30 Bizarre facts about animals you should know

With an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on the planet, the animal kingdom is an undeniably diverse place. However, while the breadth of earthly biodiversity may be well-known, the amazing things our animal counterparts do are often hidden to humans.

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These are 30 bizarre facts about animals you should know.

  1. The chevrotain is an animal that looks like a tiny deer with fangs.
  2. A blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an elephant. It is massive and can weigh as much as 8,000 lbs (3,600 kg).
  3. A tiger’s legs are so powerful that they can remain standing even when dead.
  4. Female black widow spiders sometimes kill and eat their male counterparts after mating.
  5. Capuchin monkeys pee on their hands to wash their feet.
  6. The calls of howler monkeys can be heard from 3 miles. Considered to be the loudest land animals, howler monkeys create loud, guttural sounds to defend their turf that can travel up to 3 miles (4.8 km).
  7. Giraffes have sturdy hearts and high blood pressure, which help prevent fainting when they lift their heads from the ground to the sky.
  8. Reindeer eyes turn blue in the winter. Their eyes become lighter in the winter to capture more sunlight.
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  1. Happy dogs wag their tails to the right, sad ones to the left.
  2. Female Komodo dragons don’t need a male to reproduce.
  3. A grizzly bear’s bite is strong enough to crush a bowling ball.
  4. Oysters can switch their gender multiple times. All oysters are born male but most change their gender to female after about a year and can switch back at will. An oyster is, therefore, able to produce both eggs and sperms.
  5. Catfish use their entire bodies to taste things.
  6. Giraffes have black tongues. Scientists believe that it’s so they don’t get sunburns while they eat.
  7. Rabbits have a 360-degree panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions.
  8. Bald eagles court each other in the sky. They lock talons while freefalling and then soar upward before hitting the ground.
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  1. Animal behaviorists have concluded that cats don’t meow as a way to communicate with each other. It’s a method they use for getting attention from humans.
  2. A cheetah is faster than a Ferrari. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (95 km/h) in just 3 seconds. That’s faster than a Ferrari Enzo.
  3. Snow leopards don’t roar. They have less-developed vocal chords than their fellow large cats, meaning that they can’t roar, but make a purr-like sound called a chuff instead.
  4. Pig hearts have been used in human heart transplants.
  5. Dolphins can stay active for 15 days or more by sleeping with only one half of their brain at a time.
  6. Alberta, Canada is the largest rat-free populated area in the world.
  7. A honey bee has two stomachs. When a honey bee sucks up nectar from a flower through its proboscis, some of it goes into the main stomach to be used as food for energy. The remaining goes into a special stomach to be processed into honey.
  8. Guinea pigs are neither pigs nor from Guinea.
  9. Horned lizards can shoot blood out of their eyes to defend themselves.
  10. Dragonflies and damselflies form a heart with their tails when they mate.
  11. An octopus has three hearts. Two hearts are used to pump blood to its gills, while the third brings blood to the rest of its body.
  12. The largest bat colony in the world in Bracken Cave, Texas, is believed to have 20 million bats.
  13. Music makes cows more productive. Cows have been found to produce more milk while listening to slow music. The calming effect of music is known to stimulate milk production, according to research.
  14. Researchers have found that crows are fond of playing pranks on one another.
Sandeep Debnath

Written by Sandeep Debnath

The future belongs to the curious. The ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, question it and turn it inside out. Being a blogger, I started sharing my knowledge and interests here on BlogPoke.