Page 2 - Animal Facts

An escaped sheep was found with 60 pounds of wool.

Shrek the sheep ran away and hid in a cave in New Zealand for 6 years. When Shrek was finally found in 2004, the sheep had gone unsheared for so long that it had accumulated 60 pounds of wool on its body, enough to make 20 suits! The sheep became famous and even got to meet the Prime Minister. Shrek finally passed away last month at the age of 16.

This whale is old enough to have watched the Titanic sink!

We all know that we should all respect our elders. They are wise in their years and full of experiences and stories that ours pale in comparison to.

Now imagine your elder is older than the Titanic itself. Granny is, but she probably won't be telling too many stories since she's an orca!

Granny, also known as J2 due to the pod of fellow whales she travels with, is a 103-year-old orca, or as we usually love calling them, killer whale.

She is the oldest known orca in existence. It's actually an amazing feat since the average lifespan of an orca is 60 to 80 years.

She was captured back in 1967, but was too old even by that point to be sent to a marine mammal park, and was released. She is used as an argument against keeping marine mammals in captivity due to their reduced lifespan, which is 20 to 30 years.

Even after all these years, Granny's biggest threat isn't her age, it's the declining population of West Coast salmon.


Elephants have been used as executioners for centuries in South and Southeast Asia.

Execution by elephant has been described as far back as third century BC. There were typically two ways this was done. The first involved a specially trained elephant executioner who was sent in to trample those sentenced to death. The descriptions can be disturbing so don't read if you think you'll find it too extreme.

An example was written by Louis Rousselet. Rousselet describes a locksmith who was condemned to death for helping prisoners escape. The method of execution involved tying the man to the elephant’s hind leg and having the elephant rapidly trot through the streets. 

If the condemned survived, he would be given a glass of water and then had his head smashed underneath the elephant’s foot. This was considered getting off lightly, because in some areas elephant executioners were meant to prolong the suffering of the condemned by throwing him in the air or crushing the limbs first. 

The second method (used in medieval India) involved using blades. The elephants would have their tusks covered with sharp blades, and then strike at the condemned and throw them to the ground. After that, the elephant would either cut him to pieces, or (by order of the sultan) leave him on the ground, where he would be stripped of his skin. 


Some awesome lists!

During World War II a dog named 'Gunner' could warn Australian Air Force personnel of approaching enemy aircraft - 20 minutes before they arrived!

On 19 February 1942 Air Force personnel of Australia's Darwin Air Force base found a six month old puppy with a broken front leg under a destroyed mess hut.

The hut was destroyed in the first wave of Japanese bombings of Darwin.

The doctor at the field hospital said he could not fix a "man" with a broken leg if he does not know his name and his serial number.

The male kelpie was immediately named 'Gunner' and his serial number, 0000, was assigned to him on the spot.

Gunner entered the Air Force that day and his leg was fixed and plastered. Leading Aircraftman Percy Westcott, one of the two men who found Gunner, adopted him and became his handler.

The bombing must have traumatized Gunner, but a week after becoming a member of the Air Force, his memory of the event paid off and he demonstrated his incredible hearing skills.

Gunner became agitated, whining and jumping every time he heard enemy aircraft approaching. What was most remarkable is that he would display this behavior 20 minutes before enemy aircraft arrived!

He was so accurate that permission was granted to sound a portable air raid siren whenever Gunner started whining and jumping.

As if that is not impressive enough, Gunner could tell the difference between enemy and allied planes and would not perform at all when allied aircraft approached for landing!


Need the temperature without a thermometer? Check with crickets!

Looking for a way to impress your friends with weird, unique and abstract calculations? Maybe you just really want a good way to estimate the temperature?

Well, the weirdest way possible is to listen to a cricket's chirp then apply some simple arithmetic—but it only works in Fahrenheit.


Crickets have chemical reactions occurring in their body, like all living organisms, that allow muscles to move and contract, causing them to chirp.

Since crickets are cold-blooded insects, they take on the temperature of their surroundings, which means the temperature directly affects how the chemical reactions are occurring. This is called the Arrhenius equation.

Wait for a day with a temperature between 55 and 100 degrees F and pick out a single cricket's chirp. Count how many times it chirps in 14 seconds and add 40. This is the temperature according to the equation printed in the Farmers' Almanac.



users online