30 Cool Animal Facts That Will Turn You Into an Animal Trivia Expert
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The Amazon’s hoatzin, resembling a dinosaur, has unique digestion and emits a foul odor
Found in the Amazon, the hoatzin is a tropical bird that looks a lot like a dinosaur! It has a long neck, small head, unfeathrered blue face and maroon eyes! Its vibrant plumage and rufous crest give it a distinct appearance. Hoatzins mainly eat leaves along with fruits and flowers, and they also digest food through foregut fermentation like cows! Because of this, they can’t fly very well, and they also stink!
The Okapi, resembling a zebra but related to giraffes, is also known as the zebra giraffe
Meet the okapi. Although it has striped markings like zebras, the okapi is most closely related to the giraffe. In fact, the okapi and the giraffe are the only two living members in the family Giraffidae. Because of its resemblance to zebras, the okapi is also called zebra giraffe.
The Shoebill Stork, with a dinosaur look, eats fish and baby crocs, stands 4.5 feet tall, and lives 35 years
The Shoebill Stork, which looks like a mix between a dinosaur and a muppet, is quite scary. This long-legged wading bird grows up to 4 feet 5 inches tall and has a wingspan of around 8 feet 6 inches. Defined by its enormous shoe-shaped bill, the shoebill mainly eats fish, but is known to attack predators such as baby crocodiles. Its sharp bill is capable of easily decapitating fish and other prey. The shoebill has a lifespan of around 35 years.
Pikas, rabbit relatives, communicate with goat-like calls for mating and warnings
This adorable little guy is a pika. Though they look like small rodents, pikas are closely related to rabbits. Pikas vocalize frequently, and their calls can be short and quick or longer and more drawn out like songs. They use these calls for attracting mates, individual recognition, and predator warning, and it sounds a little like the bleat of a goat.
The Hummingbird Hawk-Moth, mimicking real hummingbirds, is a lucky omen found from Portugal to Japan
No, this is NOT a hummingbird! You’re looking at a species of hawk moth called the hummingbird hawk-moth that looks strikingly similar to hummingbirds while feeding on flowers. Found throughout the northern Old World from Portugal to Japan, hummingbird hawk-moths are considered to be lucky omens.
Meet the Adorable Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey Family from China
Here we have an adorable family of golden snub-nosed monkeys. Endemic to central and Southwest China, the golden snub-nosed monkey is an Old World Monkey that is known for its flattened nose and the beautiful, bright golden fur. Adult females tend to be smaller than males, and juveniles are two-thirds the size of adult females. The little ones grow the golden fur gradually.
Meet the Patagonian Mara
The Patagonian mara looks like a cross between a jackrabbit and a deer, but it’s neither! It is a large rodent that’s found in Argentina and in different parts of Patagonia. Their legs are designed for running, and they often hop like rabbits or bounce on all fours making a movement called “stotting.”
Mexican mole lizard
Is that a snake with legs? Ummm…No! That’s a Mexican mole lizard, also known as the five-toed worm lizard. Found only in Mexico, it is one of only three species of lizards that have two legs and a wormlike body.
Every spring in Cuba, millions of crabs start a dangerous journey for mating and reproduction
In Cuba, every year at the beginning of the spring rains, millions of crabs embark on a perilous journey to mate and reproduce. They emerge from the forest, cross highways and streets, and head for the waters of the Bay of Pigs. This spectacular migration is a wonder for first-time onlookers, but is a serious hazard for drivers. Would you dare to drive down this road?
Golden Lion Tamarin with reddish-orange fur and a lion-like mane embodies majesty
This is the golden lion tamarin, also known as the golden marmoset. This small New World monkey gets its name from its lustrous reddish orange fur and the extra long hairs around the face and ears that look a lot like a lion’s mane. Its face its dark and hairless. Overall, the golden lion tamarin has a regal appearance.
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