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Fun Animal Facts

Anyone who enjoys watching animal and wildlife programs on television knows what amazing and interesting things take place in the animal kingdom. When it comes to zoology, sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.

Fun Animal Facts

Fun Animal Facts

Here are some interesting facts about things certain animals cannot do that you may not have known:

  • Emus, alligators, and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.
  • Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
  • Crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out.
  • The quacking sound of a duck will not echo.
  • Hummingbirds cannot walk.
  • Horses and rabbits cannot vomit.
  • Cows cannot walk down steps, they can only walk up.
  • A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.
  • A mule cannot reproduce. All mules are sterile, except in a few extremely rare cases.
  • Birds cannot survive in outer space. Birds use gravity to help them swallow and without it, they would choke and die.
  • Female seahorses cannot become pregnant or give birth. Male seahorses carry the young inside their bodies and give birth.

Here are some amazing things that animals can do:

  • A beaver can hold its breath underwater for up to 15 minutes.
  • Penguins can jump up to 6 feet in the air.
  • Snakes can see through their eyelids.
  • Butterflies can taste through their feet.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and hover.
  • A porcupine can float in water.
  • Starfish can grow new limbs.
  • Elephants can smell water up to three miles away.
  • The African lungfish can survive for several months out of water.
  • Great white sharks can go up to three months without eating.

Animal Dangers

Most people are aware of animals that are dangerous, such as lions, tigers, and bears (oh, my). However, there are many other creatures in the world that pose a serious threat to humans. Some of these creatures may come as a surprise.

Mosquitos-This tiny, unassuming little creature kills more people each year than all other animals combined. Mosquitoes carry a plethora of diseases such as malaria and are responsible for more than 2 million human deaths each year.

Hippopotamus- Although these animals are not carnivores, hippos kill more people in Africa every year than any of the big predators such as lions, leopards, and hyenas. These animals are extremely aggressive, territorial, and have no fear of humans--a deadly combination.

Chimpanzee- These great apes are mankind's closest relative in the animal kingdom. However, just like humans, chimpanzees can be brutally violent against their own kind and humans as well. Both wild and captive chimpanzees have been known to attack humans, biting off fingers and tearing off faces.

Blue Ringed Octopus--This beautiful creature is very tiny compared to most octopi, only 5 to 8 inches in length. A bite from a blue ringed octopus can paralyze and kill a human within minutes and there is no antidote for its venom.

Box Jellyfish- Many deadly creatures come in small packages and the box jellyfish is no exception. These tiny jellyfish have caused 67 deaths in Australia, 12 of whom were children. Severe envenomation can cause death within five minutes.

Survival Techniques

Animals have amazing ways of adapting to survive. These are some of the most astounding and unusual survival techniques found in the natural world:

  • Chameleons' eyes move independently, allowing them to see in two directions at once.
  • Sea cucumbers can change from a liquid to a solid through a type of collagen in their skin that can excrete or absorb more water.
  • Bombardier beetles can spray hot, toxic bodily fluids at anything that threatens it.
  • A tarantula can live up to two years without food.
  • Sharks have a natural immunity to all diseases, including cancer.
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect their eyes from blowing sand. Also, their milk doesn't curdle.
  • Elephants can swim and have been observed swimming miles from the shore in the Indian Ocean.
  • Donkeys have the ability to see all four of their feet at all times.
  • Dolphins sleep with only half of their brain and always keep one eye open.
  • A cheetah's claws do not retract, giving them a better grip when running.
  • Honey badgers can withstand hundreds of African bee stings, which would be fatal to most other animals.
  • A polar bear's fur is transparent, so they cannot be detected by infrared cameras.

The next time you want to entertain yourself with something spectacular or amazing, take a hike into the natural world, and try to observe the wildlife around you. You might be blown away by what you find.