If the internet was a perfect place, it would surely give us something more valuable than time well wasted. Imagine how awesome it would be if our all-time favorite pet pics and animal videos were to meet the knowledge we all crave. Well, guess what?

This Reddit community titled "Awwducational" is doing precisely that. Created in November 2012, it has become home to some of the most amusing educational facts you’d love to share on your next trivia round with friends. The best part: they all have to do with the most wholesome furry creatures out there, from cute possums and giggling rats, to playful cows and the slow-mo sloths.

So let’s get ready to soak up some did-you-knows and make your biology teacher proud. And scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with r/awwducational senior moderators who shared some insights about their wholesome Reddit community.

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Trained African Giant Pouched Rats Have Found Thousands Of Unexploded Landmines And Bombs. Researchers Have Also Trained These Rats To Detect Tuberculosis. And Most Recently They Are Training Them To Sniff Out Poached Wildlife Trophies Being Exported Out Of African Ports

Trained African Giant Pouched Rats Have Found Thousands Of Unexploded Landmines And Bombs. Researchers Have Also Trained These Rats To Detect Tuberculosis. And Most Recently They Are Training Them To Sniff Out Poached Wildlife Trophies Being Exported Out Of African Ports

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Vanessa Bennett
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4 months ago

That rat is wearing tartan.

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In Most Western Cultures, Black Cats Are Considered A Bad Omen. But In Scottish Lore, The Arrival Of A Strange Black Cat Signifies Prosperity

In Most Western Cultures, Black Cats Are Considered A Bad Omen. But In Scottish Lore, The Arrival Of A Strange Black Cat Signifies Prosperity

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

That is too cute. The picture. *MWAH*

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Cheetahs Are So Shy That Zoos Give Them Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”

Cheetahs Are So Shy That Zoos Give Them Their Own Emotional “Support Dogs”

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

awww! best friends pawever!

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To find out more about this awesome subreddit, we spoke to senior moderators u/IchTanze and u/AGreatWind. Reddit user u/IchTanze, who has been moderating r/awwducational for 5 years now, said that the cool title of the subreddit refers to the “aww” reaction to insects, flowers, baby animals, or a critically endangered species. “‘Aww is in the eye of the beholder’ as we say,” he said.

Meanwhile, “The educational component is what gets added in the comment section, where the user must provide a source for their fact in the title that is either peer-reviewed, from a highly reputable source, or has citations from one of the above to back it up.” Most importantly, the community wants their users to learn something.

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Opposums Get A Lot Of Hate, But They Clear Many Unwanted Bugs And Parasites From The Ecosystem And Are Generally Helpful Friends. Please Appreciate Them, Especially This Good Boy

Opposums Get A Lot Of Hate, But They Clear Many Unwanted Bugs And Parasites From The Ecosystem And Are Generally Helpful Friends. Please Appreciate Them, Especially This Good Boy

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My O My
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4 months ago

Weee

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#5

Capybara's Are Social Animals, Who Get Along With A Large Variety Of Other Animals, Including Chickens, Ducks, Dogs, Cats, Llamas, Rabbits And Turtles

Capybara's Are Social Animals, Who Get Along With A Large Variety Of Other Animals, Including Chickens, Ducks, Dogs, Cats, Llamas, Rabbits And Turtles

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Monday
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4 months ago

And various predators if the image search is anything to go by

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#6

Alex, The African Grey Parrot, Is The Only Animal To Ever Ask An Existential Question. He Asked “What Color” He Was

Alex, The African Grey Parrot, Is The Only Animal To Ever Ask An Existential Question. He Asked “What Color” He Was

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

*LE GASP*

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Another senior user u/AGreatWind commented that they allow content about natural history as well as “animals and plants of all kinds, even if their cuteness may be... subjective.” The moderator said that users provide a source for their fact, which must link to peer-reviewed research or an article that links to peer-reviewed research, which is then verified by a member of the mod team.

“Our mod team is a diverse group of animal lovers, enthusiasts, and scientists from a range of backgrounds spanning ecology, biophysics, and infectious disease.”

u/AGreatWind also said that it’s a lot of work as each post needs to be attended to, but the community enjoys it since they “get to learn new things every day.”

#7

A Sloth's Claws Work The Opposite Way That Human Hand Does. The Default Position Is A Tight Strong Grip, And Sloths Must Exert Effort To Open Them Up. This Is Why Sloths Don't Fall Out Of Trees When They're Asleep

A Sloth's Claws Work The Opposite Way That Human Hand Does. The Default Position Is A Tight Strong Grip, And Sloths Must Exert Effort To Open Them Up. This Is Why Sloths Don't Fall Out Of Trees When They're Asleep

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Katelyn
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4 months ago

Awwwwww SO MUCH CUTENESS!!!!

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#8

Cows Have "Eureka" Moments, And Take Pleasure In Their Own Learning Achievements

Cows Have "Eureka" Moments, And Take Pleasure In Their Own Learning Achievements

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Aski Markup
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4 months ago

Cows and chickens are severely underrated.

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#9

Scientists Know That Rats Like To Have Their Bellies Tickled, So They Used That As Basis For Testing Happiness In Rats. They Found Out That The Ears Of Rats Undergoing Tickling Became Droopier And Pinker - Subtle Signs Of Being Relaxed And Happy

Scientists Know That Rats Like To Have Their Bellies Tickled, So They Used That As Basis For Testing Happiness In Rats. They Found Out That The Ears Of Rats Undergoing Tickling Became Droopier And Pinker - Subtle Signs Of Being Relaxed And Happy

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Hans
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4 months ago

What are you waiting for? Rub that belly!

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Redditor u/AGreatWind said that in his time as a moderator here, “we went from 50,000 subscribers to over 2 million. In that time, we have maintained a consistent approach to verification and civility.” Thus, u/AGreatWind likes to think of /r/Awwducational as "a big little sub."

“We are rather large by subscriber count, but the community still feels small because of the interaction and cooperation we have with them. We try to engage with and listen to our subscribers rather than try to herd them, much as we did when there were only a few thousand.”

In the r/awwducational community, the users make it as much as the mod team. “So often someone in the comments has a remarkable insight about a post's subject animal, be it cooperation amongst lab rats, newly discovered birds of paradise, or the hyoid mechanics of a snow leopard's voice box. It’s fantastic!”

#10

The Opossum Is North America's Only Marsupial, They Can Eat 5000 Ticks A Year And Are Almost Immune To Rabies! Their Body Temperature Is Too Low For The Virus To Survive!

The Opossum Is North America's Only Marsupial, They Can Eat 5000 Ticks A Year And Are Almost Immune To Rabies! Their Body Temperature Is Too Low For The Virus To Survive!

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Dilara Açar
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4 months ago

good job kiddo

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#11

Lynx Have Evolved Enormous Paws To Distribute Weight Better In Snow, Acting Like Natural Snowshoes

Lynx Have Evolved Enormous Paws To Distribute Weight Better In Snow, Acting Like Natural Snowshoes

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Oskar vanZandt
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4 months ago

Gorgeous feline...

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#12

The Aardvark, Alphabetically The First Animal, Plays An Important Role In Preventing Wildlife Deaths From Fire. They Dig Large Underground Burrows That Wildlife Can Hide In During Fires

The Aardvark, Alphabetically The First Animal, Plays An Important Role In Preventing Wildlife Deaths From Fire. They Dig Large Underground Burrows That Wildlife Can Hide In During Fires

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WilvanderHeijden
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4 months ago

Somehow I'm sure that in the great scheme of nature this was not a consideration for the evolution of the aardvark.

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#13

Seagulls Stomping On Grass Is Called, The Rain Dance. This Mimics Rain By Vibration, And Brings Earthworms And Other Bugs To Surface

Seagulls Stomping On Grass Is Called, The Rain Dance. This Mimics Rain By Vibration, And Brings Earthworms And Other Bugs To Surface

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Hans
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4 months ago

Someone please photoshop a disco ball in this, make it a video and add 70s disco sound.

Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

i'll do that tommorow

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Chaz83
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4 months ago

My stomping brings all the worms to the yard...

Abrielle
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4 months ago

And theyre like oh no its wrong theyre like oh no its wrong

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glowworm2
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4 months ago

Tonight on Dancing with the Gulls.

Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
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4 months ago

This is the best gif ever

Mr Darlington
Community Member
4 months ago

Genius

kasa alex
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4 months ago

I used to flood the grass in our backyard to bring out bugs, and then keep them as pets in 'swimming pools' I made in buckets with rock islands. I legit thought they loved swimming and so I called them 'swimming beetles'. Only as an adult did I realise I was probably flooding them out and drowning them - they came to the surface to breathe, not swim in the grass pools I made!

La La Lynch
Community Member
4 months ago

Smart lil boogers!

Jon S.
Community Member
4 months ago

I think QI (and I know QI is a poor source of facts) said that this imitates the shuffling vibrations of a digging mole, so the worms stream to the surface to escape it. Just an interesting alternative explanation.

Parmeisan
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4 months ago

All the facts on this subreddit are cited and verified. Could still be a bit of both though?

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Vicki Perizzolo
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4 months ago

who knew??? wow!

Jane W.
Community Member
4 months ago

Perhaps Irish dancing music would work.

Susan Miller
Community Member
4 months ago

They are smarter than some think!

Quazmodic
Community Member
4 months ago

"I say huh huh huh huh, stayin alive, stayin alive!.."

Quazmodic
Community Member
4 months ago

They used to do it on water, but it kept bringing sharks to the surface which ate them.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

HA!!!!!!

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Potter
Community Member
4 months ago

Too bad they called them seagulls, there is no such thing. Those are herring gulls.

Elaine Mattingly
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4 months ago

Why wont a sea gull fly over the bay? Because then he would be a Bagul.heheheh

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Teresa Taylor
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4 months ago

I alway thought it was called the "pee pee dance." But, maybe that's only when I do it.

Mark Serbian
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4 months ago

Getting down ...

Shelby Rinck
Community Member
4 months ago

this calls out for Mariachi music...

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
4 months ago

No commas needed in there at all, OP!

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

Sneaky dance.

Nubis Knight
Community Member
4 months ago

Blackbirds are doing the same.

Jane Moore
Community Member
3 months ago

I have wondered about this for years - thanks for answering my unasked question

Faith Nicole
Community Member
4 months ago

Interesting...

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW!!

Tim Skeens
Community Member
4 months ago

Another animal smarter than me

Maple Chan
Community Member
4 months ago

did not know that...

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
4 months ago

Grab your partner and do-se-do.

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
4 months ago

My neighbours must love earthworms, which is odd as these are flats.

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
4 months ago

And it of course makes GREAT gifs!

Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
Community Member
4 months ago

I was not expecting this pic when I scrolled down.

Maja Lykkegaard
Community Member
4 months ago

In my daughters daycare, they have worm calling competitions, they step on the grass and the winner is the one with the most worms in the end :)

Artoonist Corine
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4 months ago

reminds me of the dance from Seinfeld

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Blue Penguins Are The Smallest Type Of Penguin. Adults Reach Only 12-13in Tall. Owing To Their Small Size And Bright Color They Are Often Called Fairy Penguins

Blue Penguins Are The Smallest Type Of Penguin. Adults Reach Only 12-13in Tall. Owing To Their Small Size And Bright Color They Are Often Called Fairy Penguins

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Hans
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4 months ago

That are 30 to 33 cm, and a mere 1.5 kg on average.

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#15

The Burmese Star Tortoise Is One Of The Few Animals That Have Comeback From Being Called Functionally Extinct

The Burmese Star Tortoise Is One Of The Few Animals That Have Comeback From Being Called Functionally Extinct

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Scagsy
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4 months ago

I don't know how that's even possible

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#16

A University Of Chicago Study Found That Rats Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As Humans

A University Of Chicago Study Found That Rats Are Just As Capable Of Empathy As Humans

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Danny de Meyer
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4 months ago

I know very little people who actually have true empathy

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#17

150 Kākāriki Karaka Chicks Have Hatched This Season, Potentially Doubling The This Rare Birds Population

150 Kākāriki Karaka Chicks Have Hatched This Season, Potentially Doubling The This Rare Birds Population

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sour berlioz
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4 months ago

yay!!

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#18

The Northern Cardinal Is Probably The Most 'Romantic' Bird Species: They Mate For Life, Travel Together, Sing Before Nesting, And During Courtship, Feed Seed Beak-To-Beak

The Northern Cardinal Is Probably The Most 'Romantic' Bird Species: They Mate For Life, Travel Together, Sing Before Nesting, And During Courtship, Feed Seed Beak-To-Beak

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

aww!

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#19

When In Danger, The Malabar Giant Squirrel Often Freezes Or Flattens Itself Against The Tree Trunk, Instead Of Fleeing

When In Danger, The Malabar Giant Squirrel Often Freezes Or Flattens Itself Against The Tree Trunk, Instead Of Fleeing

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Evgeniya Khon
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4 months ago

Wow what a beauty!

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#20

The Mangalica Is The Only Pig Species Covered In A Long Wool Coat, Similar To A Sheep's

The Mangalica Is The Only Pig Species Covered In A Long Wool Coat, Similar To A Sheep's

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

COME AT ME BRUH

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#21

The Pudú Deer Is The Smallest Species Of Deer Standing At 15 Inches Tall On Average

The Pudú Deer Is The Smallest Species Of Deer Standing At 15 Inches Tall On Average

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

must. hug. chonk.

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#22

The Milk Of Pinnipeds Consist Of Up To 60% Fat, Allowing The Young To Grow Fairly Quickly. Pups Can Gain Over 2.2 Kg (4.9 Lb) Per Day While Nursing

The Milk Of Pinnipeds Consist Of Up To 60% Fat, Allowing The Young To Grow Fairly Quickly. Pups Can Gain Over 2.2 Kg (4.9 Lb) Per Day While Nursing

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Paul Harris
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4 months ago

Fairly interesting

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#23

A Newborn Chinese Water Deer Is So Small It Can Almost Be Held In The Palm Of The Hand. When It Matures, Instead Of Growing Antlers, They Grow Long Upper Canine Teeth Gaining Them The Name "Vampire Deer"

A Newborn Chinese Water Deer Is So Small It Can Almost Be Held In The Palm Of The Hand. When It Matures, Instead Of Growing Antlers, They Grow Long Upper Canine Teeth Gaining Them The Name "Vampire Deer"

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Aski Markup
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4 months ago

Oh my goodness! I want to hold the baby!

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#24

Cows Have Similar Emotional Range As Dogs. They Display Boldness, Shyness, Fearfulness And Even Playfulness

Cows Have Similar Emotional Range As Dogs. They Display Boldness, Shyness, Fearfulness And Even Playfulness

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My O My
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4 months ago

And are curious as hell

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#25

Aardwolves Are Shy And Nocturnal, Sleeping In Underground Burrows By Day. They Have Often Been Mistaken For Solitary Animals. In Fact, They Live As Monogamous Pairs With Their Young

Aardwolves Are Shy And Nocturnal, Sleeping In Underground Burrows By Day. They Have Often Been Mistaken For Solitary Animals. In Fact, They Live As Monogamous Pairs With Their Young

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Opal4eva
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4 months ago

CUTTE ZEBRA WOLF FENICX FOX AND SKUNKKKKKKK

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#26

Sand Cats Specialize In Surviving In The Desert. They Are Not Good Climbers Or Jumpers, But They Are Excellent Diggers. They Use Their Digging Ability To Dig Shallow Burrows To Escape The Heat Of The Desert During The Day

Sand Cats Specialize In Surviving In The Desert. They Are Not Good Climbers Or Jumpers, But They Are Excellent Diggers. They Use Their Digging Ability To Dig Shallow Burrows To Escape The Heat Of The Desert During The Day

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Oskar vanZandt
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4 months ago

Peek-a-boo!

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#27

Gibbons Are One Of The Only Non-Human Primates Which Practice Monogamy. Both Parents Play A Vital Role In Raising Of Their Young

Gibbons Are One Of The Only Non-Human Primates Which Practice Monogamy. Both Parents Play A Vital Role In Raising Of Their Young

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Your Local Lizard
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4 months ago

Aww

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#28

Secretary Birds Are Famous For Its Snake-Stomping Legs; A Single Kick Delivered Some 195 Newtons Of Force. They Are Also Famous For Their Long Eyelashes

Secretary Birds Are Famous For Its Snake-Stomping Legs; A Single Kick Delivered Some 195 Newtons Of Force. They Are Also Famous For Their Long Eyelashes

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Oskar vanZandt
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4 months ago

Dangerous avine ballerina!

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#29

Van Kittens Are Initially Born With Pale Blue Eyes, Which Change To A Deeper Blue Or Amber As They Grow Older. Occasionally, You’ll Also See A Van With One Amber Eye And One Blue Eye, Or Two Blue Eyes Of Different Hues

Van Kittens Are Initially Born With Pale Blue Eyes, Which Change To A Deeper Blue Or Amber As They Grow Older. Occasionally, You’ll Also See A Van With One Amber Eye And One Blue Eye, Or Two Blue Eyes Of Different Hues

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Dilara Açar
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4 months ago

they also love water

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#30

Pigs Have Episodic Memory. It Is Likely That They Can Replay And Feel Past Experiences In Their Heads

Pigs Have Episodic Memory. It Is Likely That They Can Replay And Feel Past Experiences In Their Heads

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Olesia Kovalenko
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4 months ago

Omg. That means they will always remember having their baby taken away or their pen mate slaughtered. Their cries. Just for that fact people should consider eating plant based

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#31

Flamingo's Pink Coloring Comes From The Shrimp They Eat, And In 1992 In The Miami Zoo They Had To Stick The Flamingos In The Bathroom To Ride Out Hurricane Andrew

Flamingo's Pink Coloring Comes From The Shrimp They Eat, And In 1992 In The Miami Zoo They Had To Stick The Flamingos In The Bathroom To Ride Out Hurricane Andrew

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Serial pacifist
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4 months ago

And they forgot to shelter the yard dwarves along...

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#32

Despite Their Appearance, Elephant Shrews Are In Fact More Closely Related To Elephants Than Shrews

Despite Their Appearance, Elephant Shrews Are In Fact More Closely Related To Elephants Than Shrews

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Oskar vanZandt
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4 months ago

WHAT?!?

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#33

This Is The Raccoon Dog, The Only Extant Species In The Genus Nyctereutes. It's A Close Relative Of True Foxes And The Only Canid Known To Hibernate During The Winter

This Is The Raccoon Dog, The Only Extant Species In The Genus Nyctereutes. It's A Close Relative Of True Foxes And The Only Canid Known To Hibernate During The Winter

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

MINE

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The Okapi's Closest Realative Is The Giraffe. Okapis Were Descovered In 1901. Unfortunately, They Are Now Endangered

The Okapi's Closest Realative Is The Giraffe. Okapis Were Descovered In 1901. Unfortunately, They Are Now Endangered

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Oskar vanZandt
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4 months ago

Evolution sure has had fun with different creatures...

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#35

Rats Giggle When You Tickle Them. Their Voices Are So High-Pitched You Need Special Equipment To Hear Them, But When You Do, Their Laughs Are Immediately Evident

Rats Giggle When You Tickle Them. Their Voices Are So High-Pitched You Need Special Equipment To Hear Them, But When You Do, Their Laughs Are Immediately Evident

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

people with wolf like hearing: whats that sound?

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#36

Tigers Are Carnivores, But Will Eat Fruit In Order To Ease Digestion

Tigers Are Carnivores, But Will Eat Fruit In Order To Ease Digestion

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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4 months ago

Uhh, might wanna use ur knife and fork there buddy.

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#37

The Asiatic Black Bear Has The Largest Ears Of Any Bear Species

The Asiatic Black Bear Has The Largest Ears Of Any Bear Species

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Sara Rodrigues
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4 months ago

Mickey Mouse :D

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#38

Adult Giraffes Only Sleep For A Couple Of Minutes At A Time. Baby Giraffes Will Sleep For Much Longer Periods Of Time With Their Head Resting On Their Rump

Adult Giraffes Only Sleep For A Couple Of Minutes At A Time. Baby Giraffes Will Sleep For Much Longer Periods Of Time With Their Head Resting On Their Rump

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Sara Rodrigues
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4 months ago

Interesting poses, they look like swans

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#39

Done Brushing Your Dog? Birds Love Using The Hair To Build Nests. Set Aside One Birdfeeder To Fill With Hair

Done Brushing Your Dog? Birds Love Using The Hair To Build Nests. Set Aside One Birdfeeder To Fill With Hair

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Toujin C'Thlu
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4 months ago

I do the same with my cat's hair

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#40

The Eyes Of The Blunthead Tree Snake Make Up Approximately 26% Of Its Head

The Eyes Of The Blunthead Tree Snake Make Up Approximately 26% Of Its Head

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Alex K
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4 months ago

i read "butthead" huh huhuh

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