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  • The 1st buffalo ever born in captivity was born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo in 1884.

  • The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was formed in 1866.

  • The anaconda, one of the world's largest snakes, gives birth to its young instead of laying eggs.

  • The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.

  • The average adult male ostrich, the world's largest living bird, weighs up to 345 pounds.

  • The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.

  • The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.

  • The bloodhound is the only animal whose evidence is admissible in an American court.

  • The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

  • The dachshund is one of the oldest dog breeds in history (dating back to ancient Egypt.) The name comes from one of its earliest uses - hunting badgers. In German, Dachs means "badger," Hund is "hound."

  • The elephant, as a symbol of the US Republican Party, was originated by cartoonist Thomas Nast and first presented in 1874.

  • The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."

  • The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.

  • The fastest -moving land snail, the common garden snail, has a speed of 0.0313 mph.

  • The first house rats recorded in America appeared in Boston in 1775.

  • The giant squid is the largest creature without a backbone. It weighs up to 2.5 tons and grows up to 55 feet long. Each eye is a foot or more in diameter.

  • The honeybee kills more people world-wide than all the poisonous snakes combined.

  • The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards.

  • The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

  • The Kiwi, national bird of New Zealand, can't fly. It lives in a hole in the ground, is almost blind, and lays only one egg each year. Despite this, it has survived for more than 70 million years.

  • The largest animal ever seen alive was a 113.5 foot, 170-ton female blue whale.

  • The largest bird egg in the world today is that of the ostrich. Ostrich eggs are from 6 to 8 inches long. Because of their size and the thickness of their shells, they take 40 minutes to hard-boil.

  • The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.

  • The male penguin incubates the single egg laid by his mate. During the two month period he does not eat, and will lose up to 40% of his body weight.

  • The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

  • The normal temperature of a cat is 101.5 degrees.

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