Nature is filled with many surprises. There are hundreds of different creatures in this world and animal kingdom is an indeed diverse place. There is an estimated 8.7 million species of animals on the earth. Here is a list of some amazing, bizarre and weird facts about animals.
Fact #1 Wolves can go without eating for more than a week.
Fact #2 It is believed that wolves were first tamed in east asia around 15000 years ago.
Fact #3 Beachcombing Wolves in Canada swim between islands and eat crabs, clams and other animals.
Fact #4 Grey wolves are planets most widespread large land mammals after humans and livestock.
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Fact #5 Elephants are the largest land animals. They can recognize themselves- something a very few animals can do. They sleep only 2 or 3 hours each day.
Fact #6 They make powerful low-frequency rumblings to communicate over long distance. One of the world’s most expensive coffee brands is made from the dung of Thai elephants.
Fact #7 Baby elephants are dependent on their mother’s milk for the first 2 years of their life. Mouse sperm is larger than elephant sperm.
Fact #8 Elephants may revist the bones of the deceased for years, touching them with their trunks. After a death, elephant family members show sign of grief.
Fact #9 Structures in elephants brains are similar to those of humans. Edison electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to prove Tesla’s AC current was dangerous.
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Fact #10 The bald Eagle has a wingspan of 8 feet.
Fact #11 The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. They were removed from the endangered spieces list in 1995.
Fact #12 Their nest can reach 10 feet across and 20 feet deep.
Fact #13 Bald ealges can dive up to 100 miles an hour to snatch a fish from the water.
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Fact #14 Polar beer have black skin under their white fur.
Fact #15 Polar bears clean themselves by rolling in the snow.
Fact #16 Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell. They can detect seals nearly a mile away (1.6 km)
Fact #17 Polar bears have 42 teeth.
Fact #18 Polar bears can reach speeds up to 40 kph (25 mph) on land and 10 kph (6 mph) in water.
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Fact #19 Fox can use their tails to communicate with other foxes. Foxes stink, their funny ‘musky’ smell comes from scent glands at the base of their tail
Fact #20 Foxes are found on every continent except Antarctica.
Fact #21 Foxes are nocturnal animals that means they hunt in the night and sleep during the day. Their eyes are specially adapted to night vision.
Fact #22 Foxes are also very fast. They can run up to 65 kph (40 mph)
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Fact #23 Koalas often return to the trees they consider their territory.
Fact #24 Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day. They eat eucalypt leaves and almost nothing else
Fact #25 Koalas store leaves in their cheek pouches to eat them later.
Fact #26 Koalas are excellent swimmers. They have fingerprints similar to humans.
Fact #27 A koala’s gestation period lasts 33 to 35 days. A koala’s brain is only 0.2% of its body weight. A baby koala is called a ‘joey
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Fact #28 A Giraffe’s heart weighs about 25 pounds. Males can grow up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.
Fact #29 They smell bad, it may be possible that odour repels ticks and fungus. Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. Their tongues grow up to 21 inches (53 cm) in length.
Fact #30 Giraffes only need 5 to 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period. “Giraffe” is a relatively new term. Before the 1600s they were known as “Camelopards”.
Fact #31 Giraffes can go longer without drinking water than camels can. They only need to drink once every few days. Most of their water comes from all the plants they eat.
Fact #32 Giraffe gestation lasts 400 to 460 days. Before Mating, the Female Giraffe Will First Urinate in the Male’s Mouth. Male giraffes determine if a female is fertile by tasting their urine.
Fact #33 Giraffe are already extinct in at least seven countries in Africa.
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Fact #34 A typical Panda eats half of the day a full 12 out of every 24 hours and relieves itself dozens of times a day.
Fact #35 It takes 28 pounds of bamboo to satisfy a giant panda’s daily dietary. needs. 99% of a Panda’s diet consists of bamboo.
Fact #36 Panda are skilled tree-climbers and efficient swimmers. They walk with their front paws turned inward. Pandas have one of the highest bite forces of any carnivore.
Fact #37 Female pandas are fertile only up to 3 days a year and during this period she will mate dozens of times with multiple males. In a bid to encourage Pandas to mate, Chinese scientists have experimented with “panda porn”, explicit videos of pandas mating.
Fact #38 Giant pandas are born tiny weighing about 100g or 4 ounces, blind, white and helpless. The mother cradles her tiny cub in a paw and doesn’t leave the den for several days.
Fact #39 All pandas in the world are on loan from China
Fact #40 Cheetahs are the only big cats which can not roar. They are smaller than other members of the big cat family, weighing only 45 – 60 kilograms.
Fact #41 The fastest land animal in the world, a cheetah can reach 112km/h in just three seconds.
Fact #42 Mortality rate of cheetah cubs in africa is almost 95 percent. Cheetahs cannot climb trees and have poor night vision.
Fact #43 Asiatic Cheetahs live only in a remote corner of Iran. They only need to drink once every three to four days
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Fact #44 Tiger’s roar can be heard as far as two miles away. Tigers that breed with lions give birth to hybrids known as “tigons” and “ligers.”
Fact #45 The Bengal TIger is India’s National Animal. White tigers carry a gene that is only present in around 1 in every 10,000 tigers.
Fact #46 Wild TIgers are in drastic decline, perhaps only 3000 left. A dead adult male tiger can sell for US$10,000 or more on the black market.
Fact #47 Cats share 95.6% of their DNA with tigers. The stripes on each tiger are unique, like human fingerprints.
Fact #48 Tigers wait until dark to hunt. Their night vision is six times better than that of humans. Less than 10% of tiger’s hunts end successfully.