50 Astonishing Facts about Animals You Didn’t Know

Species that are marvelous and extraordinary flourish in our natural environment! All animals seem to have a unique feature that distinguishes them from others. As we glance at or study animals, we can notice several of these features, and meanwhile, we easily overlook other fascinating aspects of the animal realm.

Several traits in such intriguing organisms may appear weird to us, but they are crucial for the animal’s survival.

Two Orange Tigers Sitting Beside Each Other
Two Orange Tigers Sitting Beside Each Other | Image Credit – Thomas B

Here, we have assembled an inventory of 50 astonishing facts about animals. Just hang back, breathe, and indulge in a few intriguing, terrifying, unexpected, and entertaining animal tales that you won’t be forgetting!

  1. While feeding, sea otters constantly swim on their backsides. They hunt for mussels, sea urchins, and mollusks while gliding through the water. The thick fur coat shelters them from the freezing water as animals feed.
  2. The eyesight of moose is terrible. And many have attempted to breed with automobiles.
  3. The pistol shrimp surprises its target by making a loud hammering sound with its claws. The target is stunned or killed by the boom, which is quite intense. These shrimp can produce a bang of up to 210 decibels, which is more significant than gunshots.
Squirrel with fluffy tail on dry tree twig
Squirrel with fluffy tail on dry tree twig | Image Credit – Skyler Ewing
  1. Squirrels deposit nuts in the soil and usually forget where they stashed the edibles. Hence, they plant thousands of trees inadvertently.
  2. When food gets scarce, certain Australian Flower Spiders consume their mothers. The mother spider makes self-sacrifice by urging her tiny ones to strike, shred her inner parts, and feast on her flesh. Cannibalism has been observed in various spider species, and it is commonly associated with sexual relations.
  3. Koala fingerprints are remarkably similar to human prints. What is shocking is that they have been misidentified during criminal investigations.
  4. The sense of smell in canines is 100,000 times more potent than that of humans. They do, unfortunately, possess only one-sixth of human taste senses.
  5. Pigeons can perform numerical computations at around the same degree as chimps. During one research, pigeons were encouraged to compare and evaluate nine photos, each with various items. Experts observed that the birds could rank the photos according to how many items they contained.
  6. The blue-eyed lemur is one of only two non-human species with a true blue iris.
  7. The Australian Koala Foundation estimates that the adorable creatures, Koalas sleep around 18 and 22 hours every day. Because koalas’ food needs a burst of power to metabolize, they have to slumber frequently. No wonder they are sleepier than your cats!
  8. Kangaroos are unable to leap if their tails are lifted from the surface. Why? Well, they rely on their tail for balance and movement.
  9. Wild chimps in Guinea have been observed drinking fermented palm juice, which comprises around 3% alcohol by volume.
  10. As per animal behaviorists, cats do not purr or meow to interact with one another. It is indeed a technique they employ to attract attention from people.
  11. Female bats bear children while suspended upside down, collecting their babies in their wings as they fall.
Flamingos Drinking Water
Flamingos Drinking Water | Image Credit – Son Bom
  1. Have you ever thought about why flamingos stand on a single leg? It is to control the temperature. Heat is conserved by maintaining one leg nearer to the body.
  2. Buffalo populations in Africa are democratic and feminist. Only mature females can “vote” about which direction to move. They show their preference by standing up, staring at one location, then bending down again.
  3. Hippos can create their personal sunscreen. This plant-eating mammal shields itself from the scorching African heat by secreting a pinkish-reddish fluid through its epidermis.
  4. Within minutes, a school of piranhas can devour a living creature the size of a sheep. Fortunately, sheep and piranhas do not, however, tend to congregate in the same places.
  5. Sharks have two more sensory stimuli than humans. They can detect even the tiniest electrical currents in the seawater, such as those caused by muscle spasms, and notice pressure and motion fluctuations in the sea. These traits aid the shark’s navigation and hunting in low-light situations and when the eyesight is hindered.
  6. Even though polar bears have a typical core body heat of 37°C, they do not emit any measurable heat and do not appear in infrared images.
Selective Focus Photography of Two Penguins
Selective Focus Photography of Two Penguins | Image Credit – DSD
  1. Appearance-wise, penguins are cute, but they are a nightmare. Epithelial tissue in the form of spike-like projections is present in their throats. Were you aware that after the dinosaurs died, certain ancient penguin varieties, including the Kupoupoupou stilwelli, dominated the planet?
  2. The tongue-eating louse will consume its owner’s tongue and substitute it with its own. The louse penetrates a fish’s gills and proceeds to the back of the tongue, where it rips off the blood flow. Eventually, the tongue dies and falls out. As a newfound tongue, it finds home in the fish’s mouth.
  3. The sound a turtle produces can reveal its sexuality. Females hiss, whereas males grunt.
  4. Reindeer have lovely baby blue hues in the eyes in the winter season. The irises of Arctic reindeer vary from golden to blue throughout the year, adjusting to dramatic fluctuations in light conditions in their surroundings. The shift in hue affects how radiation is scattered through the retina, helping them see better.
  5. African gray parrots willingly assist one another in obtaining yummy treats and engage in compassionate behavior. These parrots were inherently aimed at helping others, even when the other person was not a buddy, and thus acted in a somewhat “prosocial” manner.
  6. Frogs are unable to puke. If it is genuinely unavoidable, they will puke their entire gut.
  7. Crabs can terrify smaller species with sharp blades, and if that is not sufficient, ghost crabs snarl like a hound at their foes. Crabs generate these terrifying groans with fangs in their bellies.
Gray Monkey Holding on Gray Tree Branch
Gray Monkey Holding on Gray Tree Branch | Image Credit – Sebastian Voortman
  1. Whenever capuchin monkeys are sexually aroused, they pee on their feet and hands. The alpha males are thought to utilize urine-washing to send friendly, warm sentiments to females, implying that their solicitation is effective and, therefore, they do not have to flee.
  2. A tarantula spider can go without nourishment for further than two years.
  3. Humpback whales band together to grab the meal and employ a “bubble-net” strategy. The whales will periodically move in an upward loop while blowing bubbles underneath, forming a spiral ‘net’ of bubbles that makes it difficult for fish to flee.
  4. A dolphin’s brain naps in halves at a period. The other conscious half forces the organism to come up for air when necessary to keep the dolphin from sinking.
  5. As for these drowsy creatures, life moves at a snail’s pace. Several sloths only make bowel movements weekly, and a leaf might require up to a month for them to process. 
  6. Octopuses have two different hearts. Their blood is pumped to the gills by two hearts, while the remaining blood is pumped to the entire body by the third. They also possess nine brains to add up to their complexity.
  7. Wombats utilize their excrement to warn other creatures not to enter their territory. Fortunately, wombats’ cube-shaped feces makes it simpler to recognize a wombat-controlled area, as the small squares generally remain in place better than cylindrical fecal matter.
  8. Flamingos do not have pink feathers. Their plumage appears pink because they feed brine shrimp plus blue-green algae, which carry a natural pink dye termed canthaxanthin. Flamingos in zoos and under protection frequently lose their colors due to unsuitable diets.
  9. Hoatzin is the only bird built with a ruminant digestive tract, such as cows, sheep, and deer. Furthermore, they have a cow-dung-like odor.
  10. As a defense technique, dolphins intentionally handle pufferfish, prompting them to emit poisons. These poisons are lethal in high amounts, but they also have a narcotic effect. Furthermore, they are a potent psychedelic that dolphins seem to love.
  11. The mayfly is the planet’s shortest lifeform. It only has a 24-hour lifecycle, with several mayfly species existing only for only 8-10 hours.
  12. The horned lizard can fire blood out of its eyeballs up to 3 feet distant. The odd and repulsive behavior is a defense technique used to confound attackers.
  13. Roosters protect them from becoming deaf due to their rackety trumpeting by leaning their heads back whenever they croak, covering their ear canal, and acting as an ear cork.
Black and White Dairy Cow's Head
Black and White Dairy Cow’s Head | Image Credit – Jan Koetsier
  1. Cows defecate up to 15 times each day, resulting in 115 pounds of dung daily, or around 21 tons per year.
  2. The tongue of a Blue Whale can be as large as an automobile or a small adult elephant. And they can weigh up to 2.7 tons.
  3. The Grey-headed Albatross can fly around the world in 46 days. The bird completes a remarkable round-the-world trip and travels 14,000 miles at a constant speed of 13mph. They accomplish this movement by stopping at several locations all along the journey.
  4. The dementor wasp paralyzes cockroaches with the help of poison on the forehead, converting roaches into zombies. The chemicals cause the cockroach to lose track of its motions, causing it to crawl into the wasp’s nest and die unintentionally.
  5. Great white sharks can recognize a drop of blood in 25 gallons of water and identify minor quantities of blood from a distance of three miles.
  6. The tiger’s hind legs are so robust that some remain upright even after their demise.
  7. The Alpine Swift can fly in the sky for more than six months without coming to the ground.
  8. Snowballs are a delightful game for Japanese Macaque monkeys. These snow monkeys have been seen carrying snowballs up the hills and then tossing them downward.
  9. Tardigrades can live in space for over ten years without feeding.
  10. Dogs cool themselves by sweating via their paw pads. They also maintain their body temperature by panting.

To Wrap Up

Two Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppies
Two Yellow Labrador Retriever Puppies | Image Credit – Chevanon Photography

There you have it, 50 of the most fascinating, bizarre, and entertaining animal discoveries. Hopefully, the collection was engaging and thought-provoking. Shoot all of these intriguing animal facts at the dinner table during the next family gathering and be the talk of the town!

Shradha Bhatta

Shradha Bhatta holds a Bachelors’s Degree in Social Work along with a Post-graduate degree in Project Management from Georgian College in Canada. Shradha enjoys writing on a variety of topics and takes pleasure in discovering new ideas. She likes traveling and spending time with nature. She is a very people-person who loves talking about climate change and alerting people to go green!
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