Animals

Facts About Animals That Will Transform the Way You See the Animal Kingdom

By Kunal Thakur

Direct News 99

Fact Number 1

Koalas might not seem to have many traits with humans, but if you looked at their hands closely, you would notice that they have fingerprints that are identical to ours. In fact, according to Ripley's Believe It or Not, their characteristic loops and arches are so similar that in Australia, "police suspected that criminal investigations may have been impeded by koala prints." It would be advisable for any koalas who wish to commit crimes to do it while wearing gloves.

Fact Number 2

Despite the fact that pirates are often connected with parrots, African grey parrots aren't at all like the infamously greedy, treasure-seeking criminals. Instead, a 2020 study published in Current Biology revealed that the multicoloured birds will "voluntarily help each other earn food rewards" and engage in "selfless" deeds. African grey parrots exhibited particularly "prosocial" behaviour, according to study co-author Auguste von Bayern, since they were naturally motivated to help others, even if the other person wasn't a buddy.

Fact Number 3

Because they are enormous rodents, build expansive, interconnected underground homes, and kiss, prairie dogs are peculiar animals. The BBC reports that scientists think prairie dogs "'kiss and cuddle' more when they are being watched by zoo visitors" because they "appeared to love the attention," even though they're actually touching their front teeth to recognise one other when they appear to be gently sharing a smooch.

Fact Number 4

With their claws, crabs can frighten other animals, but if that isn't enough, ghost crabs will growl at their foes like a dog. Crabs use teeth in their bellies to produce these frightful noises, unlike our canine pals. "There are three major teeth, which are essentially elongated, hard (calcified) structures—a medial tooth and two lateral teeth. They are a component of the stomach's gastric mill system, which uses friction to crush food "Newsweek was informed by Jennifer Taylor from the University of California, San Diego. 

Fact Number 5

The world's fastest punch belongs to the mantis shrimp, despite the fact that you might believe boxers have the most spectacular jabs, hooks, and uppercuts on the planet. According to Science, when a shrimp punches, its tiny fist of rage—which is obviously not a fist at all—is "accelerating faster than a.22-caliber bullet" at a speed of roughly 50 mph. An aggressive critter by the name of Tyson broke through the cell's quarter-inch-thick glass wall in April 1998, according to a story relayed by National Geographic. 

Fact Number 6

The majority of the work when it comes to providing for their family is done by female lions, even if male lions get their fair amount of attention because of their stunning manes. According to CBS News, "Lionesses, not male lions, do the majority of the hunting for their pride." While the males guard their pride, lionesses hunt about 90% of the time.

Fact Number 7

The fact that narwhals have what seems to be a massive tusk sets them apart from most other whale species. However, what you are actually seeing is a tooth rather than a tusk. Martin Nweeia of Harvard University told the BBC that the tooth is "basically created inside out" and "is almost like a piece of skin in that it has all these sensory nerve endings."

Fact Number 8

Dogs are frequently referred to as man's best friend, and it turns out that this association has been around for longer than you might think. The earliest known breed of domesticated dog dates back to 329 BC, according to Guinness World Records. Saluki dogs were treasured in ancient Egypt, where they were maintained as royal pets and mummified after passing away, according to the authors. A dog that closely resembles a saluki is seen in engravings that were discovered in Sumer (modern-day southern Iraq) and that date back to 7000 BC.

Fact Number 9

Cats have been interacting with humans for a very long time. According to Guinness World Records, cats have been domesticated for 9,500 years. This was demonstrated in 2004 when the "In Cyprus' Shillourokambos Neolithic Village, cat bones were uncovered. The cat was buried next to human bones, and given their similar levels of preservation, it is highly likely that they were interred together."

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