Strange Animal Facts and Talents
ANIMALS... THEY AREN'T JUST DELICIOUS...
-Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
-Houseflies don't allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.
-A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.
-Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes.
-Ostriches can run faster than horses.
-A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.
-Bats are the only mammals that can fly.
-The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.
-Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height. This is equivalent to a human jumping the Empire State Building.
-Kangaroos use their tails for balance, so if you lift a kangaroo's tail off the ground, it can't hop.
-The only dog that doesn't have a pink tongue is the chow.
-On average, there are 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.
-Turtles, water snakes, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, whales, and other water going creatures will drown if kept underwater too long.
-Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause - the other two being humpback whales and human females.
-Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year simply by forgetting where they put their acorns.
-Almost half the pigs in the world are kept by farmers in China.
-When playing with female puppies, male puppies will often let them win, even if they have a physical advantage.
-Koala bears eat eucalyptus leaves and almost nothing else.
-On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.
-Snakes are carnivores, which means they only eat animals, often small ones such as insects, birds, frogs and other small mammals.
-Because beavers' teeth never stop growing, they must constantly gnaw on objects to keep them at a manageable length. Their teeth would eventually grow into their brain if they didn't maintain them.
-Macaques in Japan have learnt to use coins to buy vending machine snacks.
-In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone's ear while they're moose hunting.
-In China, killing a Panda is punishable by death.
-Butterflies have two compound eyes consisting of thousands of lenses, yet they can only see the colors red, green and yellow.
-The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.
-Rats laugh when tickled.
-Some male songbirds sing more than 2000 times each day.
-A snail can grow back a new eye if it loses one.
-Dolphins have names for each other.
-The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales and human females.
-Puffins mate for life. They make their homes on cliff sides and set aside room for their toilet.
-You can tell a turtle's gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt and females hiss.
-The chicken and fish are the only animals that are eaten before they are born and after they die.
-A study measuring the effects of music found that cows produce more milk when listening to soothing music. They produce the most when listening to R.E.M's "Everybody Hurts".
-Giraffes have no vocal cords and their tongues are blue-black in color.
-A tarantula can survive for more than two years without food.
-Oysters can change gender depending on which is best for mating.
-For every human in the world there are one million ants.
-Seahorses mate for life, and when they travel they hold each other's tails.
-Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any living creature. No wonder Japan wants to kill them all.
-If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will become pale.
-Before chicks hatch, they can communicate with each other and their mother through a system of sounds.
-Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.
-Dogs' nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.
-The average fox weighs 14 pounds.
-Turritopsis nutricula Immortal jellyfish is the only species known to live forever.
-Alligators can live up to 100 years.
-Crows are so intelligent they can play pranks on each other.
-A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.
-Studies have shown that goats have accents.
-Contrary to popular belief, French poodles actually originated in Germany.
-During World War II, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs.
-Squirrels will adopt other squirrels babies if they are abandoned.
-To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaw, push your thumb into its eyeballs - it will let you go instantly.
-A lobster's blood isn't red like ours. It's light blue. It has copper in it, not iron. Iron makes blood red.
-Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and their wings can beat at up to 80 times per second.
-It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.
-Cats are amazing at twitching and turning their ears in all kinds of directions. Cats have 32 muscles working each ear. Humans only have six.
-Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!
-Starfish have two stomachs - one inside like ours and a second one they can push outside their mouth to trap big chunks of food. When they're done eating, starfish pull this second one back inside.
-The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down.
-What's inside a camel's hump? Most people think water but it's actually fat. Big, juicy back fat. This gives camels energy if they run out of food.
-Ants never sleep. Also they don't have lungs.
-Sharks don't have any bones. They have softer, more bendable
-A group of owls is called a parliament.
-The tentacles of the giant Arctic jellyfish can grow to 120 feet long.
-Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 liter bottles.
-There are more chickens in the world than any other kind of bird.
-Apple and pear seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.
-Sharks' teeth aren't really teeth - they're scales, like the scales on the outside of most fish.
-An anteater is nearly 6 feet long, yet its mouth is only an inch wide.
-Armadillos can walk under water.
-A herd of sixty cows is capable of producing a ton of milk in less than a day.
-There are more than 1,000 kinds of bats in the world.
-A grasshopper can leap 20 times the length of its own body.
-Guinea pigs aren't pigs at all but rodents, like rats. Some people think they got their name because they squeal like pigs do.
-At birth, baby kangaroos are only about an inch long.
-The smell of a skunk can be detected by a human a mile away.
-There is a butterfly in Africa with enough poison in its body to kill six cats.