Animal Facts

The placement of the eyes of a donkey enables them to see all four of their legs at all times.

One million stray dogs and 500,000 stray cats live in New York City metropolitan area.

The swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.

In general, Asiatic jerboas have five toes on their back feet and African jerboas have three.

There are over 70,000 types of spiders spinning their webs in the world.

The hippopotamus’s skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as ‘pink sweat’.

Heron’s eggs have a greenish-blue pale color.

The slowest fish is the sea horse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph (0.016 km/h).

The average dolphin eats one-third of its weight on food each day.

Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years.

Noctule bats fly before sunset, whereas Pipistrelles appear soon after sunset.

The Mayans and Aztecs symbolised every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.

The most popular female dog name is Maggie. The most popular male dog name is Max.

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.

A herd of sixty cows is capable of producing a ton of milk in less than a day.

The world’s smallest dog was a Yorkshire Terrier, which weighed just four ounces.

The very first bomb that the Allies dropped on Berlin in World War Two hit an elephant.

No two tigers ever have the same stripes, and this is how individual tigers can be identified.

The flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. This is equal to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York.

Fireflies do not bite or have pincers. Fireflies are harmless, they don’t even carry diseases.

A bat can eat up to 1,000 insects per hour.

Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs.

Killer whales are not whales at all, rather a species of dolphin.

The kangaroo’s ancestors lived in trees. Today there are eight different kinds of tree kangaroos.

Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!

A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.

A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

On average, cows poop 16 times per day!

A python can swallow a rabbit whole and may eat as many as 150 mice in a six-month period.

The hippopotamus is born underwater.

Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any living creature.

Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine!

Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.

Dik-diks weigh between three and six kilogrammes.

A chicken with red ear lobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes will produce white eggs.

Cows from different areas have a different moo accent.

Cheetahs were trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC.

A giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.

Goats and octopus’ pupils of their eyes are rectangular.

There are over 2700 types of snakes in the world and they live in deserts, forests, oceans, streams, lakes.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making it the fastest swimmer.

There is only one pink bottlenose dolphin which has been discovered, in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA.

Yellowtail is the general name for loads of different species of fish that have yellow tails or a yellow body.

Giraffe hearts pump twice as hard as a cow’s to get blood to its brain.

In Croatia, scientists discovered that lampposts were falling down because a chemical in the urine of male dogs was rotting the metal.

Only half of a dolphin’s brain sleeps at a time. The other awake half makes the dolphin come up for air when needed to prevent drowning.

‘Jaws’ is the most common name for a goldfish.

The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain.

Cows have one large stomach that is divided into four compartments to go through the different stages of digestion.

To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.

Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.

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

A whale’s heart beats only nine times a minute.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

Elephants don’t drink through their trunks like a straw.

Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, this is known as the exoskeleton.

A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.

Agrizoophobia is the fear of wild animals.

The Irish deer is the largest deer to have ever existed. It went into extinction approximately 7,700 years ago.

There is a shark called ‘goblin shark’ which has only been seen around 50 times since its discovery in 1897.

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