30 Cute Animal Facts To Know

by on May 8, 2014

Some turtles, such as this Saw-Shelled turtle (Elseya Latisturnum), can breathe water through their butts


The male yapok – or water opossum – also possesses a pouch like the female, but not to carry the offspring but to protect its genitals while swimming


Crows like to pull tails. Some think it is to distract another animal from eating allowing either the crow itself or an accomplice to snatch the food away, while others think they do it for fun.


The recently-discovered olinguito inhabits the Andean cloud forests. An estimated 42% of their habitat has been lost to agriculture or development.


In Nara Prefecture, Japan, Sika Deer are also known as “bowing deer” because they will bow their heads before being fed special shika senbei, or, deer cookies


Boxfish and members of the Ostraciidae family excrete a toxin when stressed called Ostracitoxin. It is unique among fish toxins, and is also toxic to the boxfish.


The Ghost Glass Frog changes the intensity of their green skin colour to match the substrate of where it is resting.


The Rufous Sengi (Rufous Elephant Shrew) carries a species of the malaria parasite


This tiny leaf chameleon (brookesia micra) was discovered in Madagascar in 2012. Adult males can grow to 16mm in length.


paedophryne amauensis is the world’s smallest known vertebrate at 7.7mm. it’s a frog.


Dumbo octopuses (grimpoteuthis) live at extreme depths of 3,000 to 4,000 metres.

Some monkeys hug and kiss to make up after fighting, to resolve their issues


Young Snowy Owls can disperse remarkably far from their birthplace.


Ducks sleep with one eye open and one side of their brains awake

The PudĂș deer is the world’s smallest deer. They live in bamboo thickets to hide from predators


Squirrels will adopt another squirrel’s baby if its parents die or are unable to care for it


Male puppies will sometimes intentionally let female puppies win when they play-fight in order to get to know them better


Bagheera kiplingi, named after the leopard in the Jungle Book, is the first species of spider found to primarily hunt plants


Crows have been known to visit their ageing parents even after they’ve left the nest


The Golden Eagle’s talons can exert 440 pounds per square inch of pressure


The harvest mouse isn’t just the smallest British rodent, it’s also the only one to have a prehensile tail!


The striped tenrec of Madagascar is unique among mammals for the way it communicates by rubbing its quills together


The clouded leopard is considered to form an evolutionary link between the big cats and the small cats


The capybara is the largest rodent and can weigh up to 35 to 66 kg


Polar Bear fur is actually transparent


Snow Leopards have unusually large nasal passages that help them breathe their thin, cold, mountain air.


The pads of a Sand Cats feet are covered with thick hair, which protects them from the hot desert sand

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