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The oldest know breed of domesticated dog is the saluki. Carvings of animals resembling the saluki have been found in excavations of the Sumerian Empire believed to date from between 6000 and 7000 B.C.

The beluga whale is often referred to as the "sea canary" because of the birdlike chirping sounds it makes.

More turkeys are raised in California than in any other state in the United States.

One species of antelope, the Sitatunga, can sleep underwater.

Most cows give more milk when they listen to music.

The largest order of mammals, with about 1,700 species, is rodents. Bats are second with about 950 species.

The bite of a leech is painless due to its own anesthetic.

The black bear is not always black. It can be brown, cinnamon, yellow, and sometimes a bluish color.

Most tropical marine fish could survive in a tank filled with human blood.

Most varieties of snake can go an entire year without eating a single morsel of food.

To provide their young with all the comforts of home while growing up, ichneumon wasps lay their eggs in or on the bodies of host grubs. But there's a catch. The grubs are sometimes those of wood-boring insects hidden deep within tree trunks. How to reach them? Ichneumons' abdomens come equipped with an egg laying structure, or ovipositor harden with ionized manganese or zinc. "Some can drill as much as three inches into solid wood," says Donald Quicke of Britainís Imperial College. When the wasps hatch, they chew their way out with mouth-parts also hardened with minerals from the grubs they ate.

Shock treatment for epilepsy was once administered by electric catfish.

Each year, Americans spend more on cat food than on baby food.

The flamingoes of East Africa have few natural enemies. In general, the only predators an adult flamingo need fear are the fish eagle and the marabou stork.

Rabbits never walk or trot, but always hop or leap.

Gorillas and cats sleep about fourteen hours a day.

The flying snake of Java and Malaysia is able to flatten itself out like a ribbon and sail like a glider from tree to tree.

Rats can swim for a 1/2 mile without resting, and they can tread water for 3 days straight.

The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.

An iguana can stay under water for twenty-eight minutes.

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