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10 Amazing Animal Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

There are more than a million different species of animals on Earth, so here’s a place to start. Check out these ten little-known amazing facts about animals, then watch the U.S. premiere of the original uncut series Planet Earth to see up-close the first snow leopard hunting, the first blue bird of paradise displaying in the wild… and the vampire squid from hell! All Earth Day weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 21-22) only on BBC AMERICA.

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A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can (almost) be held in the palm of a hand.

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Dog nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can also be used to identify them.

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Bart van Dorp / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: bartvandorp

A tarantula can live for over 2 years without eating a single thing.

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Darren Johnson / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: dazjohnson

We share 70% of our DNA with slugs

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Orangeaurochs / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: orangeaurochs

Cows from different regions have different “Moo” accents.

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albagloria5 / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: 11036237@N00

Female koalas have not one, but TWO vaginas

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J Marsh / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: 75894308@N03

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

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David Amsler / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: amslerpix

The sailfish can swim up to 68 MPH.
It is the world’s fastest swimmer.

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Hungarian Snow / CC BY-SA 2.0 / Flickr: 19546327@N00

The Goblin shark has only been seen 50 times since it’s first sighting in 1857.

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Derek Keats / CC BY 2.0 / Flickr: dkeats

A giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.

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