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jfrancl

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Animal Fun Facts
« on: September 01, 2013, 08:13:14 AM »

I'm starting this fun thread about animal fun facts, trivia, and maybe a quiz or two here and there!  Please join in with your tidbits of information, quizzes or any fun animal story.  Hope you enjoy!  I'll start off with an amusing little fact.

A group of 12 or more cows is called a "flink"
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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2013, 04:00:13 PM »

Good one GG!  I only knew 2 of them, so had to look them up.  I found there are many birds with multiple group names. :)  For example, a group of Ravens has also been called an "unkindness" in addition to the answer here. :)

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2013, 04:01:52 PM »

GG, very cool little quiz, thanks for posting it.  I knew 4 lol

Starlings = Murmuration
Geese = Gaggle
Hummingbird = Charm
Murder = Crows

Ravens = Conspiracy!  LOL

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2013, 05:34:35 PM »

Pagent, once again some really cool info!  Thank you!

We now know a group of baboons is called a "Troop!"  And that James Lipton wrote a book on venery terms, who knew!?
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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2013, 06:00:56 AM »

Pagent and Red, those are some fun facts. Red, I could sure use that nictitating membrane here on windy days. :) 

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2013, 08:33:25 AM »

GG - I knew Goose, Crows, Starlings, and Quail. 

Here's a few fun facts I found googling:

Despite their size, elephants can be turned off by the smallest of critters. One study found that they avoid eating a type of acacia tree that is home to ants. Underfoot, ants can be crushed, but an elephant wants to avoid getting the ants inside its trunk, which is full of sensitive nerve endings.

An adult giraffe's heart is 2 feet long and weighs about 20 pounds.  A Giraffe's tongue is almost 2 feet long.

An aardvark can eat 50,000 termites in one sitting.


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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2013, 09:57:38 AM »

"a gathering of baboons is called a congress"   That description is so pertinent and so open for comments that I'm pretty sure none are needed. ;)   ("Maybe I just did)

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2013, 10:09:47 AM »

OK here is a link with the Plica Semilunaris... which is the fold of skin right behind our tear duct. It is a vestige of what was once our Nictating Membrane!!! I am honored to share something in common with our beloved bald Eagles!!!!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plica_semilunaris_of_conjunctiva

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2013, 06:09:55 PM »

Red thanks for posting your link.

Finn, I can't seem to get the sample sounds and songs to work.  I'd love to hear them.


Did you know that:  At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog?
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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #9 on: September 02, 2013, 09:21:23 PM »

"a gathering of baboons is called a congress"   That description is so pertinent and so open for comments that I'm pretty sure none are needed. ;)   ("Maybe I just did)

Yep, plenty of responses played through my head, but restraint is good sometimes.  ;D

On trivia...

I was in flight school weather class and the instructor was talking about cues in nature to determine prevailing wind direction.

Cows in a field face away from stiff wind
Horses face into the same wind
An eagle will land into a wind greater than 5 knots

I have seen all those rules defied, but wildlife are in tune with their environment.
I saw Mom Decorah do a downwind landing with a huge stick and everyone in the nest got bonked as she tried that landing.

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« Reply #10 on: September 02, 2013, 09:40:59 PM »

Tx.....Mom Decorah does that with the sticks just to keep us all amused!!!!! ;)

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« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2013, 09:51:26 PM »

Tx.....Mom Decorah does that with the sticks just to keep us all amused!!!!! ;)

That explains the text I got from Mom five minutes before the landing.
"Watch this landing Ninja!"  :o

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #12 on: September 06, 2013, 07:40:24 PM »

OH yes GG!!! I have followed the story of John and Shoep...such a tender loving story!!

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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #13 on: September 07, 2013, 02:36:19 AM »

GG, thank you for posting this story, I've not seen it before.  My eyes are drooling.  Unfortunately 3rd link is unavailable.
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Re: Animal Fun Facts
« Reply #14 on: September 07, 2013, 02:45:24 PM »

Adult mayflies only live 1 day and can be as short as 1-2 hours.
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