Here are the animal facts we have collected this week. Enjoy!
- Housecats are most closely related to the African wildcat, also called the Near Eastern wildcat.
- Quokkas are nocturnal herbivores that live in
Australia. They are marsupial macropods (“macropod” = “big-footed”), related to wallabies & kangaroos.
- Mallard ducks are dabbling ducks, meaning they mainly feed at water’s surface rather than by diving.
- The brighter a robin’s (blue) eggs are, the healthier mama bird is & the more diligently dad will be caring for his kids.
- Geckos don’t have eyelids, but a transparent membrane over their eyes they lick to keep clean!
- Kitti’s hog-nosed bat, or the bumblebee bat, may be the world’s smallest mammal at 2g in weight & slightly more than one inch in length
- Tasmanian Devils are voracious marsupial carnivores & will eat their prey’s hair, organs, & bones.
- Leafy Sea Dragons are camouflaged to blend in with seaweed & kelp formations. They are also closely related to pipefish and seahorses!