It’s hard to distinguish what it is about animals that we love the most, their cute or beautiful looks, their innocence or the emotional reactions that they draw out from us. We’re all familiar (I hope) with that warm fuzzy feeling when encountering an animal! Whatever the case, here are some fun facts about animals to cheer you up! Happy World Animal Day!
1. A 69-ton, 120-foot titanosaur, the fossil of which was found this year in Argentina, is thought to be the largest animal ever to walk the earth.
2. The heaviest animal ever recorded was a blue whale weighing 190 tons.
3. Pigeons in Japan were trained to discriminate between Picasso and Monet paintings in 1995.
4. Causing a horse, donkey or pony to lose its balance and fall over is illegal in Phoenix, Arizona.
5. In 2008, a snake in Australia that swallowed four golf balls thinking they were chicken eggs was saved by emergency surgery.
6. Around 10 million times as many sharks are killed by humans as humans killed by sharks.
7. St Francis, the patron saint of animals, was born in 1181 or 1182 and died on the night of October 3, 1226. He was renowned for his love of animals. In many places it is still usual for churches to bless animals on October 4.
8. Cows have best friends.
9. Millions of trees grow every year thanks to squirrels forgetting where they put their nuts.
10. Female insects of the genus Neotrogla have a penis and can have sex for up to 70 hours.
11. There’s a mammal in Australia that has sex until it disintegrates.
8. During sex, flies create a buzz that can attract predatory bats.
9. Female komodo dragons don’t need a male to reproduce.
10. Bald eagles court each other in the sky. They lock talons while freefalling, then soar upward before hitting the ground.
11. Female black widow spiders sometimes kill and eat their male counterparts after mating.
12. Squirrels can’t burp or vomit.
13. Less time separates the existence of humans and the tyrannosaurus rex than the T-rex and the stegosaurus.
14. There’s a place on Earth where seagulls prey on right whales.
15. Owls don’t have eyeballs. They have eye tubes.
16. Animals with smaller bodies and faster metabolism see in slow motion.
17. Dogs’ sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than humans’, but they have just one-sixth our number of taste buds.
18. The extinct colossus penguin stood as tall as LeBron James.
19. Male gentoo and Adelie penguins “propose” to females by giving them a pebble.
20. Azara’s owl monkeys are more monogamous than humans.
21. Barn owls are normally monogamous, but about 25 percent of mated pairs “divorce.”
22. A group of parrots is known as a pandemonium.
23. Cats “headbutt” people because they make them feel safe, or they trust them.
24. Every year, the Peruvian town of Churin holds a Guinea Pig Festival, including an elaborate costume competition.
25. The Grizzly bear’s name comes from the word “grizzled” which means ‘streaked with gray hair’.
26. Wombat feces are cube-shaped to stop them from rolling away…
27. Dogs will sneeze to tell other dogs that they’re playing, so when they’re playing rough it doesn’t turn into a fight.
28. Infant Pygmy Marmosets babble to develop their language skills, similarly to the way human babies babble.
29. Baby dolphins have spines on the sides of their tongue. The spines zip up to make a straw so that they can drink the mother’s milk without getting salt water in it.
30. You can use a blue whale’s wax earplug to work out its life history.
31. Dolphins can stay active for 15 days or more by sleeping with only one half of their brain at a time.
32. Some lobster species can live to be 50 years or older.
33. Lobsters pee out of their faces.
34. The Chinese soft-shelled turtle can expel urea, the main waste product in urine, out of its mouth.
35. Some turtles can breathe through their butts.
36. Each of a tarsier’s eyeballs is as big as its brain.
37. 37. A group of otters is called a romp.
38. A group of rhinoceroses is called a crash.
39. A group of porcupines is called a prickle.
40. Baby porcupines have soft quills at birth, which harden within a few days.
41. A group of crows is called a murder.
42.Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.
43. Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions.
44. Kangaroos use their tails for balance, so if you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.
45. Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes.
46. To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball. It will let you go instantly.
47. Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause, the other two being humpback whales and human females.
48. Koala bears almost exclusively eat only eucalyptus leaves and nothing else.
49. Because beavers’ teeth never stop growing, they must constantly gnaw on objects to keep them at a manageable length. Their teeth would eventually grow into their brain if they didn’t maintain them.
50. You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt and females hiss.