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  • A 1,200-pound horse eats about seven times it's own weight each year.

  • A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

  • A capon is a castrated rooster.

  • A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

  • A cat's jaws cannot move sideways.

  • A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

  • A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't.

  • A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.

  • A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

  • A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

  • A Holstein's spots are like a fingerprint or snowflake. No two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots.

  • A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

  • A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.

  • A typical bed usually houses over 6 billion dust mites.

  • A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

  • A zebra is white with black stripes.

  • 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.

  • All clams start out as males; some decide to become females at some point in their lives.

  • All pet hamsters are descended from a single female wild golden hamster found with a litter of 12 young in Syria in 1930.

  • An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Animal gestation periods: the shortest is the American opossum, which bears its young 12 to 13 days after conception; the longest is the Asiatic elephant, taking 608 days, or just over 20 months.

  • Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as 500,000 individuals.

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