Fascinating facts about some of the world’s most amazing animals. From Aardvarks to Zebras our A-Z of the animal world is guaranteed to inspire. If your favourite animal’s not yet included, please let us know.
In the wild hamsters spend most of their time digging and searching for food.
They have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.
Hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.
Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.
Most humans love to share their lives with animals, and in some countries more households have a companion animal than have a child.
Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’s webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles.