30 Weird animal facts that will make you look at nature in a completely different way
It's hard not to love animals. When you watch a show like the BBC's recent sequel to the celebrated nature documentary, Blue Planet II, you can see how diverse the species on this planet are, and find plenty of hilarious (and sometimes heartbreaking) behaviours from across the world. However, there are some things these documentaries don't want you to know.
Not because they're too scary or because these outlets have a hidden agenda - but because animals are very, very weird, and some things are so bizarre and ridiculous it's hard to believe they're true. Once you finish this list, you likely won't see these animals in the same way ever again...
1. Blue whales have fart bubbles big enough to fit a horse
You can see a glimpse of one in this video:
2. The turkey is called 'India' in Turkey
It is also called 'Peru' in India, 'French Chicken' in Cambodia, and 'Dutch Chicken' in Malaysia.
3. Sloths poop one-third of their body weight once a week
These lazy creatures take colossal dumps only once a week. It takes them so long to do so that they are extremely vulnerable to predators, with over half of sloth deaths occurring during this time.
4. Most male giraffes have gay sex
Apparently, male giraffes will court and caress other males more than females, with up to 94 percent of them engaging in male-on-male sex.
5. Baby elephants suck on their trunks for comfort
Just like our babies and children do with their thumbs.
6. Crows have perfect memory
They can recognise individual human faces for their entire lives. Creepy...
7. Lobsters pee from their faces
These crustaceans not only pee from their faces, but the females pee on males to attract new mates. On top of this, males pee on each other's faces when they fight over females.
8. Bees fall asleep in flowers
They can get tired while gathering nectar.
9. Cows have no upper front teeth
It's not a pretty sight.
10. Dogs lift their legs to pee so they look taller
The higher their scent reaches, the larger they look to other dogs who pick up on the scent.
11. Yellowstone bears eat 40,000 moths a day
In the summer months, hundreds of thousands of moths hide in in dark crevices, where the bears burrow for them.
12. Reindeer can see UV light
They are the only mammals that can do so, the enhanced vision giving them the ability to see polar bears against the snow and urine trails.
13. Manatees fart for mobility
They continuously fart to control their buoyancy.
14. Male kangaroos flex for females
Flexing their muscles is a good way to attract mates, apparently.
15. Beavers used to be as big as bears
In the last Ice Age, they were as large as black bears, weighing up to 220 lbs.
16. Some turtles breathe through their butts
Some species can absorb oxygen through the same system as the one they use to defecate.
17. The Greenland Shark is the longest-living vertebrate
One female was estimated as being over 400 years old.
18. Gorillas have tiny penises
While they are the largest primates, they have the smallest genitalia - at only 1.5 inches.
19. Iguanas can stop their own hearts to evade danger
Marine iguanas can stop their heartbeat to avoid being heard by predators.
20. Wallabies will use their own young to escape predators
If they are being chased, the female wallaby will toss her young from her pouch to reduce her weight, and give the pursuing animal another meal to focus on.
21. Female ferrets will die if they don't get laid
While in heat, it's truly life-or-death for them.
22. An elephant can use its penis as a 'fifth leg'
It can use them to prop itself up, swat flies and scratch itches.
23. Dogs love reggae
Research has shown that dogs appreciate music and even have their own preferences. On the whole, reggae ranks as their general favourite.
24. Squid can fight with detached limbs
The Octopotheuthis Deletron will embed its arm in a predator and detach it, letting its arm fight while it flees.
25. Female dragonflies fake their own deaths
They go for the dramatic route when avoiding unwanted sexual advances.
26. You're more likely to get bitten by a New Yorker than a shark
About 10 times more likely, to be exact.
27. Muriqui Monkeys love to hug
They often start days off with a group hug, then hug each other throughout the day to improve social bonds.
28. Brazilian Pygmy Geckos can walk on water
They are so small and light that they don't sink.
29. Pandas only want to have sex for a period of 48 hours every year
This is why it's so difficult for them to mate.
30. When a rabbit is happy, it will jump in the air and twist
This is referred to as a 'binky'.
It turns out that the animal kingdom is even weirder than we initially thought. No way are you going to look at any of these creatures in quite the same way after reading this, but I am definitely going to blast out some reggae next time I'm fortunate enough to be spending time with a dog.