Does the animal you are a little in love with live under your roof? In the bottom of savannah ? In the depths of the sea? Among the favorites of the French people are, not surprisingly, species servants and above all many representatives of the fauna wild. The French’s top 10 favorite animals.
1 – The dog
Dog owners know what a golden companion the dog is. Loyal, affectionate, funny, affectionate … the dog is sometimes a happy guy, sometimes a tenderness. He does not judge people’s physique or their character, he loves his master unconditionally. His presence is both comforting and creates social bonds. As a reminder, the domestication of the animal goes back more than 35,000 years, in the Paleolithic age, in a region that is now Siberia. Hunter-collectors and the wolf (the dog’s ancestor) shared several points common whose sociability, habitat and hunt. The first uses of the dog then consisted of getting him to search for and catch game and sometimes to get him to keep camp. Thus began the story between the dog and the man.
2 – The cat
With 15 million cats in its territory, it is France is the country with the largest cat population in Europe. You should know that the domestication of the cat coincides with the emergence ofAgriculture, over 9000 years ago. At that time, the abundant harvests attracted a multitude of rats and other rodents. By chasing the pests that attacked the crops, the cat quickly became man’s friend. His precious help provided him to be welcomed in the attic of the villagers and then into theirs housing. Ancient Egyptian civilization honored cats, regardless of social class, farmers as the most powerful. Today, man provides accommodation and food for the cat, who seduces with his independence and its calming effect.
3 – The horse
The horse is one of the most beloved animals of the French, but also the most represented in art. The paintings cave reflects the fascination that the horse has always exercised on man, even before his domestication about 5000 years ago. By its physique and its temperament, the impressive mammal has had for millennia symbolic strong in many civilizations: power, wealth, freedom, virility, sexuality, speed, spirituality, beauty … Long used for warthe horse also made its contribution toAgriculture where the displaced bull and in certain factories for traction of loads heavy or towing barges. If the herbivore has also often acted as a means of transport, its role is benefit is now over. The horse is now synonymous with sports and leisure.
4 – Dolphins
The marine mammal owes its popularity (French and worldwide) to its diversity of qualities. In addition to her beautiful face marked by one to smile immutable shows the dolphin traits close to humans, such as curiosity and sociability. These social animals always move around in schools and like to play with each other, regardless of their age. The dolphin is known for its benevolence and gentleness and also has one intelligence highly developed due to a brain similar to homo sapiens. As with many primatesthe organ of the whale is proportional wholesale in relation to the basic bodily functions it requires. Equipped with important capabilities cognitivethe dolphin is very attracted to the human voice, to which it can attach very close ties.
5 – The squirrel
A teasing air, red fur and a beautiful tail in fane makes this rodent friendly in the eyes of everyone, including the French. Since always rodent is the subject of benevolence, as are the ladies who in Ancient Rome, owned domestic squirrels as pets. In his Natural History of Quadrupeds, The Count of buffon evokes the squirrel as “a beautiful little animal, who is only half-wild, and who by his kindness, by his docility, by the innocence of his own morality deserves to be spared …” Often represented with a hazelnut in the legs the mammal also appreciates the tender branches, the buds, the do young shoots, berries and fruits of the forest. His habit of storing his food in the ground plays a role beneficial because the squirrel by forgetting the location of its hiding places contributes to the renewal of the forest.
6 – Rabbits
The European Wild Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) is the only species that has been domesticated because it is said that it would be more sociable than its congener. From south in France and the Iberian Peninsula, the lagomorph was first erected in large outdoor enclosures for its meat and his fur. In the 1950s, the appearance of myxomatosis – a deadly viral disease – changed dramatically habits public consumption. Thanks to its good character, its soft fur and its funny boils, the rabbit has become very popular as an animal. domestic. Today, about sixty breeds are officially recognized out of more than 150 in total. The French Rabbit Breeding Federation classifies them as 5 categories : small, medium and large breeds, as well as dwarf and fur breeds. The largest rabbit species (Giant of Flanders) can weigh up to 5 kilos, while a dwarf rabbit such as Polish weighs just under 1 kilo.
7 – Doe
Smaller than the male and devoid of drinkingthe female deer has had a special place in the hearts of the public since the comic book of disney false published in 1942. Remember Babythe adorable little fawn whose mother had died during the battles of pistol hunters. The deer’s sad fate had moved viewers around the world, and there is no doubt that this fiction has aroused a special tenderness for the deer. You should know that, to defend her young, this mother protective does not hesitate to accuse an uninvited guest or create a diversion to keep him away from his offspring. The grace and elegance of the animal is reflected in the sweet nicknames exchanged between lovers: “my then”, “my little then” or even “my then”.
8 – The Tiger
The tiger has very muscular shoulders, strong jaws and teeth, measures up to 3 m long and weighs up to 260 kg. Its strength and impressive size make it the largest and most powerful of all felines. This fearsome carnivore is easily recognized by its magnificent orange fur striped with black. You should know that each sample has unique stripes that are comparable to our fingerprints. Although it lives far from us – in the forests and meadows of South and East Asia – the tiger fascinates the French, so they count among their favorite animals.
9 – The Panda
His two-tone fur (black and white) and his legendary slime inevitably arouse sympathy. The giant panda lives exclusively in the center of Chinain mountainous areas and forests located between 1,800 and 3,400 m above sea level, where it is thick fur protects it from the cold. With its 42 powerful teeth, the herbivore crushes easily bamboo, his sweet sin. The panda was chosen as emblem nationally by China, where it symbolizes peace and trust. Things to know: The giant panda has three occupations in life: sleeping, eating and being alone! Reproduction is not one of its priorities. Whether it is in captivity or in the wild, mating is a matter of challenge for the animal that usually does not feel like it or does not know how to approach it …
10 – The Lion
Many civilizations have consecrated the lion, the embodiment of strength, nobility and beauty. That veneration of ancient Egypt for the wild beast is also reflected on Sphinx, a famous creature with a lion’s body and a human head. Second largest feline in the world after tigerthe mammal is distinguished by its fur of sand or dark ocher color and above all by its thick and flamboyant mane. Slightly lazy and despite a physique cut out for hunting, the lion remains available most of the day. Most of the time he lets the lioness bring the prey back, but helps himself first. It is well known that the king of beasts takes the brethren!