Animal Facts

Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.

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A zorse is one strange looking horse. That's because it's the product of a zebra stallion and a female horse.

By Jesslyn Shields

Kiddo was his name and not only was he the first cat to attempt to cross the Atlantic in an airship, but he also did it as a stowaway.

By John Donovan

The two words mean very different things and are often used incorrectly. We'll clear up the confusion.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

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The Gila monster is the most venomous lizard on U.S. soil. But despite the fact that its bite can be debilitating, its venom can also save lives.

By Mark Mancini

We know dogs have been trained to sniff out everything from burglars to bombs. Now a group of researchers is hoping some savvy canines can help detect coronavirus, too.

By Stephanie Vermillion

More than 70 percent of pet owners play music for their pets so Spotify has created custom playlists just for your furry friends (and your favorite iguanas, too).

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The grudge match that was popularized in Rudyard Kipling's short story "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" is a mystifying one, but a few specialized traits allow mongooses to add venomous snakes to their list of entrées.

By Jesslyn Shields

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The green iguana isn't native to the Sunshine State. So how did this invasive lizard get there and become the state's menace to society?

By Mark Mancini

Gastroliths, or "stomach stones," are found in animals from chickens to sea lions. But what are they for?

By Jesslyn Shields

A true animal sanctuary should provided excellent and humane care to animals for the rest of their lives. However, many operate under that guise and instead exploit the animals for profit. So how do you know if one is legit?

By Stephanie Vermillion

In some parts of the U.S., the woolly bear caterpillar's color bands tell how bad a winter will be – lots of black means a harsh winter. So, is there any merit to this folklore?

By Nathan Chandler

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3-D printing is helping animals — both wild and domestic — recover from injuries that might once have meant euthanasia.

By Patty Rasmussen

The magic of the blacker-than-black Ayam Cemani is in its genetics.

By Jesslyn Shields

Geckos have abilities that definitely take lizardhood up a notch.

By Jesslyn Shields

Chameleons change color whenever they feel agitated, exhilarated, threatened or excited. OK, but how?

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

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There's a four-legged security officer patrolling your airport and this canine is on a mission to find illegal fruits and veggies.

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

By Bambi Turner

Don't let this fear keep you from using the porcelain throne! Snakes in toilets are extremely rare occurrences.

By Bambi Turner

Many marine and aquatic mammals can survive without breathing by slowing their heart rates and redirecting blood from their extremities to their brains, hearts and muscles.

By Jesslyn Shields

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Called gynandromorphs, half male and half female animals are rare, but they do exist.

By Tara Yarlagadda

The iconic horses step tall to promote wind power, which creates 100 percent of the electricity used to make Budweiser beer.

By John Donovan

Miraculously, many animals are able to ride out some of Mother Nature's most powerful storms. But how?

By Mark Mancini

Not all animals have red blood flowing through their veins. Meet some our blue-blooded, green-blooded and, yes, transparent-blooded fellow creatures.

By Mark Mancini

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Many of us admittedly keep our televisions on when we leave the house — for our dogs. But does Fido really watch the TV?

By John Perritano

Check your chicken's earlobes (yes!) to know what color eggs you'll get.

By Christopher Hassiotis