Did You Know? | Random Animal Facts For Kids!
Our Earth is a beautiful and unique place, where all sorts of life thrives. From the smallest one celled organisms, to the massive blue whale, each creature is special. Every person and animal has their own habitats to survive in, and therefore their own behaviors resulting from them. As we look around, we just need to take a moment to observe life and take in all of its wonder.
- Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards. This helps them be able to eat and hover over their flowers.
- The Olive Python is known to attack and kill freshwater crocodiles. They are the second largest snake found in Australia.
- Wombats poop in almost perfect cubes. Talk about perfectionism!
- Chickens are the closest living relatives to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. It’s probably a good thing they don’t know that!
- While most animals have a nesting area or home of some sort, pandas simply fall asleep wherever it is convenient. I always imagine them thinking to themselves, “hmm, this spot will do nicely”
But wait.. There’s more!
- Dog noses are all completely unique. Just like a human’s fingerprint, dogs’ noses identify them as individuals too.
- A male ostrich makes a roaring sound, like a lion. I bet that confuses a lot of predators in the wild!
- Baby chickens, or chicks, can communicate with each other and their mother through sounds, even before hatching. Is it like Morse Code?
- Parrots aren’t the only birds that can mimic words. Starlings can also “talk”, and often times do so with more skill than the parrot.
- Just like our fingerprints, no two tigers have the same stripes. Each pattern has its own unique look and no duplicates.
Another scoop of fun…
- Hippos kill more humans than any other animal per year. Talk about a grumpy animal!
- Butterflies taste with their feet. Talk about having sweet feet!
- If you place even a single drop of alcohol on a scorpion, it will go insane. It may even sting itself to death.
- Flies only live for about 28 days. This also means they do not sleep. They sure get the most out of their time alive.
- An Axolotl has the ability to regrow a lost limb. They sometimes even have extras! If you inject iodine into one, it becomes a salamander!
Here’s a little more to think about..
- Whale hearts beat only about 9 times per minute. They have a very low heart rate, but their hearts are super strong.
- Have you ever felt “half-asleep”? Dolphins sleep with one eye open, and one hemisphere of their brain active.
- Unlike how our hairs turn white as we get old, giraffes’ hairs turn black with age. What is their secret?
- Primates are very similar to humans as our closest relatives. We share over 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees.
- The common cold not only affects us, but a gorilla can catch it too. I hope they have a good doctor!
What a unique planet we live on!
- Koalas have a unique way of regulating temperature when they are hot. By hugging trees, they can lower their body temperature by over 60%!
- There is a bug called the Acanthaspis, that wears dead ants on itself to confuse others. That’s some unique camouflage.
- The creepy-looking Bigfin squid lives at depths around 7,000 feet. The pressure down there must be immense!
- Spider silk is amazing as well. If compared to steel of the same size, spider silk beats steel in regards to strength. It’s stretchy too!
- There are trillions and trillions of ants on our planet. For every human on earth, there are over a million ants.
There are so many cool facts about animals!
- I hope squids don’t scare you.. The colossal squid can grow to the size of a bus! They’re massive animals.
- You know how when you get cold, you shiver? Sloths are incapable of such actions. I wonder how they stay warm?
- Emu’s cannot walk backwards. I imagine it would be a pretty tough situation to be stuck in a corner as an emu.
- New Zealand’s kiwi, a flightless and nocturnal bird, is nearly blind. They search for food by smell, primarily.
- Cows have best friends. It is believed they produce better milk when listening to soft music too!
No matter where you adventure to, there will always be some sort of unique life form there. With every unique habitat, life has to adjust in order to thrive and continue. Over time, each of these animals developed physically, intellectually, and of course, socially, in order to survive and make the best life for their kids. Just as humans adapt to their surroundings, animals do too. They don’t have the luxury of adapting our environment to suit our needs, so they have to adapt their needs to that which is accessible and available. Make sure you visit the zoos around you to see all of the unique animal life this planet has to offer. Take hikes too! Happy hunting!