“Hello, my name is Mitch Teemley and I’m addicted to animals.” It’s true, if I had a spare life I’d spend it working with and caring for critters. There’s so much more to them than we realize. The “did-you-knows?” are fascinating…and new ones are being discovered every day!
(Don’t miss the facts and quips under the photos below).
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A large percentage of the world’s trees were planted by squirrels who forgot where they put their acorns.
Before chicks hatch they peep through the shells to talk to their mothers.
Male puppies have the physical advantage, but often let female puppies win (“They kinda like it”).
Cows have BFFs.
Curiousity never killed a cat (Well, OK, maybe).
Each dog’s noseprint, just like human fingerprints, is unique.
Elephant Shrews are actually related to elephants (and not shrews (“Who knew?”).
Fireflies are dying out worldwide due to air and light polution (“Don’t turn our love-lights off!).
Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey, China, are nearly extinct (“Don’t snub me!”).
Gentoo Penguins propose by presenting a pretty pebble to their lifemate.
Hoatzins have claws on their wings and use them to climb trees (“Plus I look awesome, dude!”).
Goats have regional accents (“You’re not from around here, are you?”).
Dwarf goats have incredible memories, plus they love pasta (“Plus, we’re seriously cute”).
“I look like this.”
“But I can do this. Cool, huh!”
Vampire Squid are actually kind of cute.
Until they do this.
Or this (“Hey, a squid’s gotta eat”).
Munchkin Cats are sometimes called “Corgi Cats” (guess why).
Tripod Fish have three legs they use to walk on the ocean floor.
Handfish have four, well, hands (“I can walk too, 3-legs!”
Sea Otters hold hands when they sleep.
Seahorses mate for life, and hold each others’ tails when they travel.
Pika chew (Sorry, I couldn’t resist).
Macaques in Japan beg or steal coins to buy vending machine snacks.
Snails are notorious ride-hitchers (“And they never leave a tip!”).
Turtles can breath through their butts (“That’ll teach those snails!”)
Tanukis, aka Raccoon Dogs (not related to raccoons) are devoted family members, and love to play tricks on humans.
Tanukis are a national treasure in Japan, and have even starred in their own movie “Pom Poko.”
Many species of ants are transluscent
The punishment for killing a panda in China is death (“Well, duh!”).
Squirrels adopt abandoned babies.
Sweden has a rabbit show-jumping competition called Kaninhoppning.
Snakes come in every color of the rainbow (“I couldn’t decide, so I went with ’em all”).
Red Panda’s spend most of their lives in trees.
But they’ll gladly come down for a snack.