60 Incredible Animal Facts You Probably Didn’t Know Before

60 Incredible Animal Facts You Probably Didn't Know Before

Sea otters

Sea otter close up portraitMenno Schaefer/Shutterstock

There are 13 species of otter worldwide (everywhere but Antarctica)—and sadly, 12 species of these marine mammals are vulnerable, threatened, or endangered. This is news that's hard to bear when confronted with their inherent cuteness, witnessed in recently circulating photos of mother-and-child pairs holding hands to avoid drifting away from each other as they snooze. Discover 14 more wild animal species you never knew were endangered.

Bunnies

Cute bunny rabbit in colorful meadowRichard Peterson/Shutterstock

Sure, they've got those long ears, all the better to hear you with—as AskNature.com points out, they can rotate these appendages 270 degrees in order to detect sounds, some from as far as two miles off, in almost every direction. But they also serve another valuable purpose: they shed heat, allowing rabbits, which can't sweat like humans or pant like dogs, to stay cool in the summer.

Pigeons

Funny bird standing and relaxing in Barcelona,spain.Mostlysunny/Shutterstock

Some people call these common urban residents—also, and more accurately, known as rock doves —"rats with wings." And that's giving this incredible, intelligent species short shrift. Not only can pigeons be trained to deliver messages across great distances, but researchers at Keio University in Tokyo discovered they could also be trained to distinguish between the paintings of Monet, Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Cézanne, and Renoir. Now that's an incredible animal fact!

60 Incredible Animal Facts You Probably Didn't Know Before, Source:https://www.rd.com/culture/animal-facts-most-interesting-creatures/