31 Jan Animal Science – Fascinating Facts
The animal kingdom is full of big and small surprises and some of the awesome abilities of animals around us will amaze us beyond words. The branch of science that studies about the animal kingdom is called zoology. Science always amazes with its repertoire of natural wealth.
We all have heard of cupid and his arrows. Science brings to the forefront, a cupid from the animal kingdom. A kind of semi slug from the forests of Malaysia, Ibychus rachelae, with a small shell that is too small for it to retract into shoots love darts into its mate. These darts are composed of calcium carbonate and loaded with hormones which pierce the skin of the mate it aims for. This creates a mood for love, increasing chances for successful reproduction. That is the science behind nature’s cupid. Painful science isn’t it?
Hippopotamus is known as one of the most dangerous animals in the wild continent of Africa. They are often covered in blood-like sweat, which is the sun screen that protects their skin from the sweltering African heat. The science behind it is simple; even though they stay immersed in lakes as much as possible, when outside the water, the glands beneath the skin, secrete this blood-sweat composed of highly acidic compounds. It absorbs the heat in UV and visible range. Science has unveiled strong natural sun screen at work in nature.