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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: wanderlust.co.uk
  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: thestar.com
  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.
Elephants
  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: commons.wikimedia.org
  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: cbc.ca
  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.
Octopus
  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.
Kangaroo
  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).
Snail
  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: wikimedia.org

Written by James

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