Planet Earth is home to more than 1 million known animal species. Many of these furry critters have been roaming our planet, even before us. Unlike humans, they are not bothered with life. All that concerns them is eating, sleeping, mating and repeating. The list below is a tribute to such trivia. We have collected 14 facts about animals that will surely make you question the knowledge about them. From multiple vaginas to breathing through their butts, here are 14 random facts about random animals that’ll make you appreciate the randomness of Mother Nature.
#1. Chicks can communicate with each other as well as their mother; even before hatching.
Mother birds know what’s best for their young ones, even before birth. According to the University of Cambridge, they are capable of communicating with their developing chicks even before they hatch.
A University of Cambridge study found that canary mothers leave a message for their developing chicks by changing conditions within the egg. The discovery was made by using fostering experiments in which eggs were exchanged between canaries’ nests, so the chicks would grow up in an unexpected environment. Chicks who received these messages were found to beg for food differently. If the parent canary changed the condition of the egg to say that they will be reared by generous parents, the chicks begged for food more vigorously after hatching. Chicks who received lesser to no messages ended up being less demanding. (source)
#2. Butterflies taste with their feet.
Butterflies have a suction tube for their mouth and taste the nectar using their feet.
An average butterfly lives from anywhere from around 2 weeks to 2 months, but the migrating monarch butterfly lives for around 9 to 12 months. It’s hard to believe that these beautiful little creatures taste their food with the help of their feet. This is in fact true because their taste sensors/buds are located in their feet. Just by standing on a specific flower, a butterfly is capable of tasting it. Their mouths are not capable of biting or chewing; instead they have a suction tube or a long straw-like structure (proboscis) that allows them to drink nectar from flowers. (source)
#3. Kangaroos have three vaginas.
Female marsupials have three vaginas. Not just kangaroos, but koalas, quokkas and wombats share the same set-up.
The group of mammals that raise their young ones in pouches share this common trait. The three-structure vagina is shared by koalas, wombats, quokkas, Tasmanian devils, etc. In the three-structure female genital, the side ones help to transport the millions of fertilizers towards the uterus and the middle-one is used to deliver the baby. (source)
#4. Some turtles can breathe through their hind ends.
It might sound funny at first, but it’s no joke when it comes to nature. Scientists recently discovered that some varieties of water turtles are capable of this.
A recent discovery has shown that the Australian Fitzroy river turtle and the North American eastern painted turtle, have the ability to breathe through both ends of their bodies. If they choose to only breathe through their mouths, they are capable of doing that, too. Scientists observed this phenomenon when they placed a small amount of food coloring in the water near the turtles. The turtles were drawing in the colored water through both their ends and sometimes just their hind ends. (source)
#5. A blue whale’s heart beats an average of 9 times per minute.
The blue whale is the largest living animal in the world (even larger than dinosaurs). They can measure in at over 100 ft in length and can weigh in excess of 180 tons.
When it comes to the blue whale, everything is big. Be it the heart or the arteries, everything is huge in this massive creature. The arteries of a blue whale are so big, that an average adult can swim through them. Even though their heart only beats an average of 9 times per minute, it provides necessary blood required by its major vital organs. In comparison, a dolphin has a heart rate of 35 – 45 beats per minute and at the same time, humans have an average heart rate of around 60 – 80 beats per minute. (source)
#6. Dolphins sleep with one eye open and one hemisphere of their brain still active.
Dolphins are capable of keeping an eye out for predators even while they are sleeping. This clever trick helps them survive against all odds.
Dolphins are one of the smartest creatures on the planet. They are capable of overcoming sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for up to 15 days straight (with just one half of the brain active). This special characteristic is required, since they need to periodically come to the surface for air, and at the same time keep an eye out for any potential predators around them. (source)
#7. Dogs have nose prints that are similar to human fingerprints.
Just as humans can be identified with the help of a unique set of fingerprints, dogs can be identified by their nose prints.
Each dog has his or her own unique set of nose prints, just as each human has a unique set of fingerprints. Looking closely at a dog’s nose reveals specific patterns that are similar to fingerprints. Many organizations, as well as states across the United States, are starting to adopt this technique to identify lost dogs. The Canadian Kennel Club has been using nose prints as a form of identification of dogs since 1938. (source)