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Dogs mature very fast in their early years. However, most of their growth occurs during the first two years. After that, development slows down. A one-year-old dog is like a teenage human and a two-year-old dog is like an adult in his mid-twenties. Only when the dog is older—more than ten—does a single dog year equal about seven human years.

Elephants have been found swimming miles from shore in the Indian Ocean.

Out of all the animals a circus animal trainer works with, none are deadlier than the elephant. More deaths are caused by the elephants than the large cats circus tamers train with.

Belize is the only country in the world with a jaguar preserve.

A quarter of the horses in the U.S. died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

All elephants walk on tip-toe, because the back portion of their foot is made up of all fat and no bone.

A baby eel is called an elver, a baby oyster is called a spat.

A robin's egg is blue, but if you put it in vinegar for thirty days it turns yellow.

Elephants often communicate at sound levels as low as 5Hz. This means that if you flap your hands back and forth faster than five times a second, an elephant can actually hear the tone produced.

The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

Mongooses were brought to Hawaii to kill rats. This plan failed because rats are nocturnal while the mongoose hunts during the day.

Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis.

Seagulls are heavy in the front and light in the back. They experience less wind resistance when they face into the wind. When you see them at the beach on a windy day facing the same direction, they are trying to minimize the wind's resistance by facing into the wind.

Parthenogenesis is the term used to describe the process by which certain animals are able to reproduce themselves in successive female generations without intervention of a male of the species. At least one species of lizard is known to do so.

The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.

A trout swims at about 4 miles per hour which is faster than you or me.

Lobsters can move up to 25 feet per second underwater.

A winkle is an edible sea snail.

A jynx is a woodpecker, also know as the wryneck because of its peculiar habit of twisting its neck.

In Wales, there are more sheep than people. (In 1996 the population for Wales was 2,921,000 with approximately 5,000,000 sheep)

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