communicate without scripts and speeches? July’s Nuffnang Reads has all the answers!
1. The Importance of Being Poisonous
Many venomous creatures such as snakes and tarantulas are as useful as they are scary. Venoms have many uses in the medical field: from developing vaccines, to drugs that delay onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, animals have been a critical part in various medical breakthroughs in the 21st Century.
The next time you wish all the furry tarantulas burn in eternal hell, think again how much they have contributed to humanity.
2. Animals and Us go a Long Way Back
Nowadays we no longer think twice about keeping pets. But have you ever wondered how the cohabitation first came about? Also, just what on earth are people thinking when they keep exotic “pets” like cheetahs and hyenas?
It is said the earliest trace of domestication is dated more than 10,000 years ago. No wonder there is that saying that dogs are man’s best friend.
3. Animals Speak
How do animals communicate without a spoken or written language like us?
Many animals do so by smells! Pheromones are chemicals often left behind by various species to communicate a variety of information. Sea cucumbers leave scents behind to warn their members about danger around or elicit attraction from the opposite sexes. Similarly, mice and other mammals also have a special organ that gives off and detects warnign pheromones.
Movements are another medium for communication. The bees as another example, do their bee dance, wriggling their cute little bums to convey the location, distance and direction of honey to their fellow colonies.
Just a buzz further:
Many of us are not aware that bees are important not just for their honey we spread over our favourite barbecue chicken wings. Bees play an integral role in ensuring we get our agricultural produce. By facilitating pollination, bees essentially are the trusty helpers of our farmers. No bees, No food.
It seems like each and every animal is great and valuable in their own way just like humans! We often only think of dogs as our best friends. Having read about other animals and insects, would you see them differently?
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