Generally, you think you know animals. You have pets, you’ve been to the zoo, but how much do you really know? For instance, did you know that cats most likely don’t meow to communicate with each other, that it’s just something they do around humans to get attention? And that sometimes, they’re just as allergic to us as we are to them? This is just the tip of the iceberg. Animals are even more quirky and incredible than we thought. Here are some of the weirdest animal facts you probably didn’t learn about in school.
12. Butterflies Drink Blood
Butterflies might seem like sweet, angelic insects, but when it comes to their diet, it seems that nothing is off limits. For starters, they drink blood. That’s right, they share a trait with your common vampire. In their defense, butterflies see blood as a well of nutrients, which must also be true when it comes to the other gross things in their diet. They also eat feces and decaying matter, and drink urine, sweat, and tears. Nothing is safe — they’ll pretty much eat anything.
11. Pee Is For Washing — And Mating
In the animal kingdom, urinating isn’t always just a way to pass water and waste. For flamingos, it’s a way to chill out. They pee on their legs in order to cool off. For capuchin monkeys, it’s used to rinse off; they pee on their hands and use it to wash their feet. For giraffes, it’s a way to gather mating information. Male giraffes taste a female’s urine in order to find out when to mate. It’s definitely a lot more involved than what humans are used to!
10. Some Animals Sleep For 20 Hours Or More
You might think that slumbering a third of your day is a significant amount of time to be asleep, but some animals spend much more time snoozing. One of the sleepiest of animals? The koala bear sleeps 22 of 24 hours. To be fair, these are the ones in captivity who don’t have to hunt for food. Though even wild ones nap more than half the day away, sleeping for 14 hours. The brown bat is in dreamland for 20 hours a day, while the giant armadillo and North American opossum both sleep for 18 hours. Cats sleep for 14 to 16 hours a day.
9. Animals Hold Hands And Kiss
We’re used to seeing people in love hold hands or kiss to greet each other, and maybe we assume that it’s just a human thing. But animals do this as well. Sea otters hold hands to stay close to each other while they sleep, while prairie dogs kiss each other to say “hello.” Guess they don’t worry about morning breath.
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