The most amazing animals in the world
Date: Monday, 13 August 2012
A tiger can eat 100lbs of meat per night – that’s the equivalent of 400 burgers! However, after a big meaty feast, they can go for days without a meal.
These long-necked animals are so vigilant about watching for predators that they hardly ever sleep, only getting about 30 minutes per day!
These stark white sea mammals also known as ‘sea canaries’ are actually born dark grey – it can take up to eight years for them to turn white.
Chameleons do not change colour to match their environment, but because of their body temperature and emotions. The warmer or angrier they are, the brighter their colours become.
Sand tiger shark
These sharks surface, gulp air and hold it in their stomachs to make them more buoyant so that they can hover in the water for prey. If they didn’t, their dense bodies would sink to the bottom.
Hummingbirds flap their wings between 50 and 200 times per second. When they’re courting another bird, the flapping becomes faster and more furious.
A single bite from Africa’s most dangerous snake can kill an average man in an hour. Their potent venom contains proteins that enter the blood stream, block the brain and stop the heart.
There are less than 60 surviving rhinos in Indonesia and Vietnam because they were poached for their horns for medicinal uses throughout the 1930s.
A lion’s roar can be heard from up to five miles away.
A hippo’s yawn is not a sign of tiredness, but actually an aggressive ritual that allows them to show potential enemies that they are armed with long, razor-sharp teeth.
This lazy creature only climbs down from his tree once a week to go to the toilet on the ground! He digs a hole, covers his business and heads back to the safety of the branches.
Pandas are carnivores, but about 99% of their diet is vegetarian! They spend most of the day munching up to 30kg of bamboo, but only digest about 20% of it.
The name ‘peacock’ actually only refers to the male of the species. These vibrantly coloured creatures are in fact called ‘peafowl’, and the females are known as ‘peahens’.
The goliath tarantula
Terrifying female bird-eating spiders live much longer than the males, mostly because they often mistaken their potential mates for prey.
Male chimps are very assertive in their efforts to reproduce, but they’re often turned down by very fussy females!
These cute sea creatures are monogamous, mate for life and like to swim in pairs linked by their tails.