Animal Fun Facts:
In 1888, 300,000 mummies of cats were found at Beni Hassan, Egypt. They were sold at about $18 per ton and shipped to England, where the mummified pets were ground up and used as fertilizer.
A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in dim light or are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. This is four times the amount spent on baby food.
An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.
German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
All pet hamsters are descended from a single female wild golden hamster found with a litter of 12 young in Syria in 1930.
A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
Certain frogs can be frozen solid, then thawed, and continue living.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
By feeding hens certain dyes they can be made to lay eggs with varicolored yolks.
A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways.
According to ancient Greek literature, when Odysseus arrived home after an absence of 20 years, disguised as a beggar, the only one to recognize him was his aged dog Argos, who wagged his tail at his master, and then died.
<LI>In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
<LI>The mouse is the most common mammal in the United States.
<LI>Dogs and bees can smell fear.
<LI>The horn of a rhinoceros is made of compacted hair.
<LI>All the swans in England are property of the Queen. Messing with them is considered a serious offense.
<LI>More people are killed annually by donkeys than die in plane crashes.
<LI>Some people say the fingerprints of koala bears are so similar to human finger prints, that they could be confused at a crime scene.
<LI>It is physically impossible for a pig to look up into the sky.
<LI>Did you know that an ostrich’s eye is twice as big as its brain?
<LI>Shrimps’ hearts are in their heads.
<LI>At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.
<LI>Hummingbirds lay only 2 eggs during their entire lifetime.
<LI>Starfish don’t have brains.
<LI>If you place a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
<LI>Dragonflies can fly at speeds up to 30 miles per hour.
<LI>Did you know that ants don't sleep?
Sharks seem to be the only animals that never get sick. They are immune to every known disease, including cancer.