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20+ Animal Facts That’ll Leave You Open-Mouthed

Our animal friends have a lot to teach us about themselves. Even scientists can be shocked and amazed when learning about them. For example, when researchers discovered the platypus, they originally thought that it was a hoax.

We at Bright Side love learning about the creatures of the world, so we are sharing a list of facts about animals that will surprise you.

  • Pandas can sleep anywhere, so they usually fall asleep wherever they happen to be.
  • Squirrels use their tails as umbrellas and parachutes.
  • Hedgehogs suffer from lactose intolerance.
  • Dik diks mark their territories with tears.
  • The eye of a giant squid is as big as a human head, around 10 inches in diameter.
  • dog’s nose print is as detailed as a human fingerprint and can be used to identify them.
  • Kangaroos can’t jump if their tail is off the ground.
  • The sweat of a hippopotamus appears red and brown on its skin.
  • Otters have a little pouch on their bodies where they keep their favorite rock.
  • Giraffes only sleep for around 4 and a half hours a night, on average.
  • Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
  • Elephants are one of the 3 animals that go through menopause, along with humans and humpback whales.
  • Goats have almost 360-degree vision around themselves.
  • Mice can sense each other’s pain and sadness.
  • Pigeons are able to do basic math. They can also be trained to tell the difference between Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.
  • Some sperm whales have accents when they communicate with each other.
  • Tigers have striped skin underneath their striped fur.
  • Sheep can treat their own illnesses by choosing to eat medicinal plants.
  • Meerkats will assign a guardian to keep watch while the others in the pack go and play.
  • Baby elephants suck on their own trunks, like pacifiers.
  • The Mantis Shrimp can see colors that humans cannot, having 16 receptive-cones in their eyes. For reference, humans only have 3 (allowing us to see red, blue, green, and all of the colors derived from them).
  • Slugs have 4 noses.
  • When mating, dragonflies make a heart shape with their tails.

What are some surprising animal facts that you know? Share with us in the comments!