Humans account for a very small fraction of the intelligent creatures on earth. When it comes to the entire animal kingdom, some creatures are so fascinating that it’s hard to comprehend their skills. Many defy reality with their superhuman speed, resilience, wild regenerative abilities, remarkable memory, and more. These are five incredible creatures with abilities that go beyond what we humans can do.
Axolotls Can Regrow Their Limbs
While axolotls look neat, there’s more to these dragon-like creatures than meets the eye. These fascinating reptiles can lose limbs, fingers, major organs, and more, and regenerate them with ease. Scientists have spent decades studying this endangered species to understand what gives them such incredible regenerative abilities. According to National Geographic, axolotls utilize their glial cells to regrow and repair body parts from memory. Pretty incredible, right?
Squirrels Have An Insane Memory
The memory of a squirrel is a marvel. Firstly, squirrels have incredible spatial memory. In fact, they can remember the hiding places of up to 10,000 of their nuts! Additionally, squirrels hold onto memories of tasks. In a study by the University of Exeter, a group of grey squirrels could remember what action to perform to receive hazelnuts in their laboratory, even after not being tested for two years. These rodents can seamlessly recall locations and techniques, especially when food is an incentive.
Spiders Produce Milk (And It’s Better Than Cow’s Milk)
It’s hard to imagine something as itsy-bitsy as a spider producing milk. Yet, much like mother cows with their calves, spiders release milk for their future babies. New Scientists revealed that when a spider lays their eggs, a bit of milk is let out, which their kiddos rely on for nutrition after birth. As it turns out, spider’s milk has a significant amount of protein, carbs, fats, and vitamins. In fact, it surpasses the nutritional value of cow’s milk!
Alligators Could Potentially Live Forever
While the lifespan of most creatures on earth can be estimated, alligators are a special case. Unlike humans and other animals, alligators don’t pass away from old age. Rather, they can only be killed by disease, starvation, hunting, or other forms of physical trauma. Sadly, most alligators grow so massive that they stop being able to locate enough food to sustain them. Many alligators pass away due to starvation. Yet, they technically have the physical potential to last for centuries.
Cats Are Super Fast
Have you ever chased your cat around the house and narrowly missed them at every corner? It’s not because you’re too slow. Cats, even domestic breeds, are super, super fast. While they like to lounge around and nap, most domestic breeds can sprint up to 30 miles per hour. Their athletic abilities often get masked by their tendency to find a sunny spot, curl up, and pass out. Yet, they are faster than any human on earth, including Usain Bolt.
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