The truth is stranger than fiction, and these animals are here to prove it. Today I’ll show you 10 normal animals (like cats and dogs) who acted in ways that are anything but normal. At best, they are just a bit weird. At worst, these stunts are crazy and dangerous. (But don’t worry, nature-lovers; all of the animals survived.)
So let’s dig in, shall we?
1. Dog Loves the Vet.
As one Facebook user so accurately commented:
“The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is Tiggers are wonderful things!
Their tops are made out of rubber,
Their bottoms are made out of springs!”
The song goes on:
“They’re bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
Fun, fun, fun, fun, fuuun!
But the most wonderful thing about Tiggers
Is I’m the only one!”
Well, not anymore, Tigger! This dog could easily give you a run for your money!
2. Dog and Dolphin are Best Buddies.
Please excuse the poor quality, but I think you’ll find this video pretty amazing.
Talk about an unlikely friendship! But the more I look around, the more common this appears to be. There are friendships between all kinds of animals, even ones who are natural enemies. The Dodo (a popular site for animal-lovers) has an entire series of videos dedicated to “Odd Couples”. You can check it out here:
3. Cats Who Like Water.
There are certain facts that everyone knows — the sky is blue, the grass is green, and the cat hates water. So why in the world do these two enjoy it? Well, it turns out that not all cats despise the liquid. According to Animal Planet, even a few whole breeds such as the Turkish Van like a good swim (although these kitties are not Turkish Vans). The black one is named Sirius, and the one with the orange streak on her face is called Samoa. Aren’t they cute?
4. Cat Enjoys Being Vacuumed.
This stereotype is lesser-known among the general public, but it is burned into the brains of every cat owner alive: cats utterly loath vacuum cleaners. Whenever I turn on the vacuum around my cat, her eyes get huge, her whole body stiffens, and she backs away slowly. Maybe it’s the roaring noise; maybe it’s the snake-like chord; or maybe it’s because everything the vacuum cleaner touches vanishes into the eternal void; but whatever the cause, the fact remains that cats hate vacuums — most cats, that is.
5. Rat Chases a Cat.
Amazingly, it seems that we were all wrong: cats don’t eat rats.
Rats are too big and aggressive for cats. According to a study conducted in New York City, cats and rats just ignore each other the vast majority of the time. A feral cat will sometimes take a stab at a rat, but felines much prefer mice, birds, and other smaller animals.
6. Chicken Rides a Horse.
7. Cow Plays Fetch.
I knew cows loved music, but I’ve never heard of this one before! Naturally, predators like dogs would chase things that move, but why would a prey animal like a cow? Is it just natural curiosity? But if that’s so, then why does the cow bring the ball back?!
If anyone has a theory as to why a cow would do this, please leave a comment.
8. Goats Climb a Tree.
Yes, this is actually real. These weird goats actually exist. They live in Morocco and climb argan trees to get at the fruit. Inside the fruit is a nut that these goats cannot digest, so it, er, passes out the exhaust port. Inside the nut are seeds. These seeds can be pressed into argan oil, which is a very valuable oil for cooking and cosmetics. You can probably see where this is going. Moroccans look through goat dung to get the seeds, and they turn the seeds into an oil people eat. Yup, it’s weird.
9. Raccoon Climbs a Skyscraper.
You can read the whole story here:
But here’s the short version. On June 12th, 2018 in St. Paul, Minnesota, a raccoon was spotted on a 25-story skyscraper. For reasons unknown, the raccoon had decided to climb a building that day.
Animal control was baffled. Any attempt to rescue her might scare her and cause her to fall. They had no choice but to set some traps on the roof and then let the situation play out, hoping she would make it to the top without falling.
The raccoon scaled up 20 stories as the world breathlessly watched. Then audiences groaned as she decided to climb down a few stories, further exhausting herself.
But this animal was tough. After going down, she climbed right back up again.
Finally, in the wee hours of the morning, she made it to the roof. Animal-lovers everywhere breathed a sigh of relief.
The raccoon entered one of the baited traps on the roof and was caught. Later, animal control took her to her new home: the safe suburbs. So this little daredevil got a happy ending after all.
10. Rabbits Defeated Napoleon.
I kid you not, this actually happened. The year was 1807. Napoleon had just ended his war with Russia, and he wanted to celebrate. Napoleon told his subordinate to arrange a big rabbit-hunting party. Because there is clearly no better way to celebrate a cease-fire than with more shooting!
The subordinate did as he was told and gathered a ton of rabbits. Historians disagree on the exact number of rabbits gathered, but it was somewhere between several hundred and a few thousand. The subordinate also invited some of the top leaders in the French army.
When the big day arrived, Napoleon gave the command, and the bunnies were released.
But the bunnies didn’t run away. On the contrary, they ran straight for Napoleon.
The rabbits were tame ones from a nearby farm, so they saw humans as food sources, not fearsome hunters.
The bunnies started swarming up Napoleon, probably biting and scratching as they went. Napoleon and his men tried to knock the rabbits away, but there were just too many of them.
Napoleon gave up and bravely rushed back to his carriage.
Incredibly, the bunnies followed him; they split into 2 ranks, flowing around the carriage and trying to surround it.
Somehow, Napoleon the Great broke through their lines and lived to tell the tale. (Or more likely: lived to execute anyone who tried to tell the tale.)
Indeed, there is now no question in my mind; the truth is totally stranger than fiction. It isn’t even a competition.
And there you have it: 10 normal animals who did insane things. Which one surprised you the most? Leave a comment and let me know!
So until next time: stay fuzzy, my friends!