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Category Archive: Animals

Animals in space

Animals in space

Animals in space


The triumphal flight of two dogs, Belka and Srelka, is widely known in the history of space exploration. But there were their predecessors, who paved the way to space and are now almost forgotten.
In 1946, the Soviet Union, barely recovering from the Second World War, adopted a program for the development of the country’s rocket and space industry. In addition to military-strategic tasks, scientists were required to verify the possibility of sending a person into space. But as in medicine, in the rocket and space industry, they first decided to conduct experiments on dogs.
The Americans chose the chimpanzee as the kind of animal closest to humans. And in the USSR, experts preferred the man’s best friends. According to the legend, the Soviet leaders believed that people liked dogs more than other mammals, so the dog-hero would glorify the Soviet Union quickly than a rat or a monkey. But it was not so.
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Interesting Horns

Interesting Horns

Interesting Horns


Horns are hard structures growing from the animals’ heads. Most horned animals, for example, sheep, cattle, goats, and antelope, also have hooves. Horns vary greatly in size and shape. They are attached to the bone of an animal’s head. Horns are made of keratin, the same material that makes up hooves, hair, fingernails, and feathers. Horns grow in pairs as the animals get older.
Animals use horns as weapons to protect themselves from enemies and in battles with other animals of their kind.
Hornlike antlers, which are not true horns, grow from the heads of deer, elk, and moose. Antlers are bone with a velvety covering and they fall off every year.
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Magic of tailed healers

Magic of tailed healers

Magic of tailed healers


Animal-assisted therapy (treatment by animals) was introduced by New York physician Boris Levinson.
Of course, the best “doctors” among animals are dolphins. It has long been recognized that communication with dolphins helps even children with Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.
Aquarium fish certainly have healing abilities. Smooth movements of colorful fish in clear water reduce stress. In addition, watching fish helps in the treatment of certain skin diseases – it has been observed that the aquarium distracts the patient and prevents him from scratching sores. And even the presence of the aquarium itself serves as the prevention of colds and asthma: evaporating water makes the air moist and healthy, while the dry atmosphere increases susceptibility to infections.
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Firebird – fairy tale bird

Firebird – fairy tale bird

Firebird – fairy tale bird


Firebird is one of the most famous characters in Russian fairy tales. Its feathers are very bright and shiny. In the fairy tales men are looking for the Firebird and the one who will have at least one of the feathers will be happy. The firebird lives in the far end of the kingdom, in a beautiful garden, where golden apples grow. One of the Firebird’s feathers costs more than a whole kingdom, and the Firebird itself does not have a price at all.
In mythology, Firebird is often compared to medieval, very popular in the Russian and Western literature, Phoenix, which is able to rise from the ashes. The Firebird eats golden apples, giving youth, beauty and immortality; when it sings, pearls pour out of her beak. The singing heals the sick and restores sight to the blind people. These apples can be compared with the fruits of a pomegranate tree, the favorite delicacy of the Phoenix.
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Eel – snakelike fish

Eel – snakelike fish

Eel – snakelike fish


Eels are fishes that look like snakes and live in dark, murky water. There are hundreds of different species of eel. Many species of eel live in warm, salty seas and oceans. Morays and congers are two well-known types of marine eel. Freshwater eels live in rivers, lakes, and ponds on almost every continent.
An eel has a pointed head with a wide mouth and sharp teeth. Deep-sea eels are often black or gray and those who live in tropical reefs may have bright colors.
Electric eels live in South American waters.
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Dragonfly – insect with ancient wings

Dragonfly - insect with ancient wings

Dragonfly – insect with ancient wings


Dragonflies are flying insects with two pairs of see-through wings, huge eyes, and long bodies. They live near lakes, streams, and ponds throughout most of the world. There are about 2,500 species of dragonfly. Dragonflies are ancient insects, dating back before the beginning of the reign of the dinosaurs some 225 million years ago. Present–day dragonflies do not differ very much from their ancestors.
Dragonflies feed mostly on other insects. They are very fast and their large eyes allow them to spot prey above, below, in front, behind, and on both sides of them. They can fly at the speed of up to 57 km / h. Dragonflies are considered the most dangerous predators.
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Penguin – Well-Dressed Swimmer

Penguin - Well-Dressed Swimmer

Penguin – Well-Dressed Swimmer


Penguins are flightless sea birds. Its torpedo–shaped body allows the bird to travel swiftly in water. They use their short flat wings like flippers. Penguins are the only birds that can swim but cannot fly. There are 18 types of penguins. They live in Antarctica, Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and South America. Penguins have a thick layer of fat that helps to protect them from the cold. A penguin typically has a black back and a white belly. Short, glossy feathers cover its body are waterproof and helps keep the bird warm.
Penguins live in nesting colonies, that can be enormous. In large groups they are safer from predators, such as skuas, sharks, killer whales, and especially leopard seals.
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