ANIMAL FACTS

Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.
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What is filter feeding?

Forks. Knives. Spoons. Chopsticks. All those utensils are a pain to pick up and set down again. What if you could just open your mouth wide?

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  • 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 »

  • Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    If snakes can come up a toilet pipe, then you may be left afraid to face the porcelain throne! Don't fret, we'll share the slithery details on these rare occurrences. 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 »

  • Do mice really love cheese?

    Do mice really love cheese?

    If you're plagued by rodents, the only sure way to catch them is to load a mousetrap with a large wedge of cheese, right? Wrong – to catch mice, think sweet! See more »

  • Do rabbits really go crazy in March?

    Do rabbits really go crazy in March?

    Rabbits can be fluffy bundles of laziness or superbly rambunctious, but do they really go crazy in March? See more »

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