- Simple Senses – Starting off very simply, the antelope can smell, taste and hear which are three senses that humans also have.
- Body Parts – Antelopes have two eyes and a mouth which humans have as well! (I know this is slightly cheating but I do have some good reasons in here!)
- Danger Danger – Crocodiles, lions and hyenas prey on antelopes. Humans could also get eaten by these animals!
- Leg It! – An antelope will run away from danger and they don’t really have many defence tactics. I hope that humans would be a bit smarter about evading trouble, but I can relate the running to us!
- Elderly Antelope – Antelopes get slower as they get older, much like humans do!
- Dentistry – An antelope has very well developed molars for chewing grass. Humans also have these teeth in our mouths.
- Stand On Your Own Two Feet – Antelopes can stand up on their hind legs to reach up for food and also browse for it. Humans can also stand on two legs!
- Oooh Baby, Baby, B-B-B-Baby – An antelopes average litter size is one and twins are rare. This could also be said for humans.
- Shout It Out Loud – Antelopes communicate vocally with many different sounds such as; whistles, moos, trumpeting and barks. The majority of these sounds are vocal noises that humans can also make!
- World Domination – Ants have colonised almost every landmass on Earth which means that they can adapt to almost any habitat. The only places that ants cannot live are Antartica and a few islands that are inhospitable. This is very similar to humans as we can adapt to many different climates. Also, some ant species attack and try to take over their neighbouring ant colonies which is a clear comparison to humans as we declare war on other countries.
- Just Keep Swimming – Some ants can swim and so can some humans!
- Protective – Ants defend their homes from intruders as I believe humans would in the same situation.
- Unique – Although ants are all the same species they exist in lots of different shapes and sizes much like humans do!
- Special Skills – Ants specialise in lots of different skills such as foraging, fighting and building. Humans are very similar to this as we all have various passions as well as jobs that we do.
- Daily Grind – It is said that ants work all day, every day. This could also be said for some humans, although I hope that most of us get weekends off and I highly doubt that ants do!
- Minty Fresh – Some ants have the task of cleaning up after the whole colony. Now, I would hope that most human beings clean up after themselves and maintain their personal hygiene, but we also employ cleaners to keep areas sparkling for us!
- I Would Walk Five Hundred Miles – Ants walk in straight lines that could be compared to that of highways and roads built by humans!
- Unstoppable – The ants way of surviving in so many different climates and habitats is said to be because they can modify the environment to suit their needs, (which we can do with central heating!) they find and use resources (which we do by going out and shopping for it!) and defend themselves (which we do with our armed forces).
- Are You Talking To Me? – Ants can communicate by using sound. They don’t exactly create this sound in the same way that humans do, but it can still be related to us as they have the ability to communicate!
- Royalty – In an ants nest there will be a queen ant. This can be compared to humans as some countries in the world are ruled over by queens; such as England, that is ruled over by Queen Elizabeth II.
- Home Sweet Home – Ants choose the perfect site to build their nests and can create very complex structures. Humans are similar to this as we pick a home that we like and change it to suit what we want.
- Lost – All ants can make use of visual landmarks when they’re lost which is similar to humans because I’m sure we all retrace our steps by using sculptures and monuments!
- Jaws – Ants attack and defend themselves by biting which may also be the case for some humans!
Society – Colonies of ants are said to be the closest thing in nature to our own societies. Three different things may make this the case:
(a) they divide labour between them. (This could be said for some humans although there are a few that are lazier than the rest!)
(b) they communicate with each other to get the job done!
(c) they have the ability to solve complex problems
- Tried to Domesticate Ya – Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years as humans have!
- “Art”pacas – Some humans have been known to use the image of an alpaca in some of their artwork. I thought I could compare this to how portraits are painted of people.
- Family Time – Alpacas are said to be very social animals that live in family groups. Like some humans, these groups consist of an alpha male, a female and their babies.
- Violence Doesn’t Solve Anything – When alpacas are feeling threatened they can spit and kick in self-defence. I thought I could compare human nature to this as some may well spit and kick at an attacker or somebody that they feel threatened by!
- Gross – All alpacas are able to spit and some choose not to whereas some do choose to. Humans are very similar in this respect as some decide to spit, as we are all able to, and others do not.
- Physical Contact – Alpacas are very picky about where they like being touched, but one of their big issues is that they don’t like being grabbed! Do not grab an alpaca. Also, sometimes, humans don’t like being grabbed. I can relate to the alpacas as it seems like quite an aggressive thing to do!
- Scream If You Want to Go Faster – An alpaca makes a variety of noises which I’m sure human beings either do as well, or can relate to. The first sound that I feel is similar to that of humans is a high-pitched, shrieking whine which alpacas make when they are in danger. The second is a noise that sounds like “wark” when they are excited. But to make other alpacas around them feel comforted and safe they will hum, which I think I do on a regular basis for exactly that reason!
- Making Babies – Usually an alpaca will successfully breed after mating with a male but it can sometimes be difficult for them to concieve. I know that this can be related to some human experiences. Also, their birth will often result in a single offspring and twins are quite rare, which could be said for humans.
- Eyes – all the better to see you with my dear!
- Ears – all the better to hear you with my dear!
- Mouth – all the better to eat you with! My dear..
- Stubby Limbs – we humans may not have four legs as such but we do have four limbs and so does an alligator!
- Front Crawl – alligators can swim and so can humans. But alligators have stronger tails so they may be able to direct themselves better!
- Old Age – the oldest living alligator that has been kept in captivity, called Muja, is recorded to have lived for 76 years so far. Granted, they don’t know when she was born but you could compare this age to humans whether she has lived for longer than this or not as the oldest human being lived until she was 122 years old!
- Dominant – whether they’re male or female, the larger of the species defend prime territory. This could be compared to humans whether it’s the physical size (alpha male) or the mental size (domanatrix)!
- Chubby – the heavier the alligator the slower their metabolism. Although they can move quickly in short bursts. Sometimes humans that are quite heavy may act in exactly the same way!
- Yummy Food – alligators eat fish, snails and crustaceans when they’re young. Now this could be said for some humans but I don’t know many young ones who have a taste for those foods. Although, the adults do eat birds and deer which is the same for humans.
- Picking Up Chicks – One way that a male alligator shows his prowess to the ladies is to bellow very loudly. Some human males may use this technique whilst thumping their chests to attract female attention. Also, another display that they use is a loud head-slap. This may not be the same for male humans, (as after failure they usually smack their own foreheads) but the ladies may find them more sensitive this way and take notice.
- Biped – An albatrosses legs are strong and it can walk well on land. Remind you of anything?
- One Night Standers – These huge birds never stick to an annual migration and they disperse widely after breeding. It could be said that some humans might end up doing that too….
- Diet – Albatrosses predominantly eat fish, crustaceans and offal. I’m not sure if I can say, for sure, that there are any humans that predominantly eat those things. But at least I can say that they are edible for us. Also, some different species have different appetites. For example; the Black-footed Albatross mainly eats fish whereas the Laysan feeds on squid. So humans have different taste buds and evidently Albatrosses do as well! Lastly, they also eat during the day which most humans do.
- The Empire – Some Albatrosses create huge colonies on big islands and nest there all happily together, whereas some may keep in smaller groups to nest their chicks. We could compare this to towns and cities that humans build together to raise their young and live in, all happily together.
- Family Rituals – Young Albatrosses will join colonies that teach their special mating dances, that their family is famous for, to get ready for their first breeding season. This seems to me as though the parents are passing on their knowledge and wisdom to the younger generation which could also be said for humans. Pass on the baton of the genes!
- Blame it on the Boogie – The dance that albatrosses decide to use to impress their mating partner is said to include preening, pointing, calling and staring. For one, humans can do all of those things and also some people like to attract others with their sweet moves.
- Endless Love – Just to let you know that I am a hopeless romantic and so when I read that an albatross will find a partner and their bond will last for life I go a bit mushy. In my mind I like to wish that all humans would love each other for their whole entire lives but I guess we love our family for that long. Also, these two lovebirds (excuse the pun) will then create their own language between them to be able to communicate. They do this in order to make sure that their partner is the one and also because if you’re going to have a baby with someone you need to be certain that they are the right candidate. I like to think that humans choose their partners wisely, like this.
- Trouble in Paradise – Now, not all love can last. So with an albatross if they are repeatedly failing to breed with their partner they will essentially “divorce”. I think we can relate this to humans in the way that it can be difficult for a couple when they fail to reproduce with each other.
- Growing Up – Once a pair of albatrosses have a chick they then raise it up, by feeding it and guarding it, until it is large enough to defend itself and I think that humans raise their children in exactly the same way.
A IS FOR AARDVARK
1. Evading Enemies – The first similarity I came across when I was trying to compare an aardvark to a human being was one of the skills it uses to try and evade enemies. Apparently, an aardvark can run in a zigzag fashion to get away from anything that is threatening it. I thought I could draw from human nature and say that this could also be the case for some people. I know that if I was in trouble I would run away from evil in a zigzag pattern!
2. Last Resort – Wikipedia also said that “if all else fails, they will strike with their claws, tail and shoulders, sometimes flipping onto their backs lying motionless except to lash out with all four feet.” Now I think that this is a slightly farfetched reaction to danger for a human, (also we don’t have tails) but I could imagine throwing myself onto my back, if ever I was in trouble, to then flail my four limbs around!
3. Cucumbers – Another similarity is that they eat cucumbers and use them to provide moisture for themselves. Humans take this to the next level and even moisturise their skin by putting cucumbers on their faces!
4. Hunting – The way that aardvarks hunt is also similar, in some ways, to how I imagine humans would. They set off just after sunset which would be known as “dinner time” to us. So our tummies get rumbly at the same time! Smell and hearing are big factors in their hunting technique and I believe that humans would be listening to their surroundings pretty closely if they were to hunt for food.
5. Late Night Partiers – Also, they seem to be pretty active during the first portion of the night and get tired as it gets later. I’m not sure about you, but during a night out this is exactly how I behave!
6. Grunting – An aardvark is usually quiet although it does make soft grunting noises when looking for food, which I believe all humans do! I mean have you been in a supermarket!? Also, it grunts when it gets home, which after a hard days work is the case for a lot of people!
7. Good swimmers – Aardvarks swim and so can some humans.
8. Interior Design – Aardvarks renovate their homes/burrows to make them cosy and comfortable. I am a human and I also like my house to look nice!
9. Several Houses – If aardvarks were human they would be pretty rich because they build several burrows for different uses. I think that some humans could probably afford to do this (building-wise) as well!
10. Family Homes – Aardvarks can all live together as a family in their homes or on their own, which is similar to how some humans may live.
11. Babies – When aardvark babies are born they come out all wrinkly which could be similar to some human babies!
12. Puberty – Also, after 5-6 weeks their body hair starts growing which could be compared to puberty.