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Interesting animals

God must love animals – He made so many of them!

Some animals are so small that you need a microscope to see them. Others are huge. All are interesting.

There are more than a million animal species. There are 6,000 species of reptiles, 73,000 kinds of spiders, 3,000 types of lice and 360,000 beetle species. For each person there is about 200 million insects. The 4,600 kinds of mammals represent a mere 0,3% of animals and the 10,000 kinds of birds only 0,7%. The most abundant bird species is the red-billed quelea of sub-Saharan Africa, numbering almost 2 billion.

Even so, about one third of animals have been driven to extinction as a result of mismanagement and pollution by the fast-growing human population. Please take good care of the animals around you. Make your garden bird and bee-friendly. Wherever possible, please contribute time or money to animal associations.

More animal facts: A-Z of Animals

Blue-ringed octopusLook, but don’t touch! The blue-ringed octopus is only the size of a golf ball but it’s poison is powerful enough to kill an adult human in a matter of minutes.

HippopotumusThe hippo is the third biggest land animal, slightly smaller but heavier than a white rhino – the elephant is the biggest. But no animal has killed more people than the hippo.

Domestic catWhether your kitty meows or roars, it is a descendant of the Felis silvestris species, which is divided into the African wildcat, European wildcat and Steppe wildcat. The domestic originally was not so domestic.

FrogAdult frogs are carnivorous and will eat just about anything smaller than themselves, including insects, worms and even other frogs. Some frogs are tiny but the largest, the Goliath frog, is the size of a baby deer! There are more to frogs than you imagined.

BeeThe bee is a remarkable animal – flowers are pollinated mostly by bees. Bees do not have ears, but they have an excellent sense of smell with chemoreceptors in their antennae.

ParrotsThey are beautiful, noisy and poop a lot. For a very long time too because parrots live for 40 years and even up to 100 years. And they do something that no other bird does.

NessieThe Loch Ness monster was first mentioned by the Vikings and she’s been spotted a few times since. How tall is Nessie? Much bigger than a Nile crocodile. Have you spotted Nessie lately? Others have!

CowsAlthough a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day, taking in about 45 kg (100 lb) of feed and the equivalent of a bath tub full of water. Cows also are one of the main contributors to the hole in the ozone layer.

Beds for dogsMost pet owners ensure their dogs get walked and are given plenty of affection. Their sleep, however, often gets overlooked. Forcing your pet to sleep in just any spot is not an acceptable option when there are many dog beds to choose from.

Secret life of birds Even though we will often use the phrase “light as a feather”, bird’s feathers actually weigh more than their skeletons. When it comes to the biology of birds – our other great and often life-long friends – there are some remarkable bird facts.

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