Porcupine quills possess antibiotic properties. Porcupines fall frequently from trees and quill antibiotics limit self-injury.
/r/AwwducationalThis is how a baby Giraffe is weighed
/r/AwwducationalSables are primarily crepuscular, but they become more active in the day during the mating season.
/r/AwwducationalHopping is very energy efficient, which is useful for kangaroos, since they often have to travel long distances in their harsh environment.
/r/AwwducationalHarvest Mice Is A Species Of Mice That Often Wheighs 7 Grams. They're Special Because They Love Pollen So Much That They Sleep Inside Flowers And Eat The pollen
/r/AwwducationalThe fat-tailed gerbil is a rodent whose tails function in storing fat and water. Usually, the health of a fat-tailed gerbil is determined by the thickness of its tail; if its tail is skinny, it might not be getting the necessary amount of nutrients.
/r/AwwducationalThe coconut octopus is born with the instinct to protect itself by creating a mobile home out of coconut or clam shells.
/r/AwwducationalThe spider-tailed horned viper has a unique tail that has a bulb-like end and bordered by long drooping scales that give it the appearance of a spider. The tail tip is waved around and used to lure insectivorous birds within striking range.
/r/AwwducationalBornean Bearded Pigs are subjected to irregular migrations as they search for fruit in season. They play an important role in seed dispersal.
/r/AwwducationalDid you know that Sea Lion Pups will often roll around in the sand to cover themselves in a beachy layer of sun protection?
/r/AwwducationalSloths are good swimmers and they can reach speeds of 13.5 metres (44 ft) per minute. They use their long arms to paddle through the water and can cross rivers and swim between islands.
/r/AwwducationalThe African Bullfrog, aka the Pixie Frog, is one of 3 known species of frog to have teeth.
/r/AwwducationalTrained pigeons can tell the difference between the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet
/r/AwwducationalFemale Common Noctule bats store sperm in the uterus during hibernation until fertilization in spring.
/r/AwwducationalFlashlight Fish have bioluminescent organs that contain luminous bacteria and can be "shut off" by the fish using either a dark lid or by being drawn into a pouch. They are used to communicate, attract prey, and evade predators.
/r/AwwducationalDeforestation kills an estimated 6,000 orangutans a year. This orangutan was attempting to fight deforestation in Indonesia. Orangutans are cute, and r/awwducational material. This particular scene isn't great, but it absolutely warrants being learned about and I argue still fits this sub.
/r/AwwducationalBirds such as parrotlets are capable of repositioning their claws from one graspable bump or pit to another in a mere 1 to 2 milliseconds. For comparison, it takes a human about 100 to 400 milliseconds to blink.
/r/AwwducationalDifficulty climbing and the risk of heart disease are just some of the problems an obese orangutan — like banana-loving Beni — could face
/r/AwwducationalSharks(and other marine species) have a protective layer of mucus on their skin to protect themselves from bacteria/parasites. Touching a shark once can remove that protective mucus, leaving them vulnerable to disease/infection
/r/AwwducationalThe Goliath Frog (the world’s largest species of frog) will construct their own ponds so their tadpoles will be safe. They have been observed moving rocks weighing over 4.4 pounds (2 kg)
/r/AwwducationalI was once known as a Continental Shepherd Dog.
/r/AwwducationalWhen a female quokka with a joey in her pouch is pursued by a predator, she may drop her baby onto the ground; the joey produces noises, which may serve to attract the predator’s attention while the mother escapes.
/r/AwwducationalBobcats cannot roar. Their "scream" is often compared to a woman screaming. They can also hiss, growl, snarl, yowl and meow like a cat.
/r/AwwducationalPrairie Dogs Are Serial Killers That Murder Their Competition
/r/AwwducationalThe maned wolf is the largest canid in South America. Its markinga resemble that if a fox but it is neither a fox nor a wolf. It is the only species in the genus chrysocyon (meaning golden dog).
/r/AwwducationalThis intricate glass sculpture, by Science-artist Luke Jerram, is a representation of the H1N1 (Swine Flu) virus. In 2009, H1N1 rates of infection reached pandemic proportions, sparking a global health crisis and taking the lives of approximately 17,000 people during the 2009 flu season.
/r/AwwducationalThere are 3 primary theories on the origin of the Newfie: they are either a breed left by the vikings in 100AD, a cross between the Tibetan Mastiff and Black American Wolves (now extinct), or a melting pot of several European breeds!
/r/AwwducationalPeccaries have scent glands below each eye and another on their backs. They use the scent to mark herd territories and reinforce the bonds between herd members.
/r/AwwducationalThe cape weaver male meticulously constructs his nest to be structurally sound and waterproof in anticipation of his auspicious mate, who will put his craftsmanship to the test. If his residence is sub-par she will pass.
/r/AwwducationalFemale Jacanas form harems of males, and the males are solely responsible for incubating eggs and taking care of the chicks.