11,000 years ago, humans began domesticating animals for food, labor and companionship. Evolutionary physiologist Jared Diamond, says there are six criteria animals must meet.
They can’t be picky eaters and must be willing to find food near human settlements.
Secondly, only animals reaching maturity quickly were worth considering because animals used for food or labor need to grow quickly.
Also, the species must be able to breed in captivity.
Domesticated animals must also be docile by nature and they can’t have a tendency to panic when startled.
Lastly, with the exception of the cat, all the major domesticated animals conform to a social hierarchy dominated by strong leadership. It allowed humans to more easily modify them so they’ll recognize a human caretaker as pack leader.
Even though this is a normal-sized sea lion, she definitely didn’t go about her dinner the normal way. The staff at the aptly-named Marine Room, in California, said the sea lion came in to nap in a booth, then gazed at the surf through a window.
Sadly though, the super-cute pup was malnourished. She’s now at Sea World, in San Diego, where she will be fattened up and hopefully returned to the wild.
Most baby animals are cute, no matter the species, even if they’ll grow up to be dangerous. Six Flags Great Adventure is welcoming a Siberian tiger cub and African lion cub.
The birth of the tiger cub is the first of its kind in 13 years. Six Flags’ safari team will raise the tiger and lion as one litter, despite the cubs belonging to different species and native continents.
According to a Six Flags vet, the first time mothers had given birth to their babies around the same time, but did not show signs of caring for the newborns, so the safari team stepped in. The two cats are learning and playing together.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes tour of Scovill Zoo and some of the interesting animals who live there.