For the most part, we know that dogs bark, ducks quack, and birds tweet. But what about other creatures in the animal kingdom? Like humans, animals have developed their own ways to talk each other. Yet, some species have developed some pretty strange sounds for communication. Whether these sounds are the equivalent of warnings or mating calls, they all sound a lot different than we would imagine. From cheetahs to foxes, we’ve compiled some of our favorites here.
Cheetahs are part of the same family of felines that include our common house cats. But they’re also the fastest land animals in the world, with the ability to reach maximum sprinting speeds of 64 mph. While they don’t meow like our average tabby cat, cheetahs don’t exactly roar like lions either. In fact, cheetahs chirp quite similarly to birds. Their inability to roar is due to their lack of thyroid bone in their throats. To hear a clip, click here.
While they’re called koala bears, koalas are actually marsupials. Most people know that koalas originated from Australia, but a lesser known fact is that mature male koalas exude a dark, sticky substance from glands in their chests that they rub onto trees to indicate their territory. Like most wild animals, males are extremely territorial, and they can become aggressive when they feel threatened or provoked. When a koala is angered, they make screeching noises that sound like this.
Howling Wolf Mouse
It’s a common misconception that wolves how at the moon. In reality, it’s pure coincidence that the moon is present when wolves attempt to communicate with each other. The fact that wolves are nocturnal animals is the more likely reason behind why the moon is often present when they howl. Howling isn’t restricted to only wolves though, because the wolf mouse doesit too. Check out this mouse, making quite a racket, here.
Bleating Baby Rhinos
Generally speaking, baby animals are almost impossible to resist. This holds true for baby rhinos too. At the moment, three out of the five remaining rhino species are considered critically endangered. Humans, by far, are the greatest threat to their survival. Poachers illegally kill rhinos and take their horns to trade on the black market. In this clip here, two rescued rhinos babies, whose mother was killed by poachers, beg for food.
What weird animal sounds did we miss? Let us know in the comments.
Just for kicks, since we’re on the topic of animal sounds, check out this cool infographic that shows you how animals sound in different languages! View it here.