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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Serial pacifist
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1 month ago

More useful than some presidents

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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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Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

My black cat has brought an abundance of feline love into my life, so yes, I believe the Scottish Lore to be true.

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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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1 month 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.

#4

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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Oskar vanZandt
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1 month ago

I, for one, appreciate insectivores.

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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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1 month 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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tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

That's astounding. I suspect we know very little of the span of animal intelligence.

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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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Martha Meyer
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1 month ago

Same goes for bird's feet.

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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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1 month 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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Shelp
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1 month ago

Rats are some of the most underrated animals.

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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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Iris Wolfie (づ ◕‿◕ )づ
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1 month ago

THE HAT MAKES ME MELT >w<

Jack Nimble
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1 month ago

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Unfortunately, the hat raised this guy's body temp, causing him to contract rabies

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Cuddles
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1 month ago

I stopped to let one cross the street last night coming home from work. XD "Go go go! I'll keep you safe little fren."

Elaine Mattingly
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1 month ago

Did he have his reflector on his little hat?

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

I didn't know they were almost immune to rabies. Most people think they are rabid because they appear to be angry and hiss.

La La Lynch
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1 month ago

Where can I get that hat?

Krazy Kanuck
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1 month ago

I saw a momma and her babies this past spring at my work.. It was the first time I had seen Possum at the marina, in the 12yrs I had been there.. OMG the babies were so damn cute. Unfortunately none of the pictures I took turned out :'(

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

I love the hat!

Susan Miller
Community Member
1 month ago

See, I TOLD you that above!! Also, the hat ROCKS!!

Dilara Açar
Community Member
1 month ago

good job kiddo

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

This picture and the hat win every award in the book! Whoever made that hat, your sense of humor makes sad days less sad and happier days happier.

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
1 month ago

a very maligned animal for no logical or intelligent reason

Sawdust
Community Member
1 month ago

Their body temperature is so low because of their cold, cold heart.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

And why is their little heart cold? They don't get the love and respect they need. Liked your joke Sawdust.

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Melody Lanzatella
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1 month ago

AND they are great pets!

Virgil Blue
Community Member
1 month ago

So together with honey badgers that makes them the tardigrades of the mammal kingdom.

Paizleypie
Community Member
1 month ago

Sadly, they only live about three years in the wild.

David Gripon
Community Member
1 month ago

Almost immune? But not quite?

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 month ago

This is why they buy hats for fall warmth!

Tim Skeens
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice hat

Caroline Overill
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, ha ha Melanie very funny now get this freakin' thing off me before we run into someone we know

Gitta Landgraf
Community Member
1 month ago

LUCKY ONES!

Kimberley McMillan
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1 month ago

OMG HIS HAT

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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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1 month 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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sour berlioz
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1 month ago

Fascinating and very helpful- more helpful than 'raking the forest'

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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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1 month ago

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

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#14

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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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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1 month ago

bippity boppity you are nobodies property. AND KEEP IT THAT WAY!

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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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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The little ones are so cute!

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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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Shelp
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1 month ago

"its compatriot" haha

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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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1 month 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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1 month 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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Shelp
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1 month ago

What a gorgeous animal! Never had I heared of it before.

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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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tuzdayschild
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1 month ago

Fuzzy pig, fuzzy pig, does whatever a fuzzy pig does.

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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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1 month 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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OS
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1 month ago

I can also gain 2.2 kg a day

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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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1 month 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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Elise van der Velde
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1 month ago

And they can have a life long best cow friend whom they stick with whenever possible!

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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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Alex K
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1 month ago

A wild chihuaua?

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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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1 month 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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Katie Peter
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1 month ago

That's cute

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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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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 month ago

They look like supermodels

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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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1 month 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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Jo Choto
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1 month ago

Another animal that is intelligent and has feelings, just like a dog, but boy, do we treat them differently.

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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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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 month ago

Even though it's for their own safety, the poor things look confused.

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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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1 month 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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Toujin C'Thlu
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1 month ago (edited)

It's also the inspiration for the tanuki, since raccoons aren't native to Japan. Raccoons were later introduced, though.

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#34

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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NMN
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1 month ago

"Discovered in 1901" yeah right. Native ppl from that region would be laughing at this title

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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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jevais
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1 month ago

ALL ANIMALS SHOULDN'T be used for research, medical or for beauty products. There are many ways other ways to test chemicals. It's very cruel and degrading to do so.

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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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littlesaresare
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1 month ago

Most carnivores eat plants in some capacity. Just like most herbivores will eat meat in some capacity. There are very few 100% carnivores or herbivores.

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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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1 month 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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columbokateUK
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1 month ago

I've a crick in my neck just looking at this!

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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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1 month 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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1 month ago

i read "butthead" huh huhuh

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