9 Reasons Everyone Should Own A Pet At Least Once In Their Life

9 Reasons Everyone Should Own A Pet At Least Once In Their Life

You'll never be lonely again!

A large population of the world owns or has owned a pet at one point in their life. These pets provide constant loyalty, friendship, and love no matter what the circumstances. Here are a few reasons why everyone should own a pet at least once in their life.

1. Constant companionship.

Even when your friends and family members are busy with work, school, or other friends, a pet will constantly be there to hang out with you. You'll never come home to an empty house. You'll always wake up to a friendly face. With a pet in your home, you will never have to feel lonely again.

2. Loyalty.

Friendships and relationships, unfortunately, are easily destroyed. You could be friends with someone one day and enemies the next. A pet, however, doesn't work that way. As long as you take care of them and show them love they will be loyal to you and only you. Your pet won't ever end their love for you.

3. Pets can keep you active.

For example, a dog needs to be walked. This is a way for you to get out of the house and explore the outdoors while also taking care of your animals. If you're lucky, you may even be able to get your animals to go on a run with you!

4. A routine.

Owning a pet can give you a daily routine and provide purpose and structure in your daily life. Even on days when you don't feel like getting out of bed, you'll do it and be somewhat productive in order to take care of your animal.

5. Joy.

Pets seem to make everyone happy. Owning a pet will make you happy and when you're outside with your pet, they will make others happy as well. This is a way to create joy in your own life and other's lives as well.

6. Entertainment.

Sometimes pets do goofy things. Who needs a television when you can watch a live-action version of entertainment in your own living room? This is simple, own a pet.

7. New knowledge.

Adopting a pet that you don't know much about provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the species and their care. You could end up gaining more knowledge than you ever thought possible about the animal.

8. Adoption is saving a life.

There are many animals that need to be adopted. By adopting them, you are essentially saving their lives and giving them a home. You could be their hero!

9. They're just so cute!

Who could resist when you're looking at their cute little faces? Who wouldn't want to come home to those faces every single day after work, school, etc.?

The love, joy, and companionship that pets provide are only a few simple reasons why everyone should own a pet at least once in their lives. So, let go of your boring lonely life and bring home a pet of your own right now!

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20 Of The Coolest Animal Species In The World

Animals that almost seem imaginary.

The world is full of amazing animals. So amazing, that narrowing them down to 20 felt nearly impossible. To determine who made the cut for this list, I used very important factors such as, cuteness and how much some of them looked like Pokémon . I know, very official. So here are some of the coolest animals in the world.

1. Pink Fairy Armadillo

The pink fairy armadillo is the smallest and cutest species of armadillo. It is on the list of threatened species and is found in the sandy plains, dunes, and grasslands of Argentina. The pink fairy armadillo is a nocturnal creature that survives mostly on insects and plants.

2. Okapi

The okapi is an animal native to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. Although the stripes make many people believe okapi are related to zebra, they are actually closer to giraffe. Okapi are solitary creatures and come together to breed. They are herbivores, mostly eating leaves, grass, and other plants.

3. Glaucus Atlanticus or "the Blue Dragon"

These little dragon-like creatures are often only about a few inches long and can be found in the Indian Pacific Oceans. The blue dragon floats upside down in order to blend the blue side of them with the water, and the silver side with the surface of the ocean. This tiny dragon feeds on creatures like the man o' war and can even deliver a sting similar to it.

4. The Maned Wolf

The maned wolf is often found in the grasslands of south, central-west, and southeastern parts of Brazil. It is neither related to wolves nor foxes despite its appearance and name, but is actually closer to dogs. The maned wolf hunts alone and primarily eats both meat and plants (about 50% of its diet).

5. Fossa

The fossa is a carnivorous animal located in Madagascar. Despite having many traits similar to cats, it is more closely related to the Mongoose. The fossa is only found in forest habitats and can hunt in either daytime or night. Over 50 percent of its diet happens to be lemurs.

6. Japanese Spider Crab

As the name suggestions, the Japanese spider crab inhabits the waters surrounding Japan. In many parts of Japan, this crab can be considered a delicacy but can be considerably difficult to catch. The Japanese spider crab can grow to 12 feet long from claw to claw. There is only one sea creature-- amongst similar species (aka crustaceans)-- that beats the weight of a Japanese spider crab: the American Lobster.

7. Pacu Fish

Look closely at the teeth, do they look familiar? This fish is found in the waters of South America. This fish, while related to the piranha, can actually grow much larger. They can also be found in rivers like the Amazon and is an aid to the fishing industry. Unlike the piranha, pacu mostly only eat seeds and nuts, though can still create nasty injuries to other animals if need be.

8. Slow Loris

The slow loris is a nocturnal creature found in Southeast Asia. While very adorable, the loris's teeth are actually quite venomous. The toxin on their teeth can also be applied to fur through grooming to protect its babies from predators. Often times these creatures forage and spend time alone, although can on occasion be seen with other slow lorises. Apart from their toxic teeth, the slow lorises have another defense mechanism, in which they move nearly completely silently in order to prevent discovery.

9. Angora Rabbit

These cute, fluffy rabbits are among the hairiest breeds of rabbit of both wild and domestic types. These rabbits originated in Turkey although managed to spread throughout Europe and was even brought to the United States in the 20th century. These rabbits are often bred for their soft wool which can be made into clothing, and often get rid of their own coats every 3-4 months.

10. Axolotl

The axolotl or "Mexican salamander" (who looks like a Pokémon , if you ask me) is often spotted in lakes in various places around Mexico. These little salamanders are amphibious although often spend their adult lives strictly in the water. However, the population of these cute creatures is dwindling due to non-native predators and the continued urbanization of Mexico. The axolotl eats small worms, insects, and fish in order to survive.

11. Liger

The liger, however made up it sounds, is a real (and cute) animal created by a lion and a tiger mating. Ligers only seem to exist in captivity or zoos because the lion and tiger don't share the same habitat in the wild. Unfortunately, these animals don't live very long or are sterile despite being bigger than both the lion and the tiger. While these animals are cool and unique, they are not strictly natural or sustainable.

12. Bearded Vulture

I don't know about you all, but this vulture reminds me of a phoenix which was initially why I looked into the creature. These vultures inhabit a range of places from southern Europe to the Indian subcontinent, to Tibet. This vulture, like other vultures, typically eats dead animals, although it has been documented that the bearded vulture will attack live prey more often than other vultures.

13. Goblin Shark

This unusual shark is also known as a "living fossil" because they are the last representative of sharks that lived about 125 million years ago. It is a deep sea shark that can grow between 10-13 feet if not longer. The goblin shark has been caught accidentally in every major ocean. The goblin shark is not a fast swimmer and relies on ambushing its prey.

14. Red Panda

This cute, small panda lives in the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. The red panda is rather small, only about the same size as most domestic cats. Its eating habits range from bamboo, to eggs, to insects, and several other small mammals. The red panda is primarily sedentary during the day and at night or in the morning does whatever hunting it needs to do.

15. Blobfish

This blobfish is, in a way, so ugly that it is cute (although reminds me of a certain Pokémon ) This fish lives in the deep waters of Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. The blobfish has a density only sightly above that of water. The fish primarily hunts by just floating along and letting creatures wander into its mouth, rather than expending any energy.

16. Leaf Deer

The leaf deer is usually found in dense forests in the northwest region of Putao. The adult leaf deer only stands at about 20 inches high and the males and females are nearly identical except for an inch long horn on the males. It is called a leaf deer because hunters could wrap the deer in a single large leaf.

17. Tiger

While tigers are a more common animal than many others on this list, it is still one of the coolest animals in the world. Tigers are the largest of all cats and once ranged from Russia, to Turkey, to parts of Asia — almost all over the world. These animals are fierce, powerful creatures, although they are on the endangered species list.

18. Narwhals

Narwhals are a species of whale that live in the waters around Greenland, Canada, and Russia. The narwhal's diet changes depending on the time of year: in the spring the narwhal will eat cod, while in the winter the narwhal will eat flatfish. Narwhals can live up to 50 years and most frequently die of suffocation from being trapped under the ice.

19. Cheetah

Cheetahs, while more commonly heard of then some of the other animals on this list, are still incredibly cool. They often inhabit many parts of Africa and Iran. These amazing cats can reach up to 60 miles per hour in three seconds and use their tails to make quick and sudden turns. These amazing cats also have semi-retractable claws which helps with speed. The cheetah, however, doesn't have much besides speed to defend itself.

And finally....

20. Superb Bird of Paradise

This GIF demonstrates the mating dance used by male superb birds of paradise. Typically females reject about 20 mates before selecting one they want to mate with. They are often found in New Guinea although it is unsure just how many of these birds there are. As far as scientists know, the population has remained stable.

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6 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Were Added To The Endangered Species List

It's a shame, and some of these animals should not be on this list.

Lately, I have been thinking about the world that we are currently living in and how innocent creatures suffer because of our selfish acts. By innocent creatures, I am referring to all the animals that make planet earth what it is today. I do understand that we are also animals and part of the food chain, but everything has its limits.

I believe we can learn to not overfish and overhunt. It is very easy for humanity to forget that the reason behind our existence is because of the sustainability planet earth gives us. Mother Nature is kind enough to share her land, help us evolve, and continue the food chain for nothing in return. Today, animals are being hunted not just for food and survival, but for recreational use. As a result, their populations are suffering the consequences. Here is a list of animals you probably didn’t know were added to the Endangered Species List.

1. Giraffes.

This really makes me upset, because my favorite animal, the giraffe, shouldn’t be on this list. Giraffes have been added to this list because of their numbers significantly dropping almost 30%. This is a result of poaching and habitat destruction. The most popular reason they are being poached for is their skin. They are wanted for their beautiful golden brown sink and also for their tails, which are a status symbol in some communities.

2. Albacore Tuna.

When it comes to fish, it is no surprise that we are definitely the reason for their near extinction. Since we are overfishing, it is no surprise that this subspecies of the tuna family is on this list. Most people who fish for recreational purposes usually toss the fish back into the water, but companies who have to make a profit take thousands of fish from the ocean.

3. The Arctic Fox.

This little creature whose environment is in the frozen tundra is on this list because of the fur trade industry. The main color of their fur is white, which makes it a highly-coveted item, and it is also very high quality. Climate change is occurring in the Arctic; the temperature is going down, which makes it very difficult for these animals to keep up their survival.

4. Beluga Whales.

These cute little creatures are very social animals, which is no surprise why it is very easy for people to get a hold of them. The little creatures are endangered because companies who are evolved in oil and gas development navigate through their environment. These companies tend to have many accident “Oil Spills” which can be very harmful to them.

5. Borneo Pygmy Elephants.

These animals are typically identified with the famous Disney character “Dumbo." There are about 1,500 of this species remaining, and their numbers keep declining. They are on this list because of habitat loss; these elephants require a huge land space in order to prosper like most animals.

6. Hawksbill Turtles.

These turtles are just like any other sea turtles. The main reason why they are endangered is that most people take their eggs from them, as well as ocean pollution . It's terrible, because these creatures contribute so much to the marine wildlife.

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