There are so many myths and fun facts about animals. For instance, some people believe that ostriches bury their heads in the sand to hide from predators or that butterflies will die if you touch their wings.
It’s important to separate facts from myths, so in this post, you will discover why birds can fly long distances without getting lost despite not using Google Maps. Here are some fun facts about animals:
1. Male Ostriches Can Sound Like Lions:
When humans see impending danger, they are likely to inform others about it so they can also avoid it. Animals do this too. When they want to warn other animals about predators in the area, they let out what is known as a “warning call.”
For ostriches, when the male uses its large and deep grunting sound to make a warning call, it can be confused with a lion’s roar, especially if heard from afar. Therefore if you hear what sounds like a lion’s roar, it could be an ostrich making a warning call, although we don’t advise you to stick around to find out which it is.
2. Penguins Have an Interesting Dating Life:
One of the fun facts about animals is the way they meet their companions. While humans have different ways to approach people they’re interested in, none comes quite close to the peculiar way penguins make their intentions known to their mates.
The Adelie penguin (a species of penguin common along the Antarctic Coast), searches through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest one. After they’ve selected it, they present the pebble to the female intended companion as a gift. If the female accepts the gift, they will mate for life. .
3. Elephants Can’t Jump:
It might seem like any mammal who can walk or run should be able to jump, right? But that is not the case for elephants.
Scientists haven’t exactly pin-pointed why elephants can’t jump but some of the reasons have been narrowed down to; their weight (elephants weigh about 5,000 – 14,000 pounds), their fairly inflexible ankles, and their relatively weak leg muscles. This was recently corroborated by John Hutchinson, a professor of evolutionary bio-mechanics at the Royal Veterinary College in London.
It might be a good thing that elephants can’t jump because they are very heavy mammals. When two elephants fight, the grass suffers. When many elephants jump, who do you think will suffer?
4. Flamingos Are Pink Because of What They Eat:
First of all, did you know that flamingos are not born pink? They are born with grey feathers which eventually turn pink. The question is why?
Flamingos live around lakes, swamps, and wetlands. Their diet mostly includes algae, insect larvae, and crustaceans such as shrimp. The algae and shrimp they consume has a natural pink dye called ‘canthaxanthin.’
After they’ve consumed it, their digestive system extracts pigments from their meals and dissolves them into fats. The fats are then deposited in new feathers as they grow, causing the color of their feathers to slowly change to pink.
5. Houseflies Have A Very Short Lifespan:
The housefly you were struggling to swat last week has probably already passed it’s life expectancy and is dead.
Houseflies pass through four stages to get to maturity; egg, larva, pupa, and adult. However, when they reach adulthood,their life expectancy is usually short, spanning from 15 – 30 days depending on environmental factors.
6. Birds Use Landmarks for Navigation:
We are blessed with GPS to make navigation easier but have you ever wondered how birds that don’t have access to smartphones fly around, and still find their way back to their nests?
Although scientists haven’t been able to understand exactly how birds find their way, research has shown that sometimes, they make use of orientation tools such as the direction of the sun, and their knowledge of landscape (rivers, valleys, and mountains) to aid their navigation
7. Tiger Urine Has An Interesting Smell:
Urine is an excretory product so we don’t expect it to have a pleasant smell but what if we told you that tiger urine is on a different level?
Tigers are highly territorial in nature and these territories usually overlap especially between male and female tigers. In order to clearly mark the beginning and end of their territories, tigers scratch trees and spray their urine.
A tiger can tell the age and gender of the urine owner, which makes it easier for them to mark the territories.
Now, to the most interesting part. The tiger urine smells like…buttered popcorn. Yes, tiger urine smells like popcorn. So, if you’re in the forest and you smell popcorn and think you’ve stumbled upon a popcorn stand, think again.
Which fun fact surprised you the most? Let us know in the comment section below