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30 Amazing and Weird Animal Facts

Prepare to be fascinated as we dive deep into an intricate world teeming with unique and weird animals. Our goal: to give you 30 fun facts that will enliven your imagination and grant you a greater appreciation for our planet's diverse inhabitants.

Facts About Animals You Need To Know

From the realms of the skies and seas to the densest of forests comes a treasure trove of intriguing and, at times, bizarre facts! Earth's array of fauna offers unique survival strategies, fascinating behaviors, and communication methods that challenge our understanding.

1. Pandas spend 14-16 hours a day eating bamboo.

However, because bamboo has very little nutritional value, pandas must consume about 12-38kg of it each day to meet their energy requirements. However, they expand out, with various plants and even meat accounting for around 1% of their diet.

Pandas, at the time of their birth, are also smaller than a mouse and only weigh about four ounces! They are also one of the smallest newborn mammals relative to their mother's size. A cub is just 1/900th the size of its mom!

2. Sea otters will hold each other's paws when sleeping so they don't drift apart.

While resting, otters are afraid of losing their mate to another male. Holding each other's paws protects them from predators as they go away from land.

Sea otters almost spend their whole lives on water, too! Though they can go up onto land to groom, nurse, and rest—sea otters can also give birth in the water.

3. A chinchilla's teeth can grow up to 12 inches yearly.

And yet another amazing fact about chinchillas is that their whiskers help them "see." Their long whiskers compensate for their poor eyesight.

4. Giant Anteaters eat 35,000 ants per day.

giant anteater sniffing grass

Giant Anteaters are edentate animals, meaning they have no teeth! The 35,000 ants and termites they ingest daily are easily swallowed by their long, sticky tongues.

5. Most bats can't walk because their leg bones are too thin.

However, a species of bat called vampire bats can walk, run, and jump. This helps them attach to their prey. Bats are also the only mammals that can fly.

6. Hedgehogs have about 5,000 spikes on their bodies.

Hedgehogs raise their quills in a crisscross pattern when threatened, making their bodies pointed and spiky. This protects them from predators who wish to eat them.

7. A group of owls is called a parliament.

This is because owls were considered knowledgeable by the ancient Greeks. In Greek mythology, owls are also believed to symbolize Athena, the goddess of wisdom and reason.

8. Humans can smell skunks a mile away.

The intensity of the odor will determine the skunk's proximity. The stronger the smell, the more probable it is that a skunk is nearby.

9. Leopard seals don't have ears.

Leopard seals, on the other hand, have an internal ear canal that connects to an external opening. According to scientists, leopard seals use their ears with their whiskers to locate prey underwater. A leopard seal's hearing in the air is equivalent to a person's.

10. A cheetah's tear lines evolved to help protect their eyes from the sun and see long distances.

They are said to perform the same purpose as a rifle scope, allowing cheetahs to focus on their prey at a long distance by reducing the glare from the sun.

11. A baby giraffe can walk under a half hour after birth.

This newborn skill of giraffes is especially crucial when they need to follow their herd away from the threat of ferocious animals.

12. Seahorses mate for life.

seahorse swimming in an aquarium

Although most seahorses are monogamous and mate for life, a few species are polygamous and shift partners from breeding cycle to breeding cycle. Seahorses, on the other hand, only mate with one person per breeding cycle. Seahorses are frequently observed swimming in pairs, with their tails intertwined.

13. Galapagos tortoises can live for over 150 years.

While the average lifespan of a Galapagos tortoise is over 150 years, the oldest Galapagos tortoise on record lived up to 175 years!

14. Zebras have black skin under their stripes.

The important thing to remember about zebras is that their white fur indicates a lack of melanin; white is not its own color. Because white stripes only appear due to a lack of pigment, black is considered the "default" zebra color.

15. A narwhal has two teeth, one growing into a 9-foot tusk in males.

The most conspicuous tooth in males develops into a swordlike, spiral tusk that can grow up to 10 feet long.

16. A Turritopsis Dohrnii, also called an immortal jellyfish, can seemingly escape death.

When damaged or to the point of hunger, they can reset their biological clock. In principle, this means they may live indefinitely.

17. A grizzly bear's bite is so powerful that it can smash a bowling ball.

male grizzly bear walking through the woods

That's a bite force of over 8,000,000 pascals!

18. Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 70mph.

This makes them the fastest animal species in the world.

19. A lioness spends hunting around 90% of the time.

It is, in fact, female lions, not male lions, who do the majority of the hunting for their pride. The males protect their pride while the female lions are hunting for food.

20. Land snails can sleep for up to three years in hibernation.

Snails require moisture to survive, so if the weather is bad, they can sleep for up to three years.

Snails have been documented to move into hibernation (which occurs in the winter) or estivation to escape hot conditions. To protect themselves from the dry, hot weather, the snails exude mucus all over their bodies during this period.

21. Polar bears have black skin.

In Arctic conditions, their coat is so highly camouflaged that it can pass for a snow drift. The coat of a polar bear is unusual in that it lacks white pigment, so beneath all this transparent fur, their skin is black.

22. Caribbean sperm whales have an accent.

A group of researchers studying off the coast of Dominica, in the Caribbean, discovered evidence that sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea had a distinct 'accent' from whales in other oceans.

23. The Giant Pacific Octopus has nine brains, three hearts, and blue blood.

Two hearts pump blood to the gills, while the third circulates blood throughout the body. Octopuses have nine brains because each of their eight limbs has its own mini-brain that allows them to work independently.

24. The only mammals to experience menopause are beluga whales, narwhals, killer whales, short-finned pilot whales, humpback whales, and human females.

Humans are the only mammals who don't live underwater and undergo menopause.

25. Butterflies taste using their feet!

monarch butterfly close up

The receptors on their legs are also 200 times more powerful than human taste buds!

26. Cows can only dream lying down but can only sleep standing up!

This means that while they can sleep standing up, they can only experience REM (Rapid Eye Movement).

27. Elephants are the only animal that cannot jump.

While elephants can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, they always keep one of their legs on the ground, even when running!

Like baby giraffes, baby elephants can also start standing up in under half an hour of birth.

Elephants also have a specific alarm call that means, "Humans! Run!" They use this to warn other elephants of danger.

28. Rats laugh when you tickle them.

For a species ranking #3 on the list of the most hated creatures on the planet, perhaps their most redeeming quality is being able to laugh.

29. The first non-human mammal with a proven ability to keep a beat is a sea lion.

A sea lion named Ronan at the University of California Santa Cruz's Long Marine Laboratory is the first non-human mammal to demonstrate that she can move to the rhythms of a song.

30. A blue whale's tongue weighs as much as an elephant!

The average blue whale weighs three to four elephants and can grow up to 100 feet!

Did you keep track? How many of these interesting facts did you already know? Which of these fantastic animal facts were most surprising for you? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Weird Animal Facts FAQ

Do humans really share DNA with monkeys?

Yes, humans share about 98% of their DNA with chimpanzees, our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom. This genetic similarity emphasizes our shared ancestry and the evolutionary divergence between humans and other primates.

What animal lives the longest?

The ocean quahog, a type of North Atlantic clam, has been known to live for over 500 years, making it one of the longest-living animals on earth. Another contender is the bowhead whale, with confirmed ages exceeding 200 years.

Is there an animal with no predators?

Animals with no natural predators of their own are called apex predators. They sit at the top of their food chain. Examples include orcas, lions, eagles, and great white sharks, all of which dominate their ecosystems due to their physical prowess and hunting abilities.

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