Fact: animals are cute. Fact: animals have often-overlooked behaviors and characteristics. Fact: If you combine the cute with the educational, you get this… the 24 most adorable animal facts of all time.
1. Cats “headbutt” people because they make them feel safe, or they trust them.
2. Puppies have 28 teeth and normal adult dogs have 42.
3. Since they do not hibernate, an individual pika must collect a large pile of dry grasses to eat in its rocky burrow in order to make it through the winter.
4. The Grizzly bear’s name comes from the word “grizzled” which means ‘streaked with gray hair’.
5. Every year, the Peruvian town of Churin holds a Guinea Pig Festival, including an elaborate costume competition.
6. Wombat poo is cube-shaped to stop it from rolling away…
7. Dogs will sneeze to tell other dogs that they’re playing, so when they’re playing rough it doesn’t turn into a fight.
8. Gray squirrels bury nuts all over the place, and often forget them, growing new trees. This makes them more ecologically friendly than red squirrels, who store nuts in piles on the ground which don’t take root.
9. Infant Pygmy Marmosets babble to develop their language skills, similarly to the way human babies babble.
10. Two-toed sloths cannot shiver to stay warm like other mammals due to their low metabolic rates and little muscle tissue.
11. Yawning is infectious because it supplies a method for the most sleepy to forcefully communicate their need for rest and thus ensures that the group rests/sleeps together.
12. Baby dolphins have spines on the sides of their tongue. The spines zip up to make a straw so that they can drink the mother’s milk without getting salt water in it.
13. Dachshund literally means ‘Badger Dog’ - They were originally bred to hunt and fight badgers in their burrows.
14. When a rabbit is happy it will sometimes jump in the air twist it’s body. This is called a binky.
15. The capybara is the largest rodent in the world, followed by the beaver, porcupine, and mara.
16. The Tonkin Snub-Nosed Monkey is one of the most endangered primate species in the world.
17. The red panda uses its long bushy tail not only for balance, but also as a blanket during chilly winter nights.
18. Baby Japanese Macaques make snowballs. They do not use them for any survival purposes, they just like to have fun.
19. Slow loris may be cute, but it’s the only venomous primate in the world. When it raises its arms, it’s performing a defensive stance, and preparing a venom.
20. When puppies play fight, boy puppies will often let girl puppies win.
21. Manatee calves nurse underwater from teats under their mothers flippers.
22. Fennec fox’s feet are hairy, which helps them perform like snowshoes and protects them from extremely hot sand. The fox’s feet are also effective shovels for frequent digging.
23. Baby Elephants will suck their own trunks for comfort.
24. Polar bears generally lead solitary lives. Some adult and sub-adult males, however, sometimes form friendships which can last weeks or sometimes even years. These males may travel, feed, and play-fight together.
One more fun fact: Did you know animals spend most of their time in the wild waiting for a nature photographer to come across them so they can show off? It’s totally true. I mean, how else could all these photos exist? 🙂
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