50 interesting facts about zebras that you didn't know
These animals deserve to know them better and learn more about their features, lifestyle, and character. Take, for example, the fact that their stripes, like human fingerprints, are unique - could you imagine this?
What do we know about zebras other than they are striped?
The facts we at Bemorepanda have collected for you will tell you many exciting things about zebras, these great representatives of the African continent.
So, could you get acquainted: with zebras?
1. If you've ever wondered if there are crossbreeds between a horse and a zebra, the answer is yes. These are the so-called Zorses, descended from a zebra stallion and a mare. This hybrid was mentioned several times in George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels. Like most hybrids, Zorses are sterile.
2. Zebras have a strong sense of community and are not afraid to stand up for their fellow herds. When one of them is injured due to a predator attack, other zebras immediately come to the rescue, circling the injured fellow and helping to drive away the attacker.
3. All zebras come from Africa, but depending on their species, they have their specific habitat. Plains zebras can be found in East and South Africa; Grevy's zebras live in Ethiopia and Kenya; mountain zebras usually live in South Africa, Namibia, and Angola.
4. Zebras can communicate both verbally and non-verbally. The most striking example of non-verbal communication is the expression of the muzzle, in particular, the ears. They prick their ears and stretch their muzzles forward when greeting each other. Feeling threatened, they press their ears to their heads.
5. Along with horses and donkeys, zebras are the only living animals with only one toe.
6. Fossils from China and Uzbekistan and a two-million-year-old fossil found in South Africa suggest that the ancestors of Grevy's zebras once roamed Africa and Eurasia.
7. There are albino zebras in Mount Kenya's forests, and their dark stripes are light.
8. Mountain zebras live on slopes and plateaus at an altitude of up to 2000 meters above sea level.
9. Zebras have a habit of rubbing against various objects and even rolling in mud. Rolling coats their fur with sand and earth, which helps zebras keep themselves clean by rubbing off dead skin and removing mites, biting insects, and pests. Zebras also help keep each other clean.
10. In 1882, the government of Ethiopia, then known as Abyssinia, sent a zebra as a gift to French President Jules Grevy. In the same year, the French naturalist Émile Ustale named this species of zebra "Grevy's zebra" in honor of the president.
11. Zebras have evolved the ability to sleep standing up, and they do it most of the time. If predators attack, they can immediately run away and not waste precious seconds getting up.
12. Zebras are herbivores. In particular, they feed on grass, leaves, and stems of shrubs. Chewing wears down their teeth, so these teeth continue to grow throughout their lives. When the dry season arrives, zebras go elsewhere in search of food; this is why most species are considered nomadic.
13. Although zebras are not very fast (they can run at about 64 km per hour), they are incredibly dynamic and rely on their agility and endurance to outwit faster predators. They can zigzag to confuse attackers and evade most predators.
14. Have you ever wondered why zebras have stripes? There are many reasons for this, but the most interesting is the phenomenon of disruptive (torn) coloration. To a lion, a herd of zebras does not look like a bunch of individual animals gathered together but rather like a vast camouflaged striped mass, which makes it difficult for a predator to choose a specific zebra to attack.
15. Zebras are not picky eaters. Instead of just chewing short grass, they eat a wide variety of herbs, leaves, and young trees. As a result, they can roam much further than many other species, often venturing into wooded areas. They are known as pioneer animals, preparing the plains for other herbivore species that require shorter, more nutritious grasses.
16. Grevy's zebras have a low calf survival rate. Habitat loss, competition for resources, and hunting by humans have reduced the species' population by 54% in 30 years. Grevy's zebras are listed in the Red Book of Threatened Species, the most comprehensive archive of data on the global conservation status of biological species.
17. Zebra stripes can make them unattractive to some smaller predators, such as blood-sucking horseflies, which can spread disease.
18. The dominant stallion in the herd guards the group and is the first to sense danger, uttering a high-pitched snort to warn his comrades. He then quickly takes a defensive position at the group's rear while the mare (usually the mother of the youngest foal) leads the rest of the herd away.
19. Zebras are among the mammals with the most extended gestation period. Females can carry cubs for 12 to 14 months.
20. Zebras are considered mature at 3 to 6 years, and their average lifespan is 25 years.
21. Despite belonging to the same family as horses and donkeys, the independent nature of zebras makes them impossible to tame. They panic easily and have a much more aggressive nature than horses. They are known for attacking people.
22. Just as no two people have the same fingerprints, no two zebras have the same stripes.
23. Zebras use bites and kicks to protect themselves.
24. Zebras have completely black skin under black and white fur.
25. Night vision of a zebra is about the same as that of an owl.
26. Zebras were the subject of rock art in South Africa, dating from 28,000 to 20,000 years ago.
27. Unfortunately, it is well known that humanity is responsible for the disturbance of the natural habitat of many species. Agriculture, grazing, hunting, and habitat loss are the leading life-threatening causes for plains zebras.
28. Plains zebras regularly travel from the Serengeti plains in Tanzania to Kenya in search of food and water. Their annual migration leaves them vulnerable to various dangers, including attacks from lions, hyenas, wild dogs, and crocodiles.
29. Grevy's zebras are fast learners: newborns can be seen running just an hour after birth.
30. Adult mountain zebras can be 116 to 150 cm tall and weigh 240 to 372 kg.
31. Plains zebras usually have a height of 1.1 to 1.5 m and weigh up to 350 kg.
32. All zebras are close to their mothers, but males also form strong bonds with their fathers.
33. Grevy's zebras often live in harmony with other herbivores - wildebeests, ostriches, and antelope - nibbling off-dry, hardened grass tips that other herbivores cannot digest.
34. Grevy's zebras spend 60% of their day eating. In the dry season, when food is scarce, the percentage increases to 80%.
35. Newborn foals only take six minutes to stand on their own.
36. Mountain zebras are considered crepuscular animals, primarily active in the early morning and late afternoon until sunset.
37. Today, three zebra species roam the Earth: Grevy's, plains, and mountain zebra.
38. Zebras are born with brown and white hair, but brown turns black with age.
39. Plains zebras have been recorded to cover the 500 km between Namibia and Botswana, the longest land migration of a mammal in Africa.
40. Grevy's zebras can go without water for almost a week, but if possible, they will drink every day.
41. The plains zebra is the official national animal of Botswana.
42. When it's cold, mountain zebras take refuge in forests or caves and warm themselves in the morning sun, heading for the slopes facing east.
43. The main predators attacking Grevy's zebras are lions, cheetahs, hyenas, hunting dogs, and leopards.
44. Hunting is the main reason for the decline in the number of Grevy's zebras in Ethiopia.
45. Plains zebras are the most common type of zebra.
46. At birth, foals weigh between 25 and 40 kg.
47. Each species of zebra has its general stripe pattern.
48. Mountain zebras are skilled climbers and have sharper hooves than other zebras and horses.
49. Unlike plains zebras and horses, Grevy's zebras do not form long-term bonds. The composition of their group can change hourly.
50. In total, Grevy's zebras have about 80 stripes.
Mighty hippos, they are hippos, only seem to be such clumsy bumpkins. These massive animals have a quick temper and are very dangerous, especially if someone has the imprudence to disturb them. On the other hand, hippos do not harm anyone - they only protect themselves and their territory, which is steadily shrinking due to the expansion of human civilization.
The common hippopotamus is an artiodactyl animal that belongs to the hippopotamus family. Hippopotamuses prefer to live near freshwater reservoirs, where they spend most of their time, only occasionally leaving the water to feed. Hippos are also often called hippos, which means "river horse" in Greek. The name is very accurate, given the craving of hippos for water and the impressive dimensions of these animals.
Hippopotamuses are one of the largest land animals. The mass of an adult male often exceeds three tons; some sources claim that there were also four-ton giants. Until about ten, the group of males and females does not differ much, but males begin to gain weight much faster in adulthood. In the wild, the life expectancy of a hippopotamus rarely exceeds 40 years, and in captivity, animals can live up to 60 years with proper care.
Interesting facts about Hippos
1. In the African country of Sudan, hippos are considered evil creatures, so the locals fear them and bypass them.
2. There are pygmy hippos worldwide, which are 12-15 times inferior to their full-sized counterparts.
3. True, they still weigh about two hundred kilograms.
4. Hippos have stronger teeth than any other living creature on Earth.
5. Once upon a time, pygmy hippos were found on the Mediterranean islands, particularly in Cyprus, but they died out there long ago (see 33 interesting facts about Cyprus).
6. Hippo meat is entirely edible. Moreover, paleontologists have established that the ancestors of modern humans hunted them for meat several million years ago.
7. Although hippopotamuses spend most of their lives in the water, they only eat vegetation that grows on land but does not eat aquatic plants.
8. An enraged hippopotamus can develop tremendous speed, so even a professional athlete will not be able to escape from it.
9. The only living creature in the world that poses a threat to an adult hippo is a person.
10. The skin of hippopotamuses is unique in that it secretes a particular enzyme that helps to disinfect wounds. An excellent natural mechanism, considering that hippos often fight and inflict more or less severe injuries on each other.
11. A newborn baby hippo weighs an average of about 50 kg.
12. Hippos often ravage the fields in the countryside. In ancient Egypt, they, and not locusts, were considered the scourge of the areas.
13. In the stomach of an adult hippopotamus, up to 200 kg of digestible food can be simultaneously located.
14. The female hippo cannot become pregnant for 15-18 months after the cub's birth.
15. Some tribes in Africa make dentures from hippopotamus teeth.
16. Although hippos are fiercely protective of their offspring, they can quickly kill other people's cubs.
17. The skin of an adult hippopotamus weighs up to 500 kg, up to one-eighth of the mass of its entire body.
18. Hippos can sweat, and their sweat is reddish-pink.
19. The pupils of these animals are unique in that they are T-shaped.
20. In Africa, hippos kill more people than crocodiles.
21. even though hippos constantly eat when possible, if necessary, they can go without food for 15-20 days.
22. Hunting for hippos is officially banned in all countries, but some African tribes, leading a lifestyle close to the primitive, continue to hunt them.
23. The skin of these animals reaches 3.5-4 cm in thickness.
24. In well-fed hippos, the stomach sags so much that it can touch the ground when walking.
25. Their life expectancy can reach approximately 50 years.
26. Hippos, on occasion, do not mind eating a gaping antelope or even a crocodile.
27. Their skin is more challenging than that of any other animal. It is even more challenging than elephants.
28. An adult hippopotamus eats 50-60 kg of food per day.
29. Hippos can develop a running speed of up to 30 kilometers per hour. Accurate, from such efforts, they quickly fizzle out.
30. Older individuals often starve to death after their teeth have been completely worn down and they can no longer grind plant foods.
31. Hippos grow throughout their lives.
32. Hippos usually wait out the heat of the day in the water and go out to graze on land at night.
33. Often, during the night, they walk more than 10 kilometers in search of food.
34. Usually, females of these animals give birth to cubs on land, but sometimes they do it in the water. Why is it unknown?
35. If an adult hippopotamus opens its mouth, the distance from its upper to lower jaw can reach one and a half meters.
36. Hippos have relatively poor eyesight but excellent hearing. And in the water, they hear no worse than on land.
37. Hippos live only in freshwater.
38. If necessary, hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes while diving underwater.
39. Even adults and large crocodiles avoid attacking hippos.
40. An adult hippopotamus can weigh over 4 tons.
41. From the point of view of zoology, the closest relatives of these animals are whales.
42. Some African tribes treat the skin of hippopotamuses in such a way that it is used for polishing diamonds. But this is a long process that takes up to five or six years.
43. Currently, you can meet a wild hippopotamus only in Africa, and in recent decades their numbers have been declining. Biologists estimate that the total number of animals does not exceed 150,000, a quarter of them live in Zambia. But on the territory of South Africa, wild hippos completely disappeared several decades ago; they can only be found in the national park.
44. The main enemy of hippos is the man. Among the animals, few dare to attack this giant. Sometimes lions and crocodiles decide on this. But, even these ferocious predators do not always manage to defeat the hippopotamus, which in appearance seems lazy and clumsy. Crocodiles attack hippos in the water and lions on land.
45. A hippo's mouth can open almost 180 degrees, and its scope in adult animals reaches one and a half meters. The strength of the jaws of a hippopotamus is such that it can bite the spine of an adult crocodile.
46. With such a vast mass, the animal needs up to 50 kg—of feed per day. The main diet of the hippopotamus consists of grass. But, hippos can also eat the meat of other animals.
47. In zoos, hippos began to appear in the middle of the 19th century. The first animal was delivered to the London Zoo on May 25, 1850. The townspeople's delight knew no bounds, up to ten thousand people a day came to see such a miracle. Now hippos successfully breed in captivity, but keeping these animals is not cheap.
48. Since ancient times, people have hunted hippos for meat, skins, and bones. The heart, especially a young animal, is tasty and tastes like veal.
49. a healthy skin, up to four centimeters thick, was often used by warriors for sheathing shields, and the bone is used to make souvenirs. Given the sharp decline in the number of animals, the trade-in hippopotamus bones are limited by hard quotas.
50. When a hippopotamus goes to land, his body quickly dehydrates; therefore, in search of food, they prefer to go out at night when the heat subsides. In search of food, the hippopotamus can overcome up to ten kilometers, and with the onset of heat, they again plunge into the reservoir. Despite their impressive mass, hippos can reach speeds of up to thirty kilometers per hour over short distances.
51. For people, hippos are very dangerous. They often settle near sown fields, and in a short time, they can destroy a significant part of the crops since these animals have an excellent appetite. At this time, hippos are aggressive and can attack people passing by. In the water, animals sometimes attack passing boats. Most often, females do this, fearing for their cubs. In South Luangwa Park, located in Zambia, more than 100 people become victims of hippopotamus attacks yearly.
52. Most hippos prefer not to leave their native waters. Therefore, they suffer significantly during a drought, when the water level drops rapidly. But among these animals, there are lovers of travel. For example, in three years, a female named Hubert, from 1928 to 1931, decided on a desperate step - she covered 1,600 kilometers in southern Africa. She was shot dead by the hunters, who were then sentenced to a $25 fine.
The United Republic of Tanzania is located in East Africa; the state was formed on April 26, 1964, due to the unification of the Republic of Tanganyika and the People's Republic of Zanzibar and Pemba. This is how the United Republic of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was born. In October 1964, the name was shortened, and the country began to be called Tanzania. The country's territory is just over 945,000 square kilometers, with more than 60 million inhabitants.
Approximately 4/5 of the total population lives in rural areas. Average life expectancy is one of the lowest in the world. Suffice it to cite this fact - less than three percent of the country's inhabitants live up to 65 years. Almost half of the population are children under the age of 15. Tanzania has two official languages - Swahili and English. At the same time, only a tiny part of the population speaks English. There are more than 120 languages \u200b\u200bof various tribes on the state's territory.
Tanzania is home to Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, at 5,895 meters. In the language of the Swahili people, its name is translated as "mountain that sparkles." Kilimanjaro is a volcano that has not been active for a long time. The first summit was recorded on October 5, 1889. The German Hans Meyer and the Austrian Ludwig Purtsheller climbed Kilimanjaro that day. Even though Mount Kilimanjaro seems to be gentle, rising to the top is not so easy; about half of all climbers have failed.
Facts about Tanzania
1. Tanzania comprises at least 120 tribes, each significant. Each is culturally distinguished by its unique masks, hand-woven baskets, batik, poetry, ebony or rosewood carvings, and the like.
2. More than 120 languages are spoken in Tanzania, most of which are from the Bantu family. Kiswahili (Swahili) is the official language of Tanzania and Kenya.
3. Tanzanians prefer to drink tea in the morning as a breakfast drink and coffee in the evening.
4. Using your left hand to congratulate someone is considered impolite in Tanzania.
5. Zanzibar, Tanzania's port city, is a cosmopolitan hotspot that dominates East African culture. Its long history with Arab rulers, Indian workers, Portuguese traders, and European colonizers has created a unique blend of tradition, cuisine, music, dance forms, and arts.
6. Dar es Salaam, a city in eastern Tanzania, is the largest city in the country. It is also the largest city that speaks Swahili and has produced many great people in African history.
7. As a former European colony, Tanzanians have adopted football and rugby as their favorite sports.
8. Tanzania's de facto national dish is the humble Ugale. This is a simple porridge made with millet or sorghum flour.
9. In Tanzania, even lakes are sculpted. Lake Natron, a highly alkaline water body, turns birds and other animals into eerie stone statues.
10. The Mpingo tree, found in Tanzania, produces the most expensive wood in the world. It has exceptional mechanical properties that make it ideal for carving and an excellent finish.
11. Mpingo trees are also known as the musical tree of Africa since their wood has been used to make traditional musical instruments since ancient times.
12. In Tanzania, there is a strange solution for elephants who have lost their way to farmland - "Throw condoms filled with chili powder on them," It works pretty well. Despite their lighter side, they used to be used to throwing spears.
13. Freddie Mercury, lead vocalist and songwriter of the rock band Queen, was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
14. Tanzanians love hip hop music and have created Bongo Flava, a combination of international styles such as reggae, afrobeat, blues, rasta, and ballroom with local musical traditions such as taarab and dance.
15. Kinjikitile Ngwale was an attractive man who lived in Tanzania during the 1900s and led the revolution against the German colonizers. The uprising was known as the Maji Maji Revolution and was a crucial moment in the country's history.
16. The problem was that Kinjikitil Ngwala believed he was possessed by a snake spirit and claimed that the "magic" portion called "Maji" would turn German bullets into powder. A month later, he was hanged for treason.
17. Tanzania is a friendly country in diplomatic circles, but the government declared war on neighboring Uganda on October 30, 1978. Tanzania wholly owned the Ugandans and won after five months.
18. A shadow fight caused the 1978 war. It all started when one Ugandan soldier moved to Tanzania to drink, shooting at the locals.
19. The flag of Tanzania consists of a black and yellow stripe, cut out two triangles diagonally. The top is green, and the bottom is blue.
20. The flag carries four elements of everyday life in Tanzania. Green is the beauty of nature, yellow is the country's mineral deposits, black is the people, and blue is the large lakes.
21. Zanzibar, so calm, gets its flag. The flag's colors remain the same as in Tanzania, but the style is different.
22. Before Tanzania merged with Zanzibar in 1964, it was known as Tanganyika and had its flag - a green background cut in half with a black and yellow stripe.
23. The world's longest river, the Nile, is synonymous with the world's first civilization, the Egyptian civilization. This river originates from Lake Victoria, Tanzania.
24. Lake Victoria is also the world's largest tropical and second-largest freshwater lake.
25. There is an island in Tanzania called Mafia. The other two major islands are Zanzibar and Pemba.
26. The Three Islands of Tanzania is a favorite vacation spot for lovers of everything tropical. Diving, local seafood, and all-night beach festivals attract tourists in large numbers.
27. The country has designated 25% of its land for nature reserves and national parks. It is one of the highest in the world, and the total area exceeds the size of Germany.
28. Tanzania's most famous national park is the Serengeti National Park, where a million wildebeest stumble into the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya. This migration is so epic, titled one of the world's seven natural wonders.
29. As a tourism booster, the government has installed hot air balloons in the Serengeti National Park.
30. Tanzania is home to the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera, or volcanic depression. The crater has an area of 264 kilometers. It is estimated that it formed about 2,500,000 years ago.
31. In general comparison, the area of Tanzania (947,300 sq. Km) is slightly larger than the size of California (423,970 sq. Km) twice.
32. According to the CIA, all land in Tanzania is owned by the government, which can lease land for up to 99 years.
33. The extractive industry remains the primary sector through which the government pays its bills. Gold is the main mineral, and Tanzania is the third-largest African producer of the mineral, after South Africa and Ghana.
34. Tanzania receives about $500,000,000 in aid from around the world, most of which is paid for by the United Kingdom and the United States.
35. Ruaha National Park, Tanzania's largest national park, is home to the largest population of elephants.
36. Tanzania has seven (7) sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Facts on Mount Kilimanjaro (has three volcanic cones, "Kibo," "Mawenzi" and "Shira")
37. Mount Kilimanjaro is a poster boy in Tanzania. The iconic mountain is the highest peak in Africa and a place of fantastic beauty.
38. Mount Kilimanjaro is a world in itself, with stunning five different types of climate zones ranging from hot rainforests to arid snow-capped peaks. For comparison, in the whole USA, there are seven climate zones.
39. Mount Kilimanjaro is a lone wolf and loves to stand alone. It is a separate mountain; it is not part of any mountain range. It is the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
40. A German geologist named Hans Mayer was the first to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in October 1889.
41. Bernard Goosen from South Africa was the first person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a wheelchair.
42. Kyle Maynard, who has neither legs nor arms, became an inspiration to millions of people when he crawled to the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 without any prosthetics or assistance.
43. According to the Guinness World Records, Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest delivery point for a modest pizza. The pepperoni pizza was delivered 5,897 m (19,341 ft) after traveling 745 km in 4 days.
44. Tanzania may have had countless geographical riches but remains impoverished. Despite being surrounded by the world's three largest lakes, water scarcity has become a nightmare for rural areas. As of 2009, almost a third of the country did not have access to clean drinking water.
45. Farms and livestock depend solely on rain, and years of drought bring massive starvation and starvation. The 2010 Global Hunger Index ranks the food situation as "deeply worrying."
46. About 40% of the total population lives in extreme poverty, and almost 60% live below the World Bank's $1.25 poverty line.
47. One of the critical causes of poverty is the low rate of urbanization. More than 80% of the population lives in rural areas lacking basic civic amenities such as electricity, sanitation, and education.
48. There are strange heaps of magnetized volcanic ash that travel through the desert at a rate of about 17 meters per year. The dunes are located near Olduvai Gorge within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, along the road to the Serengeti National Park.
49. Zanzibar, Tanzania, is the site of the shortest war in history. The battle was fought between British forces and Khalid bin Barghash. The battle lasted from 38 to 45 minutes, and the British did well.
50. Traces of tracks formed about 3,600,000 years ago have been found in Tanzania. The footprints vary in size and suggest that they were created by a group consisting of a male and two females.
All people are different. Some love math, others love history, and others love something else. But even if you are indifferent to zoology, the questions of our quiz about representatives of the animal world will not seem boring to you because we at Bemorepanda tried to find questions for her that would interest both schoolchildren and those who have long left their desks.
Q&A: for those who are interested in animals and love quizzes
It can be helpful for someone to prepare for the next lesson, where you can show off your knowledge and earn a good mark, for others - to have fun at a party or on a long trip.
These quizzes are an excellent way to get to know the incredible animal world quickly. So welcome to the realm of our little brothers!
1. How do sea otters not fly apart while sleeping?
Answer: They are holding hands.
2. Which animal has stripes not only on the coat but also on the skin?
Answer: The tiger.
3. What color is the blood of an octopus?
4. Which bear is known for having a bite strong enough to break a bowling ball?
Answer: Grizzly bear.
5. What is the smallest mammal in the world?
Answer: Bumblebee bat.
6. What famous animal breathes through the anus to survive the winter?
Answer: Painted turtles.
7. What color is the polar bear's fur?
Answer: Transparent, although it appears white because it is hollow and reflects light.
8. Who has the thickest fur of all mammals?
Answer: A sea otter.
9. What color is hippopotamus sweat?
Answer: First red, then brown.
10. Where are the only two places in the world where lions live in the wild?
Answer: Africa and India.
11. At what distance can a wolf smell prey?
Answer: Almost 3.2 km.
12. How many hearts does an octopus have?
13. What kind of crustacean can growl to intimidate its enemies?
Answer: Ghost Crab.
14. Which mammal has the shortest pregnancy on earth?
Answer: A possum has about 12 days.
15. What color is a polar bear's skin?
16. What animal can only eat when its head is upside down?
17. Which farm animals can sunbathe?
18. Which male sea creature has babies?
Answer: A seahorse.
19. What shape do the tails of mating dragonflies have?
Answer: The shape of a heart.
20. What color are flamingos at birth?
21. Which animal has the most vital sense of smell?
Answer: African elephant.
22. What is the name of the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world
Answer: Tasmanian Devil.
23. What percentage of their lives do cats spend sleeping?
Answer: 70 percent.
24. Which animal splashes blood from its eyes as a defense mechanism?
Answer: Horned lizard.
25. What animal's hearing is about four times more sensitive than a human's?
26. Is coral a plant or an animal?
27. What is the only animal that can live forever?
28. How far can you hear the sound of a blue whale?
Answer: More than 800 kilometers.
29. Which bird's eye is more significant than its brain?
30. How many eggs can a female frog lay at one time?
Answer: Up to 4000.
31. What do humpback whales use to attract prey?
32. Which animal has the highest blood pressure?
Answer: A giraffe.
33. What creature has a tongue that can be used to measure the length of its body?
34. How many legs does a scorpion have?
35. What part of the fish is found in lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras?
36. What is the closest living relative of the tyrannosaurus rex (Tyrannosaurus rex)?
37. What underwater creatures are known for producing electricity?
Answer: Electric eels, electric rays, and electric catfish.
38. What determines the sex of a baby sea turtle?
Answer: From the temperature of the sand nest.
39. Why are flamingos pink?
Answer: Their diet is rich in algae, shrimp, and crustaceans.
40. How many flowers must honey bees fly around to produce 450 g of honey?
Answer: Two million.
41. What animal is known for sleeping 90 percent of its day?
Answer: Koala bear.
42. How long is an elephant pregnant before giving birth?
Answer: 22 months.
43. How many types of calls do gorillas have?
44. How long does it take for a baby orangutan to wean in the wild?
Answer: Up to 8 years.
45. Which turtle cannot retract into its shell?
Answer: Sea turtle.
46. What fish pair for life?
47. What are the only two mammals that lay eggs?
Answer: Platypus and spiny anteater.
48. What sea creature can be divided into five parts and still survive?
49. What is the only insect that can turn its head 180 degrees?
50. Excrement of which animal is in the form of cubes?
51. A newborn kangaroo the size of...?
52. Which mammal has the most substantial bite?
Answer: A hippopotamus.
53. How many teeth can a crocodile have in a lifetime?
Answer: Up to 4000.
54. What sea creature can change its gender?
55. How many heart chambers does a cockroach have?
56. How long can a bald eagle live?
Answer: 20 to 30 years in the wild, although they can live even longer in captivity.
57. How far can a skunk spray reach?
Answer: Three meters. And some are twice as much.
58. Which animal is nicknamed "sea cow"?
59. Which whale has a tusk?
60. Which birds are known to be the only birds that can fly backward?
61. What percentage of methane in the Earth's atmosphere is produced by cows?
62. Which animal is known to have the enormous eyes in the world?
Answer: Colossal squid.
63. How many legs does a lobster have?
64. How many types of sea urchins are there?
Answer: About 950.
65. What is the most poisonous aquatic animal in the world?
66. How much do panda cubs weigh at birth?
67. How long does it take for a hen to produce an egg?
Answer: 24-26 hours.
68. What does a male penguin often give his female counterpart to win her favor?
69. What are rhinoceros horns made of?
Answer: From keratin.
70. What animal produces mohair?
Answer: Angora goat.
71. Which aquatic mammal has the most extended lifespan?
Answer: Bowhead whale.
72. Which animal lays the giant egg about its body size?
73. What is the only food source for koala bears?
74. How many feathers are in a peacock's tail?
Answer: On average, 175.
75. What do pigs do to keep calm and prevent sunburn due to their lack of sweat glands?
Answer: They wallow in the mud.
76. The age of a lion can be determined by its ...?
77. Which bird is considered the fastest?
78. What are four common animal species that die shortly after birth?
Answer: Octopus, squid, salmon, and mayfly.
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Only a loving owner can truly understand what a treasure he sheltered by letting a dog into his house.
How dogs have affected the lives of Reddit users
Twenty stories from Reddit users whose interaction with dogs was for them, if not a turning point, certainly influenced their lives from the best side.
Take care of your pets because they are not more defenseless and devoted in the world!
1. Tell me, is this not fate?
Recently, a wonderful girl, a shepherd dog named Gerda, began to live in our house. The baby is only a year old, and her owners have already abandoned her. They quickly left the city, collected all the valuables, and left the biggest treasure in the apartment without water and food.
The poor man was saved by volunteers who help such animals abandoned by their owners leave the country or another city.
My husband and I did not think for a long time; we immediately said we would take it ourselves. The dog is incredibly quick-witted, intelligent, affectionate, and kind, and how it guards the apartment! She serves us and tries to thank us for giving her shelter. Sometimes, animals seem to have much purer souls than humans. Yes, and love in them a hundred times more. — #Beastfast@pn6
2. Meeting the one that changed my life
They wanted to get a dog with a girl, rummaged through the sites of animal shelters, and thought through all the details (the first dog). On the same day, a friend asked me to help after work (to remove construction debris from the floor).
In the evening, as usual, I stood at the bus stop with a plan to call in to help and ignored how I got into the 101st bus (21 was needed). At that moment, I thought it was not scary since the bus would pass nearby, but I would have to walk a little to his house due to inattention. The bus was almost empty, and I sat in the back without any problems and turned on the music in my headphones.
When I had about 10 minutes left to go, some grandfather with a dog in his arms sat down next to me. I did not immediately pay attention to him, but we instantly liked each other when I noticed the dog. The man saw this, and we started talking; he said he had found a puppy abandoned somewhere near the clinic, hungry and frightened.
He said he was taking him home, but after a couple of days, he was leaving, did not know where to attach him, and offered to take him to me. At first, I refused and even told myself in my head that this was a bad idea and an impulsive act, that I had to go on business, and in general, I had never had a dog. Still, when the bus almost arrived at my stop, and the doors were already open, I agreed, and grandfather gave me this little puppy.
We have been together for almost three years, and during all this time, I have never regretted my decision on the bus. — Pikabu
3. "I didn't know I could love someone as much as my dog."
“I just happened to save a dog during COVID quarantine. And just at that time, she had just broken off from a long and abusive relationship and lived alone. In the end, saving my dog saved me. She was my roommate and my best friend. Her selfless love for me showed that I deserve happiness. And it was she who eventually brought me to my fiance ...
Now they are my joy and my light, and my world is a much better place because of them.” — ramire37
4. Hunting dogs are the best excuse for adventurous owners
Although I am not a hunter, I love hunting dog breeds. They are so funny! Constantly looking for adventure. And when you go for a walk with them, you become involved in these searches and wait for new finds with anticipation. I have a dachshund. And this walking sausage never ceases to amaze me. What we didn’t find with him: lost toys, bags forgotten by neighbors, and even a duck) It was both funny and strange: where does a live duck come from in our yard ?! She settled in our yard for a few days and became a local landmark) But she disappeared as suddenly as she appeared. Hope you're okay, duck! — #Beastfast@pn6
5. Dog - as a reason to become more disciplined
As a child, she was a terrible bitch. She could dress or undress for hours, being distracted by everything that could be distracted. When I turned 12, my parents gave me a dog, happiness knew no bounds, but I also had to take care of it. The dog is small; from the diaper, you need to retrain to the street. As a result, I learned to dress in 3 minutes a month. A couple of years passed, and I began to like the boy; I didn’t go outside without makeup. Another week - and I apply daytime light makeup in 2 minutes. It's been seven years. The dog is no longer alive, and I still dress and paint in 5 minutes. And just dreaming about a dog… — #Zveropost@pn6
6. “We got a puppy after we found out we were having fertility issues.”
“It was a bold decision, but I am very grateful to him. He is the best thing I have ever bought in my life. He brings us both so much joy and love. We both adore him, and he has changed our life and waistline for the better…” — lauraw4671f5ac2
7. The moment when a dog can marry people
I was afraid of dogs. I was bitten as a child, and the scar on my leg is still visible. One summer evening, my girlfriend and I were walking in the park. I hear someone shouting from behind: “Stop, Devil!” I turn and see a vast Golden Retriever dog running towards me. All life flashed before my eyes. The dog knocks me to the ground with its front paws and looks at me; I look at it; I don’t know what to do. Fortunately, the owner ran up and took her away. I have never experienced such fear in my life. When I came to my senses, the dog's owner apologized for a long time, and the dog himself looked modestly at me. We exchanged numbers and talked for a long time; it turned out that we have a lot in common; I'm getting married in a month. And the Golden Retriever turned out to be the cutest and kindest creature, only her nickname is frightening)) — #Zveropost@pn6
8. Friends can be supported, including dogs.
For three years, I have been living with two beautiful dogs: Joe, the little Spitz, and Jim, the German Shepherd. They are great friends; they started sleeping on the same pillow as puppies, got along well, and never quarreled. Joe and Jim love to play catch-up all over the house, but the Spitz's paws are too short of catching up with a shepherd dog quickly; because of this, he can get upset and sadly go to another room. But Jim's act shocked me - he began to succumb to it! The dog realized that the other dog was sad, so he began to run more slowly! I'm in complete shock at how they feel about each other! Yes, not every person can read emotions and moods so well! — #Beastfast@pn6
9. Fate as it is!
I work in a nursery. A family came to us with a 7-year-old girl. We walked for a long time, chose among small dogs, and then moved to the next building to look at the big puppies. And there was a husky. I think everyone knows how beautiful they are, especially their eyes. Suddenly, the girl squeaked and began to poke her finger into one of the enclosures, and she was jumping up and down with impatience! It turned out that this puppy had heterochromia (different colored eyes), just like the girl! This is how it happened by chance! They immediately decided that this puppy was waiting for them, and they had no right not to take it away. And, having quickly issued everything, they left, happy, home. This is why I love my job! — #Beastfast@pn6
10. "My boy saved me from myself."
“I was on the verge of a major breakdown, but one day he came to my house and taught me how to be myself again.” — goniamiksch
11. You're too close
We got our dog by accident. We didn't plan. We didn’t even think this would be a good test for stress resistance and endurance. Walk three times a day in any weather, and treat a runny nose, allergies, and indigestion.
We are now ready for kids! — Natashiashi/Pikabu.
12. “Having a dog changed my life. I'm fighting depression and can't live without my dog and best friends."
“We do everything together. We went to the indoor dog park the other day, and I needed to go to the bathroom. She was waiting for me by the fence until I got back. If that's not love and devotion, then I don't know what love and devotion is." — katelinaverkamp
13. Don't be mean to your pets or people; they trust you unconditionally!
He picked up a dog right in the middle of the field a year ago. He was collared, well-groomed, and plump like that, they searched for his owners for a long time, but no one responded. It was noticeable that the poor fellow was thrown out - he was very bored, and for the first week, he refused food and only drank water. We left him at home; the dog quickly adapted and realized that we are a new family, but here's something he has retired from his "past life." He is afraid of driving a car; when we need to take him to the vet or go to nature to relax, the dog shrinks into the seat and is afraid to get out of the car. Poor guy probably thinks we'll take him out and leave him, just like the previous owners... — #Beastpost@pn6.
14. Buns and dogs
When I was in the 6th grade, life was especially hard for our country. I remember school lunches getting scarcer.
And the thing was that the road home lay through the entire private sector of my village. Then many kept dogs for protection, which happened to run without a leash. To appease such a crazy dog, I just needed a school bun. I broke off a small piece and treated all the animals I met.
Over time, dogs from all over the area became my best friends. I knew everyone by name, and even the most formidable representatives happily waved their tails when they saw me:
And only one dog did not succumb to either my charm or treats. It was a little black curly Lota of our neighbors🦺. She didn't bark; she had a thin, shrill voice, incredibly loud. Any person passing by was always qualitatively barked at by her. I remember, and in my ears, there is a screech of this dog devoted only to its owners. — Natalymarketolog/Pikabu
15. Lessons from dogs can be cruel but effective!
As a child, I was bitten by a dog. This vinegar was left on my body as a reminder not to approach an animal when it is eating. I learned this lesson long ago, but I could not think it could catch up with me in the future. Once, walking on the street, I noticed a lonely booth in the middle of the park, and next to it was a playground. Near the booth sat a small dog that sweetly ate a giant bone. From afar, the baby picked up speed on his tiny legs. At some point, I realized that now there would be fierce trash if I didn’t make it on time. At breakneck speed, I block the already-ready-to-bite small dog from the child instead of a small dog biting me. That day I received 40 injections in my stomach. But the child remained intact. My parents invited me to dinner, and the dog was taken to a shelter. I hope the dog will find his family well, and the parents will not be too lazy in the future and take care of their child's safety. — #Beastfast@pn6.
16. Not only can people raise pets, but also people's dogs
I love my dog, but I never thought she could be so bright. We have been with her for more than a month, so she knows the correct commands and always listens to me, but sometimes there are exceptions. Probably, my pet, in such cases, believes that I am wrong and thus insists on his own. Otherwise, I cannot explain this. For example, the other day, when hyperactivity woke up a dog, I forbade chasing it around the apartment and went to my room because my head hurt terribly. After a couple of seconds, a dog approached me with my sneakers in his mouth. And no, it was not an offer to go out and take a walk; it was, as always, a warning that now she would do things to them because I forbade something stupid. I didn’t understand this hint of her right away; only after about five washing of shoes I realized that the dog was well-mannered, but that’s too cunning). — #Beastfast@pn6.
17. When a dog leaves memories for a lifetime
Our family had a dog Nyusha. She recently died. But she left behind a good memory and a bunch of funny stories. One day we went camping for a few days. Nyusha, of course, is with us. We began to set up camp for the night, so Nyusha would not get under her feet; her father tied her leash to a tree. Everyone was busy with things. Nyusha was nearby, running, and playing.
The following day we had to move on. We began to gather. Look, there is no dog leash. They began to find out who untied her yesterday. It turned out - no one. Where's the leash? All rummaged - no.
The father comes up to Nyusha and says: “Nyusha, did you take the leash? Bring it if you do!" She ran into the bushes, and he followed her. The dog began to dig. The father saw that the leash was on the ground. Such was the girl - you can’t tie her without her consent))) — #Zveropost@pn6
18. “My dog teaches me to keep things in perspective and focus on what I can or cannot control.”
“She helps me feel grateful for the little things! When life seems incomprehensible and people turn away from each other, I sometimes feel powerless. However, I know it's not so bad when my dog brings me another stick and spins around in the autumn foliage! — hannahbennett3
19. "It's okay to fool around and play with your dog sometimes like you're a kid again."
"Even if you look a little silly, just stop and enjoy life with your four-legged friend." —amandal493b7ea41
20. We hope this event will be a lesson for this man. But we're now to look for this dog and money?!
After going to the store, the man decided to put his purchases in the trunk and put a purse with money in the car. Naturally, he forgets about her and leaves the parking lot. Literally, in a couple of minutes, the realization comes that there is no purse, and there are documents and 250K. By car, not in the parking lot either. Calls the police (shops do not show cameras to the townsfolk). Operas come to the guards:
- Where is the purse?
The guards neigh
- The dog took it.
They show a video where the car moves off, the purse falls, and a healthy dog grabs it almost on the fly and runs away as fast as possible.
Now the dog has rights, a car, and good cash. — Kayt. ya/Pikabu
There are many types of sharks in the world, although the word "shark" most of us think of a huge killer fish from some Hollywood horror movie, terrifying the coastal waters. In fact, not all types of sharks are dangerous to humans, and even those that can harm or kill do not often cause the death of a careless diver.
More than 550 species of sharks live on our planet, and we periodically meet information about sharks from news sources. However, we know little of the interesting facts associated with them, such as the fact that sharks have been living on the planet for more than 400 million years. So sharks are older than dinosaurs.
Interesting facts about sharks
1. The body of a shark produces a special substance that blocks all its pain sensations.
2. Up to 30 tons per 1 sq. cm is the largest shark bite force.
3. About 3.5 years is the gestation period for a shark.
4. The speed of large sharks can reach up to 50 km / h.
5. A shark can't stop abruptly.
6. No more than 15% of its own weight is the average weekly diet of a shark.
7. 15 cm is the smallest shark size, and 12 meters is the largest.
8. The minimum speed of a shark is 2.5 km / h.
9. To regulate the salinity of water, the body of a shark can produce special means.
10. To conserve energy, a shark can turn off part of the brain.
11. In the water column, the scales of the skin of a predator help to move faster.
12. Thanks to its large liver, the shark stays on the water.
13. This predator has a low level of blood flow activity.
14. Shark skin is lubricated with a special oily secret to reduce resistance when moving in water. mybook.ru advertising | 16+ More
15. Some species of sharks may have glowing eyes.
16. The lateral line helps sharks navigate in space.
17. A shark's eating habits can be affected by the phases of the moon.
18. Sharks never stop moving or sleep.
19. Warm-blooded species include the blue, great white, and mako sharks.
20. Sharks never blink.
21. There is a species of shark that emits photophores on its fins.
22. Along the intestine there is a special valve in the form of a spiral to increase the absorption surface of the large intestine.
23. Two whirlwinds in one muscle movement can create a shark's tail fin.
24. The osmotic pressure of a shark provides half the salt content in the sea water of the ocean.
25. Sharks can suffer from food fever.
26. Some sharks can rest on the ocean floor.
27. If you pull the shark by the tail for a long time, then it can drown.
28. A shark's sense of smell is one of the best on the planet.
29. A shark can experience a voltage of 0.01 microvolts.
30. Even above the surface of the water, a shark can smell.
31. In 360 degrees, the hammerhead shark is able to inspect the space.
32. The shark is perfectly oriented in space.
33. The Earth's electromagnetic field serves as a "compass" for sharks.
34. The structure of the eye in sharks has the same configuration as in humans.
35. The muscles of the diaphragm in a shark are responsible for focusing the image.
36. At a distance of up to 15 meters in opaque sea water, a shark is able to see.
37. Shark sees 45 frames per second.
38. Shark eyes are able to distinguish colors.
39. 10 times the quality of a shark's vision compared to a human.
40. A shark can swim safely in the dark and with its eyes closed.
41. A shark can feel sounds with its entire skull.
42. In the range of 10-800 hertz, a shark is able to distinguish sound signals.
43. The white shark has the best hearing.
44. Sharks are able to detect changes in water temperature thanks to sensitive skin receptors.
45. Among the possible threats to humans in the water, the shark is the last on the list.
46. A double shark attack on the same person is known.
47. Every year, sharks make up to ten attacks on ships.
48. Sharks, attacking ships, often get stuck in them.
49. Florida's New Smyrna Beach is the place where most shark attacks have been recorded.
50. Shark often attacks inedible objects that impede its movement.
51. A shark uses a special system to warn people of an attack.
52. Predators often attack the male half of the population.
53. A dressed person in the water attracts the attention of a shark more than an undressed one.
54. In 1873, the white shark received its official name.
55. A juvenile white shark feeds exclusively on fish.
56. At the age of 15, a white predator reaches sexual maturity.
57. Killer whale often hunts the great white shark.
58. The great white shark closes its eyes at the last moment of the attack.
59. More than 10 meters in length reached the largest sharks caught.
60. Young predators survive on their own without the support of their parents.
61. About 47% of all shark attacks end successfully.
62. Waiting and many hours of tracking down prey is part of the shark's hunting strategy.
63. In one year, on average, a white shark eats up to 11 tons of food.
64. A great white shark can live without food for three whole months.
65. Often in captivity, a shark refuses to eat.
66. The "scavenger" of the ocean is called the tiger shark.
67. Powder kegs and cannonballs were found in the stomach of a tiger shark.
68. Compared to bull skin, tiger shark skin is 10 times stronger.
69. A tiger shark is considered a nocturnal predator.
70. A bull shark can live in fresh waters.
71. About half of all attacks on humans are carried out by a bull shark.
72. In India, the dead are thrown into the water with voracious bull sharks.
73. A bull shark is considered an almost immortal predator, which can eat its own insides.
74. The largest amount of testosterone is produced in the bull shark.
75. Only in the back row do new teeth grow in a bull shark.
76. The maximum length of a shark's teeth is 18 cm.
77. Up to 15,000 pieces can be the number of teeth in a shark.
78. A shark renews up to 24,000 of its teeth in one decade of life.
79. Only 6 mm is the size of the teeth of the whale shark.
80. About 5 cm is the length of the white shark teeth.
81. The only bone tissue in the body of a shark is the teeth.
82. Shark can determine the fat content of the victim with the help of teeth.
83. Each type of shark has its own shape of teeth.
84. A shark jumps up to three meters in the water while hunting.
85. The fox shark has an unusual way of hunting.
86. The wolf is the terrestrial brother of the shark.
87. The gray shark hunts in an original way.
88. A dolphin can attack a shark to protect its offspring.
89. The tiger shark has characteristic teeth and a very large mouth.
90. Large crocodiles are among the shark's enemies.
91. A shark can hunt a whale.
92. Sperm whales and porpoises can attack a shark.
93. Shark attacks only obviously weak opponents.
94. The whale shark is the largest species.
95. About 15 tons is the weight of the largest shark.
96. In the shape of a rectangle, the whale shark lays its eggs.
97. About 100 kg on average weighs a baby whale shark.
98. A female whale shark can carry 300 new embryos at the same time.
99. About 200 kg of plankton are eaten daily by a whale shark.
100. The speed of the whale shark often does not exceed 5 km / h.