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Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

No other animal gives us more by-products than the hog. These by-products include pig suede, buttons, glass, paint brushes, crayons, chalk, and insulation to name a few.

A bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin during World War II killed every animal in the Berlin Zoo except the elephant, which escaped and roamed the city. When a Russian commander saw hungry Germans chasing the elephant and trying to kill it, he ordered his troops to protect it and shoot anyone who tried to kill it.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

To escape the grip of a crocodile's jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.

The "snood" is the fleshy projection just above the bill on a turkey.

The hairless area of roughened skin at the tip of a bear's snout is called the rhinarium.

The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

The ostrich egg yolk is the biggest single cell in the world.

The bottle-nosed whale can dive to a depth of 3,000 feet in two minutes.

Male monkeys lose the hair on their heads in the same way men do.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating, they sweat through the pads of their feet.

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

The leg bones of a bat are so thin that no bat can walk.

While drug-sniffing dogs are trained to bark like crazy, go "aggressive" at the first whiff of the right powder... Bomb-sniffing dogs are trained to go "passive" lest they set off a motion sensor or a noise sensor or any number of other things that might go "kablooie."

During WWII, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs.

The pupil of an octopus' eye is rectangular.

The Javan rhinoceros - a solitary, single-horned species - is the world's rarest large mammal. Only an estimated 50 to 70 of the animals remain in the wild. There are none in captivity.

Marcel Prousthave had a swordfish at home.

The first chimpanzee to travel in space was named Ham. The name came from the lab that he was raised in - the Holloman AeroMedical lab in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Ham's flight in a Mercury space capsule in 1961 helped to prove that space travel could be safe for humans.

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