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15 Amazing Animals Facts

August 31, 2018 in Fun Facts, Pets & Animals

With an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on the planet, the animal kingdom is an undeniably diverse place. However, while the breadth of earthly biodiversity may be well-known, the amazing things our animal counterparts do are often hidden to humans.

From furry creatures you never realized could use tools to those who enjoy getting tipsy, these amazing animal facts are sure to wow even the biggest animal lovers out there. And when you want to know how weird and wonderful the world really is, check out the 100 Awesome Facts About Everything!

Beef cattle cows

1. Cows Have Best Friends

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Northampton, cows have strong social bonds and display physical symptoms of stress when they’re away from their BFF. And when you want a companion of your own, This Is the Best Way to Make New Friends.

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2. Pigeons Can Do Math

Research suggests that pigeons are capable of doing math at a similar level to monkeys. Think that’s amazing? Wait until you discover the 15 Animal Species Miraculously Saved From Extinction!

The Serengeti

3. Zebra Stripes Work as Bug Repellent

Research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology suggests that zebras’ black and white stripes may be an evolutionary feature to fend off bugs. And for more knowledge, you can drop on people, check out the 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Own Body. 

Wild chimpanzees

4. Wild Chimps Like to Drink

Research published in Royal Society Open Science reveals that chimpanzees in Guinea had a fondness for imbibing fermented palm sap, getting tipsy in the process. And if you’re doing some human drinking, start by learning the 20 Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make.

Pair of otters

5. Sea Otters Are Adept at Using Tools

While many scientists believe that tool use among dolphins is a relatively new phenomenon, a study published in Biology Letters suggests that otters may have been using tools for millions of years. And if you’re thinking of getting a furry friend, the 15 Amazing Benefits of Adopting a Pet are sure to convince you.

Wood frog

6. Frogs Can Freeze Without Dying

According to a professor at Carleton University, they simply thaw out in the spring, good as new. And for more astonishing truth bombs you can drop on others, here are 40 Facts You Learned in the 20th Century That Are Totally Bogus Today.

7. Male Horses Have More Teeth Than Their Female Counterparts

Male horses have 40 permanent teeth, while females have just 36.

Koala on tree

8. Koalas Sleep Up to 22 Hours a Day

Koalas spend even more time napping than your average house cat.

Ferret face

9. A Group of Ferrets is Called a Business

However, it’s not because they’re so professional; it’s a modernized form of “busyness,” the word originally used to describe a group of these weasel-related mammals. Think animal facts are wild? Try these 50 Crazy Celebrity Facts.

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10. Octopuses Can Taste With Their Arms

They can detect flavorful molecules in the water using their suckers.

Bottlenose dolphin

11. Dolphins Have Names for One Another

According to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, bottlenose dolphins have specific names for one another. And for some facts that come with laughs, see these 40 Facts So Funny They’re Hard to Believe. 

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12. Reindeer Eyes Turn Blue in the Winter

Their eyes become lighter in the winter to capture more sunlight.

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13. Giraffes Have Black Tongues

Scientists believe that it’s so they don’t get sunburns while they eat.

Alligator

14. Alligators Will Let Manatees Swim Ahead of Them

In busy waters, manatees will nudge alligators to get in front, and alligators generally oblige.

endangered species

15. Sloths Can Take a Week to Digest Their Food

Everything about life is slow for these sleepy mammals. And for more crazy stuff, here are 20 Crazy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

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