Incredible Animal Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Before

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Incredible Animal Facts

Incredible Animal Facts :In This article you will Know amazing facts about animals and birds and Learn about interesting facts about animals with pictures that are Really amazing facts about animals.

Koalas

Koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary BrisbaneManon van Os/Shutterstock

These slow-moving, eucalyptus-eating marsupials native to Australia are beloved for their sweet demeanors and distinctly non-human adorableness. However, they do share one feature in common with homo sapiens: fingerprints. What’s more, their fingerprints, analyzed under a microscope, are virtually indistinguishable in the way they loop and whorl from our own. Researchers posit that koalas adapted this feature—which is also present in primates such as chimpanzees—in order to better grasp the branches they climb to forage for leaves. Check out the longest-living animals on the planet.

Elephants

Thai elephant daily bathsittitap/Shutterstock

According to Live Science, elephants have “many admirable qualities,” including a fantastic sense of smell, a seeming near-immunity to cancer, and “complex social lives.” Despite all this, here’s a crazy animal fact: elephants are unable to jump. That’s because they have what an evolutionary researcher at the Royal Veterinary College in London calls “wimpy lower-leg muscles” and inflexible ankles—conditions that also make it a challenge for them to run for more than a short distance.

Platypuses

rare & elusive australian duck billed platypus in rainforest creek,eungella nat park, mackay,queensland, australia.exotic looking beaver tailed otter footed venomous mammal tropical jungle creek riverworldswildlifewonders/Shutterstock

As silly as platypuses look, you certainly wouldn’t want to get on the bad side of one. That’s because male platypuses have a wacky defense mechanism that’s on par with the rest of their wacky appearance. The heels of their back feet have spurs that can release venom, making these wild animals one of the few types of poisonous mammals. While the venom isn’t strong enough to kill a human, it’s extremely painful and can cause swelling and even hyperventilation, and that’s definitely enough to make platypuses one of the innocent-looking animals that are actually dangerous.

The sloth on the treeParkol/Shutterstock

You probably think of sloths as one of the slowest wild animals out there—and they are pretty slow, to be sure! But they actually have a neat talent that you may not know about. They’re skilled swimmers—and they swim about three to four times faster than they usually move! According to Live Science, they do the breaststroke just like humans do, and it’s a vital skill for them to survive in rainforests that have a tendency to flood. If you thought it wasn’t possible for sloths to get any cuter, just imagine one swimming! Or take a look at these adorable sloth pictures you need in your life.

Whales

Humpback Whales pacific OceanChris Holman/Shutterstock

These massive aquatic mammals cannot actually breathe underwater—they have to periodically return to the surface to breathe. So that raises the question, how do they sleep? Do they sleep? Well, they do—but only half of their brains sleep at a time. Known as “unihemispheric slow-wave sleep,” this method allows the whales to get enough rest while also staying alert enough to consciously breathe and be on the lookout for any dangers.

Polar bears

Mother Polar Bear and her cub rub noses near the village of Kaktovik in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska. Polar Bears gather here in large numbers every fall.Jeff Stamer/Shutterstock

According to Polar Bears International, polar bears use an adorable, unique type of greeting—they touch noses with one another! This is also how they request to share food; a bear will approach another bear that’s feeding and touch its nose to ask permission to join in on snack time.

Two kangaroos in a fieldNathan White Images/Shutterstock

These large Australian marsupials are known for their ability to hop great distances, which is the primary way they get around. But an odd feature they have is that they can’t walk backward, partly because of the structure of their powerful rear feet and their large tails. This is the reason you’ll find a kangaroo on the Australian Coat of Arms—the designers wanted to symbolize the way the nation was only moving forward, so they picked an animal that physically can’t move backward. (The Coat of Arms also has an emu on it—emus can’t walk backwards either.)

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Sharks

Great white shark - Carcharodon carcharias, in pacific ocean near the coast of Guadalupe Island - Mexico.Marc Henauer/Shutterstock

“Just keep swimming…” sings Dory the blue tang in Finding Nemo. For some types of sharks, this is more than just a motivational saying—it’s life or death! Live Science reports that several types of sharks use a certain type of breathing that requires them to swim quickly with their mouths open, which allows oxygen to reach their gills. While some sharks can breathe even if they’re still, great white sharks, makos, and whale sharks (among others) must move constantly to take in oxygen. Check out some more fascinating (and reassuring!) facts about sharks.

Peacocks

Peacock with spread wings in profile.Viliam.M/Shutterstock

First of all, the idea that “peacock” is the correct name for all of these birds is one of the animal facts that you actually have all wrong. “Peacock” only describes the males; the females are technically called “peahens,” and both sexes are considered “peafowl.” Another interesting fact about peacocks is that they can be born with partially or completely white coloring due to a genetic mutation; this is known as leucism, and the birds are still stunning to look at!

Hyenas

Spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), also known as the laughing hyena.Vladimir Wrangel/Shutterstock

Hyenas are generally thought of and portrayed as dog-like creatures, but these wild animals are actually more closely related to cats, according to National Geographic! Their scientific classification puts them in the “Feliformia” suborder, one of two suborders in the order Carnivora. Feliformia is the “cat-like” carnivores; the other suborder, unsurprisingly, is “Caniformia.” But hyenas are still different enough from big cats to have their own separate family classification—entirely their own family, “Hyaenidae.”

Honey badgers

Honey badgerKobie Douglas/Shutterstock

Though honey badgers have developed a reputation for being ferocious and just about indestructible, partly because of their taste for poisonous snakes, they’re actually not naturally immune to poison. When they’re young, their mothers slowly introduce them to poisonous animals like tiny scorpions so that they develop an immunity. Oh, and their name might be something of a misnomer. Though they do look similar, they’re not actually closely related to European badgers; they’re actually part of the weasel family.

Toucans

Toucan on the branch in tropical forest of BrazilSJ Travel Photo and Video/Shutterstock

If these birds’ colorful appearances; uses in marketing; and huge, almost plush-looking beaks give you the impression that they’re a fun-loving species, well…you’d actually be right! According to National Geographic, as part of a mating ritual, a pair of toucans will toss fruit back and forth with their beaks! Birds of all species can have quite the sense of humor, as these 22 hilarious bird photos prove.

Male narwhal feeding on small bait fish on the surface, Admiralty Inlet, Baffin Island, Canada.wildestanimal/Shutterstock

This “sea unicorn” is a double-take-worthy creature if there ever was one. And learning facts about narwhals doesn’t make them any less bizarre! In fact, get a load of this weird fact: The “horn” or “tusk” that makes them so famous is actually a tooth! It juts right through the male narwhal’s upper lip and reportedly plays a role in attracting a mate. Expand your knowledge of weird animal facts by learning about the strangest animal found in your state.

Quokka

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These smiley Australian mammals are all over Instagram, but they’re more than a pretty face! The creatures are native to the western Australian island of Rottnest, a nature preserve where freshwater is scarce. Luckily, though, these little guys can survive for a full month without drinking water, mainly because their diet includes leaves and vegetation that contain a lot of moisture. Quokkas easily make our list of absolutely adorable wild animals that give puppies a run for their money.

Lemurs

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Though there are more than 100 different species of lemur, lemurs are considered among the most critically endangered mammals in the world due to their low overall number. Some of the most notable types of these Madagascar-dwelling creatures are the ring-tailed lemurs, whose tails are longer than their bodies, and the blue-eyed black lemur, which, according to the San Diego Zoo, is the only primate besides humans that can have blue eyes.

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Bearded dragons

Bearded Dragon - Posing like a champ on a large boulder with soft focus green foliage in the backgroundRyan Ladbrook/Shutterstock

With a name like that, you’d think these creatures would be the epitome of ferocity—and they certainly look pretty intimidating, to be sure. But, according to PetSmart, they’re actually quite friendly, and they have the adorable quirk of waving their arms in an almost human-like manner to demonstrate recognition.

Butterflies

Madagascan Sunset Moth (Chrysiridia rhipheus) , One of world's most impressive coloful and beautiful with iridescent parts of the wings. Selective focus, blurred nature green background. ButterflyMark Brandon/Shutterstock

Although butterflies have long, tube-like tongues called probosces they unfurl so they can suck in flower nectar, their ability to taste does not come from their mouths. Rather, it lies in their feet. According to the San Diego Zoo, this allows them to discern which flowers they land on are the right ones for laying their eggs on. “[B]y standing on a leaf, they can taste it to see if their caterpillars can eat it,” says the zoo’s website. Learn more fascinating facts about these beautiful creatures.

 

Bunnies

Cute bunny rabbit in colorful meadowRichard Peterson/Shutterstock

Sure, they’ve got those long ears, all the better to hear you with—as AskNature.com points out, they can rotate these appendages 270 degrees in order to detect sounds, some from as far as two miles off, in almost every direction. But they also serve another valuable purpose: they shed heat, allowing rabbits, which can’t sweat like humans or pant like dogs, to stay cool in the summer.

Pigeons

Funny bird standing and relaxing in Barcelona,spain.Mostlysunny/Shutterstock

Some people call these common urban residents—also, and more accurately, known as rock doves —”rats with wings.” And that’s giving this incredible, intelligent species short shrift. Not only can pigeons be trained to deliver messages across great distances, but researchers at Keio University in Tokyo discovered they could also be trained to distinguish between the paintings of Monet, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cézanne, and Renoir. Now that’s an incredible animal fact!

Dolphins

dolphinsHalyna Parinova/Shutterstock

Incredible as this animal fact may seem, dolphins call each other by “name.” Research at the University of St. Andrews found that dolphins can call out to other dolphins by mimicking the distinct whistle of the dolphin they want.

Manatees

manatee close up portrait underwaterAndrea Izzotti/Shutterstock

Also known as sea cows, these plump, distant elephant relatives can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds. They’re also vegetarian, which means that in order to have enough energy to swim around ocean shallows in places such as Florida, they have to eat 10 percent of their body weight every single day. That’s a whole lotta sea salad! Check out our guide to the oddest animals found in each state.

Manatees (part two)

West Indian Manateegary powell/Shutterstock

These gentle creatures share water space with some of the fiercest predators out there—namely, alligators. You’d think that would be bad news for manatees. But scientists report this cool animal fact: the two species coexist quite nicely. Alligators have been caught catching rides on manatees’ backs—although there’s speculation that it was the manatee benefitting, from a back scratch. And manatees aren’t shy about bumping alligators to get them to move out of their way, says PBS.

Grizzly bears

At low tide, grizzly bears come out on the mud flats in Geographic Harbor, Katmai, and use their keen sense of smell to dig for razor shall clams.Keith Michael Taylor/Shutterstock

You’re not seeing things: These powerful (and unfortunately endangered) bears do indeed have humpbacks. The hump is actually a strong muscle, says BearSmart.com, developed to help grizzlies with their digging—”ripping through the earth and tearing apart rotted logs in search of roots, plant bulbs, insects, rodents, and other grubs…[as well as]…powering them as they dig out winter dens.”

Tigers

India Bengal Tiger head looking direct to cameradangdumrong/Shutterstock

It’s perhaps common animal-fact knowledge by now that the stripes on every tiger are as individual as fingerprints or snowflakes—no two patterns alike. But did you also know that those patterns on a tiger’s fur repeat on its skin? These patterns, says National Geographic, serve as camouflage, with the stripes making it hard for prey to see all of its predator at once. It’s possible the Sumatran tiger could disappear in your lifetime. Find out 13 other animals are also at risk of becoming extinct.

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Giraffes

GiraffeZdenek Kubik/Shutterstock

These docile African ruminants, which can grow as tall as 20 feet, have a very unusual feature: Their tongues are deep purple. Although there’s lots of speculation as to the whys of the extra-dense melanin of giraffes’ mouth organs—and no hard facts—scientists believe that the dark color is to protect them from sunburn as they munch leaves all day long out in the strong sun.

Dogs

Cute, Slobbery DogElly Photography/Shutterstock

Did you ever leave your dog alone for longer than usual, only to come home and swear that she missed you more than usual? You probably weren’t imagining things. According to Animal Planet, dogs can tell the difference between one hour and five hours. They also have an innate sense of when things should happen—like their regularly-scheduled walks and meals. Find out the 19 things your dog actually wants from you.

Frogs

The wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus or Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, extending from the Boreal forest of Canada and Alaska to the southern Appalachians. Portrait macroViktor Loki/Shutterstock

Literal freezing is definitely not recommended for humans or other mammals, since it leads to, well, death. But for a species of Alaskan wood frog, freezing (mostly) solid, with two-thirds of their bodies turning to ice, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, allows them to withstand brutal winters and live until the spring. At which point, they thaw and carry on with their existence.

Houseflies

Musca domesticaBAUSRIYOSTHIYA/Shutterstock

The common household nuisance (Musca domestica) may not have any vocal cords (actually, no insects do). But that doesn’t mean it can’t make any noise. By flapping its wings 190 times per second it makes a sound at a frequency that “the human ear interprets…as a pitch along the F major scale.” Find out 13 more bizarre bug facts that will totally freak you out.

Hippos

HippoApurva Jain/Shutterstock

It turns out, giraffes aren’t the only large natives of the African continent that require protection from the powerful rays of the sun. Hippos do, too. And they actually have their own cooling system. Known as “blood sweat” (although it’s not actually blood or sweat, according to Scientific American), this oily secretion evaporates as it dries, lowering a hippos temperature. Why the name? It appears red in the sunlight.

Zebras

Zebra at Tanzania lake Manyara national parkHenrique Pacini/Shutterstock

Ever wonder why zebras have those vivid black and white stripes—since they couldn’t possibly serve to make them inconspicuous out on the Ethiopian grasslands? Oddly, the stripes do actually make these ungulates harder to see in the tall green and yellow grass. But those black and white zags have another function—they deter nasty biting horseflies, according to research published in the Royal Society Open Science journal. See if you can spot the camouflaged animals in these 17 photos.

Hummingbirds

This is a photograph of a male Anna's hummingbird hovering and visiting flowers.Freebilly Photography/Shutterstock

Tiny, iridescent hummingbirds sure move fast, darting from flower to tube-shaped flower in your backyard garden so fast you can hardly see them. But their wingbeats—of 40 to 80 every second—don’t just propel them forwards. They also help them move backward, which is a feat that no other bird can accomplish without help from the wind. Check out these 13 jaw-dropping facts about hummingbirds.

Flamingoes

Flock of Pink Caribbean flamingos in waterMarten_House/Shutterstock

It’s a strange but true animal fact that bears repeating, just because it’s so darn cool: Famously pink flamingoes aren’t pink. They’re actually born grey. And they’d stay that way, too, if it weren’t for their highly specialized diet of shrimp and blue-green algae. According to BBC’s Science Focus, these foods contain a natural dye called canthaxanthin, which causes flamingo feathers to gradually turn pink over time. Discover the 12 birds you can only spot one place in the world.

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