Amazing Educational Facts with Pictures – September 2014

Its never too late for learning something new, today in OddStuffMagazine you can learn about some unknown and awesome facts about humans, animals and things.

1. It’s World Elephant Day! Baby elephants suck their trunks

It's World Elephant Day! Baby elephants suck their trunks—like human babies suck their thumbs.

2. Unlike many other big cats, snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans.

Unlike many other big cats, snow leopards are not aggressive towards humans. There has never been a verified snow leopard attack on a human being.

3. Not all bats can see color, but none are truly blind!

Not all bats can see color, but none are truly blind! Look at the eyes on this baby fruit bat!

4. Social play in cats peaks at ages 8-16 weeks, and declines thereafter.

Social play in cats peaks at ages 8-16 weeks, and declines thereafter. Kittens will almost always begin a play sequence with a pounce, and end with a chase.

5. A lion’s roar can be heard up to 3 miles away.

A lion's roar can be heard up to 3 miles away.

6. Sclater’s Lemur is the only species of primate (other than humans) that have blue eyes.

Sclater's Lemur is the only species of primate (other than humans) that have blue eyes.

7. On average, cats sleep about two thirds of every day. If you do the math

On average, cats sleep about two thirds of every day. If you do the math, it means your 9-year-old kitty has slept away about six years of life.

8. The Sun Bear has very powerful jaws and large canines for its body.

The Sun Bear has very powerful jaws and large canines for its body size, which it uses to open up hardwood trees looking for honey

9. A pig pheromone can have effects on mammal behavior

A pig pheromone can have effects on mammal behavior, including decreased barking in dogs

10. When snail eggs hatch, they need to harden their shells so they immediately look for calcium by eating their own eggs

When snail eggs hatch, they need to harden their shells so they immediately look for calcium by eating their own eggs or eating other eggs.

11. The underside of a leopards tail is white to help cubs

The underside of a leopards tail is white to help cubs follow mommy through the bushes and long grass

12.Small dogs often sit with their tongues sticking or hanging out

Small dogs often sit with their tongues sticking or hanging out because they're too large for their jaws, which can cause discomfort and breathing difficulties

13. Koala have uncannily human-like fingerprints they use to grip things.

Koala have uncannily human-like fingerprints they use to grip things. They also have large claws to help grip even harder

14. Galápagos sea lions have prolonged breeding seasons that last from May through January

Galápagos sea lions have prolonged breeding seasons that last from May through January

15. Does hide their young in the surrounding vegetation as they forage nearby.

Does hide their young in the surrounding vegetation as they forage nearby. Hider mothers periodically return to their young throughout the day to nurse and clean their calves.

16. Newfoundlands have webbed toes to help them swim!

Newfoundlands have webbed toes to help them swim!

17. The grey-headed flying fox may travel up to 50 km a night to feed on pollen, nectar and fruit which they locate by sight

The grey-headed flying fox may travel up to 50 km a night to feed on pollen, nectar and fruit which they locate by sight

18. The striking iridescence of the Madagascar Sunset Moth’s wings

The striking iridescence of the Madagascar Sunset Moth's wings comes from unique multilayer structures inside their wing scales as opposed to pigment

19. The Egyptian Fruit Bat  echolocates by clicking its tongue.

The Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) echolocates by clicking its tongue. Some humans are also able to echocate in this way!

20. Hedgehogs have about 5000 spines.

Hedgehogs have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year until it drops and a replacement grows

21. Wild Dogs are the only african hunters that take care of their elderly

Wild Dogs are the only african hunters that take care of their elderly, sick, injured and disabled pack mates.

22. A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people

A service dog is a type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities including visual difficulties, hearing impairments, mental illness, seizures, diabetes, autism, and more.

23.When hunting, Meerkats communicate with purring sounds!

When hunting, Meerkats communicate with purring sounds!

24. Birds, unlike humans, have 4 types of colour receptors. This is why birds often are very colorful!

Birds, unlike humans, have 4 types of colour receptors. This is why birds often are very colorful!

25. Basenjis are one of the oldest dog breeds on earth, and ‘yodel’ instead of bark.

Basenjis are one of the oldest dog breeds on earth, and 'yodel' instead of bark. They are also considered the second to 'least trainable' breed of dog!

26. Insect” is not synonymous with “bug”.

Insect” is not synonymous with “bug”. A true bug is a type of insect in the order Hemiptera with a long, tube-like mouth called a proboscis or beak.

27. The blue jay is the provincial bird of the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is the provincial bird of the province of Prince Edward Island in Canada.

28. The black-capped chickadee has an amazing memory, hiding seeds and other food items to eat later.

The black-capped chickadee has an amazing memory, hiding seeds and other food items to eat later. This remarkable bird can remember over a thousand different hiding places.

29. Pigeons mate for life. The male attracts a female by bowing, cooing and then feeding her

Pigeons mate for life. The male attracts a female by bowing, cooing and then feeding her

30. Elephants have a preferred tusk for digging up earth and uprooting trees and will only use the other if their tusk-of-choice becomes severely injured.

Elephants have a preferred tusk for digging up earth and uprooting trees and will only use the other if their tusk-of-choice becomes severely injured.

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