The Eurasian harvest mouse is the smallest European rodent, with adults weighing less than 4 grams. It also has a highly prehensile tail that it uses to climb stalks of grass and grains.
/r/AwwducationalThe almost perfectly spherical shape and prolonged stillness of a huddled Arctic hare are part of its winter strategy for keeping warm. Hares assume this posture when they finish feeding, tucking extremities in tightly in order to conserve warmth by folding their tails down between their hind legs
/r/AwwducationalThe lyrebird has the most complex song of any bird. They are able to imitate other animals like: 20 species of bird, monkey calls and even man-made noises like a camera shutter and a chainsaw!
/r/AwwducationalThe Kitti's hog-nosed bat, also known as the bumblebee bat, is a vulnerable species that occurs in western Thailand and southeast Myanmar. This bat is the smallest of the species and is arguably the world's smallest mammal
/r/AwwducationalThis is a pika! The 3rd member of the lagomorph family which includes rabbits and hares.
/r/AwwducationalWhile cute, the majority of pufferfish species are among the most poisonous vertebrates on the planet. Tetrodotoxin, a neurotoxin, is found primarily in the ovaries and liver. It does not always have a lethal effect on large predators, such as sharks, but can kill humans
/r/AwwducationalEvery species of penguin lays two eggs per mating cycle, except for the emperor penguin which only lays one!
/r/AwwducationalThe red panda is found in the Himalayas and is given the name fire fox (just like the browser) by locals. Sadly they are considered endangered because of poaching
/r/AwwducationalDepending on the source, camels can live without drinking actual water, getting their hydration from the plants they eat, for several weeks to up to seven months
/r/AwwducationalBlack snub-nosed monkeys have multiparous females assisting other females in the birthing process, similar to human midwives
/r/AwwducationalGreat Blue Herons have specialized feathers on their chest that continually grow and fray. The herons comb this “powder down”, using it like a washcloth to remove fish slime and other oils from their feathers. Applying the powder to their underparts protects against the slime and oils of swamps.
/r/AwwducationalPolar bear's cubs are born helpless and typically nurse for two and a half years. For about 12 to 15 days, the family spends time outside the den, then they begin the long walk to the sea ice, where the mother can once again catch seals
/r/AwwducationalDuring feeding, the sun bear can extend its exceptionally long tongue 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in) to extract insects and honey.
/r/AwwducationalManatees will lift large portions of their bodies out of the water to reach terrestrial vegetation
/r/AwwducationalWhen a woodpecker strikes a tree, it sustains a G-Force of 1,200. Fighter pilots endure 9G’s
/r/AwwducationalLarge black pigs have ears so large and droopy they obscure vision but also protect the face and eyes while foraging, especially when rooting in dirt
/r/AwwducationalChimpanzees have way better short-term memory than humans. Some researchers believe that humans lost this ability in favor of more advanced communication
/r/AwwducationalPigeons, flamingoes, and male emperor penguins are the only birds to produce "milk." Research shows that pigeons who drink this milk will grow 16 percent faster.
/r/AwwducationalThe mandibles of the Dracula ant, Mystrium camillae, are the fastest known moving animal appendages, snapping shut at speeds of up to 90 meters per second. These Snap Jaw ants have outrun another ant genus called Trap Jaw ants (Odontomachus sp.)
/r/AwwducationalEchidnas are one of the two living monotremes. That means they're egg-laying mammals. The other one being the platypus.
/r/AwwducationalThe Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog breed, with males often standing around 34-35 inches tall (as tall as a donkey!)
/r/AwwducationalCats have a precise method of walking called "Direct Registering".
/r/AwwducationalMandarin ducks nest in holes in trees and sometimes even high up, unlike most ducks.
/r/AwwducationalSloths climb down from the canopy about once a week to poop in one of several favourite spots. They do this to encourage moths to lay their eggs, which later infest their fur and die, providing nutrients that promotes algal growth in their coats which, in turn, gives sloths excellent camouflage.
/r/AwwducationalWhen a lioness is in heat, she can mate up to 100 times per day, or about once every 17 minutes. Each mating lasts an average of 21 seconds.
/r/AwwducationalScientists have been able to attract Jaguars to camera traps in Nicaragua using Calvin Klein's Obsession. The original formula used civetone, from an African civet. Modern formulas use a synthetic version that still attracts some, but not all big cats and not in all geographic locations.
/r/AwwducationalBdelloidea are microscopic aquatic animals related to roundworms. Interestingly, a male has never been observed within the species; females reproduce exclusively by parthenogenesis. This is a colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the retracting foot of a bdelloid rotifer
/r/AwwducationalTrue Albino Deer are very rare. They're not as afraid of humans and are prone to genetic defects so they have a much shorter life-span.
/r/AwwducationalThe motorbike frog (Litoria moorei) is a frog well known in Southwest Australia. Its common name comes from the male frog's mating call, which sounds similar to a motorbike changing up through gears
/r/AwwducationalPrzewalski’s horses are not true wild horses but the feral descendants of horses herded by the Botai people