As we all know, African savanna elephants live in a hot and dry environment. To survive, their body has adapted to those conditions. Their large ears can be used as fans and they can also help to cool down the elephant's blood! Large blood vessels are present in their ears under a thin layer of… Continue reading Fact 12: Elephants can keep cool thanks to the folds of their skin.
For us humans, once our teeth have grown into our adult teeth they stop growing. This isn't the case for all animals. In some species like horses or rabbits, teeth keep on growing. So why is that? And how come their teeth don't become too long? Nature is well made. Animals like horses grind a… Continue reading Fact 11: The teeth of some animals like horses or rabbits keep on growing throughout their life.
Many pet rabbits live a solitary life. They can adapt to being the only rabbit at home but they are much happier when living with another bunny. Being part of a pair offers companionship, stimulation and a grooming partner. The bonds that rabbits create are very strong however there are rules to create such relationships… Continue reading Fact 10: Rabbits are happier living in a bonded pair.
Chillies heat comes from a molecule called capsaicin. The more capsaicin a chilli contains, the hotter it will be. The reason why chillies give us a burning sensation when we eat them, is that capsaicin has an great irritating effect on our pain receptors (nociceptors). Birds nociceptors are insensible to the molecule and therefore will… Continue reading Fact 9: Birds eat chillies without feeling the heat that mammals feel.
There are 3 types of mammals: placental, marsupial and monotreme. Echidnas and platypuses are monotreme and do a few things differently to other mammals. For starter they lay eggs! As they are mammals they lactate but they don't actually have nipples, so how does it work? After hatching, puggles crawl on their mother and actually… Continue reading Fact 8: Platypuses and echidnas lactate through pores on their body.
Surprising but true, mice and giraffes have 7 cervical vertebrae. In fact, pretty much all mammals have 7 cervical vertebrae (including humans) whether their neck is long or short. Only a couple of species have a different amount, they are: Two-toed sloths have 5 to 7 neck vertebrae Three-toed sloths have 8 or 9 neck… Continue reading Fact 7: Both mice and giraffes have the same amount of neck vertebrae.
It isn't rare for a rabbit to have red/orange urine. The pigmentation can be due to what your rabbit ate (like carrots) or it could be blood. If it is consumption, a visit to the vet isn't necessary, although in the latter it is very important to go see your vet. So how do you… Continue reading Fact 6: There is an easy way to check if your rabbit’s dark urine is blood or not.
The oldest cat recorded lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. Her name was Creme puff and she died in 2005. Her owner, Jake Perry, was also the owner of Granpa Rex Allen another cat who held the record previously. Granpa Rex was 34 years old when he died in 1998. Jake Perry… Continue reading Fact 5: The oldest cat recorded lived to be 38 years and 3 days old.
Rabbits are strict herbivores. This means that their diet shouldn't contain anything else other than hay, vegetables and some fruit. Unfortunately, many brands of rabbit food include seed and/or cereals in the mix. Hay should be the main element of your rabbit's diet. Giving a diet that is adapted to your pet's needs will… Continue reading Fact 4: You should always check that your rabbit’s food doesn’t contain seeds/cereals.
Image credit / Fraley Equine Podiatry It might look like something has gone wrong with those hooves but this is actually what they look like at birth. This soft tissue is called deciduous hoof capsule and it serves a very important purpose. Its presence helps to protect the mare's uterus from the damage that the hooves could… Continue reading Fact 3: This is what the hooves of newborn foals look like.