8 Weird Animal Facts That You Didn t Know

Pigeons Can Do Math

Many people (including the author) fear and dread numerical difficulties, while some species handle them well. In 2011, researchers found that pigeons could reason about math abstractly like monkeys.

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Wild Chimps Like to Drink

Enjoying a fruity beverage occasionally is fine even chimps do it! One group of chimps is seen using leaf sponges to drink fermented palm sap.

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Kangaroos Do, in Fact, Fart

Kangaroos were thought to not produce methane, a greenhouse gas present in ruminant farts and a key cause of climate change. This started the kangaroo-can't-fart rumor.

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Koalas Sleep up to 22 Hours a Day

Koalas' digestive systems must work overtime to break down the toxins in their main meal, the eucalyptus tree. This procedure uses energy, therefore they sleep 18 22 hours a day.

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Octopuses Can Taste With Their Arms

Octopus arm suckers do more than grip. These structures are like tongue taste buds, but they allow taste and smell. These cephalopods think with their arms because each arm has neurons.

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Squirrels Will Adopt Orphans

Other than humans, several animal species adopt their own and even other species' young. Being asocial, squirrels live in relative seclusion, unlike social creatures like lions or elk. Red squirrels adopted young, especially related ones.  

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Butterflies Taste With Their Feet

Imagine tasting the floor. Most people find this disgusting, however if you stomp on scented flower petals all day, it might be different. Butterfly receptors on their feet and legs are comparable to human taste buds, therefore you would be one.

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Cows Have Best Friends

An experiment compared cows who were closest friends to strangers. When around their best pals, cows had lower heart rates and cortisol levels (reduced stress). Both indications increased when cow pals were separated. 

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