Animal Therapy // November
Last week’s post was all about slow animals, so of course we had to do an Animal Therapy edition of the fastest animals too. Usually, when we envision a fast animal, we immediately think of a cheetah. Yet, there are so many diverse animals with incredible speed we do not know of. Expect to see some fascinating animals that are faster than humans!
Studies have shown that interacting with animals can increase people's level of the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin helps us feel happy and trusting. Oxytocin has some powerful effects for us in the body's ability to be in a state of readiness to heal, and also to grow new cells, so it predisposes us to an environment in our own bodies where we can be healthier.
Happy Animal Therapy Wednesday! Here's a dose of animal therapy pictures to break the week with a little peak!
Despite its small posture, the Brown Hare’s long legs enables it to reach an impressive speed of 77 kph (48 mph) . With such an incredible speed they are able to outrun most animals.
Native to North America, the Pronghorn Antelope is the second fastest land animal. With a speed of 98 kmp (60 mph), this animal outruns all other predators that inhabit North America.
With a largest wingspan to body weight ratio compared to any bird, the Frigate Bird is able to fly with a speed of 153 kph (95 mph). Talking about flying, these birds are able to stay in the air for more than one week!
You must have seen a documentary or a short clip of a lion running at a crazy speed. With a speed of about 80 kph (50 mph), the Wildebeest almost perfectly matches the speed of a lion!
Of course, being the fastest animal in the world, the Cheetah is indispensable from this list. With a top speed of 113 kph (70 mph), the Cheetah is three times faster than the maximum speed of a human: that is about 36 kph (22 mph). No wonder it is one of the deadliest predators!
As the fastest bird on earth, the Peregrine Falcon is like the king of the sky. Soaring to great heights, the Peregrine Falcon can dive at a speed of over 322 kph (200mph)!
Native to Southern Africa, the Springbok can run as fast as 80 kph (50 mph). This is an exact match of the top speed of the Wildebeest!
Speeding through the water at 110 kph (68 mph), the Sail Fish can be considered one of the fastest fish alive. The Sail Fish uses its sail only when it is frightened or threatened to intimidate the other animals, at other times the sail is folded up.
The world’s largest goose, the Spur-Winged Goose, can fly at an impressive speed of 142 kph (88 mph).