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Old October 20th, 2012, 06:47 PM   #1

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Interesting animal facts


I hope we can compile a long list. I'll start with something about otters.

Otters have the biggest appetite pound for pound of all mammals. They need this in order to maintain the densest fur in the animal kingdom, which keeps them warm even when they sleep in cold water.


P.S. I realize we can just look this up in some websites, but by listing and discussing the ones we're familiar with we can have more fun and learn them as opposed to just being able to look them up.

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Old October 20th, 2012, 07:08 PM   #2

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I hope we can compile a long list. I'll start with something about otters.

Otters have the biggest appetite pound for pound of all mammals. They need this in order to maintain the densest fur in the animal kingdom, which keeps them warm even when they sleep in cold water.


P.S. I realize we can just look this up in some websites, but by listing and discussing the ones we're familiar with we can have more fun and learn them as opposed to just being able to look them up.
Funny that you mention otters. I had one float on it's back next to me for about 10 minutes today while I was swimming. Friendliest otter I've ever seen, it couldn't have been more than 8 feet from me. They have whiskers like a cat.
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Old October 20th, 2012, 08:21 PM   #3

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I find ants very interesting. They have extremely big social ability if we compare them with other bugs or even with most of the animals!! They build their colonies, they have one queen ant(leader) then they have worker ants, scout ants and many interesting stuff... I thought about making an antfarm but I'm too lazy for it
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Good thread. Without googling anything I can say that Asian elephants have smaller ears than African elephants. IIRC the life expectancy for Asians is 75 years or so, though some have lived longer.I used to know more about elephants, but I've forgotten most of it. I was a volunteer docent at a zoo in Indiana a long time ago and spent a lot of time with an Asian there who 'adopted' me. She got to know me and I was allowed to feed her melons and other fruit, by hand. She was the 'Queen' of the zoological park, she owned the place and she knew it. Her name was 'Bunny' and she's since passed on, living out her last 10 or so remaining years at a preserve for elephants in Tennessee. She was a gentle giant, with a huge heart - she loved the attention showered upon her by zoo visitors. She was 72 years old when she died.
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Good thread. Without googling anything I can say that Asian elephants have smaller ears than African elephants. IIRC the life expectancy for Asians is 75 years or so, though some have lived longer.I used to know more about elephants, but I've forgotten most of it. I was a volunteer docent at a zoo in Indiana a long time ago and spent a lot of time with an Asian there who 'adopted' me. She got to know me and I was allowed to feed her melons and other fruit, by hand. She was the 'Queen' of the zoological park, she owned the place and she knew it. Her name was 'Bunny' and she's since passed on, living out her last 10 or so remaining years at a preserve for elephants in Tennessee. She was a gentle giant, with a huge heart - she loved the attention showered upon her by zoo visitors. She was 72 years old when she died.
Will elephants adopt other animals besides humans?

Blue whales have a heart beat of about 5 to 10 beats per minute.
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Funny that you mention otters. I had one float on it's back next to me for about 10 minutes today while I was swimming. Friendliest otter I've ever seen, it couldn't have been more than 8 feet from me. They have whiskers like a cat.
The can also be very territorial, so it's good to be careful around them.
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The can also be very territorial, so it's good to be careful around them.
Luckily he/she didn't give me any trouble. I also saw a dead one washed up on the beach the other day. Looks like it had been chewed on by something.
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Will elephants adopt other animals besides humans?

Blue whales have a heart beat of about 5 to 10 beats per minute.
Well, I can only speak for Bunny, but, I think she would 'adopt' anything that spent enough time around her.
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I find the breeding habits of certain species to be both interesting and strange and once thought about dedicating a thread to the subject, but then thought better of it.

Anyways, the common stoat (mustela erminea) is quite an interesting little critter who happens to be a relative of the above mentioned otter.
The little blighter is actually a rapist and a pedophile, the bounder !

The odd thing is that female stoats reach sexual maturity between two and three weeks of age ? The adult male stoats who pretends to be interested in the litters mother is actually more interested in her kittens.

No worries tho, stoats go through a process of embryonic diapause or delayed implantation. Although the female kits are pregnated whilst they are still blind, deaf and hairless, they don't actually give birth until a year or so later when they are in fact, adults themselves, Then the cycle starts again.
It was once thought that they were incestuous as well as pedophilic rapists, but that was before delayed implantation was understood. hence, the little blighters are no longer seen as ungodly as they once where.

Proper little stoaters if you ask me.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 04:03 AM   #10

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The Jaguar had a different from (the other felines)form of hunting it pierces directly through the temporal bones of the skull between the ears of prey (especially the capybara) with its canine teeth, piercing the brain eating everything even snakes and caimans.
a incridible animal but not good vision when you are riding alone.
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