12 Videos of Adorable Animals Fighting


Do the animals we label as “cute” fight with each other? Most of the time, the answer is yes. Sometimes the fights are kerfuffles of snorts and grunts and sometimes they’re bloody and violent, but one thing is clear: adorable animals have aggression too. (Warning: Some footage below is graphic.)

1. Penguins

Here are three king penguins in South Georgia having a slap fight.

2. Jackrabbits

Hunters in Sonora, Mexico captured these two jackrabbits fighting. Bouncing on their hind legs, they paw at each other like they’re engaging in old-fashioned fisticuffs. Blood is drawn.

3. Chipmunks

What happens when a chipmunk steals another chipmunk’s nut? Click on this clip from Discovery Channel’s North America to find out.

4. Koalas

These two koalas in an Australian zoo start their fight slowly and end it with lots of squeaking and honest-to-god growling.

5. Foxes

Here’s a 4-second snippet of two foxes fighting, but it’s enough to show you how bad a fox fight can get.

6. Dik-diks

Dik-diks are tiny, adorable antelopes, and here they are having a tiny, adorable disagreement.

7. Elephant Seals

In truth, elephant seals aren’t cute. When we think of doe-eyed seals, we’re thinking of the babies. But the adults are formidable, as this fight shows, with both seals rising up and tearing at each other’s chests with their long teeth.

8. Kangaroos

It’s not surprising that kangaroos use their legs to fight, but it’s interesting to watch nevertheless.

9. Hedgehogs

A hedgehog fight: make repeated snuffling noises and push on your opponent’s head so that you both go around in circles.

10. Dolphins

According to this video, male bottlenose dolphins form alliances and pick fights with other males by biting and herding them. They also harass and bother the females, the jerks.

11. Sloths

One sloth pushes another sloth out of the tree in Costa Rica. The fallen sloth seems confused and hurt. It’s pretty sad, overall.

12. Giraffes

Hey, how do giraffes fight? Do they kick each other or something? Nope. No. It’s worse. Much, much worse.

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

Extinct Penguin Species Was the Size of an Adult Human

A penguin that waddled across the ice 60 million years ago would have dwarfed the king and emperor penguins of today, according to the Associated Press. As indicated by fossils recently uncovered in New Zealand, the extinct species measured 5 feet 10 inches while swimming, surpassing the height of an average adult man.

The discovery, which the authors say is the most complete skeleton of a penguin this size to date, is laid out in a study recently published in Nature Communications. When standing on land, the penguin would have measured 5 feet 3 inches, still a foot taller than today’s largest penguins at their maximum height. Researchers estimated its weight to have been about 223 pounds.

Kumimanu biceae, a name that comes from Maori words for “monster" and "bird” and the name of one researcher's mother, last walked the Earth between 56 million and 60 million years ago. That puts it among the earliest ancient penguins, which began appearing shortly after large aquatic reptiles—along with the dinosaurs—went extinct, leaving room for flightless carnivorous birds to enter the sea.

The prehistoric penguin was a giant, even compared to other penguin species of the age, but it may not have been the biggest penguin to ever live. A few years ago, paleontologists discovered 40-million-year-old fossils they claimed belonged to a penguin that was 6 feet 5 inches long from beak to tail. But that estimate was based on just a couple bones, so its actual size may have varied.

[h/t AP]


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