Adorable Animal Facts That Will Brighten Up Your Day

When we think of cute animals, the first thing that comes to mind is our pets. But bigger, or wild animals can actually be just as friendly and adorable as our beloved dogs and cats. The facts on this list prove that we have more in common with these animals than we could ever imagine.

 

Cows have best friends.

 

Herd of cows standing outside, looking at the camera from a low viewpoint

Getty Images / Moment / Catherine Falls Commercial

 

According to a study from the University of Northampton, cows not only have best friends but they hang out every day. The study showed that socializing with other cows can make them feel calmer. In fact, they actually get stressed when they get separated from their best friend.

 

Penguins have one mate for life.

 

Two King penguins standing on the snow side by side with their wings touching with the sky in the background

Getty Images / DigitalVision / Digital Zoo

 

Most penguins are monogamous, and only have one single mate for all their lives. Some species, like Adelie and Gentoo, take this commitment a step further: they even propose! During courtship, the male penguin looks for the smoothest pebble to offer to the female, who then chooses whether she wants to accept the proposal or not.

 

Monkeys make snowballs for fun.

 

Japanese macaque playing with snow

Getty Images / Moment Open / mochida1970

 

Japanese snow monkeys, also known as Macaques, enjoy playing with snowballs in the winter. According to researchers, this is their way to socialize and have fun. Also during the cold winter months, the Japanese macaques like to bathe in hot springs to keep warm. Such clever creatures!

 

Otters sleep holding hands.

 

Sea otters sleeping holding hands in water

Getty Images / Photodisc / Jeff Foott

 

To keep from drifting away, sea otters hold hands while sleeping. Because they live in the water, they need to hold on to something to make sure they won’t float away from their families while they rest. So if a partner isn’t available, sea otters will entangle themselves in forests of kelp or giant seaweed.