Various animals are all around us. Many people keep such pets us dogs, cats, hamsters, parrots or ferrets. Kids adore visiting zoos and aquariums. Still we don’t know much about animal kingdom, do we?
How much does a whale or rhinoceros eat every day? Why are squirrels the best gardeners? What does the anteater actually eat?
We answer these and other such important questions about animals in our article with pleasure. Meanwhile we offer a closer look at all the diversity of the animal kingdom and find out the secrets that mammals keep.
Interesting facts about animals for your child
Digging nuts, acorns and other seeds, each squirrel “plants” 20-25 trees per year.
Whales have nipples, because they feed the cubs with milk like we do it. But it’s terribly inconvenient to do it in the water. Therefore, the cow whale splashes milk of 50% fat content into the baby’s mouth with strength, using special muscles. Furthermore, a small whale gains 198 pounds (90 kilograms) per day. Therewith, every second the whale inhales about 317 gallons (1,200 liters) of air.
It turns out that moles perfectly see, as their eyesight is quite sharp. Only they escape from the light because they believe that this is a signal that the predator is somewhere nearby. On the other hand, a mole can dig a tunnel of about 262 ft (80 meters) overnight.
The giraffe’s brain is located at the height of about 16 ft (5 meters) from the ground. That’s why it has a really large and strong heart to deliver blood at such a height. Besides, the giraffe’s tongue is completely black and is about 1,6 ft (50 cm) long. In addition, the first European name for a giraffe is a “camelopard.” Europeans thought that this animal was a such a strange mixing of a camel and a leopard.
Rats appeared on the planet almost 50 million years. It means that they came earlier than humans.
Dolphins do not shut one eye while sleeping.
There are nearly 400 breeds of dogs on the planet nowadays.
The elephant has 4 knees, this is the only animal on the planet with such a bone structure. Besides, the elephant can stand on its head. Moreover, an elephant’s brain weighs only 0.3% of its body weight. Meanwhile, an elephant’s tooth can weigh up to 20 lbs (nine kilograms)!
Each year the authorities of the Tokio zoo, in the capital of Japan, close it for 2 months so that the animals can rest from people.
The main food of an anteater is not ants, but termites.
Rats can live without water longer than other animals on Earth.
There is a straight spine under a camel’s hump or humps.
The newborn giraffe falls from a height of 5 ft (1.5 meters).
The main getters in the lion pack are lionesses, they bring 90% of the food.
Sloths sleep 75% of their lives.
Kangaroo in the Australian language of local residents (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) means “I do not understand.” This is exactly what Australian aborigines replied to the foreigners who asked them about strange jumping animals.
The bat is the only flying mammal.
No animal has been domesticated for the last 4 thousand years.
Only chimpanzees can recognize themselves in the mirror among all the animals in the world.
Tigers has not only striped fur, but its skin is also has stripes.
Goats have square pupils.
Cats cannot move their jaws on both sides. Furthermore, they have 32 muscles in the each ear. Besides, unlike most cat species, ocelots swim well and are fond of this process.
Zebras are white in black stripes, not black in white stripes. In addition, they race in zigzags to escape predators.
In Egypt, the pests of fields are not insects, like in other countries, but hippos. Besides, hippos give birth under the water to protect their babies from falling. Morover, the heaviest land animal, after the elephant, is the hippo.
The female armadillo can postpone parturition for 2 years.
Skunks can’t both bite and throw out the scent at the same time.
A rhinoceros eats 154 lbs (70 kilograms) of plants every day.
Many wild animals wallow in the mud to avoid burns under the scorching rays of the sun.
Rats are afraid of tickling and can laugh.
The happiest animal in the world is a quokka. This small macropod constantly smiles.
Meerkats are the most responsible animals. Everyone in the pack has its own functions and responsibilities.
Most polar bears are left-handed.
Up to 2 years, lions do not know how to growl.
Moose has very sensitive horns. It even knows when a fly sits on them.
Chow-chow is the only dog breed that does not have a pink tongue.
Mice have more bones than humans: about 230. We have only 206 bones.
Horses are the closest relatives of the tapir.
Buffaloes do not abandon blind congeners. They live in the same pack until old age.
A baby opossum sucks to its mother’s nipple and cannot tear itself away until it becomes mature.
Chameleons can move their eyes in different directions simultaneously.
Mammals have the red blood, the insects’s blood is yellow, the lobsters’ one is blue.
On average, cows do a poo up to 16 times a day.
Ants never sleep. Instead, they “have a rest” for eight minutes twice a day. The queen ant sleeps only 90 minutes a day.
The Basenji (Congo bush dog or Belgian Congo dog) is the only dog breed that cannot bark.
Only half the brain of the dolphin sleeps. Meanwhile, the second part is awake and monitors the surroundings.
A flea can only move with jumps, the muscles of its legs are arranged like catapults. They accumulate energy and “shoot” the flea into a jump.
The swan has more than 25,000 feathers on the body.
Snakes see through their eyelids.
Seals can hold their breath for two hours.
Ravens are so clever that they like to play pranks! They can even sneak up on a dog from behind and play grabbing its tail by the beak.
Giraffes do not have vocal cords, so they can’t “talk!”
Horses have a good memory, they can remember things, people they met, and skills that they owned several years ago. Meanwhile, the gold fish can remember only for 3 seconds.
The narwhal skin color depends on its age: the lighter the skin, the older is the mammal.
Koalas’ fingerprints are similar to human ones.
Crocodiles cannot put out the tongue!
When the spider monkeys meet, they hug each other.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly!
Even after death the jellyfish still can sting.
The heart of the shrimp is in its head.
Snails can sleep for three consecutive years.
The chipmunk cheeks can stretch from nuts and food three times more than its head.
An ostrich’s eye is bigger than the size of its brain.
Wolves can eat 44 lbs (20 kg) of meat at one meal.
Butterflies try food with their feet.
The golden eagle can fly at a speed of over 155 mph (250 km / h).
Skunks can aim their protective rancid spray within a radius of 33 feet (10 meters).
Sharks lived before dinosaurs! The fossils of sharks are dated 450 million years.
Meadow dogs live in burrows, which have a separate bathroom, a children’s area and a recreation area.
Sailfish is the fastest fish on the planet, it can reach a speed of 71 mph (115 km / h).
A male penguin proposing to a female penguin, giving it a rock. If she accepts it, she puts this gift in her nest. Emperor penguins can dive to a depth of 1,640 feet (500 meters) and are able to hold their breath for 18 minutes.
Marmots whistle when they are in danger.
There are 50 million monkeys in India.
Flies buzz with a musical note of FA.
Blue Whale weighs like three elephants. They are the largest animals on Earth.
Gibbons have the longest hands among all primates.
Goats have a lot of belching.
The catfish have taste receptors throughout the body.
The wombat of a piece of turtle is square.
Llamas do not have hoofs.
Porcupine cubs have soft needles, which harden after a few days after birth.
A camel can live without water for two weeks.
Geckos sometimes eat their tails, after losing them.
Throughout life, a busy bee produces one-twelfth of a teaspoon of honey.
The rate of reproduction of rats is so great that under favorable circumstances two rats could give offspring of 1 million rats for a year and a half.
Some moths can grow as large as an adult’s palm.
Cubs jackals are born under the ground.
A grasshopper can jump 20 times the length of its body.
Flamingos obtain their beautiful color from algae, diatoms and small crustaceans, which they eat, and which are rich in carotene.
Tortoises can be recognized by the sound: males grumble, females hiss.
Dragonflies can fly in any direction: forward, backward and sideways. These are the fastest flying insects, their speed reaches 60 mph (100 kilometers per hour).
People took pictures of live giant squid only in 2006. These 1/2 ton (1,000 lbs) monsters live at a depth of 600 to 3,300 feet (200 meters to a kilometer).
The buzzing of the bee is made by four wings, which make 11,400 strokes per minute. The speed of the bee’s flight is 16 mph (25 kilometers per hour).
The Asian giant hornet bites the most painfully among all the insects in the world.
The largest spider in the world, tarantula can live without food for two years.
There are no snakes in Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica.
Geese love blueberries!
There is 5 times less fat in goat’s milk than in cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is digested for an hour, goat’s one is for 20 minutes.
Scorpions glow in the darkness.
Seagulls can drink salt water. They have special glands that remove excess salt from the body.
Red pandas use their fluffy tail as a blanket to keep them warm.
Japanese macaque monkeys have learned to buy goods from vending machines.
Unlike land tortoises, marine ones do not pull their heads into the shell.
Emu can’t walk backwards.
Sponges create their own special chemicals, released in the water to protect against predators.
On average, a hen lays 190 eggs per year.
If a lion and a polar bear fight, the polar bear will surely win, but they don’t meet in nature.
Guys, let’s protect the environment together!