Animal Facts

201 facts tagged with Animal Facts

  • 1
    When Koko, the gorilla famous for knowing sign language, was asked where gorillas go after death, she responded by signing “Comfortable hole, bye.”
  • 2
    In 1918, a homing pigeon saved over 190 American soldiers by delivering a message to nearby support despite having been shot through the breast, blinded in one eye, covered in blood, and with a leg hanging on by just a tendon.
  • 3
    It has been estimated that a bite from a grizzly bear can crush a bowling ball.
  • 4
    The Tree Lobster, once thought to be extinct, is an insect that can grow to the size of a human hand, and it can only be found on a small island of rock that is Ball's Pyramid, Australia.
  • 5
    When Washoe, the first chimp to use sign language, was told that her caretaker's baby had died, she signed "CRY."
  • 6
    In the movie 'The Wizard Of Oz', Toto the dog's salary was $125 a week, while Judy Garland’s was $500 a week.
  • 7
    Whales and dolphins can't taste anything other than salt.
  • 8
    In 2011, a male tiger in India adopted a litter of orphaned cubs, taking on the role of ‘mother’. Wildlife officials say such behavior had never been observed before.
  • 9
    There are approximately three chickens for every human on Earth.
  • 10
    There is a sea snail that wears a suit of iron plated armor. It is the only known animal to use iron sulphide as skeletal material.
  • 11
    Female kangaroos have three vaginas.
  • 12
    Cymothoa exigua is a type of parasite that enters through fish's gills, eats their tongue, and then replaces it.
  • 13
    When a drone bee mates with a queen, its ejaculation is so powerful that it can even be heard by the human ear.
  • 14
    Termites are being researched as a possible renewable energy source as they can produce up to 2 litres of hydrogen from ingesting a single sheet of paper, making them one of the planet’s most efficient bioreactors.
  • 15
    Giant Anteaters' front legs look like a panda. (See Picture)
  • 16
    Travis was a chimpanzee who socialized with humans since birth. He could log onto a computer to look at pictures, watch TV using a remote control, brush his teeth, feed hay to his owner's horses, water plants, and learned the schedule of passing ice cream trucks.
  • 17
    Baks the blind boxer has a seeing eye goose named Buttons; a four-year-old goose who leads the pup around everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go.
  • 18
    A group of pugs is called a grumble.
  • 19
    Dolphins have names for one another.
  • 20
    There's a competition in Sweden called Kaninhoppning, or rabbit show jumping.
  • 21
    An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and can have 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
  • 22
    In Australia, there are spiders big enough to eat snakes.
  • 23
    By putting a frog in a bucket of milk, scientists following up on an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances.
  • 24
    The Hercules beetle, despite weighing only 100 grams, can lift 8 kilograms, making it one of the proportionally strongest animals in the world.
  • 25
    Norway has a penguin as Colonel in Chief of their royal guard.
  • 26
    A Robo Fish created by researchers at NYU-Poly was left to interact with normal fish. It was accepted by them and soon guided them as a leader.
  • 27
    Caucasian Mountain Dog (aka Russian Bear Dog) males reach over 200lb and have historically been used to hunt bears.
  • 28
    Blue whale arteries are large enough for humans to swim through and their hearts are the size of cars.
  • 29
    Bats sleep 18-20 hours per day.
  • 30
    Ants have tiny magnetic compasses in their antennae which help them navigate.
  • 31
    In 1949, an official boxing match between a bear and a man was held. The bear won.
  • 32
    In April, 2014, a rare goat-sheep hybrid (aka 'geep') was born on an Irish farm.
  • 33
    In order to enhance the taste, Japanese macaque wash their food in salt water before they eat. They also make snowballs for fun!
  • 34
    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.
  • 35
    Parrotfish make themselves a kind of mucus 'sleeping bag' which masks their smell from predators and keeps parasites away.
  • 36
    In 2005, in Africa, it was reported that three lions rescued a 12-year-old girl from kidnappers and guarded her for half a day until help came.
  • 37
    Only 3% of bird species have penises.
  • 38
    Dire wolves actually existed, living up to 10,000 years ago before going extinct.
  • 39
    Mahatma Gandhi used to travel with his goat so that he could have fresh milk.
  • 40
    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.
  • 41
    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.
  • 42
    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.
  • 43
    In 1975, when officials in the Chinese city of Haicheng were alarmed by odd and anxious behaviors of dogs and other animals. These observations led them to order 90,000 residents to evacuate the city. Only a few hours later a 7.3 magnitude earthquake destroyed nearly 90 percent of the city’s buildings.
  • 44
    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.
  • 45
    Mosquitoes prefer certain blood types, and people with the “O” blood type are more likely to get bitten.
  • 46
    Pet dogs and elephants are the only animals that seem to instinctively understand human gesture.
  • 47
    Early American humans hunted car-size armadillos and used their shells for houses.
  • 48
    All pandas are ‘owned’ by China. They rent them out to zoos for $1mil/year each with minimum of 10 years.
  • 49
    Leonardo Da Vinci loved animals so much that he used to buy caged animals at the market just to set them free.
  • 50
    Worker bees must visit around 4,000 flowers in order to make one tablespoon of honey.
  • 51
    Using a remote-controlled camera, biologists caught dolphins getting high by sucking on puffer fish. They were even caught passing the puffer fish around.
  • 52
    Dogs turn in circles before lying down because in the wild this turns long grass into a bed.
  • 53
    Mike the Headless Chicken was no different from any other chicken, except that he lived for 18 months after his head had been cut off.
  • 54
    Squirrels will sometimes adopt orphaned baby squirrels that they’re related to.
  • 55
    When dragonflies mate, their tails form a love heart.
  • 56
    Ants tend to survive in a microwave because they find the coolest spot and wait!
  • 57
    Urechis unicinctus is a species of marine spoon worm that is widely referred to as the ‘penis fish’.
  • 58
    Dolphins sometimes have fun by blowing bubbles and creating rings of air underwater, which they then swim through.
  • 59
    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.
  • 60
    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 .
  • 61
    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.
  • 62
    Measuring in at barely 2" long, the Pygmy Jerboa looks like a cross between a mouse and a duckling - and is extremely cute!
  • 63
    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.
  • 64
    Sheep, goats, octopuses, and toads have rectangular pupils.
  • 65
    There's a rare breed of pig that looks like a sheep.
  • 66
    A scorpion can hold its breath for up to 6 days.
  • 67
    A zoo in China gave a gay penguin couple the opportunity to raise a chick.
  • 68
    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.
  • 69
    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.
  • 70
    Cows as they are today never existed in the wild and were domesticated from aurochs some 10,500 years ago.
  • 71
    The reindeer is the only mammal that can see UV light.
  • 72
    There’s a bonobo named Kanzi who has learned to build a campfire and cook his own food.
  • 73
    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.
  • 74
    Dolphins can rapidly heal from extreme injuries, such as shark bites, and regenerate their original body shape.
  • 75
    There’s a rare breed of chicken called Ayam Cemani that’s completely black. They have black plumage, legs, nails, beak, and even black meat, bones, and a black tongue!
  • 76
    Rex the German Shepherd was a rescue dog with a bad temper. He refused to be fed by humans and would attack strangers, but he’s a changed dog after falling in love with Geraldine the goose!
  • 77
    Christmas Island has bridges for crabs to stop them getting run over during the mass migration.
  • 78
    Cats are one of the only animals to domesticate themselves and approach humans on their own terms.
  • 79
    The head of a jellyfish is called the "Bell."
  • 80
    The Pistol Shrimp can snap its claws together to create a sound of 218 decibels, louder than as supersonic jet at full speed. It only lasts for 1 millisecond. The snapping action also creates a bubble that is greater than 5000 Kelvin, close to the surface temperature of the sun.
  • 81
    The most expensive dog in the world is the Tibetan Mastiff; worth $1.5 million.
  • 82
    There's a lizard known as the 'Jesus Lizard' that can run across water.
  • 83
    Cats recognise the voice of their owner, but never evolved to care.
  • 84
    The male seahorse carries babies and 'gives birth' to them instead of the female.
  • 85
    The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat which still exists today.
  • 86
    15% of snails survive digestion by birds and are found alive in their droppings, potentially leading to the spread of snail populations.
  • 87
    Meysi is one of the world's smallest dogs, measuring in at just 7cm tall, 12cm long, and weighing a meagre 250 grams (only slightly heavier than a hamster!)
  • 88
    There was a bear called Wojtek who was adopted by Polish soldiers during WW2. It carried ammunition, wrestled with soldiers, and drank beer.
  • 89
    Thumbelina, the smallest horse in the world, is about the size of a dog.
  • 90
    The Platypus used to be considered a myth like Bigfoot and the Yeti.
  • 91
    Jaguars frequently get high by eating hallucinogenic roots, which also increases their senses for hunting.
  • 92
    A banana slug can be 6-8 inches and their erect penis can be just as long. Also, their penises emerge from their heads. After sex, banana slugs eat each others penises.
  • 93
    If a vampire bat goes 2 days without drinking blood, they can die. However, well fed female bats will puke up blood and share it with other bats that they like in exchange for grooming.
  • 94
    Once the Queen is deemed unfit to serve due to old age or disease, worker bees cluster tightly around her body until she dies from overheating, a process known as "cuddle death."
  • 95
    The oldest creature ever found was Ming the clam at an admirable 507 years old.
  • 96
    Scientists have revived a flowering plant from a fruit stored away in permafrost by Arctic ground squirrel 32,000 years ago.
  • 97
    Rats 'laugh' when they are tickled.
  • 98
    Penguins have a gland above their eye that turns saltwater into freshwater.
  • 99
    There's a phone app called RoboRoach that allows you to remotely control a cockroach through a chip that you to manually implant into the unwitting critter.
  • 100
    The elephant shrew’s closest relative isn’t a shrew — it’s actually an elephant
  • 101
    When you shave a guinea pig it looks like a little hippo.
  • 102
    When cats are happy, they may squeeze their eyes shut.
  • 103
    A tortoise named Adwaita lived to 255 years old. To put it into perspective, he was born before the United States of America existed and his death was announced on CNN (1750-2006).
  • 104
    The Basenji dog is the only dog that is not able to bark.
  • 105
    The Angora rabbit is the world's fluffiest bunny, bred for its extremely long wool.
  • 106
    A newborn Chinese water deer is so small, it can (almost) be held in the palm of a hand.
  • 107
    Earthworms are 82% protein, rich in Omega 3, and pair well with cumin and curry. They reportedly taste like bacon.
  • 108
    Queen ants have one of the longest life-spans of any known insect - typically up to 30 years. Western harvester ant queens can live up to 40 years!
  • 109
    A koi fish, named "Hanako", was owned by several individuals over many years and lived to be 226 years old, dying in 1977.
  • 110
    The colossal squid has the largest eyes in the world.
  • 111
    Giant otters grow to almost 6 foot and hunt in packs.
  • 112
    A parrot named Alex was subject of a 30-year experiment. His last words to his caretaker were: "You be good, see you tomorrow. I love you."
  • 113
    The Lion's Mane Jellyfish is the largest jellyfish in the world. They have been swimming in arctic waters since before the dinosaurs (over 650 million years ago).
  • 114
    If an ant is drunk, a fellow comrade will carry him back to the nest to sleep off the alcohol.
  • 115
    A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.
  • 116
    The most expensive cow in the world was sold in 2009 for $1.2 million.
  • 117
    A group of kittens is called a "kindle".
  • 118
    Titanoboa was the largest snake that ever lived.
  • 119
    The station master and operating officer at the Kishi Station, Japan, is a cat!
  • 120
    When the "Elephant Whisperer" Lawrence Anthony died, a whole herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.
  • 121
    Camels and llamas can cross breed. The offspring is called a ‘Cama’.
  • 122
    Sharks have been on the planet longer than trees.
  • 123
    When a male gentoo penguin "falls in love" with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her.
  • 124
    Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
  • 125
    There's an island in the Bahamas called Big Major Cay (or Pig Beach), which is only inhabited by swimming pigs.
  • 126
    Sloths only poop once a week. The event is called 'the poo dance' because they wiggle their butts.
  • 127
    Honeypot ants are a unique insect that use their own bodies as living storage pots of honey.
  • 128
    Unsinkable Sam (nickname of a German ship's cat) who served on 3 warships, one German, two British, all sank in action. The cat survived each sinking, floating away on wooden planks to rescue.
  • 129
    Macaques monkeys in Japan learned to steal purses and wallets, take out the coins, and use them to buy drinks and snacks from vending machines.
  • 130
    The seahorse is the only fish to have a neck.
  • 131
    During World War 1, starving wolves amassed in such great numbers that Germans and Russians had a temporary cease fire to fight off the wolf attacks.
  • 132
    Elephants are terrified of Bees and actually have a special, distinct vocalization for “Run away the Bees are angry”
  • 133
    Sifrhippus was a species of horse about the size of an average duck and roamed North America 56 million years ago.
  • 134
    Allegedly, Chrysippus, the Greek philosopher, died of laughter after getting his donkey drunk and watching it try to eat figs.
  • 135
    Sergeant Stubby was the only war dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat in WWI. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American Soldiers found him.
  • 136
    Mosquitoes don't just bite you, they also pee on you.
  • 137
    Some turtles pee from their mouths.
  • 138
    When a male honey bee climaxes during sex, his testicles explode and then he dies.
  • 139
    There's a young hippo and a 130+ year old tortoise in a Kenyan wildlife preserve who are best friends and they even sleep and play together.
  • 140
    Sandy, an African Penguin, has been in 'love' with her keeper at the Nuremburg zoo since 1996.
  • 141
    An Indian man known as "Snake Manu" can put small snakes, including deadly cobras, into his mouth and pass them out through his nose.
  • 142
    Lurch, a Watusi bull, had the largest horns in the world.
  • 143
    Ants have graveyards.
  • 144
    The largest breed of rabbit is the Flemish Giant.
  • 145
    It's possible to train your cat to use the toilet as a litter box and even flush afterwards.
  • 146
    Penguin poop can be seen from space.
  • 147
    The CIA once spent $20 million on a cat equipped with gear to spy on the Soviets, but it was hit by a taxi.
  • 148
    It would take about 1,200,000 mosquitoes to fully drain the average human body of blood.
  • 149
    Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people.
  • 150
    Nicole Kidman is scared of butterflies.
  • 151
    Parrot parents "name" their children with a signature call.
  • 152
    A giraffe's kick is so powerful that it can decapitate a lion.
  • 153
    The largest earthworm on record was found in South Africa and measured 22 feet.
  • 154
    On some poorly researched trivia lists it is stated as a fact that a pregnant goldfish is called a twit. This is not true as goldfish lay eggs.
  • 155
    Vanilla flavoring is sometimes made with an ingredient from beaver pee.
  • 156
    Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.
  • 157
    Domestic pigs average a top speed of about 11 miles per hour.
  • 158
    Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.
  • 159
    Alligators can live up to 100 years.
  • 160
    A cat can jump FIVE TIMES as high as it is tall!
  • 161
    Cats lose almost as much fluid in the saliva while grooming themselves as they do through urination!
  • 162
    A cow produces around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • 163
    Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be acquired in pairs whenever possible!
  • 164
    A domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.
  • 165
    It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one's blood pressure!
  • 166
    Drivers kill more deer than hunters do.
  • 167
    Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.
  • 168
    A group of unicorns is called a blessing.
  • 169
    The oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years.
  • 170
    Shark corneas are used in eye transplants and shark bone marrow can be used to graft human bones.
  • 171
    A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.
  • 172
    Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
  • 173
    Tigers can see 6 times better at night than humans.
  • 174
    The sound of a tiger's roar can travel a distance of up to 2 miles (~3 km).
  • 175
    A dairy cow can produce more milk when listening to music.
  • 176
    It has been calculated that a single breath from a mature blue whale can inflate up to 2,000 balloons.
  • 177
    Vampire bats adopt orphans, and are one of the few mammals known to risk their own lives to share food with less fortunate roost-mates.
  • 178
    Jellyfish as a species are actually older than dinosaurs and sharks.
  • 179
    A 42-foot sperm whale has about 7 tons of oil in it.
  • 180
    Squirrels forget where they hide about half of their nuts.
  • 181
    Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors.
  • 182
    An alligator can go through 2,000 to 3,000 teeth in a lifetime.
  • 183
    Jumping fleas can accelerate 50 times faster than the space shuttle.
  • 184
    Lobsters have blue blood.
  • 185
    The oldest known animal in the world was 'Ming' the 405 year old clam, discovered in 2007.
  • 186
    Sharks, like other fish, have their reproductive organs in their chests.
  • 187
    Condoms were originally made of animal intestines or linen.
  • 188
    Alligator snapping turtles can live for over 150 years. Scientists know this because some of the turtles had musket balls in their stomachs.
  • 189
    The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.
  • 190
    The octopus does not have a blind spot.
  • 191
    The elephant brain weighs about 6,000g.
  • 192
    The cat brain weighs about 30g.
  • 193
    One in three dog owners say they have talked to their pets on the phone.
  • 194
    Cats and dogs can hear ultrasound.
  • 195
    A cat rubs against people not only to be affectionate but also to mark out its territory with scent glands around its face. The tail area and paws also carry the cat's scent.
  • 196
    One reason that kittens sleep so much is because a growth hormone is released only during sleep.
  • 197
    A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
  • 198
    Dogs have been man's pet for over 14,000 years.
  • 199
    Rattlesnake mating sessions have been known to last more than 22 hours.
  • 200
    A dork is a whale's penis.
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