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Mango wrote

I've love/hate relationship with spiders. While I'm terrified by them, at the same time I found they're fascinating creatures. They're basically the cat of bug's world, but much cooler. In summer I love to observe jumping spiders interacting with the world around them, I admit they're the only type of spiders I'm not horrified. They're such nifty little tiny 8-legged cats. Years back I went to the States and somebody let a tarantula crawling on my palm. Your heart stopped when it was on your hand, but nothing happened. It was like a fluffy leggy ball. Though, the owner said that if they didn't like you, they'll kick up their furs and your hands will by very itchy, and that wasn't the worst. Apparently, according to that person, tarantula's fangs can penetrate thick leather clothes.

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yaaqov wrote (edited )

Jumping spiders are the fucking best. I think they’re my favorite animal.

Did y’all know that jumping spiders are probably the most intelligent (by human standards) of any arthropod? There’s a genus of jumping spiders endemic to Africa—Portia—that has evolved to hunt other spiders. Portias are able to figure out, by trial and error, new hunting techniques, in order to target other species that may be challenging or dangerous in unexpected ways, and they can remember what they learned and apply them to novel situations. They also can plan out complicated routes to their prey that may take an hour to complete, even if those routes involve losing sight of their target as they navigate three-dimensional space. Also they’re quite social with eachother, and can recognize and remember other specific individuals of the same species!

(Also, jumping spiders dance.)

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n_n wrote

Spiders are cool, they keep harmful pest at bay.

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Fossidarity OP wrote

I had a cellar spider for a long time on the ceiling in my shower, it was nice because it keeps pests out and it barely moved. I still had to look up every couple of seconds though to make sure it was still there..

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betterletter wrote (edited )

Pigs and sheep

gonna get one of them tattooed soon, what do you all vote on?

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

My wife and I have talked about getting a pot-bellied pig pet when our dogs die, because they're supposed to be about as intelligent as dogs.

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Fossidarity OP wrote (edited )

I love to pet pigs when they allow me to. Their skin/hair is rough but they still are super cute.

How do you feel about goats?

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Mango wrote

Uplifting story for y'all. In US a pot-bellied pig named Lulu saved her owner from stroke. When the owner fell down and unconscious, Lulu forced herself through the tiny door for dog, in process hurt herself, but she managed to got out, lied on the road until other people stopped by. She then guided the stranger back to the house and saved her owner.

https://celebritypets.net/story-lulu-pig-played-dead-save-life/

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betterletter wrote

If pigs are like dogs, goats are a bit like cats... a bit more hungry and independent. they're all cute though

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neverinNJ wrote

Coelacanth

they were extinct except they weren't!

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n_n wrote

Ducks, they are so funny and loveable.

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existential1 wrote

There was a duck at my uni that I would always keep track of. Named him Frederick Ducklous because the molted feathers on its head never went away. Looked soooo funny.

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n_n wrote

That's an awesome name for a duck. :D

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conseil wrote

Marlins. Not really much valid reasoning- they look awesome, they're fast, and they've got spears for faces.

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ziq wrote

The tortoise.

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alex wrote

red panda!

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this_one wrote

Definitely cats, but considering I am a cat therian, I'm not entirely sure that's fair. If I had to choose something else, it'd probably be fat bees, 'cause they're good chunky fluffy bois.

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Dirtbagleftist wrote

Pigs.

Ever since I first listened to Propagandhi's Potemkin City Limits it's been pigs.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

and you foss what's your favorite animal?

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Fossidarity OP wrote

I kinda like how ants thrive on garbage and how they use pheromones to communicate but they have a biological-class based "society" so that kind of sucks.

So I think I'm going for craws or jackdaws since they are super smart.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

In what sense do they have a biological class-based society aside from humans projecting their own sense of hierarchy onto them?

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Fossidarity OP wrote (edited )

Maybe biological-class based isn't the right term but I couldn't find a better one (caste maybe). I'm not sure what type or if any hierarchy they have but it does seem like they don't have the most egalitarian society. Here are some very interesting snippets from Wikipedia:

Larger colonies [of ants] consist of various castes of sterile, wingless females, most of which are workers (ergates), as well as soldiers (dinergates) and other specialised groups. Nearly all ant colonies also have some fertile males called "drones" (aner) and one or more fertile females called "queens" (gynes). The colonies are described as superorganisms because the ants appear to operate as a unified entity, collectively working together to support the colony.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems.

Controlled experiments with colonies of Cerapachys biroi suggest that an individual may choose nest roles based on her previous experience. An entire generation of identical workers was divided into two groups whose outcome in food foraging was controlled. One group was continually rewarded with prey, while it was made certain that the other failed. As a result, members of the successful group intensified their foraging attempts while the unsuccessful group ventured out fewer and fewer times. A month later, the successful foragers continued in their role while the others had moved to specialise in brood care.

Not all ants have the same kind of societies. The Australian bulldog ants are among the biggest and most basal of ants. Like virtually all ants, they are eusocial, but their social behaviour is poorly developed compared to other species. Each individual hunts alone, using her large eyes instead of chemical senses to find prey.
Some species (such as Tetramorium caespitum) attack and take over neighbouring ant colonies. Others are less expansionist, but just as aggressive; they invade colonies to steal eggs or larvae, which they either eat or raise as workers or slaves. Extreme specialists among these slave-raiding ants, such as the Amazon ants, are incapable of feeding themselves and need captured workers to survive. Captured workers of enslaved Temnothorax species have evolved a counter strategy, destroying just the female pupae of the slave-making Temnothorax americanus, but sparing the males (who don't take part in slave-raiding as adults).

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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

Gorillas. They still have the typical 'males fight over mates' problem that most mammal species have, but inside their family units they seem to be quite gentle.

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SpiderGrinder wrote

Octopus, raven, frogs and rhino :)

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mustard wrote

rhino is so chill . once i sat with one for like a hour while at a zoo in Arizona, i felt it to be a peaceful wise being

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zzuum wrote

I seriously love dogs and cats and cows because I've interacted with them. Large mammals are always cute

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