Except for bugs, people have always believed that baby animals are among the funniest creatures on Earth. Baby animals have something that makes them more fun than mature animals, not to mention extremely loveable.
Nobody knows for sure if their cuteness is designed to protect helpless animals from a lack of adults in their life, but everybody knows that this is a very important thing in the development of their instincts. As the Nobel laureate Konrad Lorenz did say, cuteness is not a feature of primates and humans, but more of their babies, as distinctive signs to help parents to recognize them. Any adaptation that occurs in the life of an animal exists due to the need of meeting environmental requirements. And the cuteness factor is not an issue worth debating. These being said, let’s find out some interesting things that make us adore baby animals.
1. Puppies seem most helpless when they are together
A young puppy which is found alone, immediately after it was given birth, is very unlikely to be considered cute and having the chance to be adopted. This affirmation is sustained by the fact that taking care of new born puppies requires a lot of time and attention from you. They must be continuously monitored during the first days, they must be protected from draughtiness and other dangers. Therefore, its survival is not guaranteed. To say it more clearly, in the first weeks puppie are deaf, blind and toothless, meaning they live by the grace of others. Even the smell is not developed properly, it’s barely making its presence felt at the age of three weeks.
Considering all this, those are few of the reasons why dogs use to sleep most of the time while they are babies.
2. When they are born, kittens have different bone structures, depending on the breed
At birth most kittens have the same blood type – A; but nevertheless, their skeletal system may be different in terms of structure and number of bones. That’s why some breeds grow to a greater extent than others, their representatives being faster and more agile, managing to change their direction more easily. We refer here to bigger offspring, because at birth kittens weigh about 75 grams and all they do is to eat and sleep.
3. Puppies and kittens have the sweat glands positioned in the same way
Cats and dogs are quite different between them, and this has happened for a very long time. There are few things that the two species have in common, but positioning of sweat glands is one of them. Both puppies and kittens are born having the sweat glands in the footpads. However, only dogs are those panting to get rid of excess heat, whereas when a kitten begins to pant means it is stressed by something.
4. Parrots give names to their offspring
Although pirate movies say something else, not all parrots are being named Polly. Research in the field has found that immediately after parrot chicks hatch, their parents may give names to them in order to find them easier. As a parrot grows and matures, it will adapt its preference name. I mean, it will turn it into an alias name/nickname.
5. Chimpanzees pups love to play with dolls
Besides the use of dolls, the baby chimpanzees are using stones, sticks and dirt to make their own puppets, being guided only by their own imagination. The research showed that this habit uses to persist into adulthood. And before referring to this as happening due to the instinct for self-preservation, it’s good to know many studies have demonstrated that dolls were used in many activities that had nothing to do with the feeling of safety.