Interesting Animal Facts

Cows Are More Deadly Than Sharks

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For most people, few things evoke fear like the image of a great white shark. A combination of popular culture movies and pervasive media stories concerning shark attacks has worked in concert to create a universal fear of these toothy eating machines. However, the dangers posed by sharks to humans are overstated. In fact, sharks kill only ten people each year. By contrast, you’re ten times more likely to die under the clumsy feet of ordinary cows who fatally trample around 100 people every 12 months.

Headless Roaches Can Live Up To Nine Days

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Most people are familiar with the notion that roaches are hearty, durable pests. Anyone who has ever been plagued by a roach problem knows just how resilient these grotesque little creatures can be. If you’ve ever seen roaches scatter at the flick of a late night light switch, you also know that these nasty little vermin have an amazing propensity toward copulation. Yet, many are surprised at just how adept roaches are at survival and reproduction. Roaches are able to live up to nine days without a head because their brains are located deep within their body cavities. A headless roach continues to mate with other fertile roaches until eventually succumbing to starvation.

Male Lions Mate 672 Times Per Week

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When a lion gets ‘in the mood’, theres nearly nothing that can stand in the way. During mating season, a male lion mounts a female once every fifteen minutes for a full week straight. This amounts to around 672 raucous episodes. Although, this feat is remarkably impressive, it appears to take a substantial toll as lions take as much as a two-year hiatus between mating seasons.

Deer Are The Most Dangerous Animals to Humans

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Many are surprised to learn that deer kill more people each year than spiders, snakes, bears and wolves combined. Because of their propensity to find their way in front of traffic, deer kill more people annually than any other creature.

A Wolf’s Howl Does Not Echo

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Wolves hunt in coordinated packs, so long-distance communication is critical to a successful kill. However, wolves hunt in mountainous areas, so their howling is left vulnerable to echoes that can distort their ability to communicate. To combat this, wolves howl at a frequency that will not echo. This allows them to confirm the exact location of their hunting partners, which helps them to ambush unsuspecting prey.

An Elephant’s Daily

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It’s not surprising to learn that elephants poop a lot; however, the actual amount of dung excreted by an adult elephant on a daily basis is shocking. The average elephant squeezes out about 220 pounds of excrement every single day. Thats about the same poundage as a newborn elephant, which generally weighs in at between 170 – 250 pounds.