Top 5 famous animals in the world
1. Shrek, the Merino Sheep
Male Merino sheep are usually sheared every year due to the large amount of wool they produce. Shrek, however, left Bendigo Station in 1998 and lived off the land, despite little food. When he was discovered in 2004, wool covered more than 75 percent of his body with his coat, weighing 60 pounds. Shrek became a huge celebrity in New Zealand. His shearing was even on live television with the sheared fleece raising $150,000 for children’s medical charities.
2. Dolly, The Sheep
Dolly is one of the most famous animals in the world. It was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal cloned from an adult somatic cell, using the process of nuclear transfer. It sadly suffered from progressive lung illness and died February 14, 2003. She represents major advances in medicine as well as technology.
3. Laika, The Dog
Laika (1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet space dog. He became one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. Laika, a stray dog from the streets of Moscow, was selected to be the occupant of the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957. Unfortunately it had been rushed. Although the official story was that she had died from oxygen deprivation, experts announced in 2002 that she really died from excess stress and heat after several hours into the flight. Laika is one of the famous animals, we can find memorials of the dog in Star City, Russia.
4. Cher Ami, The Pigeon
During World War I and World War II, the U.S. military enlisted more than 200,000 pigeons to conduct surveillance and relay messages. One such pigeon, Cher Ami (“Dear Friend” in French), flew for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during WWI. He flew 12 important messages before being struck by enemy fire. Despite being shot in the breast and leg, he managed to deliver the message, which was found dangling from his shattered leg. His brave dedication to the mission led to the rescue of 194 soldiers in Major Charles Whittlesey’s “Lost Battalion.”
5. Ham, The Chimp
One of the most famous animals in the world is Ham. Ham, also known as the Astrochimp, was born in July of 1956 and went to Holloman Air Force Base at age three. People also knew him as Chop Chop Chang and No. 65 and boarded a space capsule after extensive training. Due to his ability to push levers and his space suit, he survived a space journey lasting 16 minutes 39 seconds with just a bruised nose. This mission allowed Freedom 7 to make its mission in May 1961. Ham lived happily with his fame until his death in 1983.