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    Hippo milk is pink.
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    Turtles can breathe through their butts.
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    Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death.
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    A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
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    A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
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    In April, 2014, a rare goat-sheep hybrid (aka 'geep') was born on an Irish farm.
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    In order to enhance the taste, Japanese macaque wash their food in salt water before they eat. They also make snowballs for fun!
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    The difference between antlers and horns is that antlers are shed each year and are made of bone while horns are kept for life and are made of living tissue and bone with a sheath that is very similar to human finger nails.
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    Army ants are used as “natural sutures”. Their jaws are so powerful, natives staple wounds by forcing ants to bite them and break off the body
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    Parrotfish make themselves a kind of mucus 'sleeping bag' which masks their smell from predators and keeps parasites away.
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    Only 3% of bird species have penises.
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    Dire wolves actually existed, living up to 10,000 years ago before going extinct.
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    Tigers, leopards, and jaguars love "Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men". The scent is used to attract animals to cameras in the wilderness, and was even a turn on for one pair of Jaguars who were subject to it.
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    Some older/less efficient worker termites will develop 'backpacks' of toxic chemicals that explode when the termite is threatened. They are essentially used as suicide bombers when the colony is being attacked.
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    Some lizards, in which the tail is a major storage organ for accumulating reserves, will return to a dropped tail after the threat has passed, and will eat it to recover part of the sacrificed supplies.
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    When flatworms mate, two "males" use their bifurcated penises to fence one another. The winner, or the flatworm who stabs the other with its penis, remains a male while the loser becomes female.
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    Mosquitoes prefer certain blood types, and people with the “O” blood type are more likely to get bitten.
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    Pet dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand human gesture.
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    All pandas are ‘owned’ by China. They rent them out to zoos for $1mil/year each with minimum of 10 years.
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    Cuban rescue workers use sniffer rabbits to find people in collapsed buildings.
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    Worker bees must visit around 4,000 flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.
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    Using a remote-controlled camera, biologists caught dolphins getting high by sucking on puffer fish. They were even caught passing the puffer fish around.
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    Dogs turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this turns long grass into a bed.
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    Squirrels will sometimes adopt orphaned baby squirrels that they’re related to.
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    When dragonflies mate, their tails form a love heart.
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    Ants tend to survive in a microwave because they find the coolest spot and wait!
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    Urechis unicinctus is a species of marine spoon worm that is widely referred to as the ‘penis fish’.
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    Dolphins sometimes have fun by blowing bubbles and creating rings of air underwater, which they then swim through.
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    The Savannah is the largest domestic cat breed. It resembles a small leopard and behaves like a dog. They can grow up to 40 lbs, have an eight foot vertical jump, and can be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch.
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    The Pudu deer is the world’s smallest deer. They live in bamboo thickets to hide from predators, and can weigh up to 12 kilograms .
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    The two oldest cats on record lived to 38 and 34 years old, both were owned by the same owner and lived off a diet of bacon, eggs, broccoli and coffee.
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    Measuring in at barely 2" long, the Pygmy Jerboa looks like a cross between a mouse and a duckling - and is extremely cute!
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    The world’s largest frog, the Goliath frog, can grow over 13 inches in length and can jump up to 10 feet in a single bound.
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    Sheep, goats, octopuses, and toads have rectangular pupils.
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    There's a rare breed of pig that looks like a sheep.
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    A scorpion can hold its breath for up to 6 days.
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    A zoo in China gave a gay penguin couple the opportunity to raise a chick.
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    Nervous dogs wag their tails to the left, and happy dogs to the right (from the dog’s point of view) – and fellow canines pick up on this lop-sided tail language.
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    Crows living in some urban areas drop nuts into traffic to let the passing cars crush them, then they wait for the red lights to stop the traffic so they can grab and eat it.
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    Cows as they are today never existed in the wild and were domesticated from aurochs some 10,500 years ago.
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    The reindeer is the only mammal that can see UV light.
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    There’s a bonobo named Kanzi who has learned to build a campfire and cook his own food.
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    George, the world's largest dog, weighed 233 pounds, stood at 43 inches tall from paw to shoulder, and ate 180 pounds of food a month.
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    Dolphins can rapidly heal from extreme injuries, such as shark bites, and regenerate their original body shape.
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    Baby rabbits are called kittens.

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