Wild and Whimsical: Play in the Animal Kingdom #Infographic #Animals

Just like human children (and human adults), many different animal species naturally engage in playful activities. These may include rough-housing, climbing, catching, rolling, sliding, blowing bubble rings, chasing, boxing, frolicking, pouncing, surfing, and so much more!

Why do animals play, especially those in the wild? The prevailing theory is that this activity serves as natural preparation – as young animals playfully interact with each other and their surroundings, they cultivate skills and attributes that are necessary for survival. They learn to hunt, fight, build strength, and react quickly.

However, many scientists have observed that play in the animal kingdom goes beyond just survival prep. They have noticed that some animals play simply for the fun of it, especially during times of peace and abundance. This holds true for human children as well; play acts as a dynamic, organic medley of life skill development, stress relief, and joy.

This infographic explores the play habits of twelve animals using adorable illustrations.

An infographic by AAA State of Play.

Keep Your Dog Safe from Paralysis Ticks #Infographic #Dogs #Ticks

Forget about snakes, spiders and crocs – the tiny Paralysis Tick may be the deadliest animal that most Australian dogs ever cross paths with. About the size of a match-head, the Paralysis Tick carries a deadly poison. Researchers at the University of Sydney, estimate that 10,000 dogs are bitten by Paralysis Ticks each year, and approximately 500 dogs die annually from Paralysis Tick poisoning! The good news is that Paralysis Ticks are highly preventable. Stay current on your dog’s flea prevention regimen, be aware of areas where Paralysis Ticks are likely to live, and thoroughly check your dog for ticks any time they have been exposed. We’ve put together a handy infographic that details other steps you can take to keep your dog safe from Paralysis Ticks and what to do if they become infected.

An infographic by Top 10 Pet Insurance.