25 Sad Facts About Animals That Might Make You Shed A Tear

Posted by , Updated on March 22, 2024

You’ve probably seen a commercial or two of animals behind cages with a sad song playing in the background begging you to cry a long with them…and sure enough you do. After all, few things are sadder in this world than an innocent animal going through pain and suffering. What you are about to experience may not be as sad as these commercials (unless you’re really, really, really sensitive) because except for a few genuinely depressing facts…RIP Flipper…the sadness we are referring to with this list is more of the funny/cute kind. Nevertheless, if you’re not careful, these facts may induce some tears (so be sure to watch this video with some tissues around…you know, just in case). With that said, these are 25 sad facts about animals that might make you shed a tear.



A group of seagulls is called a wreck

seagullsSource: redbubble.com, Image: wikipedia

Most young crocodiles won't become adults because the color of their skin makes them stand out to predators

crocodileSource: tumblr.com, Image: wikipedia

The dolphin that played Flipper committed suicide by refusing to breathe (dolphins are voluntary breathers).

dolphinSource: oddee.com, Image: wikipedia

Starving mice will eat themselves

mouseSource: animalcorner.co.uk, Image: wikipedia

Jellyfish evaporate in sunlight

jellyfishSource: omgfacts.com, Image: wikipedia

The first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during WWII killed the only elephant in the zoo

elephantSource: tumblr, Image: wikipedia

In 1740 a French cow was hung to death for sorcery

cowSource: buzzfeed.com, Image: wikipedia

If a sheep is not sheared, the weight of its wool will cause the sheep to fall over and starve to death

sheepSource: distractify, Image: wikipedia

Female ferrets will die if they don't find a mate

ferretSource: tumblr.com, Image: wikipedia

Some captive bears have been known to intentionally starve themselves to death

bearSource: buzzfeed.com, Image: wikipedia

To provide footballs for one NFL season, it requires over 3,000 cows

cowSource: distractify.com, Image: wikipedia

Tunas will suffocate if they stop swimming

tunaSource: arcamax.com, Image: wikipedia

Wolves have been known to chew off their own legs if they get caught in a trap

wolfSource: tumblr.com, Image: wikipedia

While mice eat themselves out of hunger, octopi do so out of stress

octopusSource: tonmo.com, Image: wikipedia

Mice can sense sadness in other mice which makes them sad too

miceSource: wired.com, Image: wikipedia

Garden lizards have been known to eat their own tails for calcium

Garden lizardsSource: tumblr.com, Image: wikipedia

On average, mayflies live less than one day

mayflySource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

A sea turtle will never meet its mother

sea turtleSource: conserveturtles.com, Image: wikipedia

Salt creek tiger beetles live underground for their whole lives until just before they die

Salt creek tiger beetleSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Octopi live alone and only leave home when absolutely necessary

octopusSource: vanaqua.org, Image: wikipedia

Roadrunners cry to get rid of excess salt

roadrunnerSource: mentalfloss.com, Image: wikipedia

Like octopi, foxes spend most of their lives alone

foxSource: wildernessclassroom.com, Image: wikipedia

The average goldcrest will never have a birthday (they only live 8 months)

goldcrestSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

Cicadas spend up to 17 years underground

cicadaSource: dailymail.co.uk, Image: wikipedia

Each year thousands of greyhounds are euthanized because they lack racing potential

greyhoundSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia