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The 'did you know' database

This page shows you what did you know events are found around the site. These events can be found at the top of the page. they are random events.

Guide Written By Ancalagon

The 'did you know' database
The Important one
Did you know that few people are aware of the vast numbers of pets that are abandoned each year? No statistics could really tell you either because the amount and range of abandoned pets is so vast. Those that are abandoned often become feral, die of disease or starvation, or are picked up by an animal shelter. 77% of all animals in shelters are KILLED.
  • Zooming along on their pointed wings like little jets, a Hawk Moth can reach speeds of 24 miles per hour.
  • Bottlenose dolphins can jump 20 feet into the air.
  • Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes.
  • When running at top speed, pigs can run a mile in 7.5 minutes.
  • Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape. Because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
  • Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
  • A Peregrine falcon can travel at speeds as fast as 124 miles per hour when diving to catch a bird.
  • Fleas are the best jumpers in the world. They store energy in pads on the back legs to use for jumping.
  • A Cornish game hen is really a young chicken, usually 5 to 6 weeks of age, that weighs no more than 2 pounds.
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can
  • A squid has 10 tentacles, two of which are longer than the other eight. The eyes of a Giant Squid are the size of basket balls.
  • A rat can be without water longer than a camel can.
  • Camel milk does not curdle.
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  • A roach can live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
  • Roaches break wind every 15 minutes.
  • Tassel-eared marmosets emit a cricket-like call. When they feel threatened they raise their eyebrows as a display.
  • The Vancouver Island marmot is an endangered species. It is actually the world’s rarest animal. They became an endangered species in 1980. Since 1980, their population has really declined. There are less than one hundred marmots that are alive today.
  • Snakes are immune to their own venom.
  • Badgers live in social groups of four to 12 adults.
  • A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
  • Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
  • Turkey vultures can swoop up to 60 mph in order to avoid being "mobbed" by ravens or jays.
  • In times of drought a female impala can withhold giving birth for several weeks, waiting for rain.
  • Llamas have the ability to spit, but usually only do so at one another or if highly irritated, not at people every chance they get, as many people believe!
  • During the day the Tasmanian Devil usually hides in a den or dense bush.
  • Tapirs are mainly nocturnal and spend much of the day in sleep.
  • Of the seven species of swans in the world, all are pure white except for the South American Black-necked Swan and the Australian Black Swan.
  • Yaks generally live 20-25 years.
  • The quail builds its nest on the ground, and lives in grassy areas.
  • Hippos do not have sweat glands. Their pores secrete a reddish-pink fluid that acts as a natural conditioner, preventing their skin from cracking in the hot tropical heat.
  • The leafy sea dragon has only been recorded from the southern coastline of Australia, from Kangaroo Island, South Australia to Rottnest Island, Western Australia.
  • Bats fly in a manner similar to a swimmer doing the butterfly stroke. They can reach speeds of up to 30 miles an hour in open areas.
  • Miniature goats may live up to 20 years provided they are well cared for.
  • Pigs are generally extremely intelligent, even more apt at picking up tricks than dogs. Scientists have found their grunts have specific meanings, allowing them to communicate to each other.
  • The Roadrunner Bird can run as fast as 17 miles per hour.
  • A hummingbird flaps its wings up to 90 times in one second or over 5000 times a minute.
  • A hummingbird weighs less than a penny.
  • A jellyfish is 95% water.
  • A large swarm of locusts can eat 80,000 tons of corn a day.
  • A lion's roar can be heard from five miles away.
  • Jaguar cubs are usually born with their eyes closed, weigh about 25-29 ounces, and are highly dependent upon their mother for survival.
  • The Kakapo is the heaviest parrot in the world. It cannot fly but is good at climbing trees.