(WEIRD ANIMAL FACTS/ABOUT ANIMALS) The animal kingdom is full of wonder and amazement. There is so much we still don’t know about the world we live in and the different animals that inhabit it.

For instance, did you know that a wolf can eat up to 20lbs of meat in just one sitting? That’s a whole lot of meat. Here’s a list of 25 of the most outrageous, disturbing, and adorable animal facts—from cats, penguins, and dolphins to tigers, ostriches, and pandas.

1. The feathery flightless ostrich’s muscular legs are powerful enough to kill man and lion alike.
Ostriches found abandoned at Muammar Gaddafi's animal farm in Libya. Photo Credit: Reuters
Photo Credit: Reuters
2. Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life.
Photo Credit: George Grall
Photo Credit: George Grall
3. Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.
African elephants can differentiate between gender and ethnicity based on human voices. (ELEPHANTS/ANIMAL SCIENCE/WILDLIFE)
Photo credit: Reuben Goldberg
4.  All clownfish are born male, and will only change sex to become a dominant female.
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Photo Credit: sciencelakes.com
5. Honeybees have tiny hairs on their eyes to help them collect pollen.
New research suggests pesticides are linked to the recent population decline in honeybees. Photo Credit: Eric Lowenbach, Flickr
Photo Credit: Eric Lowenbach, Flickr
6.  A desert locust swarm can be 460 square miles in size and can consume 423 million pounds of plants in a single day.
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Photo Credit: intentblog.com
7. An adult panda can spend up to 12 hours a day eating, and in order to fulfill their dietary needs, they need to eat at least 28 pounds of bamboo.
This already highly endangered species may be forced into the fight against drug-resistant bacteria. Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
8. All polar bears are left-handed, or rather, left-pawed.
This family polar bears descended from the brown bear. Photo Credit: Reuters
Photo Credit: Reuters
9. Baby giraffes can stand within half an hour of birth.
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Photo credit: MMOABC.com
10. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
Photo credit: Lasse Jakobsen and Coen Elemans
Photo credit: Lasse Jakobsen and Coen Elemans
11. Sea otters like to hold each other’s paws when sleeping so they don’t drift apart.
Photo credit: mindluge via flickr
Photo credit: mindluge via flickr
12. Rats laugh when they are tickled and during playtime
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Photo credit: pestmall.com
13.  Just like zebras, no two tigers have the exact same stripes.
Photo Credit: PA
Photo Credit: PA
14. When anacondas mate, several competing males can form a ball around a female in a ritual that can last up to a month.
The green anaconda is native to South America but has started breeding in Florida.
Photo Credit: National Geographic
15. Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and with one eye closed.
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Photo Credit: The Guardian
16. Butterflies taste with their feet.
Extinct in 1975, these butterflies were reintroduced in 2000. Photo Credit: Emma Daniel/PA
Photo Credit: Emma Daniel/PA
17.  Alligators have been around for 150 million years.
A fully grown pet alligator was discovered during a drug bust near Chicago. Photo credit: Steve Lewis
Photo credit: Steve Lewis
18. Gentoo penguins use a pebble to propose to their girlfriends.
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Photo Credit: king-anima.blogspot.com
19. The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap”.
Help save the jaguar's habitat! Photo credit: Care2
Photo credit: Care2
20. Named for its miraculous abilities, the Amazon’s ‘Jesus Christ lizard’ can run over water.
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Photo Credit: bobbyrica.com
21. Cows have very complex friendships, and when they are isolated from their companions, they experience separation anxiety.
Livestock emit 16 percent of the world’s annual production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Photo Credit: iStockphoto/Fanch Galivel
Photo Credit: iStockphoto/Fanch Galivel
22. Galapagos tortoises sleep for 16 hours a day and can go a year without food or water.
Photo Credit: animals.nationalgeographic.com
Photo Credit: animals.nationalgeographic.com
23. Anteaters eat 35,000 ants a day.
A newborn baby Giant Anteater rides on the back of his mom, Evita, at the San Francisco Zoo in California. Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images
24. A cat’s nose pad is as unique as a human fingerprint, so no two feline noseprints are ever alike.
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25. Once a giant clam picks a spot to live on a reef, it does not move for the rest of its life.
Photo Credit: animals.nationalgeographic.com
Photo Credit: animals.nationalgeographic.com

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