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    16 Interesting Animal Facts

    FACT: Wombats poop cubes.

    1. "Puppy-dog eyes" are a result of dogs co-evolving with humans.

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    Domesticated dogs have developed two muscles that exaggerate the size of their eyes, making them appear larger and more expressive β€” aka "cuter."

    2. Cats can nurse hedgehogs. / Via

    In 2017, Sadgorod Zoo in Russia had a cat who had recently given birth nurse eight orphaned hedgehogs β€” and it was successful!!!

    3. Baby giraffes sleep with their heads on their butts.

    I guess they just like to, OKAY?!?!?!

    4. Atlantic puffins mate for life, and share parental responsibilities equally.

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    ALSO, they perform a mating ceremony where they rub their beaks together.

    5. Wombats poop cubes.

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    While some think this is so their feces don't roll away when they claim their territory, others argue that it's related to the dry climates they live in.

    6. Sheep are actually born with long tails.

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    Farmers often dock them to avoid blowfly infestations.

    7. The Dumbo octopus's fins look like ears, giving it its Disney-inspired name.

    Its also been called the cutest octopus in the world!!!!!!!!!

    8. Alex the parrot is the only animal to ever ask an existential question.

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    When placed in front of a mirror, Alex asked, "What color am I?"

    9. Egyptian fruit bats exchange food for sex.

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    Basically, the female fruit bats see who they can collect the most food from, and that determines who they procreate with.

    10. Cows are either natural optimists or pessimists β€” just like humans!!!

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    During this study, they also found that pessimism and fearfulness were closely related, and overall, that pessimism was an unwavering trait in certain individuals β€” not just the result of the calves' temporary moods.

    11. Ginger cats are predominantly male, while calicos are predominantly female.

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    It all has to do with their chromosomes, which you can read more about here.

    12. Stoats β€” weasel-like mammals β€” are thought to have had their name derive from the Dutch word for "naughty."

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    "Naughty" in Dutch is "stout."

    13. Seagulls often stomp on the ground β€” often referred to as their "rain dance" β€” to attract earthworms and other food.

    Their stomping mimics the vibrations of real rain, which lures the insects to the surface.

    14. While most owls are nocturnal, snowy owls are actually diurnal.

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    This means they hunt both during the day AND at night.

    15. Even though they have suuuuper long necks, giraffes only have seven vertebrae β€” the same number as in a human neck!

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    However, in giraffes, each vertebrae is approximately 10 inches long.

    16. Golden moles have eyeballs, but they're covered by skin β€” so essentially, they're useless.

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    However, golden moles can see light, which allows them to know what time of day it is.

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