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3. Anteater.

If their name actually reflected the diet of anteaters, they’d have to be called ant-and-termite-eaters. Some species of anteaters, in fact, would be called, I-guess-I’ll-eat-ants-if-I-really-have-to. Not nearly as catchy of a name! There are four species of anteaters on the planet, all in Central and South America.

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4. Australian Shepherd.

It may be called the Australian Shepard, but this dog breed has its origins in the United States by way of  Europe, not the Outback. The most likely explanation for the “Australian” moniker? The dogs, bred as sheep herders in the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain, first emigrated to Australia with their Basque shepherds before making their way to the ranches of the Western United States. Quite the cosmopolitan pooches!

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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4:06PM PDT on Jun 7, 2014

Thank you for sharing Katie. Interesting!

6:45AM PDT on May 29, 2014

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

4:14PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Interesting information. Thanx.

4:38PM PST on Nov 11, 2013

love this type of post. thank you!

3:54AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

The two species of Choloepus, or Two-Toed Sloth, actually have three toes and two fingers. The four species of Bradypus, or Three-Toed Sloths, also have three toes, but they have three fingers. To learn more about sloths please visit , where information about AIUNAU and its slothful projects can be read in English or Spanish. ¡Viva perezosos! Long live sloths!

Sloths, Anteaters and Armadillos make up the mammalian Order Xenarthra.

2:59PM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

Let's add Painted Dog (African Wild Dog) which are actually in the wolf family. Learn more of this highly social pack animal at

7:28AM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Interesting. Thanks.

7:46PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

interesting. ty

7:00AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


5:38PM PDT on Oct 11, 2013

Thanks :)

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