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- Ants don't sleep.
- Aphids are born pregnant without the benefit of sex. Aphids can give birth 10 days after being born themselves.
- At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.
- Australian termites have been known to build mounds twenty feet high and at least 100 feet wide.
- By feeding hens certain dyes they can be made to lay eggs with varicolored yolks.
- Camel milk does not curdle.
- Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
- Carnivorous animals will not eat another animal that has been hit by a lightning strike.
- Catfish have 100,000 taste buds.
- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
- Cats, not dogs, are the most common pets in America. There are approximately 66 million cats to 58 million dogs, with Parakeets a distant third at 14 million.
- Certain frogs can be frozen solid then thawed and continue living.
- Cojo, the 1st gorilla born in captivity, was born at the Columbus Zoo, in Ohio, in 1956 and weighed 3 1/4 pounds.
- Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
- Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.
- Elephants can communicate using sounds that are below the human hearing range: between 14 and 35 hertz.
- Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. This is four times the amount spent on baby food.
- George Washington's favorite horse was named Lexington. Napoleon's favorite was Marengo. U.S. Grant had three favorite horses: Egypt, Cincinnati, and Jeff Davis.
- German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.
- Goldfish lose their color if they are kept in dim light or are placed in a body of running water, such as a stream.
- Hummingbirds are the smallest birds - so tiny that one of their enemies is an insect, the praying mantis.
- In 1888, an estimated 300,000 mummified cats were found at Beni Hassan, Egypt. They were sold at $18.43 per ton, and shipped to England to be ground up and used for fertilizer.
- In cats, the calico and tortoiseshell coats are sex-linked traits. All cats displaying these coats are female... or occasionally sterile males.
- In its entire lifetime, the average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey.
- Infant beavers are called kittens.
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