Today’s Saturday Surprise is … well, just a hodgepodge of animal facts, some with pictures and a few accompanied by short video clips. I thought critters would be more likely to bring a smile than humans at this juncture. I hope these provide you with some interesting new info and bring a smile to your face to kick off the weekend!
The male seahorse goes through pregnancy and gives birth to babies. They are the only animal on earth where the male carries the baby rather than the female.
The male seahorse has a pouch on its stomach in which to carry babies—as many as 2,000 at a time.
Roosters prevent themselves from going deaf due to their own loud crowing, by tilting their head backs when they crow, which covers their ear canal completely, serving as a built-in ear-plug.
A study showed that their crowing averages over 100 decibels, which is roughly the same as running a chainsaw.
Otters “hold hands” while sleeping, so they don’t float away from each other.
And it’s super-cute. Look.
A common garden snail has 14,000 teeth.
Their microscoptic teeth are called radula, and some species actually have over 20,000 teeth.
The pangolin is able to roll up into an armour-plated ball, so lions can’t eat them.
A Blue Whale’s tongue can weigh as much as a car, or a small adult elephant.
A Blue Whale’s tongue can weigh approx. 2.7 tonnes, or 6,000 – 8,000 pounds (2,720 – 3,630 kg).
Axolotl are able to regenerate lost limbs and body organs.
Mexican walking fish can regrow the same limb up to 5 times, and even regenerate parts of its brain.
An ostrich’s legs are so powerful that their kicks can kill a lion.
Or a human! Each two-toed foot has a long, sharp claw – making them formidable weapons. Animals often end up running away from the large bird.
The Japanese Spider Crab has the longest leg span of any arthropod.
From the tip of one claw to the other can be as long as almost 4m! Japanese spider crabs have 10 legs stretching out from a central body, giving it its spider-like appearance. They live deep in the oceans south of Japan.
Emperor penguins are the world’s biggest penguins, and they trek 50–120 km (31–75 m) across the Antarctic to reach breeding colonies.
The impressive emperor penguins reach 100 cm (39 in) in length and weigh 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lb). They breed during winter, when they emerge from their more natural habitat in the ocean to trek long distances over treacherous ice.
The lesula, discovered in 2007, has giant human like eyes and a blue bottom.
This relatively newly discovered monkey lives in the Congo. The lesula eyes are very distinctive because of their human-like appearance, as are their bright blue bums.
Honeypot ants swell up to a huge size with food.
Honeypot ants have to be seen to be believed. During wet season, certain ants consume huge amounts of nectar, making their abdomens swell up to the size of a grape. Then, during dry season, they provide the other ants with food by throwing the nectar back up again. Yum!
The Donald Trump caterpillar looks identical to the ex-president’s hair.
This species of caterpillar, prior to 2016, was known as the Flannel Moth Caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis). It gained popularity as it is very furry and bright orange, giving it an uncanny resemblance to Trump’s hair (wig?). This ‘fur’ however, is actually composed of multiple venomous ‘hairs’. Grabbing hold of one of these caterpillars is a painful experience.