Some Interesting Animal Facts
March 18, 2011
Sharks are immune to almost all known diseases.
A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first animals to fly in a hot air balloon.
A giraffe’s ½ metre tongue is long enough to clean its own ears.
The sea horse is the only animal where the male gives birth.
The word ‘Chihuahua’ means ‘tiny dog in the sky’.
Camels have 4 hearts, one per leg
The eel-shark is the only animal capable of turning itself inside out.
Rhino horns are made of hair.
Humans are the only animal that can walk backwards.
The spine-tailed swift (also known as the white-throated needletail) sometimes fly so fast that they split in half.
The only definitive way to tell the difference between a frog and a toad is by taste.
Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
Certain Chinese and American alligators survive the winter by freezing their heads in ice.
The giant octopus has such heavy legs that they fall off if it is lifted out of the water.
All butterflies are cross-eyed.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall off.
Crabs outnumber humans 7 million to 1.
Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
Polar bears will not attack women.
Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food.
All wolves are deaf.
The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.
Once a peacock bites you, it never lets go – even after it has died.
Leopards can’t see milk.
Fleas have killed more humans than all the wars ever fought.
Most bees are allergic to honey.
If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop.
Macaw eggs always hatch clockwise in the nest, starting from the south east.
Leeches have 32 brains.
Wasp stings are made of glass.
Male scorpions are born with wings that fall off once they have mated.
All elephants walk on tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.
Bird’s nests are 80% water.
Bats can’t walk.
Tadpoles are more intelligent than guinea pigs.
Birds couldn’t survive in space as they need gravity to swallow.
Dolphins are the only animal, other than humans, that have been observed showing racist behaviour.
A donkey will sink in quicksand but a mule won’t.
The North-African wildebeest is the only mammal that doesn’t need oxygen to survive.
Killer whales kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.
Most dogs are taller at night than in the day.
Bats always turn left when leaving a cave.
The word ‘alligator’ comes from the Pakistani for ‘delicious lady’.
When a giraffe’s baby is born it falls from a height of six feet, normally without being hurt.
According to experts, whale songs rhyme.
Penguins don’t believe in death.
Due to its ability to completely flatten its body, a Leptothorax minutissimus ant can never be crushed.
A cat has a higher chance of surviving a fall from a 20th story window than from a 7th story window.