Page 5 - Animal Facts

A hippo's favorite pastime is licking a ferocious crocodile!

In the world of extreme sports, hippos may be the bravest athletes in existence.

Of course, there's no real winners in the sport of "crocodile licking" so they shouldn't expect a trophy anytime soon.

That's right, one of the hippo's favorite pastime is walking right up to crocs and licking them while they are in a feeding frenzy.

Scientists aren't really sure why they do it. There's no apparent benefit to doing it, and it probably annoys the crocodiles more than helps them in any way.

I guess the hippos just really like being around the hungry, ferocious beasts as they tear their weaker prey to shreds.

The crocodiles can't do much about it—hippos are much more powerful.

They aren't a threat, however. Hippos are vegetarians and have no interest in harming the killers of the swamp at all.

Even baby hippos get in on the "fun" so there really must be something to it.


A bear was found passed out outside a resort after consuming 36 cans of Rainier Beer, sampling but not drinking any of the Busch. A Fish and Wildlife agent said 'it definitely had a preference.'

People who drink beer generally have their favorites and maybe a few that they won't touch.

It turns out that bears have preferences as well.

In 2004, Washington State Fish and Wildlife agents found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort.

Around the bear were empty cans of beer. Apparently the bear got into camper's coolers and, using its claws to open the cans, drank up.

The bear ended up drinking 36 cans of beer. Well, 36 cans of Rainer, while ignoring the Busch.

He did try the Busch, but ignored the rest of it once he had.

"This is a new one on me," said Sgt. Bill Heinck. "I've known them to get into cans, but nothing like this. And it definitely had a preference."

A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.

They eventually used a large, humane trap to relocate the bear. To bait it into the trap, they used the usual doughnuts and honey, and this time they added two open cans of Rainer.


Alaskan Killer Whales sometimes eat deer and moose swimming between islands on the northwest coast of Alaska

Killer whales are some of the fiercest predators not only in the oceans, but in the entire world.

They are found in all oceans, from the arctic and Antarctic to tropical seas, and have no natural predators.

Their prey is just as diverse as the seas they are found in, although individual populations often specialize in a certain type.

Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals like seals, and even large whales.

Land animals can’t be left out of their prey either. They have been known to feed on deer and moose that try to swim between islands off the northwest coast of North America.

Even birds can fall prey to these intelligent hunters. They can actually regurgitate fish to attract birds to the surface and then eat the birds when they go for the fish.

Resident killer whales, as opposed to transient killer whales, have never been observed eating other marine mammals, but they are known to occasionally harass and kill porpoises and seals for no apparent reason.


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The mantis shrimp's punch is so fast, it boils the water around it when delivered and can break aquarium glass.

When you think about the creatures with the most speed and strength in the world, the mantis shrimp probably doesn’t come to mind, but maybe it should. These creatures look more like miniature lobsters than shrimp. At 2-5 inches, they pack quite a punch.

Marine biologist Roy Caldwell learned this in 1975 when he was working at USC Berkley. When showing someone the shrimp, he tapped on the aquarium glass to provoke it. The shrimp was provoked, alright, breaking the glass and flooding the office.

These shrimp come in two varieties that scientists call “smashers” and “spearers”. Smashers crush hard prey such as snails while spearers pierce soft animals using spines on the end of their specialized limbs.

Smashers strike extremely fast. So fast, in fact, that a normal camera can’t pick it up with any detail. A high-speed camera revealed that they swing their “clubs” anywhere from 31 to 52 mph. At the time this was the fastest strike of any animal, in water or on land, but a few land insects have overtaken that. When you consider that it’s a lot easier to move through air than water, it’s hard not to marvel at the speed.

They move so fast that the surrounding water actually boils. This produces destructive bubbles that quickly collapse. While it may not seem like bubbles can do much, this process can destroy ship propellers, pumps and turbines.


The Blanket Octopus rips off the Portuguese Man O'War's tentacles and uses them for defensive purposes

The blanket octopus is a type of octopus that occupies shallow waters in subtropical and tropical oceans. They are called this because of the long, transparent webs that connect the dorsal and dorsolateral arms of the adult females.

Unlike most species of animals, the females are much larger than the males. They can reach 2 meters in length while the males are only a few centimeters long. The male dies shortly after mating and the female carries nearly 100,000 eggs at the base of her dorsal arm.

The blanket octopus is immune to the poison of the Portuguese Man O’War. This allows the males and immature females to rip off the man o’war’s tentacles and use them for defensive purposes. The females also unfurl their net-like membranes to increase their apparent size.



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