Top 11 STRANGEST Things Animals Actually Do In The Wild!
- Published on: 4/9/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From one creature that sleeps for years at a time to another that occasionally enjoys a boozy breakfast, here are 11 strange animal facts you’ve probably never heard!
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11. Crocodiles Can Climb Trees
Did you know that crocodiles can climb trees? Isn’t that weird? Crocodiles and alligators are always shown lurking in the water and they are generally considered aquatic creatures. They’re not built to climb, and scientists long thought of climbing as a trait that belonged to their extinct relatives.
10. Sleeping Snails
Let’s face it, snails aren’t the most exciting creatures on the planet. They seem to do little else than eat and move really slowly! But their lives are more exciting than they seem. For one, snails are hermaphrodites, possessing both male and female organs. They also have no sense of hearing.
9. Giraffes Only Vocalize At Night
The world’s tallest animal has a reputation for having a voice much smaller than its body. In fact, until just a few years ago, researchers were unsure if giraffes even made noise or communicated vocally between one another, despite having a complex social structure. In theory they should be talking quite a lot! Zoologists long believed that it was difficult for them to generate enough airflow to vibrate their vocal cords due to their long necks.
8. Ostrich Eyes Are Bigger Than Their Brain
Ostriches are not exactly known for being intelligent. In fact, they have a long-held reputation for the exact opposite, even dating back to Roman times, when Pliny the Elder wrote that the ostrich sticks its head into a bush and thinks it’s invisible.
7. Chimpanzees Drink Alcohol
Wild fruit and other sugary plants can ferment and turn into alcohol, and animals will occasionally drink it. Researchers have plenty of evidence of this, but it wasn’t until 2012, after 17 years of observations, that they officially determined that some animals might enjoy the buzz of the drink enough to actually seek it out.
6. Tigers Have Striped Skin
A tiger’s stripes are as unique as a human fingerprint -- no two are alike. They also have striped skin underneath their patterned coat. This is unusual, especially compared to other animals with distinct markings. “We know that in situations where stripes are apparent in the hair, they are not apparent in skin,” geneticist Greg Barsh told National Geographic. This includes cheetahs, domestic cats, zebras, dogs, and horses.
5. Otters Sleep Holding Hands
If you’ve ever seen a picture of two sea otters holding hands while floating lazily on the water, you may have assumed that the photographer caught them at a rare, indescribably cute moment. But holding hands is a natural behavior for these adorable creatures, who interlock their hands in groups while eating, resting, and sleeping.
4. Cats Meow For Our Benefit
Kittens meow to communicate with their mother, but they stop meowing at other felines as they get older. As adults, cats only meow to get the attention of humans. They speak to us for numerous reasons, if you have a cat you know this!! -- to greet us, ask for (or demand) something, to tell us that something is wrong, or simply because they’re feeling social. Senior cats sometimes meow when they become disoriented or confused.
3. Flamingos Are Not Naturally Pink
It’s only natural to assume that the flamingo’s neon pink hue is embedded in its DNA, but this is not the case. This ancient tropical bird species, which dates back to somewhere between 30 and 50 million years ago, is naturally white.
2. Largest Rat-free Populated Area
Guess what city has the least amount of rats?? That would be Alberta, Canada. Whether you’re an animal lover or not, you probably don’t want to live in close proximity to disease-carrying rodents, namely rats. Someone who’s especially scared of or grossed out by these critters might want to consider moving to Alberta
1. All Clownfish Are Born Male, But Females Rule
Clownfish are one of 28 species of anemonefish, all of which are hermaphrodites. All clownfish are born as males, with the ability to turn themselves into females.
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