Despite the large number of documentaries about wildlife, we still know very few details about representatives of the animal kingdom.

Birds

The fastest bird in the world is the ostrich. It can run at a speed of up to 44 mph.

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The ostrich egg is considered the largest of all eggs of other bird species. One egg can weigh up to 3 pounds and reach almost 6 inches in length and 5.11 inches in width.

Ostrich egg. Source: wikimedia

Hippos

Hippo sweat contains red and orange pigment, which absorbs ultraviolet light and acts on its skin like sunscreen. Everyone knows that appearances are deceiving. This is especially true of hippos. They look docile and calm, but, in fact, their behavior is very unpredictable. Despite their body size, they run fast on the ground and can even attack if provoked.

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Striped all over

Tigers have an interesting feature – not only their coat is striped, but also the skin has a striped pigmentation. Besides that, these big cats have five toes on each front leg and four on each hind leg. Tiger claws are about 4 inches long.

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Rats???

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Surprisingly enought, the animals that can do without water the longest are not camels. They are rats. Keep that in mind if you want to eradicate rats in your basement in such a way. And remember, camels only spit if you make them angry.

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No drink!

"Koala" means "no drink" in Aboriginal Australian. Feeding on eucalyptus, the koala gets all the water it needs from its leaves, and it drinks water only occasionally during drought or illness.

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Did you say blue tongue?

Can you guess which animal has a blue tongue? A giraffe! The average giraffe's tongue is about 20 inches long, and yes, it is blue in color. The long tongue allows them to pluck leaves from higher branches on trees. Scientists believe that melanin, a pigment that causes dark skin pigmentation, is to blame for the blue/purple hue of the giraffe's tongue. There is still no definitive answer as to why giraffes actually have blue tongues, but it is believed that this color developed evolutionally to provide protection from the sun.

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The super predators spend most of the time sleeping

Lions are some of the largest felines on our planet. This majestic "king of beasts" has always been the subject of legends and myths. Some facts:

Lions are the only felines that live in families or prides.

The female changes the location of her den several times a month to avoid the accumulation of odor, which can attract unwanted guests.

A pride has one out of three successful hunts, while a single lion has only one out of five successful hunts, and even one out of ten.

Lions have muscles all along their legs, which is why they are so good at jumping.

A lion can reach speeds of up to 37 mph, but will run at this speed for only 300 feet.

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Most lions hunt at night, because they can see well at this time of day. Their eyesight is 7 times better than that of humans.

Lionesses live all their lives in the pride in which they were born, and the males are expelled when they reach the age of two or three years.

In order to feed herself, a lioness needs 11 lb of meat a day and a lion needs 16 lb. However, they may eat up to 66 lb of meat at a time.

Lionesses hunt more often than lions. When a lion goes hunting on his own, he eats his prey.

Lions spend 20 hours a day sleeping.

In captivity, the average life expectancy of a lion reaches 30 years, but in the wild only 15.

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