Animal Facts

Baby elephants suck their trunks for comfort, much like baby humans suck their thumbs.

A gorilla’s nose print is as unique as a fingerprint.

A hippo’s gestation period is about eight months and in the wild, a mother hippo will protect her calf from predators for up to two years!

Did you know that bats, like humans, have a belly button?

The verified longest living animal is a Madagascar radiated tortoise, which died at the age of 188 in May 1965. That means it was hatched the year after the US was founded and died two months after I was born.

Male reindeer shed their antlers in the winter while females shed theirs in the summer.

A baby puffin is called a puffling. How cute is that?

While pigeons CAN’T drive the bus, they CAN do math! A 2011 study found that they are capable of doing math at the same level as monkeys.

The kookaburra, the largest species of the Kingfisher family, is the only species of Kingfishers that doesn’t eat fish.

An okapi’s tongue is long enough to groom its eyes and ears!

An ostrich’s eyes are bigger than its brain.

A narwhal’s horn is actually a modified tooth. It’s horn can grow longer than eight feet and is used to “taste” the concentration of chemicals in the water around it to find its food.

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