5 amazing facts about animals you should know
The world is a huge and mysterious place, with no dearth of varied creatures. They come in all shapes and sizes and boast unique features and behavior. While some of their qualities and traits are well known to us, others might come off as strange to downright unbelievable. Here are five amazing facts about five animals, that are worth knowing.
Shrimps are aquatic creatures with long, narrow muscular abdomens and long antennae. But do you know that their heart is placed in their head? In fact, all its main internal organs (including the brain and the stomach) are located in a shrimp's head. This is relatively safer and advantageous for shrimps as their head region is covered with thick and protective substances.
Parrots are the only birds out there who can eat with their feet. This is because parrots have zygodactyl feet, meaning that they have four toes on each foot, two facing forward and two facing backward. This makes it easier for them to pick up objects such as food and bring it to their mouth, quite as we humans do with our hands.
Sure, sloths aren't known for their speed. These sluggish mammals are omnivores, meaning that they eat both plants and meat. But like many other things they do, sloths eat and digest slowly. In fact, a sloth can take up to one month to digest a single meal. Further, their leafy diet is low on nutrition, which could be a reason for their lazy lifestyle.
Yes, those TV cartoons are deceptive. In actuality, elephants cannot jump. This is so because elephants are (very) heavy. And, the bones in their legs are pointed downwards, which further reduces their ability to lift off the ground all at once. Anyway, they don't have to jump, as they have other ways of protecting themselves from predators, like going around in groups, etc.
Since they eat so much seafood, penguins also take in high amounts of saltwater. So how exactly do they deal with it? Interestingly, they have a gland, located just above their eye, called the supraorbital gland, which filters the salt from their bloodstream. It is then excreted from their body through their bill or by way of sneezing.