Animals are a huge part of earths ecosystem and are so diverse that even now we don’t know about a lot of the species that went extinct before Human beings came around. Funnily enough, there’s a lot of stuff we don’t know about the animals that live today. To fix that, here is a list of Cool Animal Facts that you probably didn’t know about:
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards
You’ve probably seen hummingbirds more times than you can count, but have you ever noticed how they have the ability to move backwards in air? Or even stay in the same place? Though some birds are capable of staying in the same place to an extent, no other bird is capable of flying backwards like a hummingbird. The low weight and immense flaps per minute that a hummingbird can make means that it has superior control of its flight.
Elephants’ ears are used to regulate their body temperature
We’ve all seen Disney’s Dumbo, how could we not have. That movie is part of the golden memories of my childhood. However, did you know that there is a reason that elephants have such large flappy ears. At the back of an elephant’s ears lies a very intricate network of blood vessels. Due to how thin the skin is around that area, the heat from the blood dissipates into the environment. This cooling method can reduce the body temperature of elephants by as much as 10 degrees!Ostriches don’t bury their heads in sand when they are depressed or in danger
Ostriches don’t bury their heads in sand when they are depressed or in danger
This one is a bit more obvious than the others. However, I was led to believe through my entire childhood that this was true since I had no shortage of cartoons depicting ostriches burying their heads in the sand when they’re scared. Characters making coy remarks about them doing it wasn’t a big help either. When ostriches are actually in danger and can’t run away from it, they flap around on the ground and lie with their neck and head flat against the ground as these parts are lightly coloured and can actually be camouflaged well.
Dolphins can swim at 60 KM/H and sharks at 70 KM/H
This cool animal fact took me by surprise when I found out about it. Humans can run, on average, at around 15-20 km/h. To think that a dolphin can swim at thrice that speed and a shark can go even faster is mind-blowing, and slightly frightening. However, it would interest you to know that more people have died from coconuts falling on their heads than by shark attacks.
I could go on for days about cool animal facts but the truth is there are hundreds and thousands of cool things to be known about animals like Caring and Petting of Albino Ball Python etc. It would take me days to list all of them. However, if you do want to learn about cool animal facts, the zoo or aquarium is a great place to learn.