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Useless Animals


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<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The platypus is the only mammal with venom.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The platypus and the echidna are the only surviving members of the order Monotreme, which are egg laying mammals.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> When the first platypus was sent to England they thought it was believed to be a practical joke.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> When the first Englishmen saw the first Kangaroo he asked the Aborigine what it was he simply said "Kangaroo." which means "I dont know."

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The dolphin is the only other animal (other then humans) that have sex for pleasure.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Cows are the world's largest producer of methane gas. They must burp or fart constantly or they will explode from the build up due to their multiple stomachs.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Kangaroos cannot hop backwards

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> When running, an ostrich must come to a complete stop before changing directions.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A snow leopard's tail is nearly as long as the rest of its body.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A Puma, Cougar, Panther, and Mountain Lion are all the same animal.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> An alligator has one of the strongest jaw pressures in the world. However, once shut, they can be held shut with your hands.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> An Alligator Snapping Turtle was found in Florida that had musket balls embedded in its shell that dated back to the Civil War.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A giraffe's horns are called "ossicones".

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Elephants are evolving without tusks due to poaching.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A grizzly bear can smell a corpse from 18 miles away.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> While the offspring of a female horse and a male donkey is called a Mule, the offspring of a male horse and a female donkey is called a hinny.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The world's most expensive dog was just bought for a total of $1.5 million and it was a Red Tibetan Mastiff.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> During a study about the effects of rising economic costs scientists gave chimpanzees "coins" with which to purchase their favorite fruit. When the chimps became accustomed to the prices (going as far as to use correct change) the scientists raised the prices. Mayhem ensued when the chimps learned they could not purchase fruit for the old price. Almost immediately female chimps began bartering sex for currency in order to purchase the fruit they wanted.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The Arctic Tern flies the circumference of the Earth every year for its annual migration.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> In the Philippines there is a crocodile named Lolong that is 50 years old, 21 foot long, and 2,370 lbs. It was captured by a group of 100 hunters and is currently planned to be used as a tourist attraction.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> In 2006, a goose egg was found in the French Alps with three live minnows inside.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Rattlesnakes are afraid of skunks.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A New Zealand sheep that ran away for six years was found with 60 pounds of wool.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Many animals undergo aestivation which is the opposite of hibernation.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Twenty percent of all mammals are in danger of becoming extinct.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A woodpecker can peck up to 19 times a second.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Approximately five million pets are euthanized a year in shelters in the US.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Despite their similarities, a Zebra's stripes are like finger prints and no two are the same.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The Average Giant Panda eats for 12 hours a day.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> There is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic pet.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> 5.4 million animal species worldwide remain unnamed.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Cat pee glows under a black light.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Porcupines float in water thanks to their quills.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A chinchilla can jump five feet into the air.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Frogs use their eyes to swallow their food.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The Horned Lizard can shoot blood out of its eyes to ward off predators.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The pupil of a goat's eye is rectangular which gives it greater peripheral depth perception.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The Western Lowland Gorilla's scientific name is: Gorilla gorilla gorilla.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> The Western Black Rhino has officially become extinct due to poaching for Chinese medicine.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A new species of bush viper, call the Matilda's Horned Viper, has been discovered in Southern Tunisia. Its exact location is being withheld to try and prevent poaching.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Scientists have discovered huge colonies of the Yeti Crab (a recently discovered species of crab) in the hyrdothermal vents in Antarctica

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> Kangaroos do not expel methane when they fart thanks to a bacteria in their stomachs. On top of this, scientists are looking for ways to apply this trait to cows and sheep.

<img:http://www.elftown.com/stuff/Button_Circle_ETGreen%20copy.gif> A company called Avian Fashions makes diapers for pet birds.


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2011-09-29 [Ŧhe Jøker]: The fastest animal in the world isn't the cheetah, its the peregrine falcon, and it can swoop at speeds of up to 202 mph

2011-09-29 [Ravenclaw]: During a study about the effects of rising economic costs scientists gave chimpanzees "coins" with which to purchase their favorite fruit. When the chimps became accustomed to the prices (going as far as to use correct change) the scientists raised the prices. Mayhem ensued when the chimps learned they could not purchase fruit for the old price. Almost immediately female chimps began bartering sex for currency in order to purchase the fruit they wanted.

I saw this on a documentary on Netflix and I'm 90% sure it was called Freakanomics.

2011-09-29 [XxTsomexX]: A goldfish's memory is only 3 seconds long.

2011-09-29 [0-Aki]: #4 is a myth.

"It is a common myth that animals do not (as a rule) have sex for pleasure, or alternatively that humans, pigs (and perhaps dolphins and one or two species of primate) are the only species which do. This is sometimes formulated "animals mate only for reproduction"." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_sexual_behaviour

http://www.dolphincommunicationproject.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1145&amp;Itemid=281

2011-09-30 [Blaithin]: I believe the Echidna is another egg laying mammal. Also, I think Emu's can't go backwards either which means the Australian Crest has no animals on it that can walk backwards :o

2011-09-30 [Ravenclaw]: We all have to remember that Josmar got these facts from books. If a couple of them are wrong then it's the book's fault not his.

2011-09-30 [Lord Josmar]: I looked up the Echidna and it is an egglaying mammal and is part of the same order as the platypus, so I changed those facts accordingly.

The dolphin thing seems to be in the air with debates for and against on both sides, but since it cannot be confirmed I have removed it.

I looked up the goldfish fact on wikipedia, because I had heard that too and wanted to make sure, and it says that they have a memory span of about three months and can actually be trained.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldfish#Intelligence

2011-09-30 [XxTsomexX]: Awww. I need to find an animal that has a short memory span, since I have one too, and I used to call it the goldfish syndrome

2011-10-02 [Yami]: There is a species of primate, (close to a chimp I think) that are bisexual. The females with rub their clits together and the males swing from branches and penis fence

A female hyena has such a long clit that they use them to dominate one another by using their clits to penetrate the lesser females.

A "Liger" is a very large wild cat that behaves like a house cat where as the "Tigon" is a very small wild cat who is very aggressive.

A female rat or rabbit is called a Doe and a male rat or rabbit is called a buck; a male donkey is a Jack and a female is a Jenny.

The Rose hair trantula is the most docile of the trantula family, it's hair is pink and will kick the hairs off it's stomach aiming at the eyes on an attacker.

A scorpion by definition is an arachnid but since the trantula as well as the camel spider and several other creatures identified as spiders lack the correct number of legs and/ or body segments, they are not arachnids by definition.

(These are all facts I've heard or watched tv shows on, so feel free to correct me ^^)

2011-10-02 [Lord Josmar]: Im going to have to post a link to my contribution page on all the sub-wikis.

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2011-10-17 [Talos Cyrion]: if i where a rattlesnake i'd be a afraid of a skunk to....would make finding food a pain in the ass and forget having anything to do with the ladies haha

2011-10-17 [Lord Josmar]: It's really interesting because Skunks are one of the few mammals that will openly search out snakes to kill them should they think one is in the area.

It's enough of a fear that Rattlesnakes will actually refrain from rattling should a skunk come near.

2011-10-18 [Ŧhe Jøker]: I'm pretty sure most animals in the weasel family eat snakes.

2011-10-19 [Blaithin]: Many things eat snakes. That doesn't mean the snakes go out of their way to avoid them. Most venomous ones rely on that as defense enough, no need to try and hide. I wonder why they're so afraid of skunks though...

2011-10-19 [Talos Cyrion]: idk about the snake, but if it where me it'd be because they stink to high heaven and back which would make catching the next meal a pain in the ass

2011-10-19 [Lord Josmar]: Skunks don't eat them, as far as I read, they just kill them.

2011-10-19 [Ravenclaw]: I'd say it depends on the size. A good sized skunk can be pretty vicious. I wouldn't imagine a 6 lb skunk going after a 6 foot timber rattler though. Chicken snakes, garden snakes sure, but not something as massive as a rattle snake or a cottonmouth.

2013-05-31 [Teufelsweib]: fact 1 and 2 contradict each other :P

2013-05-31 [Lord Josmar]: Good catch.

2013-05-31 [Teufelsweib]: and well, there are 4 species of echnidas soooo technically there are still 5 living monotreme species :P

2013-05-31 [Lord Josmar]: Lol. Now your splitting hairs.

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