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Animal Facts that are surprising/amazing/weird

tree

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Animals come in many sizes, shapes, and textures.
A person can learn a lot by animals.


Post an animal fact that is interesting, strange, amazing.
Please include at least one informational source for the fact.
 

tree

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"The black lemur, which like all lemurs is endemic to the island of Madagascar, has a diet primarily made up of fruit. Periodically, however, the lemur will capture one of the large red millipedes also found on the island—but not to eat. Instead, the black lemur will bite the millipede gently, and throw it back on the ground. This is the lemur equivalent of taking a bong hit."

"When millipedes are picked up, their defense strategy is to curl up into a coil. Most millipedes also have paired glands in their legs that secrete a toxic combination of chemicals, including cyanide, which effectively deters most predators. But it does not dissuade the black lemur, the stoner of the animal kingdom.


After the lemur bites the millipede, it sprays its toxic secretion, which the lemur then rubs all over its fur. Research suggests that there is a practical purpose to this: the benzoquinone secretion functions as a natural pesticide and wards off malaria-carrying mosquitos. The secretion also acts as a narcotic, which causes the lemur to salivate profusely and enter a state of intoxication.

As for the millipedes? They usually escape the experience relatively unscathed, and crawl away until they are found by the next lemur looking for a quick fix."



 

Kisa the tea

Local Rabbit
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Cat whiskers have a variety of benefits. One amazing thing is they can detect even very small vibrations and this allows the cat to avoid things coming to their face, navigate better at night or in the dark and more easily tell whether they can fit into a small space.



 

Judge

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Spending a lot of time studying this one particular dog breed. mainly because my cousin recently acquired a Blue Heeler (Australian Cattle Dog). A lot to understand about this breed. Just hope my cousin can handle her on a level that meets her expectations. Seems like a great dog who loves people, though I've never seen a dog with this level of energy. An understatement to say, "She's a handful!"

 

Stuttermabolur

Wondering...
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Wombats are the only known animal with square shaped poo. The most prominent theory for why is so the poo doesn't roll away, and they use it to communicate with each other. The research team which made the discovery won the IG nobel for their work.

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Jeff T

puzzling lifeform
Horses, at group level, apparently recognize themselves in mirrors.
A consideration regarding self awareness?
So far, some primates, dolphins, magpies, one elephant and a fish! have also passed this test.
Dogs and cats have not.
I wonder what other animals would pass the test? Pigs? Goats?


 

Forest Cat

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The sea otter use rocks to crack open mollusks and clams they gather for food. So they use tools. And otters have favorite rocks, the otter will have a favorite rock it picked out and carry it around in a pouch in its fur, usually under their left arm. So they carry a tool around with them in a pouch. That's pretty advanced. They also juggle rocks but no one knows for sure exactly why they do that.

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Shevek

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Cat whiskers have a variety of benefits. One amazing thing is they can detect even very small vibrations and this allows the cat to avoid things coming to their face, navigate better at night or in the dark and more easily tell whether they can fit into a small space.
One reason that cats are so amusing is that they can't focus on nearby objects. They are like people who need reading glasses. To catch things, they raise whisker-like hairs near their front paws.
 

Forest Cat

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"The black lemur, which like all lemurs is endemic to the island of Madagascar, has a diet primarily made up of fruit. Periodically, however, the lemur will capture one of the large red millipedes also found on the island—but not to eat. Instead, the black lemur will bite the millipede gently, and throw it back on the ground. This is the lemur equivalent of taking a bong hit."

"When millipedes are picked up, their defense strategy is to curl up into a coil. Most millipedes also have paired glands in their legs that secrete a toxic combination of chemicals, including cyanide, which effectively deters most predators. But it does not dissuade the black lemur, the stoner of the animal kingdom.


After the lemur bites the millipede, it sprays its toxic secretion, which the lemur then rubs all over its fur. Research suggests that there is a practical purpose to this: the benzoquinone secretion functions as a natural pesticide and wards off malaria-carrying mosquitos. The secretion also acts as a narcotic, which causes the lemur to salivate profusely and enter a state of intoxication.

As for the millipedes? They usually escape the experience relatively unscathed, and crawl away until they are found by the next lemur looking for a quick fix."




Everything about this is amazing. The stoner of the animal kingdom. lol
 

Shevek

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One day, a fishing guide in Alaska set up to prepare lunch on a sand spit, while his customers stayed in the boat, fishing just offshore. Soon, they all saw a grizzly bear come out of the forest onto the sand. Seconds later, it was charging the guide, full speed. He just stood waiting, and at the last instant, it skidded to a stop, stretched forward to sniff him, and ambled off. The fishermen asked if the guide perhaps needed a change of underwear. "No" he replied calmly. "His ears were up. He was just playing."
 

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Seems like a great dog who loves people
A lot of people overlook the importance of socialising these dogs, getting them used to other people and dogs all the time, otherwise as they get older they become a one person dog and can be aggressive with visitors.
 

Forest Cat

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One day, a fishing guide in Alaska set up to prepare lunch on a sand spit, while his customers stayed in the boat, fishing just offshore. Soon, they all saw a grizzly bear come out of the forest onto the sand. Seconds later, it was charging the guide, full speed. He just stood waiting, and at the last instant, it skidded to a stop, stretched forward to sniff him, and ambled off. The fishermen asked if the guide perhaps needed a change of underwear. "No" he replied calmly. "His ears were up. He was just playing."

I would have needed a change of underwear. I don't play with bears, they are just too strong. :fearscream:
 

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There has been very little evolution in Australia for a very long time. We have two mammals that lay eggs, the Echidna and the Platypus. The feed their young milk so they are mammals, but they lay eggs instead of giving live birth.
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Shevek

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I would have needed a change of underwear. I don't play with bears, they are just too strong. :fearscream:
Most city folk who get in trouble with animals would have been OK if they didn't overreact. The best defense from a bear is to just wear a bell, sing, or otherwise warn of your approach. They don't want trouble. One raised several sets of cubs very near a friend's place, and he very seldom saw her.
 

Princess Viola

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Clownfish are protandrous sequential hermaphrodites, which means that all clownfish develop into males first and the largest and most dominant member in a group develops into a female.

If the female clownfish is removed from the group, then one of the largest and dominant males will become the new female and all the other males will move up a rank in the hierarchy, so to speak.
 

Yeshuasdaughter

You know, that one lady we met that one time.
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There has been very little evolution in Australia for a very long time. We have two mammals that lay eggs, the Echidna and the Platypus. The feed their young milk so they are mammals, but they lay eggs instead of giving live birth.
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The existence of the platypus is one way that I know that Jesus loves us all. Because he wants us to live in a world with adorable fantasy animals.
 

Shevek

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Well-intentioned people carefully trap Beaver near cities and relocate them to the wilderness. Beaver are both territorial and prolific. The odds of finding an unoccupied, suitable habitat are very small. The Beaver does the same thing it would if its pond dried up. For the first time in its life, it ventures away from the safety of water, and walks cross-country. It goes straight, in a random direction, and will waddle straight through a school picnic. It is basically a death march, but it is their best hope. We think of wilderness as one place, but any bird can tell you who owns which tree.
 

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