5 Things You Did Not Know About Fictive Pets

Whether we’re talking about books, movies or cartoon, we’re pretty sure you’ll be amazed by these 5 things you did not know about fictive pets. Do you find yourself looking down at your kitten wishing it would start talking all of a sudden? Or do you day dream about your dog turning out to be a super hero in disguise, and find yourself getting ready to see it grow wings and fly away to fight crime? If you do that once in a while, you’ll enjoy reading about these fictional pets that once only existed in someone’s mind.

1. Dino from “The Flintstones”

Things You Didn't Know About Fictive Pets

This Snorkasaurus that was the most adored pet in “The Flintstones” didn’t start off as a dog-like dino at all. In fact, the first episode of season one contains a flash back from when Fred and Barney met with Dino. Back then Dino was able to talk, to clean the house and wash the dishes and could even answer the phone. Unfortunately for him, this was the first and only episode when Dino was able to talk. After this, he returned to his more boring tasks of acting like a dog, not being able to talk. Dino’s color also went through some changes, swinging back from black to white, but mainly staying purple.

2. Hedwig from “Harry Potter”

Things You Didn't Know About Fictive Pets

Most likely you didn’t know this, but Hedwig, the cute owl pet of Harry was the first character that was cast for the sorcery movies series. The female owl (yes, Hedwig is a girl) is described in Rowling’s books as impeccable white, which proved a little troublesome for the casting team, since females have darker feathers. As a consequence, Hedwig was played by several male owls, chosen for their white plumage. As a bonus, male Snowy Owls are lighter than females, making it easier for Radcliff to carry his pet around.

3. Gizmo from “Gremlins”

Things You Didn't Know About Fictive Pets

The voice for Gizmo was provided by Howie Mande, who also hosted “Deal or no Deal”. But for Gizmo’s famous staple song, the producers decided  to go with a thirteen year old girl, since it would’ve been way too hard for Howie to do it. Gizmo was so popular in the 90s that it inspired Hasbro to make a toy after him. The firm got in trouble with Warner Bros and were force to pay a settlement, as well as change the aspect of their toy.

4. Pikachu from “Pokémon”

Things You Didn't Know About Fictive Pets

If you thought “Pikachu” was just a name, think again. According to Pokemon’s inventor the name is actually made up of the sound “pika”, which is used in the Japanese language for the sound of an electric spark and “chu” that stands for the sound made by a mouse. If we add the two together we can get the rough equivalent of “electric mouse”. But the electric mouse wasn’t intended to become the main character of the cartoons. However, it quickly became popular at the expense of Clefairy, who was the initial mascot of Pokemon.

5. Ghost from “Game of Thrones”

Things You Didn't Know About Fictive Pets

Saying that dire wolves are fictional is not entirely accurate. They were living creatures approximately two hundred thousands years ago, but I doubt they were kept as pets. Their extinction happened after the last Ice Age. Initially, the dire wolves in Game of Thrones were played by Northern Inuit dogs, but producers soon changed their mind and started using CGI for the second season. This measure was meant to make the wolves look bigger and more threatening. Another fun fact is that seventeen year old Sophie Turner who plays Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy series adopted the dog that played Lady, her character’s dire wolf.

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6 Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

We all swoon over cute kittens and adorable puppies and spend hours on the internet scrolling down pages of images with ducklings, pandas, bunnies, squirrels, or baby elephants. It’s understandable. No one wants to look at bizarre animals that could give you nightmares. Yes, animals are cute, especially when they are tiny and fury, they never fail to make us “aww” in front of our screens and make us want to hit that share button. But the animal kingdom has another side you might not be familiar with. Sure, you’re not expected to know all the living creatures on Earth, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t many articles around on the following specimens. Brace yourself to start scrolling down some on the weirdest looking beings out there.

6. The Capybara

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

These gigantic rodents live in South America and they can reach staggering weight figures, going up to 230 pounds (or roughly 115kg). If that doesn’t intimidate you, then you should keep reading about their most special feature. Their teeth never stop growing, which means they’re constantly perfecting their grip. These semi-aquatic rodents live in groups that vary from 10-20 capybaras to 100 individuals. As the largest rodent on our planet, it’s weird that their diet only includes 5 types of grasses and some aquatic plants. In some parts of the world they are hunted by people for their meat, which can be eaten during lent.

5. The Jacob Sheep

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

This English type of sheep can have four to six impressive horns that definitely add to their evil, Mephistopheles looks. Nobody knows the exact story of their origins, but they’re believed to have their roots in Syria. They are leaner and much faster than normal sheep since they are an heirloom breed, which means people have not meddled with the breed and nothing has been altered.

4. The Wels Catfish

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

Ranking on number three as the world’s largest freshwater fish, the Wels Catfish are predominantly found in Europe and they can get as heavy as 270 pounds (that is around 135kg). You wouldn’t think they are agile or good hunters given their length and weight, but you’d be surprised to find out how inventive they can be. They use their mass to create whirlpools which disorient the pray. The small teeth that resemble velcro surely come in handy when they what to snatch their pray and immobilize it in the blink of an eye.

3. The Goliath Frog

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

This species of frogs resides in West Africa and can usually be found around rivers and waterfalls. An adult can reach the full size of  12.6 in (32 cm), weighing 7.17 lb (3.25kg), just about as much as a newborn. As tadpoles, they are quite picky with their food and only nibble on a single kind of aquatic plant, but the adults grow to feed on dragonflies, worms and locusts. The Goliath Frog can live to a ripe old age of 15 years. They are now considered an endangered species and despite bringing them into zoos, they never reproduce in captivity.

2. The Venomous Solenodon

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

If this gigantic venomous rodent is giving you the creeps, maybe it will soothe you to find out it can only be encountered in a few remote places near Cuba. Now that we’ve established how far away from us it is, let’s have a look at that make them special. This insectivorous mammal is one of a kind due to its venomous saliva which helps them kill lizards, frogs and even other rodents.

1. The Potoo

Bizarre Animals That Could Give You Nightmares

You won’t believe this bird exists until you yourself run a google image search. The potoo is a nocturnal insectivore notorious for laying only one egg at a time, directly on a tree stump, rather than in a nest. They spend their days camouflaged on tree stomps in Mexico and Argentina, with their eyes half closed. If they suspect they are in danger they “freeze” and perfectly blend in with the background, making it difficult for the possible predator to observe them.

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Llallawavis Scagliai – Most Recent Terror Bird Discovered

The new varieties of “terror bird” phorusrhacids identified as Llallawavis scagliai was located in Argentina and lived during the tumultuous times of the Pliocene era. Its rather complete skeleton shows that it was a “terror bird”, a meat-eating, flightless bird which could grow up 10 ft in height and had a limited vocal range with a low frequency.

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Some of the flightless phorusrhacids that are known as fear birds, have represented one of the main predators discovered in the South America regions, prior of becoming extinct for various reasons more than 2 million years ago. The specialists who are studying them have now found one of the most complete skeletons of this historical bird species to date.

Paleontologists have discovered an essentially complete set of bones of this new species of phorusrhacids named as Llallawavis scagliai and it allowed them to research the creature’s complex biological structure in unmatched details, as perfectly as gain many more information about the bird known for a massive beak and preference for various types of meat.

The finding, which was revealed in the latest edition of the publication Vertebrate Paleontology, has a lot more than 75 % of its bones perfectly preserved, exposing the outstanding abilities of this aggressive bird and tagging the first time when biological components of the animal, including hearing organs have been rebuilt for this creature of terror. The specific discover may perhaps aid to offer description regarding the actions, progress and environment of this particular type of vanished species.

Paleontologists mentioned this new species, which lived in South America about 3 million years ago, in the Pliocene era, was 4 ft. high and had a scary overall look. In contrast to the birds that usually are living these days, this species of birds likely had a hearing capacity that, in all possibility, was under developed for its nervous system and the other vital parts.

Scientists say that these flightless birds, whose name indicates Scaglia’s Spectacular Bird, a tribute to one of the most famous naturalists from Argentina, Galileo Juan Scaglia, had a restricted variety of vocal sounds with low regularity. They bring the theory that this species of birds might as well have used low-frequency sounds in order to pinpoint its prey with rather good accuracy on that difficult terrain.

The poorly developed hearing approximated for this terror bird was under the common levels studied in today’s species of birds, as the scientists in Argentina have found out while examining the head’s bones from the well-preserved skeleton. This goes to indicate that Llallawavis might have possibly developed a filter in the low-vocalization range of frequency, probably used for intraspecific sound interaction or prey recognition.

Researchers rebuilt the framework of the inner ear of the creature with the help of modern 3D calculated X-ray tomography and discovered that the Llallawavis could have detected sounds in a wide range of about 3,800 Hz and with a sensitivity of approximately 2,300 Hz. Our human ear can identify sounds with wavelengths that can vary between 20 Hz and almost 20,000 Hz, indicating that the aggressive birds have been very good at listening the lower-frequency sounds in comparison with people.

The paleontologists who have studied the skeleton also mentioned that the finding of this species if very ancient birds revealed that such creatures of terror had been a lot more different during the long period of the Pliocene era than it was previously considered by the specialist all around the world. It also allowed scientists to assess the speculation concerning the decrease in number and eventually, the extinction of this amazing species of birds who have dominated the regions in South America for millions of years.

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Top 4 Amazing Deep Sea Creatures Found until Now

We are all know what dolphins, sharks and whales look like; but what about the less famous deep sea creatures found down there, like giant squid, lizardfish or unusual types of eels? We discover so many animals deep in the ocean, creatures that we know too little about them, so it is a challenge to research and understand more such weird and scary beings.

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1. Fangtooth Fish

On top of the list we find the fangtooth fish and it is one ugly looking predator. This species lives at very low depths and catches the prey by attracting it with bioluminescent organs known as photophores. In the dark abysses, all animals are lured to sources of glowing light emitted by these organs and when they are close, the fish can grab them with his large teeth.

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2. Deep-ocean Lizardfish

Another meat-eating sea creature is the prehistoric deep-ocean lizardfish. These exciting animals look like reptiles found in normal water. The mouth is protected with harpooned teeth that catch the food, just like fish hooks. The teeth are easy-to-open so they can be pressed down when they swallow the prey and stand up for attacks. The prey does not even need to be swallowed completely, since it gets caught easily among the sharp teeth. With the radiant yellow-colored eyes, the lizardfish can be the weirdest creature for many.

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3. Blind Eel

Often known as weird and creepy deep sea creatures, the blind eels are next on this list. They were believed to be sightless because they have such little eyes. They feed on both live and dead seafood that can be identified through a strong smell. They have round lips that they use to pull on the prey and a tooth-studded tongue that allows cutting through the skin and basically consuming it from the inside. It is also known as slime eel because the epidermis produces sticky slimes, these being used for suffocating the attackers by blocking their gills.

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4. The Giant Squid

The last on our list is one of the mysterious and scary deep sea creatures, the giant squid, and it has been the topic of countless stories for hundreds of years. Until lately, however, these stories were treated as simple fragments of imagination. The only real facts we have on them are from discovering parts of the squids in the bellies of sperm whales, and those that have been found on coasts after a tsunami.

Another place where their appearance is obvious can be found on the skin of whales where massive marks are seen, following the terrifying fights between these two giant creatures. These squids will grow to the dimensions of a bus or even larger. They are meat-eating animals and have torpedo bodies. At one end, around a beak-like mouth with jaws and muscles powerful enough to go through metal wires, are 10 arms. Two of them, slimmer and longer, are used to capture its food and carry it to the mouth. Near the mouth there are located the largest eyes of all animals, growing as large as 18“wide. They are extremely difficult be caught alive on images or videos because they reside in very deep underwater.

It is exciting to think about the other kinds of dangerous and amazing sea creatures are in the ocean that we have not yet found. What amazing things does the abyss keep from us and will we ever discover it? With today’s newly technological innovation we are regularly looking for new methods to research the ocean bottom and the chance of finding rare species becomes closer every day. Since we believe that we have seen it all, the unknown waters still offer us something cool and new each time.

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10 Of The Most Beautiful Horse Breeds On Earth

Horses, are among the most beautiful and most beloved animals on the planet. There is something about their beauty that is breath taking and mysterious at the same time.

Humans have domesticated horses for thousands of years, and today we have managed to take part in the development of some astonishing breeds. Here is a list of 10 of the most beautiful horse breeds on Earth.

# 10.  Dalmatian Horse

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The Dalmatian horse also known as the British Spotted pony, is a very rare breed with under 200 horses being born in the UK every year. For many years it has been believed that this was a newly developed breed of horse, but presently it is assumed that these beautiful creatures have been around for most probably up to 25,000 years.

# 9. Mustang Horse

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The Mustang is a wild horse living in the west of North America, and it is a descendant of the horses that were first brought on the American continent by the Spanish people. Mustangs are also called wild horses, but that matter remains debatable. Since they have developed from horses that were once domesticated, they can be referred to as feral horses.

# 8. Marwari Horse

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The Marwari is a breed that is known for its guts, and is another rare breed of horses coming from India. Its is also famous for its ear tips that turn towards the inner part. This breed comes in many colors, however the most common of all tend to be the most searched among buyers and breeders.

 # 7.Friesian Horse

The Friesian originates from the Netherlands, more precisely from the region of Friesland. For their size, these horses are very agile and graceful. In the Middle Ages, the Friesian horses were in high demand, as they were used as war horses on the European continent. Thanks to their size and strength, during the Middle Ages, this breed could carry a knight in his armor.

# 6. Haflinger Horse

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The Haflinger, with its other known name, the Avelignese, is a horse breed that has been grown in the north of Italy and Austria. A Haflinger horse is quite small in size, their color is always chestnut, and have a special gallop which has been described as full of energy but smooth at the same time, and their muscles are well defined but elegantly.

# 5. Andalusian Horse


This is called the Pure Spanish Horse, and is a breed coming from the Iberian Peninsula. The Andalusian horse, has been known for its existence since the 15th century. Along the history, this horse breed has been used as a war animal, due to its strength and power and was very popular among the nobility.

# 4. Gypsy Horse


This gorgeous horse breed is recognized after its bountiful leg feathering and for its beautiful black and white combination of its coat. However, it can also be seen in any other color also.

# 3. Morgan Horse


The Morgan horse is among the very first horse breeds that have been created in the United States. Its a very solid and elegant breed, which can be found mostly in the color black, bay or chestnut, but there are also other colors, including different shades of pinto. It is a breed that is famous for its versatility.

# 2. Arabian Horse


The Arabian horse could be one of the most easy to recognize horse breeds in the world, due to its special head shape and the way it carries its tail. Also, this is one of the oldest horse breeds on the planet. Along the centuries, Arabian horses have been spread in all the regions of the world, mainly because of the war and commercial trades and helped to improve other horse breeds with their qualities, like elegance, speed, strong bones and high levels of endurance.

# 1. Akhal-Teke


This horse right here, has been named the most beautiful horse in the world, or the “supermodel horse”, because of the finesse of its physical appearance. It is indeed a beauty that catches your eye. The Akhal Teke has a notoriety for high speed and endurance, they are considered to be very intelligent.

They come in several colors, but the colors that make the sheen of their coat pop out the best are perlino, palomino and cremello.

The shimmering effect of their coat is generated by their hair structure, as the opaque core is minimized and in certain areas of their body, it lacks completely. So, in those areas it is more present the transparent part of the hair which bends light on one side of the hair and refracts its on the other side, usually with a golden sheen.

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