|Pets are like family is what most owners think, so much so that oftentimes many forget that pets are also animals with instincts that are different from human beings / Photo by: Jan Mlkvy via Shutterstock|
Pets are like family is what most owners think, so much so that oftentimes many forget that pets are also animals with instincts that are different from human beings. In fact, the animal kingdom is a place where survival of the fittest is still the norm no matter how advanced the rest of the world becomes. For some of these animals, not only do they have to worry about the usual larger predators, but also of their own kind. If you’re a first-time pet owner, it is necessary for you to learn some things about the animal kingdom for your pet’s sake.
Small Household Pets
Among common household pets are spiders. Many homes across the world have tarantulas, wolf spiders, jumping spiders, and other species. What many may not be aware of is that after mating, the male dark fishing spider offers itself as food for its spiderling. This means that the female fishing spider snacks on the male to feed their unborn children. It’s just nature’s way. According to a study published in Current Biology as presented in Science Focus, a website for the latest scientific news, females that eat their mates have spiderlings that were 20% larger and survived 50% longer than those who did not partake in “post-copulation cannibalism.” And even if male spider decided he wouldn’t want to be anyone’s dinner even if it’s for the benefit of his children, he usually won’t be able to run away as the female is almost 90% larger than him and can easily overpower him.
Shrimps, on the other hand, eat their young. Although not the usual pet in the normal sense that you can take them out for a walk, shrimps make for good decorative ornaments in the aquarium aside from those colorful fishes. Shrimps become carnivorous when infected with the Pleistophora Mulleri parasite, which is as large as a human red blood cell. The shrimp becomes deathly hungry but also unable to catch traditional prey. To work around this, the shrimp would instead eat newborns, which are closer and easier to catch. The Gammarus Duebeni shrimp, or freshwater shrimp, the most common type of shrimp, often indulge in eating their young.
Salamanders, believe it or not, are in the top 10 list of the most common household pets. The tiger salamander larvae grow to fill the empty spaces in its habitat. They can grow with flatter heads and teeth three times as big. In an overcrowded place, salamanders that grow larger are also capable of eating larvae that seem appealing.
As household pets, frogs come in all shapes and sizes and include the dyeing poison frogs (Dendrobates Tinctorius), which, due to their name, are mistaken for being poisonous. The “poison” in its name actually refers to its body parts, the mantella, which are brightly colored and, while toxic, is not deadly, as explained on the San Diego Zoo websites. These frogs leave their newborns in pools among older and hungrier members of their own species. This is done supposedly to signify that the pool itself is conducive to life, where older members that have already grown can munch on some newborns.
|Among common household pets are spiders. Many homes across the world have tarantulas, wolf spiders, jumping spiders, and other species. What many may not be aware of is that after mating, the male dark fishing spider offers itself as food for its spiderling / Photo by: torook via Shutterstock|
Zoo animals are not your everyday household pets, but they can be tamed just as well. That is, to a certain extent because, in certain situations, they will revert to their untamed nature.
Apes are generally seen as cute and cuddly, thanks in most part to those old “Tarzan” TV shows that featured a friendly and smart chimp known as Cheetah. But it is important to remember that these animals can also become violent. Warring apes are among the most vicious creatures and they would even resort to acts of cannibalism. British primatologist Jane Goodall first recorded chimps eating other chimps in 1977. Since then, numerous accounts of cannibalism among apes for survival and due to an uprising have been reported.
Weighing at a maximum of 2,750 kilograms, a full-grown hippopotamus is seemingly one of the most passive creatures among zoo animals, contentedly lounging in the water without apparent care. What many do not realize, is that it is actually one of the most aggressive animals in the world as it is fiercely territorial. It is considered as the most dangerous animal, ahead of sharks and lions. Records show that the hippo has killed more people than the great white sharks and lions combined. A recent paper from the African Journal of Ecology shared a surprising moment where a hippo, usually a herbivore, was feasting on the carcass of its own kind. Its size and bulk alone can crush a person to death. As a pet in the zoo and a known herbivore, hippos can surprise even the scientists who have categorized them as compliant animals.
It's important to note that all animals, whether household pets or in the zoo, continue to have their natural instinct to protect their territory, their young, and themselves. From the smallest of pets to the largest ones in farms or zoos, even the most obedient can become dangerous when threatened or maltreated.
|Zoo animals are not your everyday household pets, but they can be tamed just as well. That is, to a certain extent because, in certain situations, they will revert to their untamed nature / Photo by: wong yu liang via Shutterstock|