Interesting Animal Facts

There is one thing I admire most in this world and know the most about, and that is animals. I am omniscient in the field of zoology, and I take great pride in my love for and knowledge of all of the fauna that inhabit this planet alongside us humans. I am always craving an adventure in the wild habitats of the creatures that I research about on a daily basis (it’s one of my most longstanding, favored hobbies). There are millions upon millions of creatures in our world today, all dispersed throughout a multitude of habitats and locations. There is no animal I do not love and wish I could see with my own eyes: the dangerous, the gentle, the cute, the ugly, the tiny, the large — all of these creatures have a special place in my heart.

Biology can be quite an interesting subject to learn about, so why not share facts that we know about certain creatures that others may not? Come on, join, it’ll be fun! I’ll start:

  • There are 36 different species of cats, all in the Felidae family. Out of these, the Siberian Tiger is the largest (tigers in general are the largest group). However, the Jaguar has the strongest bite of all, strong enough to crack the shell of a turtle or break the skull of a human.

  • Rhinos have poor eyesight, and that is why they charge at anything in front of them that makes too much noise. They have magnificent hearing.

  • The Harpy Eagle has talons the size of a Brown Bear’s claws. They can snatch monkeys and sloths right out of the trees, then make their way back to their nest to feast on them with their chicks.

  • The Dodo Bird went extinct at the end of the 17th century due to having no fear of humans. This lack of fear was all because they had no natural predators on the Mauritius Islands, so they did not know to be afraid of anything. Due to this lack of fear, the Dodos would walk up to humans with no hesitation, and stare with great curiosity and confusion. They could not fly. All of these things made them easy targets for the Dutch sailors that sailed to the island and hunted them to extinction.

  • The Thylacine, aka “Tasmanian Tiger” went extinct in 1936 due to being hunted to extinction, as well as competition with the Dingo over food. The last Tasmanian Tiger died in a zoo. There is still internet footage of the Tasmanian Tiger, but it has been confirmed to be extinct. FYI, Tasmanian Tigers looked nothing like tigers. As mentioned, they competed with Dingoes over food. Both Dingoes and Tazzy Ts loved hunting kangaroos and wallabies. Dingoes still do it to this day. As the Tazzy Ts and Dingoes competed, the Tasmanian Tiger population diminished, until all of them were totally gone.

  • Moving on from extinct animals. The thought that I could have seen those animals before they went extinct still perturbs me. Everyone knows about frogs, right? Everyone knows that all frogs jump, right? Well, you may want to recheck yourself, because there is a frog that actually walks, and it’s called the African Bushveld Frog. This frog walks and runs, rather than hops. It is a very interesting species indeed, and it’s pretty fast.

  • Cheetahs are known to be the fastest of all land mammals, reaching speeds of up to 75mph when chasing in pursuit of prey. There is something that not many know, however. A cheetah can only run for about 40 seconds until they have to stop and cool down. If they continue to run, they will quickly overheat and die.

  • The Clouded Leopard is a very elusive, stealthy cat that inhabits the forests of Indonesia. They spend lots of time in the trees. They have rotatable ankles that allow them to quickly make turns in the systems of tree branches throughout the forest. They eat things like monkeys, birds, wild pigs, and deer. The Clouded Leopard has the longest canines of any cat. Not much is known about this creature, but it is believed that they are pretty great swimmers, despite rarely coming down to the ground (they are extremely arboreal).

  • Another cat. Ah, the love of cats. The Caracal! The Caracal is a cat that lives in Sub-Saharan Africa. It eats birds, which it hunts by waiting in stealth, then running up to the spot of resting birds. If the birds attempt to fly away, the Caracal can jump up to ten feet high to grab them midair. Apart from birds, they also eat rodents and small antelope.

  • The Orca is my favorite ocean animal. It is one of the most feared of all ocean animals. Orcas will eat just about anything they come across, although this depends solely on their range. Orcas live in every ocean and sea in the world. Some in the Arctic eat predominantly seals and penguins (seals and penguins do not live together by the way). Some in the hotter regions (such as off the coasts of Africa and Australia) eat sea lions off the coasts of beaches, as well as fish. Some of the ones that stay in the middle of the ocean eat things like fish, birds, sea otters, whales, dolphins, and even sharks. That’s not all either! To clear up a popular misconception, orcas are in the dolphin family, DELPHINIDAE. I also want to make it known that an orca would never hurt a human, despite the news of human fatalities in the past (most likely provoked to the extent of extreme annoyance).

  • Bald Eagles are very powerful birds of prey. They have a grip 10x better than a human’s, and eyesight 6x better. Their favorite food is fish, although they will opportunistically take other prey items, including other birds (such as ducks). Bald Eagles have very strong chest muscles for carrying heavy fish, and their tenacious grip helps them with that as well. A Bald Eagle can see a fish clearly beneath the water. Sometimes, Bald Eagles steal fish from Ospreys. An Osprey is a different species of eagle that eats primarily fish. They have eyesight that they can adjust to see beneath the glare of the sun against the water. And Bald Eagles often use this to their advantage—letting the Osprey do the hunting, then swooping in to make them drop their catch.

That’s as far as I’m going to go in terms of animal facts. Animals are amazing, and I am glad to share my existence with all of them. They can quite intriguing. If I could choose between my life and the life of an animal, I would choose the life of the animal. Do you have any facts that you may want to share? Feel free to do so!

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One amazing fact about rabbits (yes, I freaking love rabbits):

Because their eyes are positioned on the sides of their heads, rabbits can see an almost perfect 360 degrees. In the wild, this helps them know when a predator is near. Their one blind spot is right in front of their little twitchy noses!

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Let’s talk about my favorite animal— the Dalmatian!

It’s funny how many people don’t believe they’re a real breed.

Dalmatian puppies have no spots at birth. If you’ve seen “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” once or a million times, like me, you may remember that Pongo and Perdita’s puppies are all white when they’re born. Like real Dalmatians, they only get their spots as they grow older. It’s so much fun watching them develop!

Their coats are unique. Just like no two people have the same fingerprints, no two Dalmatians have exactly the same—some have lots of spots while others hardly have any.

They come in different colors like black, liver and lemon.

I’ll shut up now because if I don’t, I’ll go on and on and on.

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I literally love that movie :joy:

That’s me in any conversation that has to do with animals. I just can’t stop.

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But… I wanna know more :pleading_face:

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I’ll bombard you with picture spam :rofl:

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Yesssss :heart_eyes:

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I also like Giraffes :giraffe: but I don’t know as many cool facts about them. Apparently they have super long tongues though.

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Yes :slightly_smiling_face: — they can wrap them around thorny branches and strip leaves off without injuring themselves. They’re also purple! Your favorite color!

Edit: they also fight with their necks, and one kick is strong enough to kill a healthy, full-grown lion. But I’m blurring this because… purple lol.

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Love the idea of this thread!

I am a marine biologist and, at one point, an expert in shark physiology.

Sharks are ancient; first appearing during the Devonian period (over 400 M years ago!). Despite this, it is believed they remain relatively unchanged in overall body structure since then. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right?

Sharks and their cousins, rays, form a group called elasmobranchs and are widely known for having a skeleton made of cartilage. What is not as well known is that they are not the only group of cartilaginous fish! The holocephalans, more specifically the chimeras, are distantly related to sharks and found mostly in deep water off the continental shelves.

The majority of sharks and rays live in saltwater and, like other fish, have to try and deal with living in an environment with too much salt. The challenge here is the salt water has more dissolved ions in it than the usual bony fish’s blood leading to rapid water loss; so fish drink … a lot! Unlike bony fish, sharks use a high concentration of urea (yes, the stuff in urine!) to allow them to keep their blood at a slightly higher concentration than the seawater driving water into their bodies.

It is this urea that makes a washed up shark or ray so disgustingly putrid should you ever find one washed up on the beach. The urea rapidly breaks down to ammonia which is responsible for the odour. :nauseated_face:

Some sharks are able to move freely between saltwater and freshwater. They are able to do so because they use their gills, kidneys and a specialised organ, called the rectal gland, to actively control the concentration of ions in their blood. This ability to be in both fresh water and saltwater is called euryhaline while those that cannot do this are called stenohaline.

For a long time people believed sharks to be “cold blooded” (a term now regarded as obsolete in the scientific community and replaced by poikilothermic or ectothermic) but we now now this is not entirely true! Some sharks, especially those in the lam is family; great white, makos, threshers, salmon shark and porbeagles) are able to use heat generated from their muscles and complex blood vessel arrangements to selectively heat up important part of their body like their eyes! This improves their vision and ability to process information event in cold water where there metabolism might have otherwise slowed down.

Just a few short facts :slight_smile:

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One fact that I do know about giraffes is that they have to have a specialized circulatory system in order to prevent all the blood from rushing to their head (and causing them to fall over and faint) whenever they drink water. Also the process of drinking water is a production in and of itself since they have to splay their front legs so wide apart to even get their heads down to the water :joy:

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This is, in part, because they have the same number of neck bones as we do; they are just super long!

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This is true! And then they can have a difficult time getting back up. It’s when they’re most vulnerable to predators that would normally prey on the calves: lions, leopards (they usually only go for the calves though), and hyenas (same here, so it is clear that the most frequent predator of theirs is lions — and lions often do kill adult giraffes with the help of a male).

Extra fact (I do get hooked into conversations about animals after all): Male lions spend most of the time on patrol, keeping threats (such as clans of hyenas and other lions) out of the territory and away from the lionesses and cubs. Because they have such an important job, males usually eat first, then the females, and the cubs get what’s left over.

Blackwidow spider got their name for their reputation, they eat their male after mating, and its a good source of protein ,:spider:

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Giraffes have a very strong tendon in their neck that acts like a bungee cord to hold their neck straight. It is actually much easier for them to hold their neck up than it is to bend it down. I saw where some Vets did an autopsy of one that had died and they tried to bend the neck and it took 4 of them to do it and then it snapped back up when they released it

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Scary!

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Wow! :exploding_head:

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I didn’t know that!!! That’s super interesting.

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Shark (greatwhite and buffalo) oftenly attacking human at beach, is it because of curiousity or us are part of their diet now?
And is that true statemen about greatwhite shark if they flip up they will unconscious? Watch some video of orca attacking greatwhite

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