There’s no doubt that the average human consider animals to be intellectually and mentally inferior to humankind mainly because of our scientific, technological, intellectual, and medical advancements. However, therehave been timeswhere animals have been valuable to our own history. We humans may be at the top of the food chain, but we can’t deny that our very own existence is largely due to animals in some way form or another and nowhere is it more clear than in these 25 incredible animals that shaped human history.
20. Ham The Chimp
Ham the Chimp was named after the Holloman Aerospace Medical Center and became a huge celebrity all over America. He ended up on the cover of Life magazine after his Project Mercury mission labeled MR-2, which launched him into orbit on January 31, 1961. Ham learned to pull levers to receive banana pellets and avoid electric shocks and thus he successfully became the first animal to actually interact with a space vessel rather than simply ride in it.
15. Robert The Bruce’s Inspirational Spider
We all know Robert the Bruce today (because ofBraveheart)as one of the most famous Scottish warriors ever and the man who led his country during the heroic Wars of Scottish Independence against England. However, before he become one of Scotland’s greatest heroes he had suffered a few humiliating losses which made him hide in a cave on Rathlin Island during the winter of 1306. There he observed a spider trying to build a web across the cave walls only to have the harsh winter weather tear its work down every day. Nonetheless, the spider never quit, and one day, the web held fast. Robert was so inspired by the spider’s persistence that he returned to war with the English, determined to fight for Scotland until his country was free.
10. The Crocodiles That “Fought” in WWII Alongside the Allies
The South Pacific during World War II holds the distinction for being an especially savage killing ground the likes of which humankind had never seen before or since. Yet one of the bloodiest, most horrifying massacres in the history of the war came not at the hands of humans, but from the jaws of the animal kingdom. The Battle of Ramree Island, which was fought for six weeks during January and February 1945, entered The Guinness Book of World Records for the “Most Fatalities in a Crocodile Attack.” According to various estimations, anywhere from five hundred to almost a thousand Japanese soldiers were slaughtered by thousands of saltwater crocodiles that were lying in wait in the inland swamps, thus shaping military history as no other animal has.
5. The Birds That Inspired The Invention Of The Robot
Archytas, an ancient Greek mathematician and scientist who lived around 430-350 BCE, is also known as “the Father of the First Robot,” but if it wasn’t for his fascination with and love for birds, especially pigeons, he would never have earned such a flattering title. See, in his quest to learn how birds fly, Archytas created his own steam-powered wooden “pigeon,” because he believed that it would help him better understand how real birds fly. Despite the fact that Archytas created the artificial bird for a different purpose, he accidentally gave to the world the first robot and flying machine.