Fun Facts About Animals

Fun Facts About Animals

How well do you know animals? Here are a few fun facts about cats, dogs, fish, monkeys, and sheep.

Cats: Did you know that a cat has more bones in its body than a human being? Humans have 206 bones and cats have 230. Cats hear and see better than we do too. A cat’s hearing is more sensitive than people and dogs. At night, cats can see six times better than humans. All cats have an incredible sense of balance thanks to their tail.

Dogs at mumsDogs: For the longest time, scientists believed that dogs evolved from wolves. However, new research suggests that dogs and gray wolves share a common ancestor.

Fish: Did you know that fish can get dirty? Fish can have tiny animals living on their scales. If these tiny animals aren’t cleaned, the fish get sick. To clean themselves, they go to the coral reefs. (It’s not a spa.) At these cleaning stations, there are special fish called cleaners, which pick these tiny animals off of the scales of other fishes. A fish called the Spanish Hogfish cleans the insides of other fishes’ mouths.

Monkeys: Did you know that there are more than 100 different types of monkeys? Monkeys are found in Africa, Asia, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Howler monkeys can be found in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. The male howler monkey makes the most noise and is the loudest. When it howls, it can be heard up to 10 miles away.

Sheep: Did you know that sheep have good memories and can recognize at least 50 different sheep faces and 10 human faces? They can even recognize positive or negative emotions and respond to pictures of friendly faces. Some breeds of sheep (like Katahdin and Dorper) have human-like hair instead of wool. Sheep talk to each other by hissing through their noses and by making grunting noises. When they are upset, they make bleating sounds.

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