Certain bears in Russia have become addicted to sniffing…

bear-sniffing-jet-fuel-croppedCertain bears in Russia have become addicted to sniffing Jet Fuel out of discarded barrels. Going as far as stalking helicopters for the drops of fuel they leave behind.

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Bread is actually extremely unhealthy for ducks…

duck-bread-croppedBread is actually extremely unhealthy for ducks. So while feeding them bread at your local pond, you’re slowly killing them.

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Pigs know how to play video games, distinguish peppermint from spearmint…

smart_pig_smallPigs know how to play video games, distinguish peppermint from spearmint, tidy up the house, and maybe even lie to each other.

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African spiny mice that can shed up to 6 …

Acomys-smallAfrican spiny mice that can shed up to 60% of the skin on their backs to escape predators. They then regrow hair follicles, skin, sweat glands and fur instead of scar tissue. And it is speculated that we could switch this mechanism on in humans.

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Keiko, the orca who starred in Free Willy…

Keiko_the_orcaKeiko, the orca who starred in Free Willy was released in the wild in July of 2002 after being in captivity for 23 years. A few weeks after his release, he showed up at a Norwegian fjord in hopes of seeking human contact and would even give children rides on his back.

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Contrary to popular thinking, wolves…

wolvesContrary to popular thinking, wolves are not dominated by an “Alpha Wolf” that is the most aggressive male, or male-female pairing, of the pack. Rather, they have found that wolf packs are similar to human families, and there is little aggression or fights for “dominance.”

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Cuban rescue workers use sniffer rabbits …

sniffer_rabbitCuban rescue workers use sniffer rabbits to find people in collapsed buildings.

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There are more deer in the UK now than a …

deerThere are more deer in the UK now than at any time since the last Ice Age.

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Wild elephants live up to an average of…

Wild_elephantsWild elephants live up to an average of 39 years longer than their zoo counterparts.

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Sea Otters have the densest fur of any m …

sea_otterSea Otters have the densest fur of any mammal in the world. They have no blubber so must rely on their fur to keep them warm while in the water. Thus the dense fur which they must constantly maintain to smooth out the oils that keep the water from seeping in.

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Wombat poop is shaped like a cube. This …

Wombatpoo_smallWombat poop is shaped like a cube. This distinct shape allows their poop to stay in place (on rocks, logs, etc…) as territorial signposts.

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A Korean war horse named Sergeant Reckle …

SergeantReckless-smA Korean war horse named Sergeant Reckless was awarded two Purple Hearts and promoted to Staff Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps in 1959. She served in numerous combat actions during the Korean War, carrying supplies and ammunition, and was also used to evacuate wounded. Learning each supply route after only a couple of trips, she often traveled to deliver supplies to the troops on her own, without benefit of a handler. The highlight of her nine-month military career came in late March 1953 during fighting around Vegas Hill when, in a single day, she made 51 solo trips to resupply multiple front line units.

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