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15 Weird Animal Facts!

Have you ever wondered how fish communicate? Or why you just can’t shake those pesky mosquitoes? There are so many things that we still don’t know about our friends in the animal kingdom, but we learn new, fun, and weird animal facts all the time. Check out these facts about animals, mammals, insects and more. Then share some trivia of your own in the comments!

- Tazi Phillips, Global Animal

1.  A wolf can eat up to 20 pounds of meat in one sitting.
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Photo Credit: Macneill Lyons/AP file

2. Goldfish lose their color if kept in dim light. Similar to humans, they need sunlight to keep their pigment.
Goldfish 15 Weird Animal Facts!
3. A flamingo can only eat when it’s head is upside down.
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Pink Flamingo. Photo credit: David Pruter

4. Mosquitos are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
Mosquitos 15 Weird Animal Facts!
5. Goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils, which allow them to watch over their broad, flat grazing area for predators.
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Photo credit: Natalia Peregudova

6. Honeybees have hairs on their eyes to help them collect pollen.
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Photo Credit: Ken Thomas, Wikimedia Commons

7. The giraffe has no vocal cords and communicates by vibrating the air around its neck.
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Weird Animal Fact: Giraffes talk through air vibrations, not vocal cords. Photo credit: Zoran Karapancev

8. Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and with one eye closed.
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Photo Credit: Ecorazzi

9. A snail can sleep for 3 years at a stretch.
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Photo credit: Eros Erika
10. Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
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Photo Credit: National Geographic

11. All polar bears are left-handed.

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12. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
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Photo credit: pestmall.com

13. Fish communicate with each other by rasping their teeth to make sounds in their throat, or by using their swim bladder to create sounds.
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Photo credit: Ilya Gridnev
14. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave. barbed bat whispers 25437 600x450 300x227 15 Weird Animal Facts!
15. The hummingbird is the only animal that can fly backwards.

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18 Responses to 15 Weird Animal Facts!

  1. Global Animal September 17, 2013 at 12:46 am #

    Thank you for your comment, Kenneth Liew! Thanks for catching this! We've fixed the numbering so there shouldn't be anymore confusion.

  2. Kenneth Liew August 29, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    It's 15. Only the numbers are written randomly.

  3. Mike French August 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Theres only 9 it said 15 !! Not happy

  4. Richbooked August 3, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    now I know.. now you can visit my site also for the other trivia http://www.facebook.com/richbooked.

  5. Lynton Mercado July 14, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    that's good! hope to read more abput this!

  6. Iry Marcia Randrasana June 10, 2013 at 2:28 am #

    hey, I turned some of the facts into a video :)
    Check it out : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFzLM7SiGyE

  7. CharmingDate-Russian and Ukrainian Girls March 6, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Animals are sweet.

  8. Aleric Haines March 4, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    Hahaha cool stuff