45 Adorable Facts About the Cutest Animals on Earth

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1Secretary birds

Secretary birds

Secretary birds are famous for its snake-stomping legs. A single kick can 195 Newtons of force. They often use kicks to incapacitate and kill their prey. Their kick is powerful enough to shatter a human hand. They are also famous for their long eyelashes.

2. The milk of pinnipeds (seals) consists of up to 60% fat, allowing the young to grow fairly quickly. Pups can gain over 2.2 kg (4.9 lb) per day while nursing. 

3. Alpacas have been bred for centuries for their luxurious fiber because it is both water and fire resistant. But nowadays some free range turkey farms have started using alpacas to guard their flocks from foxes, since alpacas are extremely territorial and will accept the turkeys as part of their herd, defending them by chasing off predators.

4. Opossums are great at reducing the tick population in a given area. Scientists estimate that a single opossum can kill about 5,000 ticks in a single season, but will never contract or carry Lyme disease.

5. The Golden Plover is a bird that hatches with the power of camouflage fully activated. These fluffy birds match their mossy Arctic nesting site perfectly.

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6Female rabbits

Female rabbits

Female rabbits have up to an 80% chance of developing cancer if they are not spayed by the age of 4.

7. An adult North American porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) has about 30,000 quills that cover almost all of its body. The quills are hollow and used primarily for defense, but also serve to insulate their bodies during winter. They cannot throw their quills.

8. The Ocean sunfish is the largest known bony fish in the world, weighing in at about 2 tonnes, with a diet of jellyfish. The female can produce as many as 300,000,000 eggs at a time.

9. There is a bird called the horned screamer, named after the unique unicorn-like horn on the top of their heads, and their peculiarly loud scream.

10. Skunks, who are notoriously known for their rather fowl spray emitted when afraid, try to warn their assailants through dance. They will stomp, whisk their tail, jump around, and do handstands, all in an attempt to scare them away.

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11Microtityus minimus

Microtityus minimus

Microtityus minimus is the world's smallest known scorpion species. It measures 0.4 inches from end to end.

12. Sand cats are extremely difficult to study in the wild. Their furry soles prevent them from sinking in soft sand which makes their footprints nearly invisible. They have learned to crouch low and close their eyes when a light is shown on them, preventing any reflection off of their eyes.

13. Like many fruit-eating pigeons, the Pink-necked green pigeon is thought to be an important disperser of fruit seeds in forests and woodlands and is thought to be one of those responsible for helping the return of many of the Ficus species to the islands of Krakatoa.

14. The Honey Possum is the only non-flying animal in the world to live solely on a diet of nectar and pollen. Whilst their young are born weighing only 0.005 grams, honey Possum males have the largest sperm of any mammal in the world (0.36 mm).

15. An orchid mantis uses an aggressive 'flowerlike' mimic that attracts pollinators as prey items.

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16Ring-tailed lemurs

Ring-tailed lemurs

In the mornings the ring-tailed lemurs' sunbath to warm themselves. They face the sun sitting in what is frequently described as a "sun-worshipping" posture or lotus position.

17. The Hammer-headed bat, the largest bat in Africa has been observed attacking live chickens. With a lifespan of over 30 years, it is also a carrier of the Ebola virus.

18. The bearded vulture is the only known animal whose diet is almost exclusively bone. In fact, it usually disdains the actual meat and lives on a diet that is typically 85–90% bone marrow.

19. Red-lipped batfish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, so it uses its highly adapted pectoral fins that are large enough to help it walk across the ocean floor.

20. Harvest Mice like crawling into flowers to eat the pollen and sometimes even fall asleep in them.

21Boxer Crabs

Boxer Crabs

Boxer or Pom-Pom Crabs carry around live anemones in each claw to protect them from predators. When a pom-pom crab lacks sea anemones, it steals one from another crab and splits it into two fragments that regenerate into identical clones of the original anemone.

22. Ducklings have abstract thoughts. Within hours of hatching, these baby birds can learn concepts like “same” or “different” — and they do so faster than human infants.

23. Slow lorises are the only known venomous primates. The venom comes from brachial glands on their forearms and from their saliva. When threatened, the slow loris will lick the brachial patch prior to biting the aggressor.

24. The black heron uses a hunting method called canopy feeding. It uses its wings like an umbrella, creating shade that attracts fish.

25. Bushbabies pee on their hands to have more traction on branches and to be able to find their way back to their nests.

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