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Interesting Animal Facts (Astound Your Friends)

Categories: Animals

History

The very first animal is believed to be the sponge.

A velociraptor was less than three feet tall, about the size of a wild turkey.

Groups

A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
A group of owls is called a parliament.
A group of ravens is called a murder.
A group of bears is called a sleuth.
Twelve or more cows is called a flink.

Danger, Will Robinson

More people are killed annually by donkeys than in airplane crashes.

You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

The whitetail deer causes more harm to humans than any other animals do because of the number of traffic accidents that they are involved in.

On average, sharks kill 10 humans every year.  Approximately 100 people die each year when they are stepped on by cows.

You're 20 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be bit by a rattlesnake.

Sex

A swan is the only bird with a penis.

If a female ferret goes into heat but can’t get any sex, she will die of aplastic anemia.

All clams are born as males.  A clam can change to become a female, but only once, and the change is irreversible.

Birds

Hummingbirds have an incredibly fast metabolism which means they are always just a few hours away from starvation.

The Albatross has a wing span of up to 14 feet and only needs to land once every couple of years to breed.  They can travel hundreds of thousands of miles each flight.

The dodo was first discovered in 1507 - 100 years later it was hunted to extinction.

Bugs

Mosquitoes have 47 teeth.

The study of ants is called myrmecology.  A worker ant will live for up to 5 years, while a queen will live up to 25 years.

A bee must visit 4,000 flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.

A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn in a day.


Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.

Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 one-liter bottles.

A frightened dog puts it's tail between it's legs because it covers the scent glands in the anal area.  Since the anal glands carry personal scents that identify individual dogs, the tail-between the-legs behavior is the canine equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

Polar bears cannot be detected by infrared cameras, due to their transparent fur.

A hippo can run faster than man.

A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

A rhinocerus can outrun a horse, but not for long.

When two dogs approach each other, the dog which wags its tail very slowly is in charge.

Cats rarely meow at each other.  Meowing is reserved for "speaking" with humans.

During World War II, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs.

When opossums are playing opossum, they are not "playing".  They actually pass out from sheer terror.

Americans spend more money on dog food each year then they do on baby food.

Marine

  • The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever lived on earth. It tips the scales at a whopping 170 tons - that's the same as about 22 elephants.
  • Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
  • Its heart is the size of a small car
  • Its largest blood vessels are wide enough for an adult to swim through without much difficulty.

The leech has 32 brains.


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