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Animal Fun Facts

~ Most female cats are right pawed, whereas most male cats are left pawed.

~ The world’s richest cat is worth $13.3 million after his human owner passed away and left her fortune to him!

~ The average cat can run 3mph faster than the fastest human of all time, Usain Bolt.

~ The most expensive dog in the world is the Tibetan Mastiff, worth $1.5 million.

~ There is a festival in Nepal dedicated solely to thanking dogs for their loyalty and friendship.

~ A dog’s sense of smell is at least 40 times stronger than a human's sense of smell. Some can even sniff out medical problems.

~ The fastest breed of dog is the greyhound. They can reach a top speed of 45mph within seconds, and can maintain a speed of 35 or higher for seven miles.

~ Chickens have problem-solving skills, telescopic eyesight, and nearly 260 degree vision.

~ Cows have best friends and get stressed when they are separated.

~ Goats were one of the first animals to be tamed by humans, and can be taught their name and to come when called.

~ Horses have bigger eyes than any other land mammal, and have a nearly 360 degree field of vision.

~ The gestation period of a foal is two months longer than a human’s, and most are born at night.

~ A 19th century horse named Old Billy reportedly lived 62 years (1760-1822) in England. His exact breed is not known.

~ Cats are not the only animals that purr – squirrels, lemurs, elephants, and gorillas can purr.

~ Did you know the Bowhead Whale can live for longer than two centuries?

~ Crocodiles have no lips, and can hold their breath for an hour.

~ Turkeys relish having their feathers stroked and like to chirp, cluck, and gobble along to their favorite tunes.

~ Elephants can smell water from 3 miles away. They have 22-month pregnancies, 5” eyelashes, and trunks that weigh about 400 pounds.

~ Pandas don’t have specific spots for sleeping; they simply fall asleep wherever they happen to be.

~ Giraffes spend about 70% of their day eating, requiring over 75 pounds of food a day, and sleep standing up, but only for about a 6-minute nap. They run up to 35mph for short distances.

~ Spotted Hyenas are highly intelligent and are often called 'Laughing Hyenas' because they communicate with yells, cackles, and whoops. The 'laugh' isn't funny though, as it's an expression of social anxiety and uncertainty.

~ Currently, India is the only country in the world confirmed to have both lions and tigers in its wilderness.

~ An octopus actually has 6 arms and two legs, not 8 legs.

~ Female lions do most of the hunting, but the males eat first.

~ Zebras have black skin, so are black with white stripes, not white with black stripes.

~ The woolly mammoth went extinct thousands of years ago. But it might not stay extinct. Genetic engineering may be able to bring back a very similar animal. And there’s already a home waiting for it in Siberia.

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