Did you know that jellyfish have no hearts or that mice can sense sadness? Artist Brooke Barker uses animal facts like these to create her whimsical yet melancholy illustrations. “I’ve been illustrating these adorably sad facts and sharing them online for less than 2 months, and so far 6,500 people on Instagram have learned and laughed, and gotten slightly depressed,” she says. Here are some of our favourites:

Sad Animal Facts Elephant 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Jellyfish 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Bear 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Snail 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Leech 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Snake 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Fox 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Mouse 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Crow 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Giraffe 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Lemur 2015 06 05
Sad Animal Facts Dragonfly 2015 06 05

All images © Brooke Barker. For more visit SadAnimalFacts.com or connect with Brooke on Instagram.