ANIMAL FACTS

Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.
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What if an astronaut took his/her pet bird into space? Would it still be able to fly?

What would happen if birds were released into space? Well, we don't know, but we think that birds in space would actually do quite well because their wings would help stabilize them as they float through space.

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  • All About the Audubon Society Fund

    All About the Audubon Society Fund

    The Audubon Society promotes legislation that protects wildlife, birds and the ecosystems that support them. Learn about the society's past and present. See more »

  • Are zoos good or bad for animals?

    Are zoos good or bad for animals?

    As you visit each amazing exhibit at your local zoo, do you ever feel a twinge of guilt or remorse when watching these enclosed creatures? Are zoos helping or hurting animals? See more »

  • Can animals predict death?

    Can animals predict death?

    Officials at a nursing home in Rhode Island claim a cat named Oscar knows when patients are going to die. Can a cat predict death? What about animals that allegedly predict earthquakes or natural disasters? Learn whether your pet has a "sixth sense." See more »

  • Can humans communicate with animals?

    Can humans communicate with animals?

    Alex the gray parrot had a better vocabulary than most animals. He also had a grasp of syntax, an understanding of concepts like bigger and smaller and the ability to manipulate numbers. But was Alex simply parroting what he learned, or could he really communicate? See more »

  • Can piranhas really strip a cow to the bone in under a minute?

    Can piranhas really strip a cow to the bone in under a minute?

    Ever since Teddy Roosevelt witnessed a piranha feeding frenzy, the fish have been known as fearsome predators. But can they really strip a cow to the bone? See more »

  • Do all creatures sleep?

    Do all creatures sleep?

    Sleep might seem pretty simple, but scientists are still scratching their heads over questions surrounding the slumbering state. What does sleep mean to a whale, a brown bat, a migratory bird or even an invertebrate? See more »

  • Do animals commit suicide?

    Do animals commit suicide?

    Distressed birds will peck out their feathers until they expose their flesh to infection. Whales will die stranded on beaches for no obvious reason. But do animals willingly end their own lives? See more »

  • Do animals have emotions?

    Do animals have emotions?

    Your kitten's strange faces and chirps might seem perfectly intelligible, but how much meaning can you really read into them? Can animals display happiness, sadness, empathy or fear? See more »

  • Do animals have personalities?

    Do animals have personalities?

    Well, duh. Of course animals have personalities, right? Find out how scientists are proving what pets owners have always suspected: animals -- both pets and wild animals -- possess personality. See more »

  • Do coyotes and badgers work together to find food?

    Do coyotes and badgers work together to find food?

    Coyotes and badgers? This unlikely partnership is actually a surefire thing when it comes to catching a tasty dinner. See more »

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