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Some Butterflies, such as the Monarch, migrate over extremely long distances. In fact, the Monarch’s journey spans over 3000 miles from Mexico northward.

Butterflies often lay their eggs on plant species that have toxic substances in them. The hatched caterpillars then eat these plants, retaining the toxic substance in them into adulthood and making the caterpillars unpalatable to birds and other predators.

A butterfly’s sense of taste is 200 times stronger than ours!


A mother pig “sings” to her piglet while nursing.

Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices and to recognize their own names. Pigs also love tummy rubs (At least every pig I’ve met!).


Rabbits can see behind themselves without turning their head. Free-living rabbits live around 10 years, while domesticated rabbits can live to 16 years, and the longest on record is 18 years.

Note: Domesticated rabbits should never be let out in the wild, because they won’t be able to survive. Rabbits can live in a home or protected porch, and even be litter-box trained.


Horses have the unusual trait of being able to sleep both standing up and lying down. The oldest horse on record was “Old Billy.” Born in England in 1760, he lived to the age of 62!


Chickens have a complex language all of their own, with over 30 different types of alarm calls depending on the type of threat. They also have great memories and can differentiate between over 100 different faces (of their fellow chickens).

A mother hen and her chicks begin communicating even before the chicks hatch out of their eggs. The hens talk to their eggs, including purring and other sounds, which can help the chicks recognize their mother’s voice after they hatch. Chicks also begin to cheep inside their eggshells after about 19-20 days of incubation. The mother hen will not leave the nest from the time she hears her chicks’ first cheeps until they are hatched.


Hippopotamuses are the second largest land animals, just behind elephants, but amazingly, they can still run faster than a human.

Sailfish, swordfish and the shortfin mako shark:

All of these water bound animals have been clocked swimming at 50-60 miles per hour.

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7:55AM PST on Nov 3, 2014

incredible ! thanks for sharing

11:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you

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12:16PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Please list anything you think is not true, and we will verify and correct. Did try to research it.

6:56AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thank you

5:05AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:56AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

pretty awesome facts! loved the article!

9:11PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013


6:17PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Animals are amazing...they are the superior species. They put humans to shame!

4:52PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

God's Elephants are so beautiful and magnificent. It is just right abominable that humans capture them and put them in Zoo's and Circus's, then torture them to make them do things that are unnatural for them to do. They don't know how to appreciate the beauty of God's animals. All they know how to do is to destroy what is good.

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