When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon
immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface
so that it can breathe.
Albatross has a wing span of up to 14 feet and only needs to land
once every couple of years to breed. They can travel hundreds of
thousands of miles each flight.
Certain Chinese and American alligators can survive the winter by
freezing their heads in ice, leaving their nose out to breath for months
Sea Otters use so much energy that they need to eat as much as
one-third of their weight each day.
The biggest bird in the world is the ostrich, which can grow up to
nine feet tall.
According to hospital figures, dogs bite an average of 1 million
Americans a year.
The sailfish, the swordfish and the mako shark have all been clocked
at swimming over 50mph.
Montana mountain goats will butt heads so hard their hooves fall
It takes around 10 dump-truck loads of wood to make a proper funeral
pyre for a full-size elephant.
The notion that cats and dogs are natural enemies (suggested by the
phrase,"fighting like cats and dogs") is overstated, if not simply
false. Generally speaking, cats and dogs get along better than cats and
cats or dogs and dogs.
The last animal in the dictionary is the Zyzzyva, a tropical weevil.
Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.
There's a "meow" in the middle of "homeowner."
According to a survey by the American
Animal Hospital Association, 53 percent of pet owners vacation or
travel with their pets.
The Dalmatian breed of dog originates from the Dalmatian Coast of
Surveys show that 62 percent of dog owners admit that their dog owns
a sweater, wintercoat or raincoat.
Cats prefer to eat their food at 86º F, which is why they don't
immediately gulp down the half-eaten can of food from the refrigerator.
In 1987, cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.
A frightened dog puts it's tail between it's legs because it covers
glands in the anal area. Since the anal glands carry personal
scents that identify individual dogs, the tail-between the-legs behavior
is the canine equivalent of insecure humans hiding their faces.
Cat's urine glows under a black light.
The Antpitta Avis canis Ridgley is a bird that looks like a stuffed
duck on stilts and barks like a dog. The bird was discovered by
ornithologist Robert S. Ridgley in the Andes in Ecuador in June 1998.
Thirty of these long-legged, black-and-white barking birds were found.
It apparently had gone undetected because it lives in remote parts and,
of course, doesn't sing. The size of a duck, it is one of the largest
birds discovered in the last 50 years.
Honeybees may collect pollen from as many as 500 flowers, all of the
same species - in a single trip.
During the 1982 Falklands war British pilots reported that penguins
toppled over backward while gazing at the planes. British navy pilots
were then banned from flying low over penguin colonies. It led to a UK
government study of the penguin-toppling effect. For seventeen days two
helicopters were flown from varying directions and heights over the
penguins. The result? Penguins do not topple over while gazing at
The heart of a blue whale is the size of a small car.