Happy World Animal Day to you
Ask an animal lover, and they would say everyday is Animal Day!
World Animal Day is celebrated every year on October 4. It was first mentioned in the year 1931 and was originated by Heinrich Zimmermann, the German writer and publisher of the magazine Mensch und Hund/Man and Dog.
Though it started off as a way to highlight the plight of endangered species, the day has evolved with time. Now we celebrate this day to create awareness about animals in whatever way possible.
Why celebrate it?
Well, let’s just say that without animals our existence would be meaningless. Animal life is affected by human behaviour around them, and to preserve and sustain them we need to make people aware about their importance.
You don’t have to be an activist to love these innocent beings. Just show compassion whenever you see an animal, be it your pet or a stray. Love would reciprocate love, and you would notice that not even humans can love you back more than your loving animals. You should also avoid hurting them, try to be as friendly as possible.
Donate… your time
…and read about them. The more you’re aware of your surroundings, the better you can make people understand about the importance of animals in this world. Donation doesn’t always mean money. You can spend some time at an animal shelter or even take your own pet for a walk. Or even give them food or just chat with them.
All year long…
We don’t need to show our love just one day with much pomp and glory. We can actually treat animals and birds with respect while year long and celebrate each day as animal day.
Spending time with animals also makes us aware of the nature. It brings us near to our environment. Moreover, when you play with your furry friends, you tend to spend more time on field and outside rather than sitting on the couch watching tele or playing a video game.
Few interesting facts about animals
- Baby elephants suck their trunk for comfort.
- The loudest animal in the world is a mere 2cm long, prawn. The Pistol Shrimp is capable of snapping it’s claw shut so rapidly, that it creates a bubble which collapses to produce a sonic blast, louder than a Corncode’s sonic boom.
- Hummingbirds are the only known birds that can also fly backwards.
- Roosters prevent themselves from going deaf due to their own loud crowing, by tilting their head backs when they crow, which covers their ear canal completely, serving as a built-in ear-plug.
- A Blue Whale’s tongue can weigh as much as a car, or a small adult elephant.
- The Giant Pacific Octopus has 3 hearts, 9 brains and blue blood.
- Polar bears have jet black skin under their white fur coats.
- Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by merely forgetting where they put their acorns.
- Turtles can breathe through their butts.
- Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.