10 Incredible Animal Facts You’ll Want to Share

Not only animals are cute, but they're also quite interesting.

#1 Cats are responsible for driving at least 33 endemic species to extinction.

dewycheek / Via twitter.com
The domestic cat's killer instinct has been well documented on many islands around the world. Felines accompanying their human companions have gone on to prey on the local wildlife, and they have been blamed for the global extinction of 33 species.

#2 This lizard I found ‘standing’ on water in my pool.

b**d_jon_snoo / Via reddit.com
The common basilisk is a species of lizard that can easily walk, and even run, on water. It is found in rainforests and often uses this ability to run away from predators.


#3 Pooping is life-threatening for sloths.

ISTOCK / DAMOCEAN / Via mentalfloss.com
Pooping on the ground is one of the most risky things a sloth can do in life. By one estimate, up to half of sloth deaths can be linked to these rare bathroom trips.

#4 Zebra stripes are a natural repellent.

Muhammad Mahdi Karim / Via en.wikipedia.org
Black and white stripes help protect zebras from insect bites. The zebra's stripes are known to protect it from blood-sucking insects, as well as acting as camouflage.
According to experts, this could work for humans too.

#5 The African penguin can mimic a donkey.

Animal Fact Guide / Via animalfactguide.com
African Penguin. Also called jackass penguins, they make donkey-like braying sounds to communicate. They can dive under water for up to 2.5 minutes while trying to catch small fish such as anchovies and sardines. They may also eat squid and crustaceans.

#6 A donkey can defeat a pack of coyotes.

Lilly M / Via en.wikipedia.org
Donkeys can protect against a single fox, coyote, roaming dog and possibly a bobcat. Donkeys who do attack a predator will be very aggressive, using their teeth and hooves. They may bray loudly. They will charge the threat and attempt to chase it away.


#7 Owls keep snakes as pets.

Shravans14 / Via en.wikipedia.org
Screech owls keep blind snakes as live-in housekeepers. An owl inviting a snake to live in the nest with its babies may sound like the plot of a kids' movie, but nature is full of unlikely partnerships, and in Texas, screech owls do have a habit of bringing tiny blind snakes home with them.

#8 Newborn ducks can act like other animals.

Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / Via en.wikipedia.org
Ducklings adopt the mannerisms of the first animal they see. This is known as "imprinting." They are unaware of themselves as a species and mistake the first thing they see as their parent. They can imprint on humans too.

#9 Elephants have over 300 billion neurons in their brain.

Richard Ruggiero / USFWS / Via en.wikipedia.org
In addition, elephants have a total of 300 billion neurons. Elephant brains are similar to humans' and many other mammals' in terms of general connectivity and functional areas, with several unique structural differences. The elephant cortex has as many neurons as a human brain, suggesting convergent evolution.

#10 The heartbeat of a blue whale can be 2 beats per minute.

NOAA Photo Library / Via en.wikipedia.org
A blue whale's heart beats just twice a minute when it dives for food. We have checked the pulse of a wild-living blue whale for the first time, and discovered something remarkable. When blue whales dive for food they can reduce their heart rates to as low as 2 beats per minute.

Preview photo credit: ISTOCK / DAMOCEAN / Via mentalfloss.com