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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11 months 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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11 months 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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11 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.

#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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11 months ago

I, for one, appreciate insectivores.

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#5

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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11 months ago

Same goes for bird's feet.

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#6

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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11 months ago

Cows and chickens are severely underrated.

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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

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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11 months ago

Rats are some of the most underrated animals.

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#8

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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11 months ago

THE HAT MAKES ME MELT >w<

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#9

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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11 months ago

Gorgeous feline...

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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

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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11 months ago

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

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#11

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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11 months ago

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

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#12

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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11 months ago

The little ones are so cute!

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#13

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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11 months ago

"its compatriot" haha

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#14

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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11 months ago

yay!!

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#15

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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11 months ago

aww!

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#16

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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11 months ago

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

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#17

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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11 months ago

must. hug. chonk.

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#18

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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11 months ago

I can also gain 2.2 kg a day

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#19

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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11 months ago

Oh my goodness! I want to hold the baby!

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#20

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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11 months ago

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

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#21

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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11 months ago

they also love water

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#22

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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11 months ago

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

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#23

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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11 months ago

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

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#24

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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11 months 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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#25

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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11 months ago

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

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#26

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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11 months 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.

earringnut
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11 months ago

Most cosmetics don't need to be tested on animals. Medicine is a completely different story.

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Reginald Joseph
Community Member
11 months ago

they will also run to your hand if they know you will tickle them

Evil Little Thing
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11 months ago

That rat isn't about to be tickled. She's also only about half grown.

Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
11 months ago

people with wolf like hearing: whats that sound?

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
11 months ago

They also do something called "bruxing" when they're happy or tickled... it's awesome!

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
11 months ago

Animals deserve a LOT more respect than they get from us -- shut down ALL animal experiments that cause harm or pain !

Eunice Robertson
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11 months ago

I really look forward to a time when we can live in peace with all creatures

Susi Moffitt
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11 months ago

I would love to hear a rat’s laugh! I imagine it as being really adorable!

Ania Barrett
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11 months ago

You can hear them giggle and watch an explanation here: https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/eavesdrop-on-ultrasonic-rat-giggles/

Tamara Eijke
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11 months ago

now i wanna hear

Ania Barrett
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11 months ago

https://www.scientificamerican.com/video/eavesdrop-on-ultrasonic-rat-giggles/

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BusLady
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11 months ago

Tee hee hee, STOP!

Johanne Larochelle
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5 months ago

I would love to hear that,....

Quazmodic
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11 months ago

... AND DON'T FORGET! .. Thier ears also droop and turn pink!

Sanjeev Sharma
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11 months ago

So sweet. Wish animals weren't used for medical or cosmetic testing.

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#27

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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11 months 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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#28

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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11 months ago

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

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#29

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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11 months ago

I do the same with my cat's hair

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#30

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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11 months ago

i read "butthead" huh huhuh

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#31

Bats Are Not Rodents. They Are Their Own Group Called Chiroptera. They Are More Closely Related To Cats Than Rats

Bats Are Not Rodents. They Are Their Own Group Called Chiroptera. They Are More Closely Related To Cats Than Rats

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littlesaresare
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11 months ago

They're the second most speciose group of mammals. Around 1/5 of all mammal specoes are bats. (Biggest is rodents, at 2/5 species).

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#32

The World's Oldest Known Wild Bird, Wisdom The Laysan Albatross, Has Laid An Egg At 67! Wisdom Has Outlived Several Mates And Has Raised 30 To 35 Chicks

The World's Oldest Known Wild Bird, Wisdom The Laysan Albatross, Has Laid An Egg At 67! Wisdom Has Outlived Several Mates And Has Raised 30 To 35 Chicks

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Mini Kitty and Luna
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11 months ago

beautiful bird

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#33

Native To India, Sloth Bears Are The Only Ursids Known To Carry Their Young For Extended Periods. Cubs Will Ride On Their Mother’s Backs For Six To Seven Months After Leaving The Den

Native To India, Sloth Bears Are The Only Ursids Known To Carry Their Young For Extended Periods. Cubs Will Ride On Their Mother’s Backs For Six To Seven Months After Leaving The Den

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Jo Choto
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11 months ago

My daughter would ride on my back today if I let her. She's 27.

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The Platypus Is Unique Not Only For Laying Eggs. It Also Has Elecrtoreceptors In Its Snout For Locating Prey, Eyes With Double Cones, No Stomach, A Single Duct For Their Urinary, Defecatory, And Reproductive System, 10 Chromosomes, And The Males Have Venomous Barbs On Their Hind Legs

The Platypus Is Unique Not Only For Laying Eggs. It Also Has Elecrtoreceptors In Its Snout For Locating Prey, Eyes With Double Cones, No Stomach, A Single Duct For Their Urinary, Defecatory, And Reproductive System, 10 Chromosomes, And The Males Have Venomous Barbs On Their Hind Legs

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
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11 months ago

2020 In a nutshell:

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#35

Cows Can Recognise Individual Humans, Even When They Wear The Same Clothes

Cows Can Recognise Individual Humans, Even When They Wear The Same Clothes

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WilvanderHeijden
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11 months ago (edited)

Never seen a herd of real cows wearing the same clothes, although I've seen cows wearing the same clothes.

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The Red Wolf (Canis Rufus) Is The Most Endangered Canid Species Alive. There Are Less Than 35 Individuals In The Wild After An Attempt To Bring The Species Numbers Up (Peaking At 130 Individuals In 2006). These Wolves Form Close-Knit Packs That Consist Of The Breeding Pair And Their Offspring

The Red Wolf (Canis Rufus) Is The Most Endangered Canid Species Alive. There Are Less Than 35 Individuals In The Wild After An Attempt To Bring The Species Numbers Up (Peaking At 130 Individuals In 2006). These Wolves Form Close-Knit Packs That Consist Of The Breeding Pair And Their Offspring

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Dana
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11 months ago

What happened to them between 2006 and now?! Poor babies

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Captain Cook Collected Quolls Along The East Coast In 1770, And Recorded 'Quoll' As Their Local Aboriginal Name. Quolls Were Often Seen By Early Settlers, Who Called Them 'Native Cat', 'Native Polecat' And 'Spotted Marten', Names Based On Familiar European Animals

Captain Cook Collected Quolls Along The East Coast In 1770, And Recorded 'Quoll' As Their Local Aboriginal Name. Quolls Were Often Seen By Early Settlers, Who Called Them 'Native Cat', 'Native Polecat' And 'Spotted Marten', Names Based On Familiar European Animals

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Shelp
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11 months ago

Oh, I first thought the spots were shadow-free zones

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#38

Cats Can Nurse Hedgehogs

Cats Can Nurse Hedgehogs

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Madison Lam
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11 months ago

thats so sweet <3, if it was my cat tho, she'd probably eat them smh

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#39

The Red Fox's Adaptability And Resourcefulness Have Earned It A Legendary Reputation For Intelligence And Cunning. Also, A Fox's Tail Is Called A "Brush"

The Red Fox's Adaptability And Resourcefulness Have Earned It A Legendary Reputation For Intelligence And Cunning. Also, A Fox's Tail Is Called A "Brush"

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Tenley Samson
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11 months ago

AHHH I LOVE FOXES

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Male Ostriches Will Mate With 3 To 5 Hens That Will Lay Their Eggs In A Single Nest That The Male Digs Out. Every Night The Male Incubates The Eggs And During The Day The Dominate Female Will Incubate The Eggs, Which Take Around 40 Days To Hatch. The Male And The Females Will Help Raise The Chicks

Male Ostriches Will Mate With 3 To 5 Hens That Will Lay Their Eggs In A Single Nest That The Male Digs Out. Every Night The Male Incubates The Eggs And During The Day The Dominate Female Will Incubate The Eggs, Which Take Around 40 Days To Hatch. The Male And The Females Will Help Raise The Chicks

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Lord Mysticlaw
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11 months ago

Modern family??

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