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1. Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions.

2. Kangaroos use their tails for balance, so if you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

3. On average, there are 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.

4. Koala bears almost exclusively eat only eucalyptus leaves and nothing else.

5. Beware an ant uprising! There are one million ants for every human in the world. These resilient creatures also never sleep and do not have lungs.

6. Butterflies have two compound eyes consisting of thousands of lenses, yet they can only see the colors red, green and yellow.

7. Oysters can change gender depending on which is best for mating. Talk about successful adaptation.

8. Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes.

9. Fleas can jump up to 200 times their height. This is equivalent to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York.

10.  Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause – the other two being humpback whales and human females.

 

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11. Here’s a tidbit that might be useful if you plan on becoming the next Steve Irwin: To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball – It will let you go instantly.

12. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. All the better for them to eavesdrop on your conversations and plot your demise.

13. Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.

14. Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and their wings can beat at up to 80 times per second.

15. The slowest fish is the seahorse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph.

16. Contrary to popular belief, French poodles actually originated in Germany. Maybe you should’ve named her Gretl instead of Fifi.

17. You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt and females hiss.

18. Giraffes have no vocal cords and their tongues are blue-black in color.

19. Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any mammal. 

20. You might want to thank a squirrel the next time you enjoy the shade of a tree. Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.

21. Tigers are the largest members of the cat family.

22. A member of the cat family, leopards are born to hunt. They have powerful bodies and other physical attributes which help them find food and survive in the wild.

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