Amazing Animal Facts of the Week – December 20, 2014

Goat kids begin taking their first steps within minutes of being born.

Goat kids begin taking their first steps within minutes of being born.

The long-eared jerboa is a nocturnal mouse-like rodent with a long tail, long hind legs for jumping, and exceptionally large ears. It is distinct enough that authorities consider it to be the only member of both its genus, Euchoreutes, and subfamily, Euchoreutinae.

The long-eared jerboa is a nocturnal mouse-like rodent with a long tail, long hind legs for jumping,

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher uses its spectacular plumage to attract females and compete with other males

Amazonian Royal Flycatcher uses its spectacular plumage to attract females and compete with other males

Some 300 species of fruit rely on bats for pollination including bananas and mangoes.

Some 300 species of fruit rely on bats for pollination including bananas and mangoes.

Due to living in such a noisy environment, the Bornean rock-skipper frog, Staurois latopalmatus, relies on the visual display of foot flagging to warn encroaching rivals.

Due to living in such a noisy environment, the Bornean rock-skipper frog,

Mother anteaters carry their offspring on their backs until weaning them

Mother anteaters carry their offspring on their backs until weaning them

Guinea pigs will learn to whistle in response to the opening of refrigerator doors or rustling of plastic bags, where their food is most usually stored.

Guinea pigs will learn to whistle in response to the opening of refrigerator doors or rustling of plastic bags, where their food is most usually stored.

Woodpeckers have bristly feathers over their nostrils to prevent inhalation of wood particles as they chisel.

Woodpeckers have bristly feathers over their nostrils to prevent inhalation of wood particles as they chisel.

Since 2005, horses, ponies, and donkies in the UK have been required to have a passport.

Since 2005, horses, ponies, and donkies in the UK have been required to have a passport.

Blue jay migration is somewhat unpredictable. Young jays may be more likely to migrate than adults, but many adults also migrate. Some individual jays migrate south one year, stay north the next winter, and then migrate south again the next year. No one has worked out why they migrate when they do.

Blue jay migration is somewhat unpredictable.

The kissing you see from Kissing gouramis is not a sign of affection. It is often a challenge to see who’s the dominant male

The kissing you see from Kissing gouramis is not a sign of affection. It is often a challenge to see who's the dominant male

The basilisk is often called the Jesus Christ lizard because of its ability to walk/run on water.

The basilisk is often called the Jesus Christ lizard because of its ability to run on water.

There’s a rabbit show in Sweden known as “Kaninhoppning” where rabbits will jump over obstacles

There's a rabbit show in Sweden known as Kaninhoppning where rabbits will jump over obstacles

Contrary to popular belief, kiwi do actually have wings, they are just very reduced.

Contrary to popular belief, kiwi do actually have wings, they are just very reduced.

The Mexican Mole Lizard lives underground. It technically isn’t a lizard or a snake, but sits in a category all its own, the amphisbaenians.

The Mexican Mole Lizard lives underground. It technically isn’t a lizard or a snake, but sits in a category all its own, the amphisbaenians.

Please remember your pets safety this holiday season. Holly and mistletoe can cause a lot of problems if ingested by them

Please remember your pets safety this holiday season. Holly and mistletoe can cause a lot of problems if ingested by them

The antarctic “ice fish” belong to the suborder ‘Notothenioidei.’ These fish lack red blood cells and many produce an anti-freeze glycoprotein in their blood and body fluids to help them survive in such a cold environment.

The antarctic

Frill necked lizard behavior of raising its frill was portrayed on Jurassic Park’s Dilophosaurus on the movie and generated an increasing demand for frill-necked lizards as pets

Frill necked lizard behavior of raising its frill was portrayed on Jurassic Park's Dilophosaurus on the movie and generated an increasing demand for frill-necked lizards as pets

Rock wallabies scale cliffs and climb rocks with superb agility and can leap sizable chasms.

Rock wallabies scale cliffs and climb rocks with superb agility and can leap sizable chasms.

Semi-domesticated? House cats not far removed from wild, genome shows

Semi-domesticated? House cats not far removed from wild, genome shows

Tetraodontidae, or puffer fish, are named for the four large teeth fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for crushing shells.

Tetraodontidae, or puffer fish, are named for the four large teeth fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for crushing shells.

Costasiella usagi are sea slugs that live near Okinawa, Singapore, and the Philippines, eating a diet of green algae.

Costasiella usagi are sea slugs that live near Okinawa, Singapore, and the Philippines, eating a diet of green algae.

When startled or frightened, a swimming beaver will rapidly dive while forcefully slapping the water with its broad tail. This serves as a warning to other beavers in the area.

When startled or frightened, a swimming beaver will rapidly dive while forcefully slapping the water with its broad tail. This serves as a warning to other beavers in the area.

Chimpanzees are hunting red colobus monkeys to the point of a local extinction, with a population dropping 89% between 1975 and 2007.

Chimpanzees are hunting red colobus monkeys to the point of a local extinction, with a population dropping 89 between 1975 and 2007.

Chimpanzees will self-medicate in a number of ways, including consuming rough Aspilia leaves to pull nematode parasites out of the digestive tract!

Chimpanzees will self-medicate in a number of ways, including consuming rough Aspilia leaves to pull nematode parasites out of the digestive tract!

Masked duck can have up to 40cm long penis, even longer than its own body size(35cm). The co-evolution happened along with female vagina evolution, in order to gain control of their mating partner

Masked duck can have up to 40cm long penis, even longer than its own body size(35cm).

Quokkas can survive without food or water for long periods of time by living off the fat stored in their tails!

Quokkas can survive without food or water for long periods of time by living off the fat stored in their tails!

Californian Condor chicks are born with their eyes open. They are also genetically related to storks, and don’t have vocal chords, so they make hissing and grunting sounds by forcing air through their bodies.

Californian Condor chicks are born with their eyes open

Wolf pups are born blind and deaf and begin to see after 9–12 days

Wolf pups are born blind and deaf and begin to see after 9–12 days

There are only FIVE Northern White Rhinos left in the world.

There are only FIVE Northern White Rhinos left in the world.

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