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Fun Facts about Animals

Animals are the most fascinating creatures on Earth, and yet there is so much to learn about them! We’re going to show you some cool facts about some of the most awesome animals out there. From the elephant to the platypus, and from the liger to the dingo, we’ll explore all of the animal kingdom’s coolest critters. We’ll be looking at animals both big and small, both domestic and wild.

  1. Jonathan, a 187-year-old tortoise, is the oldest-known living land animal. He was born in 1832 and has lived on the Atlantic Ocean island of St. Helena since 1882.
Jonathan the oldest Tortoise on the St Helena. photo source:
  1. The heart of a blue whale, the world’s largest animal, measures five feet long, four feet wide, and five feet tall. It weighs 400 pounds (around 181kg) and is the largest heart on the planet. Total weight of the whale is 40,000 pounds (around 18,144 kg).
Blue Whale Heart. photo source:
  1. Elephants are not capable of jumping. Elephants stand on their toes, with all of their bones pointing straight down to support their weight. However, this does not allow for an upwards spring from the feet, which is required for jumping, which is why they cannot jump.
  1. The platypus does not have a stomach; instead, its gullet connects directly to the intestines of the animal. The middle sac does not secrete any substantial acids or digestive enzymes, which is unusual.
Wild platypus in Tasmania. photo source:
  1. Wombats are the only animals that produce faeces that are cube-shaped at 2cm (0.8in). The faeces of wombats transitioned from a liquid-like condition to a solid state in the last 25% of the intestines, but in the final 8%, the poop adopted the shape of isolated cubes due to a variance in the elasticity of the walls. The animals can leave up to 100 faeces deposits per night in order to mark their territory.
Wombat Square Poo. photo source:
  1. Octopuses have three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood, which makes them unique. Two hearts pump blood to the gills in octopuses and one circulates blood around the body. The octopus has nine brains, because each of its 8 arms includes a mini-brain that enables them to work independently of their own in addition to the central brain. The blood of the octopus contains a copper rich protein known as hemocyanin that supports the transfer of oxygen in the cold water environment.
  1. The bat is the only mammal that has the ability to fly. Bats are able to fly because of their flexible skin membrane, which stretches between each long finger bone and many moveable joints.
Flying Bat
  1. The kangaroo is the only animal on the planet that has five legs. The kangaroo’s tail, in contrast to the tails of other animals, serves as a leg, propelling the animal forward as it walks.
  1. The female lionesses hunt approximately 90 percent of the time, while the male lions defend their territory and pride.
Female Lion (lionesses)
  1. A snail has the ability to sleep for periods of up to three years at a time. Snails can dwell in their shell for lengthy durations under extreme heat or cold. Snails can sleep for 3 years in harsh weather conditions, but this is rare. A snail might sleep for one-third of its life. A snail not only hibernates, but also aestivates (hibernation during hot and dry conditions).
  1. An Antarctic wingless midge (Belgica antarctica), which reaches 2–6 mm in length and is the sole insect found on the continent, is the largest land animal on the continent. All of the other larger species in Antarctica are classified as marine animals, which means that they feed and spend the majority of their time in the ocean. Seals and penguins, two of Antarctica’s most well-known residents, are included in this category.
Two flightless midges, the largest land creatures in Antarctica. photo source:
  1. The world’s deadliest animal is a mosquito, not a shark, snake, or tiger. Around 725,000 people die each year from mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and yellow fever, according to the World Health Organization. With the exception of ants and termites, they are the most numerous species on the planet. This increases the danger they pose to people because they can be found virtually everywhere.
  1. According to current estimates, there are more than 1.4 billion insects for every human on the Earth. Ants have taken over nearly all of the planet’s landmasses. They are predicted to have a population of 107–108 billion people, whereas the global human population is approximately 7 billion.
  1. Lesula, a monkey found in a remote area of Africa, is the continent’s second zoological discovery in the last 28 years. It’s a new species of monkey discovered in the Congo. Their eyes, as well as their vibrant blue bottoms, stick out due to their human-like appearance.
Lesula. photo source:
  1. Honey ants are the only ants that store food in their own bodies to be used by their fellow ants in times of scarcity. For use when the honeypot ant’s crop has run dry of stored liquid, workers stroke its antennae and cause it to regurgitate its crop’s liquid supply. By way of trophallaxis, they are then used as a food source by other ants. As a result, they serve as a sort of walking, breathing pantry.
Honey Ants. photo source:
  1. Flamingos aren’t born with pink feathers. A baby flamingo’s fur is born grey or white, then it turns pink as it gets older. They get their pink colour from eating brine shrimp and blue-green algae, which contain a natural pink dye called canthaxanthin.
Pink Flamingo
  1. While floating on their backs, sea otters, especially moms and pups, sometimes grasp hands. The otters’ hand-holding prevents them from straying away from each other and their food supply while sleeping. They also sleep with long strands of kelp wrapped around them like a blanket. The kelp functions as an anchor, keeping them from floating away into open water.
Otters holding hands

Written by James

A BSc in Computer Science graduate with a strong interest in encyclopedia facts. I'm a passionate content writer with 10+ years' experience and enjoy creating useful content that can help others.

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