Sure, they’ve got those long ears, all the better to hear you with, but as AskNature.com points out, they can rotate these appendages 270 degrees in order to detect sounds, some from as far as 3km away, in almost every direction. But they also serve another valuable purpose: they shed heat, allowing rabbits, which can’t sweat like humans or pant like dogs, to stay cool in the summer.
Can’t hear enough about rabbits? Read this true short story about a clutch of rabbits.
Incredible as this animal fact may seem, dolphins call each other by ‘name’. Research at the University of St Andrews found that dolphins can call out to other dolphins by mimicking the distinct whistle of the dolphin they want.
Not convinced that men and chimps are closely related? In 2015, the Royal Science Open Society reported that scientists in Guinea had discovered that the animals they were studying frequently drank fermented palm sap – an alcoholic, naturally-occurring sort of wine that human locals are also partial to. The cool clincher: the chimps also used utensils to gather and drink this liquor, namely, crushed leaves they used as ‘sponges’ to sop it up and move it to their mouths – often in copious enough quantities that some of them actually got drunk.