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Crows have been known to visit their aging parents even after they’ve left the nest.
Otters have little pouches under their armpits where they can keep, among other things, their favorite rocks.
Wild dogs are the only African hunters that take care of their elderly, sick, injured, and disabled pack mates.
Titi Monkeys mate for life and can be found sitting in pairs with their tails entwined.
The female bears one child, which the father takes care of, only coming to the mother for nursing.
The underside of a leopard’s tail is white to help cubs follow their mother through the bushes and long grass.
Otters appear to engage in certain behaviors for sheer enjoyment, such as making waterslides.
A chinchilla’s fur is so thick that parasites cannot live in it. Due to this, chinchillas are considered hypoallergenic.
Infant Pygmy Marmosets babble to develop their language skills, similarly to the way human babies babble.
Fennec Foxes have furry feet which work like snowshoes to protect them from extremely hot sand.
Baby elephants don’t know how to use their trunks to drink water.
By nine months, mouth, trunk, and foot coordination is perfected./u/Nutcream
A snow leopard uses its long, thick tail not only for balance, but also to store fat and as a blanket to protect its face while asleep.
Polar bears use nose-to-nose greetings as a way to ask other bears for things, like food.
Bears who use proper manners like this are often allowed to share./u/absurdlyobfuscated
Scared black bear cubs and crying babies can sound similar enough alike to confuse both species.
Study shows toddlers prefer to interact with animals over playing with toys.
Baby dolphins have spines on the sides of their tongue that zip up to make straws.
This allows them to drink the mother’s milk without getting salt water in it.
Pom Pom Crabs are named for their tendency to wave around stinging sea anemones in their claws.
This helps them fend off predators./u/DrByg
Olive Ridley Sea Turtles synchronize their egg-laying so that thousands of babies emerge on the beach at the same time.
Newborn Giant Pandas are about the same size as a stick of butter.
The Least Weasel is the smallest meat-eating placental mammal (carnivora) weighing as little as .88 oz (25g).
Baby emus look very different from their parents and hatch with distinct stripes to help camouflage them in the Australian grasses.
This is the world’s smallest known wild cat, the Rusty Spotted Cat. Full grown adults weigh between 2 – 3½ pounds.
They’re found in India & Sri Lanka./u/RorschachBulldogs
Young orangutans spend most of their time with their mothers for the first 6-8 years of life.
This gives them plenty of time to learn how to survive and the mother will not mate again until the first child is old enough to be self sufficient./u/kpthunder
It is against Swiss law to keep guinea pigs alone.
A service even exists that provides a guinea pig companion to keep a lonely guinea pig company should its partner die./u/AGreatWind
Flemish Giants are among the largest breeds of rabbit in the world, growing up to between 14 and 50 pounds.
A baby porcupine is called a porcupette.
A lion’s roar can be heard up to 3 miles away.
Polar bears sleep through blizzards in day beds dug in the lees of ridges. The snow piled on top of them provides an insulating blanket.
Sometimes they stay curled up under the snow for several days until the storm
An elephant’s trunk alone contains about 100,000 different muscles.
African elephants have two finger-like features on the end of their trunk that they can use to grab small items. (Asian elephants have one.)/u/BigMurph26
Unlike many other cats, the pupils of the Pallas’s cat (Otocolobus manul) contract into small circles rather than vertical slits.
Koala have human-like fingerprints and large claws they use to grip things. They also have two thumbs.
A pod of Bottlenose Dolphin cooperatively fish with fishermen in the town of Laguna, Brazil, since 1847.
The dolphin herd mullet (fish) toward the shore and signal the fishermen to cast their nets./u/AGreatWind
Caribou, or reindeer, are the only mammals able to view the ultraviolet spectrum.
This allows them to detect possible threats against the whiteness of snow.
The platypus is one of the few venomous mammals.
Males have a pair of spurs on their hind legs which deliver the venom. It is not fatal to humans, but extremely painful./u/AGreatWind
The Grasshopper Mouse not only hunts like a cat by stalking prey, but also “howls” to defends its territory like a wolf.
The arctic wolf is the only subspecies of the Gray Wolf that still can be found over the whole of its original range.
This is largely because they rarely encounter humans in their natural habitat./u/Musicmantobes
Each hair follicle on a deer’s winter coat is hollow, trapping air that helps them retain heat & stay warm in low temps.
Within 1-4 days of hatching, wood ducklings follow their mother’s call and jump from their nest, up to 65 ft. high.
Then they bounce to the ground unharmed!
Sclater’s Lemur is the only species of primate (other than humans) that has blue eyes.
Caribou are the only member of the deer family (Cervidae) where both males and females grow antlers.
Green-Rumped Parrotlets use “contact calls” which identify each individual, as though by name.
The names are given to the young by their parents!
The quokka is an herbivore with little or no fear of humans.
Even though it is common for them to approach us, handling a quokka may get you a $300 fine./u/Eat_Bacon_nomnomnom
Seahorses hold tails during courtship.
Lions are the laziest of the big cats, spending 16-20 hours a day sleeping.
When a rabbit is happy, it will sometimes jump in the air twist its body. This is called a binky.
The lioness moves her cubs to a new den site several times a month, carrying them one by one by the nape of the neck.
This is to prevent scent from building up at a single den site and thus avoid the attention of predators that may harm the cubs./u/SKhan13
Since it does not hibernate, the pika must collect a large pile of dry grasses to eat in its rocky burrow in order to make it through the winter.
This tiny leaf chameleon (brookesia micra) was discovered in Madagascar in 2012.
Adult males can grow to 16mm in length. /u/AGreatWind
Ducks sleep with one eye open and one side of their brains awake.
A hare less than one year old is called a leveret.
Elephants emit vocalizations below 20 Hz—below the human level of hearing—which can travel unhampered for miles.
This allows them to send warnings and locate each other over great distances./u/holdenwook
Scientists believe that tapirs have changed little over tens of millions of years.
The toucan’s bill has a network of blood vessels that expand to cool down its body temperature.
Elephants also use their ears this way.
Mallards are thought to be the most abundant ducks on Earth.
A yellow ribbon tied to a dog’s collar or leash means that the dog needs some extra space from other people and animals.
The common name for two-toed sloths is slightly misleading: They have two toes on their forelimbs, but three toes on their hindlimbs!
Wallabies aren’t just good hoppers. They thump their feet to communicate danger and are adept swimmers.
In England, hedgehogs are considered an endangered species!
A pig pheromone can have effects on mammal behavior, including decreased barking in dogs.
The Kiwi is the closest living relative to the largest bird that ever lived, the extinct Elephant Bird of Madagascar.
Not all bats can see color, but none are truly blind.
Look at the eyes on this baby fruit bat!/u/remotectrl
The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) is a small Australian marsupial that relies on its extremely long tongue to capture termites.
The arctic fox became the only indigenous land mammal in Iceland after taking an ice bridge there during the Little Ice Age.
Siamese cat coats are temperature dependent.
The enzyme that catalyzes the reaction to create the pigment denatures at high temperatures. Therefore, the only places where the pigment can be produced are the coolest parts of the body, the extremities: face, ears, feet, and tail. /u/Gemaphlegm
The pink orchid mantis has lobes on its legs that mimic flower petals.
Desert Tortoise shells don’t harden until 5-8 years old, making them vulnerable to predators and human vehicles.
Hedgehogs are lactose intolerant!
White rhinos are easily distinguished from black rhinos by their broad square lips, built for grazing.
Black rhinos have a prehensile upper lip built for browsing in trees and bushes./u/holdenwook
Macaroni Penguins were named after a group of men known as Macaroni Dandies.
They often had dyed hair, dressed flamboyantly, and traveled from England to Italy to eat pasta in the 1700s. /u/lightedgiraffe
Yawning is infectious because it supplies a method for the most sleepy to forcefully communicate their need for rest.
It thus ensures that the group rests/sleeps together.
Elephants can produce paintings using their trunks to hold paintbrushes.
In the water, tapirs use their snouts as snorkels and rest, allowing fish to pick parasites off their skin.
Two-toed sloths cannot shiver to stay warm like other mammals due to their low metabolic rates and little muscle tissue.
A fox’s eyes are adapted for seeing in the dark. Its pupils are elliptical in strong light, like those of a cat.
Other members of the dog family have round pupils./u/SKhan13
Because of their desert habitats, Long-Eared Jerboas create temporary burrows for shelter during their daytime hunts for insects.
Fuzzy Dwarf Lionfish are known to become highly personable with their owners when kept as pets.
They often learn to spit water at them for food and attention./u/holdenwook
Despite being a member of the hyena family, aardwolves differ in many ways – one of them being their diet of termites.
They may consume up to 200,000 snouted harvester termites in one night./u/LucheK
The slow loris is the only venomous primate in the world.
When it raises its arms, it’s performing a defensive stance and preparing a venom./u/BioMed_Central
The desert-dwelling Thorny Dragon can “drink” moisture that exists on any part of its body.
Tiny channels on its skin draw liquid to its mouth by capillary action.
Servals have the largest ears and longest legs in relation to the size of their body of any cat.
According to Zulu folklore, cheetah tearmarks are the result of a hunter stealing a mother’s cubs.
She cried for so long that her tears left permanent marks.
Giant Pandas were not officially considered bears until 1995. Til then, they were thought more closely related to raccoons.
Crocodiles begin communicating with each other even before they hatch, which may help them to hatch simultaneously.
Dachshund literally means ‘Badger Dog.’ They were originally bred to hunt and fight badgers in their burrows.
A common urban legend claims that duck quacks do not echo; however, this has been shown to be false.
Despite the phrase “sweating like a pig,” pigs sweat very little. They roll in water / mud to cool themselves.
Butterfly fish form pairs for life.
If the two become separated, they rise into the water column above the reef and search for each other./u/luxsalsivi
The Adélie penguin has soft spines on its tongue to better grip small fish and direct them into its mouth.
Free-ranging domestic cats kill 1.3–4.0 billion birds and 6.3–22.3 billion mammals annually in the United States.
They are likely the single greatest source of anthropogenic mortality for US birds and mammals./u/remotectrl
The stoat, also known as the short-tailed weasel, is nominated among the 100 “world’s worst invasive species”
The last of the native grey wolves of Yellowstone National Park were killed in 1926.
The wolves that live there now are the result of a 1995 reintroduction program.