Hello everyone, and welcome back to Animal School. If you haven’t been following us on Twitter and Facebook, you should, since we put up all sorts of multimedia content and behind-the-scenes updates on those accounts. One of our features is a daily fun animal fact. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check us out on those other platforms, we’ll do our best to have a weekly recap here on the blog. So, without further ado, here are our current list of fun animal facts:
1) Did you know: wild rabbits venture out on their own when they’re only about three weeks old and are the size of a chipmunk or young squirrel?
2) Fun Animal Fact: Whitetail Deer, which are prominent around Upstate New York, tend to travel in groups of three, esp. when crossing roads!
3) Fun Animal Fact: Owls can turn their heads 270°, or 3/4 of a full circle, in either direction. This lets them see behind themselves!
4) Did you know that red foxes have diets as varied as their environments? They eat what’s around their habitats, including pet food and worms!
5) Fun Animal Fact: peregrine falcons are the fastest birds in the world. They can dive at more than 200 mph to catch prey!
6) Fun Animal Fact: Capuchin monkeys have prehensile tails, meaning they can grab on to and hold objects such as trees.
7) Holy ravioli! Fun fact, Nintendo fans: tanuki are real! Though they don’t fly like Mario, these Japanese Raccoon Dogs are big in folklore.
8) Fun Animal Fact: chickens purr when they are content! Check out this video from Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary: https://t.co/uPLUD7Q7eQ
9) Fun Animal Fact: Fennec foxes are the world’s smallest fox, and their large, bat-like ears radiate body heat, keeping the foxes cool.
10) Fun Animal Fact: female Screech Owls are larger than the males. In fact, this is true with all birds of prey!
11) Fun Animal Fact: dragonflies only eat prey they catch while flying. One dragonfly can eat 30 – 100s of mosquitoes daily, controlling the bloodsuckers’ population!
12) Fun Animal Fact: you can see hawks on top of freeway lampposts across Western New York. They use these vantage points to hunt for prey.