21 Surprising Animal Facts. A Fascinating Insight into the Lives of Various Species

We love pets, regardless of their size, weight or fluffiness. Each of them has something unique about them that sparks our curiosity. Here are a handful of facts that may surprise even those who hang out with pets every day.

#1 Otters show their babies in the face of danger to make the predator feel compassion for them

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#2 Sea otters also hold hands while sleeping to prevent rolling over and drifting off

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#3 Squirrels plant thousands of trees each year because they forget where exactly they bury their acorns

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#4 Puffins mate for life – after finding a mate, they build their home on a cliff and stay with each other for the rest of their lives

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#5 Cows make friends with other cows, and when they are lonely, they feel really strong anxiety

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#6 Octopuses collect shiny objects and shells of crustaceans to build a “garden” around their caves. It is meant to camouflage their home

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#7 Elephants suck their trunk the way humans suck their thumbs when they’re babies

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#8 Cats rarely “bump” others with their heads, but when they do, it’s to show that they trust them

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#9 Squirrels adopt and care for other baby squirrels if the squirrels are orphans

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#10 Pandas can sleep anywhere, so they usually fall asleep wherever they are

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#11 Prairie dogs greet each other by kissing

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#12 Some young owls sleep like this

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#13 Penguins have knees

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#14 Cats can’t smell sugar because their tongue doesn’t have the right receptors

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#15 Bearded vultures are the only birds that wear makeup – they deliberately dye their white feathers red using mud

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#16 Here’s how big a whale skull is

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#17 Owls don’t like rain….

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#18 Elephant foot Vs. Human foot

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#19 Chinese water deer look like vampires

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#20 Shark eggs are transparent

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#21 Some types of five-spotted starfish may be born as squares due to genetic abnormalities

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Which fact surprised you most?