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Friday, April 15, 2011


Seahorses are fishes that belong to the genus Hippocampus (in the family Syngnathidae). About 50 species of seahorse exist on Earth. Although seahorses are bony fishes, they do not have scales. Instead they have a thin skin stretched over a series of bony plates arranged in rings throughout their body. A Seahorse is peculiar because it swims upright. It eats small shrimps, plankton, crustaceans and tiny fishes. With excellent camouflage and a lot of patience, a seahorse ambushes its prey that floats within its striking range. A typical seahorse has long snout, which is used to suck up food, and eyes that can move independently of each other like the eyes of a chameleon. Seahorses are mainly found in shallow tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. They are widely grown in many aquaria as pets even though they are slow feeders.


Scorpions are predatory arthropods of the order Scorpiones. They are distributed almost in every continent except Antarctica. Though scorpions are known to be venomous, only 25 species of the total 1752 described species of scorpion have venom capable of killing a human being. Scorpions prefer to live in areas where the temperatures range from 20 °C to 37 °C. They are known to glow when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light, due to the presence of fluorescent chemicals in their cuticles. The approximate lifespan of a typical scorpion is 4-25 years. Scorpions prey over small arthropods and insects, although larger kinds have been known to kill small lizards and mice. The large pincers of a scorpion are studded with highly sensitive tactile hairs, and the moment an insect touches these, they use their chelae (pincers) to catch the prey. Depending on the toxicity of their venom and size of their claws, they will then either crush the prey or inject it with neurotoxic venom. This will kill or paralyze the prey so the scorpion can eat it.


The raccoon is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is usually nocturnal and omnivorous. Its diet consists of 40% invertebrates, 33% plant material and 27% vertebrates.

The weight of a fully grown raccoon varies with habitat. It ranges from 2 to 14 kg, but is usually between 3.5 and 9 kg. In general, male raccoons are 15 to 20% heavier than female raccoons. The heaviest recorded wild raccoon weighed 28.4 kg.

As raccoons have short legs compared to their compact torso, they are generally unable to run quickly or jump great distances. Their highest speed over short distances is 16 to 24 km/h. Raccoons can swim with an average speed of about 5 km/h and can stay in water for several hours.

Raccoons eat active or large prey such as birds and mammals only occasionally, as they prefer prey such as fishes and amphibians which are easier to catch. They sample food and other objects with their front paws to examine them and to remove unwanted parts.

A typical raccoon has a grayish coat, of which about 90% is dense underfur, which insulates the animal against cold weather. Raccoons have good intelligence. Studies have shown that they are able to remember solution to tasks for three years.

European Robin

The European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) is a small insectivorous passerine bird. It is found in Europe, east to West Siberia and south to North Africa. A fully-grown European Robin is 12.5–14.0 cm (5.0–5.5 in) long and weighs 16–22 g, with a wingspan of 20–22 cm (8–9 in). The European robin is relatively unafraid of people and likes to come close when anyone is digging the soil, in order to look out for earthworms and other food freshly turned up. Because of its high mortality in the first year of its life, it has an average life expectancy of 1.1 years. European Robins approach large wild animals like wild boar which disturb the ground, to look for any food that might be brought to the surface. In autumn and winter, they supplement their usual diet of terrestrial invertebrates, with fruits and berries. They also eat seed mixtures placed on bird-tables.


Snail is a common name given to any animal that belongs to the class Gastropoda (in the phylum mollusca). Snails can be divided into three categories namely sea snails, land snails and freshwater snails.

The largest species of sea snail is Syrinx aruanus. It has a shell that can measure up to 90 cm in length. Along with its shell, it can weigh up to 18 kg. The largest species of land snail is the Giant Ghana Snail (Achatina achatina). It can grow upto 38 cm (from snout to tail) in length and can weigh up to 1 kg. The largest freshwater snails are the apple snails.

Several species of snail impact agriculture as pests. They destroy crops by eating roots, leaves, stems and fruits. They are able to consume a large variety of plants. Metaldehyde-containing baits are often used for snail control, though they should be used with caution as they are toxic to dogs and cats.

Snails are consumed as a food in many countries. Several land snails, sea snails and fresh water snails act as a rich source of protein.

Sea snails constitute the majority of snail species. They have much greater biomass and a greater biodiversity when compared to land snails and freshwater snails. Generally snails are herbivorous. However, a few land snails and many sea snails are omnivorous or carnivorous.

Sixty Amazing-but-True Facts!

    • In the weightlessness of space a frozen pea will explode if it comes in contact with Pepsi.
    • The increased electricity used by modern appliance parts is causing a shift in the Earth's magnetic field. By the year 2327, the North Pole will be located in mid-Kansas, while the South Pole will be just off the coast of East Africa.
    • The idea for "tribbles" in "Star Trek" came from gerbils, since some gerbils are actually born pregnant.
    • Male rhesus monkeys often hang from tree branches by their amazing prehensile penises.
    • Johnny Plessey batted .331 for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891, even though he spent the entire season batting with a rolled-up, lacquered copy of the Toledo Post-Dispatch.
    • Smearing a small amount of dog feces on an insect bite will relieve the itching and swelling.
    • The Boeing 747 is capable of flying upside-down if it weren't for the fact that the wings would shear off when trying to roll it over.
    • The trucking company Elvis Presley worked at as a young man was owned by Frank Sinatra.
    • The only golf course on the island of Tonga has 15 holes, and there's no penalty if a monkey steals your golf ball.
    • Legislation passed during WWI making it illegal to say "gesundheit" to a sneezer was never repealed.
    • Manatees possess vocal chords which give them the ability to speak like humans, but don't do so because they have no ears with which to hear the sound.
    • SCUBA divers cannot pass gas at depths of 33 feet or below.
    • Catfish are the only animals that naturally have an ODD number of whiskers.
    • Replying more than 100 times to the same piece of spam e-mail will overwhelm the sender's system and interfere with their ability to send any more spam. 
    • Polar bears can eat as many as 86 penguins in a single sitting.
    • The first McDonald's restaurant opened for business in 1952 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and featured the McHaggis sandwich.
    • The Air Force's F-117 fighter uses aerodynamics discovered during research into how bumblebees fly.
    • You *can* get blood from a stone, but only if contains at least 17 percent bauxite.
    • Silly Putty was "discovered" as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It's not widely publicized for obvious reasons.
    • Approximately one-sixth of your life is spent on Wednesdays.
    • The skin needed for elbow transplants must be taken from the scrotum of a cadaver.
    • The sport of jai alai originated from a game played by Incan priests who held cats by their tails and swung at leather balls. The cats would instinctively grab at the ball with their claws, thus enabling players to catch them.
    • A cat's purr has the same romance-enhancing frequency as the voice of singer Barry White.
    • The typewriter was invented by Hungarian immigrant Qwert Yuiop, who left his "signature" on the keyboard.
    • The volume of water that the Giant Sequoia tree consumes in a 24-hour period contains enough suspended minerals to pave 17.3 feet of a 4-lane concrete freeway.
    • King Henry VIII slept with a gigantic axe.
    • Because printed materials are being replaced by CD-ROM, microfiche and the Internet, libraries that previously sank into their foundations under the weight of their books are now in danger of collapsing in extremely high winds.
    • In 1843, a Parisian street mime got stuck in his imaginary box and consequently died of starvation.
    • Touch-tone telephone keypads were originally planned to have buttons for Police and Fire Departments, but they were replaced with * and # when the project was cancelled in favor of developing the 911 system.
    • Human saliva has a boiling point three times that of regular water.
    • Calvin, of the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip, was patterned after President Calvin Coolidge, who had a pet tiger as a boy.
    • Watching an hour-long soap opera burns more calories than watching a three-hour baseball game.
    • Until 1978, Camel cigarettes contained minute particles of real camels.
    • You can actually sharpen the blades on a pencil sharpener by wrapping your pencils in aluminum foil before inserting them.
    • To human taste buds, Zima is virtually indistinguishable from zebra urine.
    • Seven out of every ten hockey-playing Canadians will lose a tooth during a game. For Canadians who don't play hockey, that figure drops to five out of ten.
    • A dog's naked behind leaves absolutely no bacteria when pressed against carpet.
    • A team of University of Virginia researchers released a study promoting the practice of picking one's nose, claiming that the health benefits of keeping nasal passages free from infectious blockages far outweigh the negative social connotations.
    • Among items left behind at Osama bin Laden's headquarters in Afghanistan were 27 issues of Mad Magazine. Al Qaeda members have admitted that bin Laden is reportedly an avid reader.
    • Urine from male cape water buffaloes is so flammable that some tribes use it for lantern fuel.
    • At the first World Cup championship in Uruguay, 1930, the soccer balls were actually monkey skulls wrapped in paper and leather.
    • Every Labrador retriever dreams about bananas.
    • If you put a bee in a film canister for two hours, it will go blind and leave behind its weight in honey.
    • Due to the angle at which the optic nerve enters the brain, staring at a blue surface during sex greatly increases the intensity of orgasms.
    • Never hold your nose and cover your mouth when sneezing, as it can blow out your eyeballs.
    • Centuries ago, purchasing real estate often required having one or more limbs amputated in order to prevent the purchaser from running away to avoid repayment of the loan. Hence an expensive purchase was said to cost "an arm and a leg."
    • When Mahatma Gandhi died, an autopsy revealed five gold Krugerrands in his small intestine.
    • Aardvarks are allergic to radishes, but only during summer months.
    • Coca-Cola was the favored drink of Pharaoh Ramses. An inscription found in his tomb, when translated, was found to be almost identical to the recipe used today.
    • If you part your hair on the right side, you were born to be carnivorous. If you part it on the left, your physical and psychological make-up is that of a vegetarian.
    • When immersed in liquid, a dead sparrow will make a sound like a crying baby.
    • In WWII the US military planned to airdrop over France propaganda in the form of Playboy magazine, with coded messages hidden in the models' turn-ons and turn-offs. The plan was scrapped because of a staple shortage due to rationing of metal.
    • Although difficult, it's possible to start a fire by rapidly rubbing together two Cool Ranch Doritos.
    • Napoleon's favorite type of wood was knotty chestnut.
    • The world's smartest pig, owned by a mathematics teacher in Madison, WI, memorized the multiplication tables up to 12.
    • Due to the natural "momentum" of the ocean, saltwater fish cannot swim backwards.
    • In ancient Greece, children of wealthy families were dipped in olive oil at birth to keep them hairless throughout their lives.
    • It is nearly three miles farther to fly from Amarillo, Texas to Louisville, Kentucky than it is to return from Louisville to Amarillo.
    • The "nine lives" attributed to cats is probably due to their having nine primary whiskers.
    • The original inspiration for Barbie dolls comes from dolls developed by German propagandists in the late 1930s to impress young girls with the ideal notions of Aryan features. The proportions for Barbie were actually based on those of Eva Braun.
    • The Venezuelan brown bat can detect and dodge individual raindrops in mid-flight, arriving safely back at his cave completely dry.

Bikes, cars and planes Facts

  • The first kind of PENCIL was a bunch of GRAPHITE sticks held together by string. Then someone decided it would be better to push the graphite into the inside of a hollow wooden stick.
             JOSEPH RECHENDORFER was the first person to think of putting a piece of rubber onto the top of a pencil which     makes it real easy to rub out mistakes.
          Did you know that the average lead pencil can draw a line that is almost 35 miles long or you can write   almost 50,000 words in English with just one pencil? Amazing fact! Now imagine an eraser that could match it !!!

  • This is what an old airplane looked like. The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk
  • Did you know the first bicycle that was made in 1817 by Baron von Drais didn't have any pedals? People walked it along
  • The first metal bicycle was called the High-Wheel or Penny Farthing. People had a hard time keeping their balance on this type of bicycle
  • Did you know the first toy balloon, made of vulcanized rubber, was thought of by someone in the J.G.Ingram company in London, England in 1847.
  • 9pin bowling was made up in Germany during the Medieval ages

Did you know?
The Industrial Revolution in Europe first saw the beginning of air pollution, which gradually became a major global problem.
The major air-polluting industries are iron, steel and, cement.
Of the 35-40 million tonnes of flyash generated annually by thermal power plants in India, only 2-3 percent is productively utilized.
The worst industrial disaster in India, occurred in 1984 in Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh. A deadly chemical, methly isocyanate leaked out of the Union Carbide factory killing more than 2500 and leaving thousands sick. In fact the effects of this gas tragedy is being felt even today.
Every year some 50million cars are added to the world’s roads. Car making is now the largest manufacturing industry in the world.
In India the number of motorized vehicles have increased from 0.2 million in 1947 to 36.3 million in 1997.
The number of registered vehicles in Delhi is more than the sum total of registered vehicles in Mumbai, Calcutta, and Chennai.
Major contributor to Delhi's air pollution are vehicles.
Nearly three-fourths of India's population, which is rural, bears 84% of the burden of exposure to air pollution.
Growing population, poverty, and inadequate access to clean fuels in rural areas have perpetuated the use of biomass, thereby condemning more than 90% of rural households and more than 35% of urban hoseholds to high levels of indoor air pollution.
One of the most important measure to counter pollution is planting trees. With neem and peepal being the largest emitters of oxygen, planting them in the gardens purifies the surrounding air and helps in maintaining hygienic conditions. While champa, mogra and chameli have better chances of surviving pollution in summer, bulbous varieties do better in winter.

Which animal is the fastest?

A cat can run about 20 kilometres per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up. This one is going nowhere today - it is too lazy !.

A  cheetah can run 76 kilometres per hour (46 miles per hour) - that's really fast! The fastest human beings runs only about 30 kilometres per hour (18 miles per hour).

a cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meow).

A Zipper joins two pieces of material together.A zipper is used everywhere, on clothing, pencil cases, boots and suitcases, wallets, and a zillion other things. Everyone thinks it was Whitcomb Judson who invented the zipper but it was really Elias Howe. Elias was so busy inventing the sewing machine that he didn't get around to selling his zipper invention which he called a "clothing closure".

Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of BUTTERFLIES
The original name for the butterfly was 'flutterby'!

Bears whose brown fur is tipped with lighter-colored hairs are called grizzly bears . The smallest species of bears is called sun or Malayan bears. Male bears are called boars. Bears are native to the continents of North America, Asia, Europe, and South America. Alaskan brown bears, world's largest meat-eating animals that live on land, can weigh as much as 1,700 pounds (771 kilograms)

The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog. Frogs start their lives as 'eggs' often laid in or near fresh water. Frogs live on all continents except Antarctica. Frogs belong to a group of animals called amphibians

There are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos. Kangaroosare native of Australia. A group of kangaroos is called a mob. Young kangaroos are called joeys. 

How do reindeers survive in the extreme cold? Most animals don’t eat moss. It’s hard to digest, and it has little nutritional value. But reindeer fill up with lots of moss. Why? The moss contains a special chemical that helps reindeer keep their body fluids warm. When the reindeer make their yearly journey across the icy Arctic region, the chemical keeps them from freezing—much as antifreeze keeps a car from freezing up in winter

Some scientists believe that the earth began billions of years ago as a huge ball of swirling dust and gases. If you dig in your backyard, don’t worry about running into the earth’s core. You’d have to dig a hole 4,000 miles (6,437 kilometers) deep!

Animal facts for kids

Well, kids here are some interesting information about animals. And they are all true! No, made up stories. Why not surprise your friends with all the animal knowledge you gather from here. Maybe you can quiz them and show them how smart you are.

So, here we go with some cool animal facts for kids…

The blood pressure of a giraffe is the highest in comparison to every animal species.

Flash the color orange in front of a zebra and it will not be able to see it. So, be careful not to paint a wall orange where zebras wander!

In one square foot or forest space you will find more insects than you can find human beings in that much space in Manhattan.

You can lead a cow up the stairs, but not down the stairs.

The dumbest dog is the Afghan hound.

The smartest breeds of dogs are the Jack Russell Terrier and Scottish Border collie.

A rat can survive longer than a camel without water.

A giant squid’s eyes are the largest amongst animal species measuring upto 40 cm (16 inches) in diameter.

Sharks are very healthy, as they are immune to all known diseases.

How many types of pure breed dogs are there in the world? 701

According to records, there are more dogs in Paris than there are people.

Some bird species (mainly the flightless birds) only have a lower eyelid.

Insects and fish have no eyelids. Hardened lens protect their eyes.

The spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird, flying at the speed of 170 km/h.

The Frigate is the second fastest bird, flying at a maximum speed of 150 km/h.

Squirrels accidentally plant millions of trees, as they bury their nuts and forget where they are.

Australia has a population of 17 million people and 150 million sheep.

The population of New Zealand is 4 million people and 70 million sheep.

Strange animal facts

Life is about strange facts, and yet most of them true. Leaving aside philosophy of life, animal experts, who have studied animals very closely have come across some very strange animal facts.

Some of the most interesting findings have been listed here…
A headless cockroach can survive for a couple of weeks. Its life would finally end due to starvation!

No dentist for this creature! Crocodiles, through their life grow new teeth that replace the old set!

A crocodile can never stick its tongue out of its mouth.

Gaggle is a group of geese waddling on the ground. And the same group up in the air would be renamed skein.

On an average, a hedgehog's heart beats 300 times, per minute.

A standing 4-foot child can fit into the open of a hippopotamus.

A coin is heavier than a hummingbird!

It would take just one night for a mole to dig a tunnel measuring 300 feet in length.

The longest slumber ever! A snail can sleep for three years, at a stretch.

Recycling! A housefly regurgitates the food it eats and then eats it again!

Here is some news for the left-handed people – they are not the only ones, as all polar bears are left-handed.

An ostrich’s brain is smaller than its eye.

The taste buds of a butterfly are in its feet.

Place a black light over a cat’s urine and watch it glow!

Dogs and cats are either right or left-pawed!

While human fingerprints are a means of their identification; the nose prints are a means of identifying dogs.

A chicken can fly for more than 13 seconds at a stretch.

The butterfly was originally known as the ‘flutterby’.

The donkey’s eye placement helps it see all its four feet at a time.

All the termites of the world outweigh the human beings of the world. The ratio is 10:1!

The chow is the only dog that does not have a pink tongue.

Funny animal facts

Just for the sake of fun and laughter! Well, that is what this is about… Getting to know animals better through the funny animal facts listed here. Like they say learning can be an entertaining process…
Have you heard of a sheep with blue wool? Well, a couple of animal breeders from Russia had claimed sometime ago that they bred sheep with natural blue wool.

“Moo, moo,” says the cow everywhere in the world; and a pig says “Moo, moo” in Japan.

The eyesight of dogs are better than that of human beings.

Animal accents! The accent of a cow’s mooing depends on the region it belongs to.

On an average a hen lays 19 dozen eggs in a year.

The small intestine of an ostrich measures upto 46-feet in length.

Your pet cat can scare a black bear. The big fellow will run up a tree to save itself from the little domestic creature. Meow, meow!

Sleeping beauties! Gorillas sleep upto fourteen hours, a day.

While the male lion rests in its den, it is the females that have go out and get the food.

Simon says Jump! No point an elephant simply cannot jump to even save its life.

No right turn! The bats do not need any boards, for its always the left turn for them when exiting a cave.

Sharks are the only known species to never suffer from cancer.

Heavyweights! The tongue of a blue whale could weigh more than a full-grown adult elephant.

Oysters change from male to female gender several times during their lifespan.

Every shrimp is actually born a male and then become females as they mature.

An elephant can smell water from a distance of three miles.

A storage bin! The duckbill platypus is known to store upto six hundred worms in its cheek pouches.

Music lovers! Make a cow listen to music and there will be more milk in the bucket!

Interesting animal facts

The animal kingdom is one interesting zone of study. While there are a number of experts studying fossils and putting together the past animal story; there are many more tracing interesting animal facts in order ot understand varied aspects of the innumerable species…
A single cow lets out the amount of harmful methane gas, which can fill about 400-liter bottles; that too in a single day. Pollution!

Roar, roar! I am the king of the jungle! But did you know the lion would be defeated by a polar bear in a battle between the two?

Humans daydream with their eyes open, and dolphins actually sleep with their eyes wide open.

Bulls are known to be colorblind. It’s a black-and-white life for them!

The sweat glands of a cow are in its nose.

This is really interesting! You will not believe this one! A mosquito has 47 teeth.

The Poison Arrow frog has enough poison stored in it that it can harm 2,200 people at one go.

A ‘blessing’ is a herd of unicorns.

A ‘mob’ is not just a group of unruly people; but also a group of kangaroos – well behaved or not!

A ‘parliament’ is not just made up of our dear politicians, but is also a group of owls.

Hang a chicken upside down and give it something to eat. The result! It will not be able to swallow its food.

Brainpower! A garden caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

The memory span of goldfish is just about 3 seconds.

While a donkey will sink in quicksand, a mule will not.

According to records there are 50 million monkeys. That is quite an over population!

An angry horned-toad squirts blood from its eyes. Bloodshot eyes!

My blue-eyed boy! A scallop has 35 eyes that are blue in color.

Before a spotted skunk is about to spray it will first do a couple of handstands.

Amazing animal facts

What follows here are some amazing animal facts…

A horse weighing approximately 1,200-pounds, eats approximately seven times it's own weight, in a year. That amounts to almost 8,400-pounds of food. Wow! What an appetite!

Apart from human’s even chimpanzees can learn to recognize their own image in a mirror.

A cow can give far more milk than a human can consume their lifetime. Any guesses? Almost 200,000 glasses full of milk!

While there are so many cows grazing in the world, no two cows will ever be found with identical pattern of spots.

A probable identity crisis we have here! Though named polecat, this creature is not a cat but a nocturnal weasel-species in Europe.

Is a zebra black with white stripes, or white with black stripes? Any guesses? Well, it’s white with black stripes.

Talk about noise pollution in the jungles! A lion’s roar is so loud that it can heard upto a distance of five miles.

Cheetahs maybe large and fast, but when they roar they chirp. This sounds more like a bird or a yelping dog. Beware, it is loud enough to be heard upto a mile away.

The tusks of elephants grow through their life. The tusks weigh over 200 pounds.

Only the male Asian elephants have tusks.

The male and female African elephants have tusks.

The largest ever lobster to be found weighed 19 kg. It was found in 1934.

The largest recorded jellyfish measured 2,3 m across its bell. Its tentacles measured 36 m (120 feet) in length.

The largest giant squid ever found weighed 4 tons. It was traced in the in the North Atlantic in the year 1878.

Extinct animal facts

Here are some extinct animal facts, followed by an exhaustive list of animals that have gone into extinction over the eras of earth’s evolution… 

The Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct 65 million years ago. It was one of the largest animals. It measured up to 43.3 feet in length and 16.6 feet in height. It weighed approximately 7 tons.

The Quagga, which was half-zebra-half-horse animal species went into extinction in the year 1883. This is was one of the most famous animals of Africa. This animal had the zebra stripes only on the front part of the body, which would fade and become wider in the middle of the body, and the hindquarter was brown (no stripes). It was the cruel animal activities that led this animal to extinction. It was on 12th August 12, 1883, that the last of the Quaggas died at the Artis Magistra Zoo (Amsterdam).

The Tasmanian Tiger went into extinct in the year 1936. This animal is regarded to be the largest carnivorous marsupial in modern day and age. It was a native wildlife animal of Australia and New Guinea. Man and his evil ways led this animal to extinction.

Steller's Sea Cow was also known as the defenseless beast. It went into extinction in 1768. This creature’s natural habitat was on the Asiatic coast of the Bering Sea. It got its name because it was discovered by a naturalist, Georg Stellar, in 1741. He was traveling with Vitus Bering, a renowned explorer. The animal was large weighing upto three tons. Though it looked almost like a seal, it had two forelimbs that were stout, as well as tail that was whale-like.

Irish Deer is the largest deer to have ever existed. It went into extinction approximately 7,700 years ago. It was a native animal of Eurasia, grazing the land stretching from Ireland to east of Lake Baikal. It was large sized, with extra large antlers measuring upto 3.65 meters (12 feet from tip-to-tip). The antlers weighed about 90 pounds.

The Caspian Tiger was the third largest tiger species. The last of this tiger was seen in 1970, after which it has been declared amongst the extinct animal species. This tiger was found on the lands of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Aurochs was a large-sized cattle-species. It is recorded to have gone into extinction in 1627. It is said that this cattle evolved from India, migrating to the Middle-East, reaching Europe.

Here is an exhaustive list of other extinct animal species :
Antillean cave rat
Arabian gazelle
Barbados raccoon
Barbados rice rat
Basalt plains mouse
Bavarian pine vole
Big-eared hopping mouse
Blue buck
Canary mouse
Cayman Brac hutia
Cayman Brac nesophont
Cayman hutia
Central hare-wallaby
Central rock rat
Corsican shrew
Cuban spider monkey
Curio's giant rat
Dark flying fox
Desert rat-kangaroo
Dusky flying fox
Falkland Islands dog
Giant deer mouse
Goliath white-toothed shrew
Atlantic gray whale
Guam flying fox
Gull Island vole
Hairy-eared dwarf lemur
Imposter hutia
Jamaican monkey
Jamaican pallid flower bat
Large Corsican field vole
Large funnel-eared bat
Large ghost faced bat
Large Palau flying fox
Large sloth lemur
Large-eared tenrec
Long-tailed hopping mouse
Madagascan pygmy hippopotamus; common Malagasy hippo
Malagasy dwarf hippopotamus
Marcano's solenodon
Marianas flying fox
Negros naked-backed fruit bat
New Guinea big-eared bat
Omilteme cottontail
Pemberton's deer mouse
Przewalski's horse
Queen of Sheba's gazelle
Red gazelle
Sardinian pika
Saudi gazelle
Schaumburg’s deer
Sea mink
Short-horned water buffalo
Southeastern pocket gopher
Standing's hippo
Sturdee's Bonin pipistrelle
Swan Island hutia
Tanzania woolly bat
Tasmanian bettong
Vietnam warty pig
West Indian porcupine
Western palm squirrel
White-footed rabbit-rat

Animal Fun Facts

Well, with a couple of laughs, one can learn various aspects of the innumerable animal species… 

Most cats in Halifax (Nova Scotia) have six toes.

There is no sideways movement for a cat's jaws.

You thought that only you need sunscreen? Well pigs, walruses and light-colored horses are prone to get sunburned.

Armadillos have four babies of the same sex, at a time. They are perfect identical quadruplets.

Armadillos sleep for an average of 18.5 hours, a day.

Can you walk underwater? Well, here is one animal that can – the Armadillos.

Which animals can get leprosy? None expect for Armadillos.

Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian or some other Slavic tongue.

How many muscles does a cat have in each ear? No point counting, here’s the answer - 32.

Which fruit does a reindeer like most? Bananas! And you thought it was the favorite fruit of monkeys and humans.

How many teeth does a bear have? 42 teeth.

How many rows of whiskers does a cat have? Interesting! Four rows.

Never anger a Tazmanian devil… Its ear turns into a pinkish-red shade.

Put a porcupine in water and watch it float.

There are no vocal chords in a giraffe.

How many vocal chords do cats have? Go ahead and count… 100.

A goat's eyes have got rectangular pupils.

Its been 4,000 years and no new animal-species has been domesticated.

You will never hear of a camel's milk curdling.

Wild Animals Facts

Well, to add to the ever-existing interest, here are some fascinating wild animal facts… 
Each species of grasshopper has its own song. This is important, as the varied species cannot breed with each other. The female needs to be aware that she is listening to a male from her own species.

Compass termites of Northern Australia build tall nests that are wedge-shaped. They measure up to 3.5 m in length.

Flying frogs change color in the day. They are greenish-blue in sunlight and green in the evening. At night there are black.

Boas, as well as many other snakes have special heat-sensitive organs that are called pits. These pits are on their heads. They can detect the heat given by a warm-blooded animal standing close to them.

The king Cobra can grow to the length of 5.5 m, and is regarded as the largest poisonous snake in the world. A tiny amount of its poison can kill up to 30 people.

Anteaters protect their long claws by walking on their knuckles. This makes them look as if they are limping.

Bats eat all types of food. There is no restriction where their diet is concerned.

The hippopotamus’s eyes, ears and nostrils are on the top of its head. This enables it to stand or sit, almost completely covered by water with as little as possible showing above the surface.

The hippopotamus’s skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as ‘Pink sweat’.

Here are some interesting facts about endangered animals

Here are some interesting facts about endangered animals…
Presently there are 38 known species of mammals that are extinct. However, of them there are some that are kept in captivity with scientists trying to save them from going extinct.

With global warming becoming a major issue, the fact is the existing 28,270 animal species of mammals are threatened by the harms done to the planet.

6,524 vertebrate-species were listed as threatened, in the year 2006. In the same year – 2006 – 2,101 invertebrate-species were listed to be threatened.

In 2006, 253 fish-species were listed as critically endangered.

In 2006, 442 amphibian-species were listed as critically endangered.

81 species of animals are considered extinct or critically endangered, as well as endangered or vulnerable.

The number of animal listed in the U.S.A., is 935.

There are over 1,000 animal species that are endangered at varied levels, across the world.

The endangered animal species are classified into the following for categories:

The vulnerable species :
They are not a threatened species, but are at risk because of their natural declining numbers.

The threatened species :
This is that category of species that are adequate in numbers, but are facing high-risk in their natural surroundings that can lead to the probability of extinction. Examples of such species are eastern indigo snake and the red kangaroo.

The endangered species :
This category includes species that are in the immediate probability of becoming extinct. These species require protection to exist. Examples of such species are the Siberian tiger, the southern sea otter, the snow leopard, etc.

The extinct species :
This category of animal-species includes those that are not in existence at all. Examples include the passenger pigeon, dodo, Stegosaurus, etc.

Here are some interesting animal facts that increase one’s knowledge

 There are presently over a million animal species upon planet earth. 

The reptiles have 6,000 species crawling in their habitats; and more are discovered each year.

There are over 70,000 types of spiders spinning their webs in the world.

Well, there are 3,000 kinds of lice. Yes, it is the lice we are prone to get due to lack of hair hygiene.

This is a mind-boggling fact – for each of the 600 million people there is about 200 million insects crawling, flying...

Mammals are the only creatures that have flaps around their ears.

The world has approximately one billion cattle, of which about 200 million belong to India.

The life of a housefly is only 14 days.

A dog was the first animal to up in space.

A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first animals to fly in a hot air balloon. The oldest breed of a dog known to mankind is the ‘Saluki’.

An ostrich is the fastest bird and can run up to 70 km/h.

Never get a camel angry, for he or she will spit at you.

There are crabs that are the size of a pea. There are known as ‘Pea Crabs’.

The lifespan of 75 percent of wild birds is 6 months.

Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people.

You do not need cotton buds to clean a giraffe ears. It can do so with its own 50cm-tongue.

Want to known the appetite of a South American Giant Anteater? Well it eats over 30,000 ants, per day.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making it the fastest swimmer.

The Sea Horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.

The small car on the road is probably the size of the heart of a blue whale.

The length of an elephant is the same as the tongue of a blue whale.

The crocodile's tongue is unmovable, as it is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Strange Facts

The North Atlantic gets 1 inch wider every year.
It takes approximately 12 hours for food to entirely digest.
The only rock that floats in water is pumice.
The first ten feet of the ocean hold as much heat as the Earth’s entire atmosphere.
Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone, also set a world water-speed record of over seventy miles an hour at the age of seventy two.
The United States consumes 25% of all the world’s energy.
The planet Saturn has a density lower than water. So, if placed in water it would float.
It takes 70% less energy to produce a ton of paper from recycled paper than from trees.
Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.
The rocket engine has to supply its own oxygen so it can burn its fuel in outer space.
The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Everyone’s tongue print is different.
Moths have no stomach.
Hummingbirds can’t walk.
On average, our bodies constantly resist an atmospheric pressure of about 1 kilogram per square inch.
Cheetah’s can accelerate from 0 to 70 km/h in 3 seconds.
The highest temperature on Earth was 136°F (58°C) in Libya in 1922.
Sunlight can penetrate clean ocean water to a depth of 240 feet.
The temperature can be determined by counting the number of cricket chirps in fourteen seconds and adding 40.
The moon is one million times drier than the Gobi Desert.
Ten minutes of one hurricane contains enough energy to match the nuclear stockpiles of the world.

Strange Laws

It is a law offence to put livestock like cattles or pets on a school bus in Florida.
In Virginia a law code of 1930 prohibits corrupt practices or bribery by any person, but it is not same on political candidates according to a statue by code of 1930.
In the state of Colorado, a pet cat, if loose, must have a tail-light !
In Georgia, it’s against the law to spread a false rumor.
In Missouri, a man must have a permit to shave.
In Texas, it is a “hanging offense” to steal cattle.
In Michigan, married couples must live together or be imprisoned.
In Kentucky, it is illegal for a merchant to force a person into his place of business for the purpose of making a sale.
In New York, it is against the law for children to pick up or collect cigarette and cigar butts.
In New Jersey, cabbage can’t be sold on Sunday.
In Singapore, to maintain clinliness it is illegal to chew gum.
In Massachusetts, it is against the law to put tomatos in clam chowder.
In Washington State, you can’t carry a concealed weapon that is over 6 feet in length.
In New York, it is against the law for a blind person to drive an automobile.
In Texas, it’s against the law for anyone to have a pair of pliers in his or her possession.
A barber is not to advertise prices in the State of Georgia.
In Illinois, the law is that a car must be driven with the steering wheel.
In West Virginia, only babies can ride in a baby carriage.
In Arkansas it is against the law to mispronounce the name of the that State.
In Tennessee, it is against the law to drive a car while sleeping.