Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Fascinating Animal Facts

This post is inspired by a conversation my mom and I had on the phone yesterday. A snippet of the conversation is as follows:

I say, “Did you know that a baby porcupine is called a porcupette?”

Mom replies, “No, did you know a group of crows is called a murder?” We went on to discuss the symbolism/meaning behind a Counting Crows song named Murder of One.

I love animal facts. I don’t know what other parents watched on TV, but often I remember my dad in particular, watching PBS shows about reptiles or manatees or the dangers of the black bear. I was engrossed. Ever since, I’ve been taken by fascinating aspects of animal life. I even attempt to find ways to incorporate some of the unusual things into my novels.

Today for your reading pleasure I’m going to spill a list of unusual animal facts on the page:

  • One in every five thousand North Atlantic lobsters is born in a bright blue color.

  • Approximately 200 trees can be cut down by an average beaver.

  • When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface so that it can breathe.

  • Certain Chinese and American alligators can survive the winter by freezing their heads in ice, leaving their nose out to breath for months on end.

  • Honeybees have hair on their eyes.

  • An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

  • Wild dogs don't bark or wag their tails.

  • Elephants are the only animals with 4 knees.

  • An armadillo crosses a river by holding its breath and walking across the bottom.

  • A grouping of kangaroos is called a mob.

  • All polar bears are left-handed.

  • A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.

  • An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.

  • Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.

  • Infant beavers are called kittens.

  • Snakes are immune to their own poison.

  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat (yet another reason why I like dogs better.)

Don’t those just get the brain juices flowing? Do you know any interesting animal facts?

*I used over a dozen sources for these facts. If you’re interested, I can provide the names of each.
**photos by flickr


  1. Fascinating! I love animals!
    Some of the ones that jumped out at me were the elephant (never thought about the 4 knees, but it makes perfect sense) and that honeybees have hair on their eyes. That one gave me chills!

  2. As a huge animal-lover, I love the facts! Some of them really surprised me. I especially liked the polar bear one - how do they know that?? I mean, who sets out to do that research?? :)

  3. Wendy, that's awesome! That's cool about the lobsters. I've never seen a blue one before. I am planning on going to the zoo with the family tomorrow. Hopefully I'll remember some of these cool things to wow the group with :D

  4. We have a DVD called Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution. It's fantastic and has just tons of amazing animal facts that point to an intelligent designer! Thanks for sharing even more!

  5. Fun fact. I love animals. You have a nice blog. If you get a chance you can visit me at

  6. I remember one beach vacation when the dragonflies invaded. There were so many of them just hovering on the beach, but they didn't bother the people. They were there for a mosquito feast, it was a summer of their invasion too. And when the mosquitoes were gone, so were the dragonflies, just like that.

  7. Some really interesting facts-so how do they really know all polar bears are left-handed???Hmmm

  8. Wow! There's so much wonder in the world. One of my favorite things (when we had TV reception) was to watch animal shows on PBS. My favorite was a special on bower birds. Evidently, they are much like humans. They bring sparklies to the girls they court, lay things out obsessively, and aren't above filching sparklies from the competition. :D

  9. MeganRebekah, I liked the elephant one too. My favorites might have been the armadillo and dolphin ones.

    B.J., I thought so. I never want to be at a place in life where I'm done learning.

    Katie, I *know* why that one meant so much to you, my left-handed friend!

    Cindy, you'll be the a guide or something. Cool timing.

    Jody, I wonder what God was thinking about when he created some of those creatures, us included.

    WriteMoms, I love animals, too. Hope you get the chance to stop by again soon.

    Joanne, see...something like that would fit into a key scene of a book.

    Terri, they go to shake their hands...sorry for the lame joke. I'm tired. :D

    Danyelle, it's stuff exactly like what you described that get me. Courting birds...I tell you.

    Nice to visit with you all today! Have fun at the zoo, Cindy. Think of us. :D :D

    Sleep well!
    ~ Wendy

  10. I LOVE animal facts. Or any kind of cool facts. :)


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