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Did you know....some interesting facts

Flamingoes are the some of the only creatures designed to survive in the caustic environment of a volcanic lake . Equipped with a filter-feeding system unlike any other bird on earth, flamingoes' beaks have evolved to skim tiny algae from the water's surface. By swinging their upside-down heads from side to side or swishing water with their fat tongues, flamingoes siphon the lake water through their filters to trap algae. They can filter as many as 20 beakfuls of algae-rich water in a single second.

Ostrich:

  • The biggest bird in the world is the ostrich, which can grow up to nine feet tall.
  • The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.
  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

Elephants:

  • Elephants have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean .
  • Elephants are the only animals that can't jump.
  • All elephants walk tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.
  • Blue Whales weigh as much as 30 elephants.
  • Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
  • Elephants and camels both have four knees.
  • African elephants are the largest mammals living on solid ground. They reach lengths up to 7.5 m and weights up to 7500 kg.
  • Elephants can communicate using sounds that are below the human hearing range: between 14 and 35 hertz.
  • A baby elephant calf can weigh up to 260 pounds when it is born.
  • An elephant herd can move fifty miles in a day.

Cheetahs:

  • Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.
  • A cheetah can reach a top speed approaching 70 mph.
  • The cheetah is the only cat in the world that can't retract its claws.

Hippopotamus:

  • The hippopotamus has skin an inch and a half thick - so solid that most bullets cannot penetrate it.
  • Although a full grown hippo weigh from four to five tons, but they can run faster than man.
  • The hippopotamus gives birth under water and nurses its young in the river as well, though the young hippos do come up periodically for air.
  • ‘Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia' is the fear of long word.
  • Hippos have killed more than 400 people in Africa - more than any other wild animal.

Giraffe:

  • Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  • Giraffes can clean their ears with their half metre long tongue.
  • Giraffes were at one time referred to by Europeans as "cameleopards," believing giraffes were the offspring of camels and leopards.
  • Young giraffes can grow an inch a month.
  • The animal with the highest normal blood pressure is the giraffe. However the animal with the highest peak blood pressure is the flea, whose blood reaches a pressure of 10 atmospheres just before take off for a big jump.
  • Mice, whales, elephants, giraffes and man all have seven neck vertebra.

Rhinoceros:

  • A rhinoceros's horn is made of hair.
  • Rhinos are in the same family as horses, and are thought to have inspired the myth of the unicorn.

Crocodile:

  • A crocodile's digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.
  • A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  • A crocodile can't move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.
  • Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile. So if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You'll lose him or her every time.
  • The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

Zebra:

  • No two zebras have the same markings.
  • A zebra is white with black stripes.

Lion:

  • Because most of a lion's weight is made up of muscle, they are amazing athletes. With one slap of a paw they can knock a full-grown zebra off its feet. Like any good athlete, they need their sleep and a lot of it! Twenty hours out of each day is spent snoozing.
  • Lions have hair rather than fur. Hair is defined as a single-layered, thin coat and fur is a double-layered, insulated coat. Although lions seem to be all one color, closer inspection reveals patches of white inside their legs and on their bellies.
  • When an animal is killed, lions will eat virtually every part of it–the skin, meat, intestines, even the eyeballs. But they don't eat the stomach. It must smell bad to lions because they often bury it.
  • Lions can see very well in low-light conditions. One reason for this is the large size of a lion's yellow eyes. Another reason is their "tapetum lucidum", a lining of reflective cells at the back of their eyes. This lining acts like a mirror and directs light back across the vision cells, giving them another chance to absorb it. 
  • Some lions can mate over 50 times a day.
  • The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint - no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  • The female lion is a much more efficient hunter than the male.
  • An adult lion's roar can be heard up to five miles away, and warns off intruders or reunites scattered members of the pride.
  • The female lion does more than 90% of the hunting while the male simply prefers to rest. !!
  • Lions are the only truly social cat species, and usually every female in a pride, ranging from 5 to 30 individuals, is closely related.

 

 

 
 
   
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