5 Incredible Superpowers You Probably Didn’t Know Your Pet Has
Ask anyone who owns a pet, and they’ll give you a reason why their pet is the best in the world, oh, he’s so smart, he knows so many tricks. But, what many don’t realise is that many of our pets possess hidden abilities that are truly on par with some superheroes. Here are five incredible superpowers that your pet has that you most likely had no idea about…..
5Cats Can Self-Heal Like Fuzzy Little Wolverines
There are few sounds more comforting than a cat’s purr. It conveys affection, contentment and peacefulness. But, the cat’s ability to purr may do much more than just advertise their mood.
Cats purr at a frequency between 20-140hz, sound waves at these levels are not only comforting for humans and other cats to hear, but scientists believe they may also promote tissue and bone healing.
It’s therefore been speculated that cats may have somehow evolved a way to assist in healing damaged muscle and bones, injuries that could prove life threatening in the wild.
As well as medicating themselves, the sound of purring is also very therapeutic for human too, helping to lower stress levels and blood pressure.
4Dogs Can Read Your Emotional State Like Professor X
Dogs and humans have an incredible history, they are the first animals to be domesticated, and it’s believed that without the dog’s sharp senses and keen instincts humanity could not have progressed to where we are today. It’s little wonder they’re man’s best friend, but dogs may be even better at reading us than we are ourselves.
Several studies have shown that dogs are incredibly adept at recognising human emotional states, comforting their owners when they are sad and avoiding them when they are angry. But, remarkably, dogs can read our facial expressions too. Dogs can pick up on the fact a smile means happiness, whereas a scowl means sadness or frustration.
Scientists believe this stems from the fact that wild canines, such as wolves, live in very complex societies, and most of their communication is conveyed through body language. Dogs have simply extended this natural ability on to humans.
3Hamsters Have Super Hearing On Par With Superman
While they may be renowned as tiny escape artists, hamsters have very poor eyesight, far worse than humans. To compensate for this, hamsters have evolved some of the best ears in the animal kingdom.
Hamsters communicate with each other through very high frequency sounds that humans can’t even come close to picking up. So sharp is the hamsters hearing skills that hamster owners have reported them becoming suddenly panicked for no apparent reason, only to learn that their TV sets or other electrical appliances were producing a high-pitched sound that was distressing the hammies ears.
2Snakes Can Move As Quickly As The Flash
While not everyone may understand the appeal of a pet snake, it can’t be denied that they have an entire range of superpowers all of their own, from being able to go months without eating to sensing body temperature like the Predator. However, their most impressive ability is by far their speed.
More precisely, their speed while striking at their prey. Whether they kill through venom or constriction, all snakes must first bite their prey to eat.
Research has shown that the average snake strike takes between 44-70 milliseconds to make contact, depending on the species of snake. To put that into perspective, it takes 200 milliseconds to blink your eye. During these strikes snakes experience forces of around 30G, or around 30 times earth’s gravity; fighter pilots only need to experience 10G to be rendered unconscious.
So, snakes withstand gravitational forces that would knock out any human every time they want to eat!
1Pigeons Can Tap Into The Earth’s Magnetic Field Like Feathered Magneto’s
Pigeons have always been renowned for their incredible homing skills, so much so that they were used to carry secret messages during both world wars.
But scientists never knew why they were such good navigators; some suggested they were somehow able to smell their way back home, while others thought they used the sun and stars to map their routes.
However, new research has found that pigeons have a high number of iron particles in their upper beaks, which in turn allows them to detect the iron particles present in the planet’s atmosphere and magnetic field. These act like a compass, and allows the pigeon to redirect itself should it be going in the wrong direction. Pretty incredible!