Wednesday, 18 March 2015

animal facts-4

  1. 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!
  2. Flamingos are pink because shrimp is one of their main sources of food.
  3. The Mayans and Aztecs symbolised every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.
  4. When a male tiger and female lion mate they make a tigon, when a male lion and female tiger mate they make a liger.
  5. French poodles did not originate in France – they came from Germany.
  6. The breeding age for male goats is between 8-10 months.
  7. Elephants don’t drink through their trunks like a straw.
  8. Baby whales grow to a 1/3 of their mother’s length in the womb.
  9. Goats do not have teeth in their upper front jaw.
  10. Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin than cow’s milk.
  11. Turkeys have a poor sense of smell, but excellent sense of taste.
  12. Cats can hear ultrasound.
  13. Tuna fish can swim 40 miles in a single day.
  14. Bumblebees have hair on their eyes.
  15. Penguins can jump 6 feet out of water.
  16. Giraffe hearts pump twice as hard as a cow’s to get blood to its brain.
  17. Blue whales have large enough aortas (the main blood vessel) for a human to crawl through.
  18. Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water!
  19. More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the US at Thanksgiving.
  20. Baby whales can gain up to 200 pounds per day.
  21. Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.
  22. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  23. Cat owners are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack.
  24. Barn owls hunt mostly small mammals such as the short-tailed vole.
  25. ducks quack does echo, it’s just almost impossible to hear.
  26. A cheetahs lifespan is up to 12 years in the wild.
  27. Shark corneas are being used in human eye transplants.
  28. Dogs are about as smart as a two or three-year-old child.
  29. Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, this is known as the exoskeleton.
  30. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders.
  31. Polar bears are the world’s largest land predators.
  32. Hippos attract mates by urinating and defecating.
  33. Butterflies can only see the colours redgreen and yellow.
  34. Yellowtail is the general name for loads of different species of fish that have yellow tails or a yellow body.
  35. There are roughly twenty-four thousand species of butterflies.
  36. A dik-dik is a tiny antelope that lives in East Africa, Namibia and Angola.
  37. Dik-diks weigh between three and six kilogrammes.
  38. Female polar bears normally start having baby cubs at the age of four or five.
  39. Fireflies are also known as lightning bugs.
  40. Noctule bats fly before sunset, whereas Pipistrelles appear soon after sunset.
  41. In general, Asiatic jerboas have five toes on their back feet and African jerboas have three.
  42. Even though a polar bears average body temperature is 37°C; they don’t give off any detectable heat, so they won’t show up in infrared photographs.
  43. Dogs can see better when the light is low.
  44. Dumbledore isn’t only the Headmaster of Hogwarts; in fact a dumbledore is an old English term for a type of bee.
  45. Most young fireflies feed on nectar and pollen, although adult fireflies do not need to eat to survive.
  46. 79% of pet owners sleep with their pets.
  47. Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors.
  48. Many species of owls have special feathers for flying silently.
  49. An elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.
  50. The animal on the Firefox logo is not a fox, but a red panda.