Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Amazing and Interesting Facts

Chocolate kills dogs!  True, chocolate affects a dog's heart and nervous system; a few ounces are enough to kill a small dog. 

At an estimated population of 40 million, there are more than twice as many kangaroos as people in Australia. There are more than 50 different kinds of kangaroos. 

It is commonly known that the Giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, sometimes reaching a height in excess of 18 feet.  Along with it's length neck, the giraffe has a very long tongue -- more than a foot and a half long. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! Giraffes are the only animals born with horns.  Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead

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

- The worlds fastest reptile (measured on land) is the spiny-tailed iguana of Costa Rica.  It has been clocked at 21.7 mph.

- The shadow bird always builds a 3-room nest. The third section is the nursery; the second is a pantry; and in the first, the male parent stands guard against intruders.

- Ostriches can kick with tremendous force, but only forward. Don't Mess with them !

- The reef heron, which feeds on shellfish on the Great Barrier Reef, daily flies 30 miles from the Australian mainland, and although the tide changes vary by 45 minutes a day, the heron always arrives at the exact time that the water recedes.

- Because of their weight, which averages 22 pounds, Japanese cranes require a run of more than 30 feet to become airborne

- An elephant can smell water three miles away.

-The breed of the Thoroughbred horse is only about 300 years old, although horse racing has been popular in England since Roman times, and can be traced back to Central Asia among prehistoric nomads.

- An adult crow needs 11 ounces of food each day.

- If the great horned owl were to be totally stripped of its feathers, the naked bird would weigh less than its feathers

- A pair of nesting barn owls is capable of catching and eating nearly 3,000 rats a year.

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