Fun facts about the animal kingdomWith school in full swing and summer in the past, we thought we'd take a more lighthearted approach with our animal information this month. Here are some interesting tidbits about the animals that we share this world with:
- The horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair rather than bone or another substance.
- As well as being a famous Looney Tunes character, the Tasmanian Devil is a real animal that is only found in the wild in Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.
- Cats use their whiskers to check whether a space is too small for them to fit through or not.
- Domestic dogs are omnivores, they feed on a variety of foods including grains, vegetables and meats.
- When lions breed with tigers the resulting hybrids are known as ligers and tigons. There are also lion and leopard hybrids known as leopons and lion and jaguar hybrids known as jaglions.
- Frogs use their sticky, muscular tongue to catch and swallow food. Unlike humans, their tongue is not attached to the back of its mouth. Instead it is attached to the front, enabling the frog to stick its tongue out much further.
- Elephants have large, thin ears. Their ears are made up of a complex network of blood vessels which help with regulating an elephants temperature. Blood is circulated through their ears to cool them down in hot climates.
- The Killer Whale (also known as Orca) is actually a type of dolphin.
- A group of tigers is known as an 'ambush' or 'streak'.