Thanks to nature documentaries, most of us now know that animals are fascinating, and as you will see soon, they can also have peculiar and unexpected aspects about them. So, without further delay, let’s take a look at ten strange animal facts which will surprise you for sure.
Koala or Human?
Koalas are cute marsupials that are found in Australia and while most people think that they are very cute to look at, nobody would really mistake them as a human being of course! However, their fingerprints are so human-like that there have been records of forensic confusion owing to that fact, at an actual crime scene!
The Barking Bear
The sun bear is the smallest species of bear in the whole world, but ironically enough, not even the mighty polar bear can compete with the sun bear’s super-long 10-inch tongue. As if that was not strange enough, they also bark like a dog to ward off predators and declare their territory.
Crocs Don’t Trust Anyone
If you thought that the expression “sleep with one eye open” was just that, you don’t know anything about crocodile sleeping habits. As it turns out, crocs do indeed sleep with one of their eyes open to stay aware of dangers at all times.
Giraffes are Mute
In spite of sporting the world’s longest necks, giraffes actually do not have a vocal chord in them. In other words, the poor giants cannot make any sound whatsoever.
Orangutans are Clumsy
Orangutans are incredibly intelligent and have often shown surprising levels of kindness and love towards both humans and members of other animal species, however, they are also quite clumsy! Half the orangutan population has broken bones in their body because they often fall from trees, multiple times.
Elephants Hate Bees
Have you heard about that expression regarding elephants being scared of mice? Apparently, these gigantic creatures are actually scared of something even smaller; bees!
Urinating through the Mouth…
The Chinese soft-shelled turtle pees via its mouth; clearly, it doesn’t care too much about hygiene.
The World in Slow Motion
Small animals “see faster” than us. It may sound like a Spiderman movie, but it’s true. Smaller animals tend to see the world in slow motion, so the next time you are wondering how that squirrel can be so fast, now you know.
The Boxing Shrimp
When a peacock mantis shrimp throws a punch, it has a higher rate of acceleration than that of a .22-caliber bullet! The tiny creatures can actually punch at 50mph and given their size, that’s just beyond incredible!
When You Don’t Have a Thumb
It has been observed that just like human babies suck on their thumbs for comfort, baby elephants suck on their trunks for the same reason.
Nature is perplexingly astounding and what you just read happens to be just some examples of the many wonders that it holds. Provided that the ever-growing human population doesn’t wipe out the wild habitats, we are almost sure to find many more wonders down the line that have not been discovered yet.