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gph 3:47 Sat Jul 25
Weird animal facts
If you shave most mammals, the skin under the fur has the same pattern, and nearly the colour, as the fur.

Except for primates.

No-one knows why.

I could get you a reference for this, but I can't be arsed.

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JimmyT 10:05 Thu Jul 30
Re: Weird animal facts
Llamas are made out of twigs.

Great apes don’t actually exist - they’re a myth perpetuated by the media elite.

Swiss. 6:31 Thu Jul 30
Re: Weird animal facts
Camels naturally carry syphiiis.

Swiss. 6:28 Thu Jul 30
Re: Weird animal facts
"All female whales have enormous whale vaginas". But Captain Ahab had very large harpoon.

Alfs 2:35 Thu Jul 30
Re: The weird animal
Norway tips -

I think it depends on the species of penguin. The Gentoo pisses like a horse according to this article - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventure-blog/2016/03/25/penguins-antarctica-danco-island.

They also shit like one too, apparently, but unlike ours is full of nutrients.

A spoonful of penguin pooh anyone?

gph 11:37 Wed Jul 29
The weird animal
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTv5KhUtbx0

Although we aren't the world's best endurance runners at all temperatures, we are the best at higher temperatures.

Most quadrupeds can gallop faster than we can run, but galloping interferes with their main cooling mechanism, panting, so they overheat if they gallop too long.

On the other hand, we CAN (if fit) run faster than quadrupeds' trotting pace, which eanbles them to pant.

So the original human hunting strategy was this: we chase an animal, and force it into galloping, and it outpaces us, gets away, but overheats and has to rest.

While it is recovering, we track it and walk after it, and catch up with it, before it has fully recovered. We then repeat the exercise, until the prey collapses with heat exhaustion. Sometimes it dies even before the coup de grace.

One of the reasons we could do this is because our main cooling mechanism is sweating.

We really were "born to run", although I much prefer to do so in a football match.

gph 10:57 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
In the 1920s and 1930s, they forced dogs to run on a treadmill until they died. Fuck knows what for ("let's do this NOW, before animal welfare becomes a concern...").

They did about 100km a day.

Some humans can do this, without dying, AND no-one forces them to do it.

(Some of) us are definitively weird.

Nurse Ratched 7:36 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
That'll be YOUR lot.

gph 7:26 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
*rivals and enemies of the same species*

gph 7:21 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
(Common) chimps are one of only two species that deliberately castrates rivals and enemies.

Can't think of the other one that's been known to do this...

Northern Sold 5:36 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
All male whales have enormous whale penises...


Honeybadgers if attack a person will go for the groin... on men only...


All female whales have enormous whale vaginas

ray winstone 4:41 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
How did pspspspsps become the thing we say to cats ?

The sound is quite high pitched so it gets a cats attention when they're not looking at you .


In Russia we say " kis - kis - kis "


In Finland we say " ks - ks - ks "


In Scotland we say " C'mere ya wee cunt "

norwaytips 4:24 Wed Jul 29
Re: Weird animal sex
Alfa. Amusing, but totally untrue. Penguins do not urinate. The excrete a pale/white paste, which contains very little water.

jooliandix 11:51 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal facts
Dogs lick their own shitters to take away the taste of dog food.

WSM Hammer 2:24 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal sex
Racoons will probably have to be called something else soon before they cause offence to the minority.

zebthecat 2:05 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal sex
Clown fish change sex as they gey get older.
They all start female and as they get older they change sex to male so the surviving ones carry on the gene pool.
It works for them.

Alfs 1:57 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal sex
The fingerprints of a koala are so indistinguishable from humans that they have on occasion been confused at a crime scene.

Nearly three per cent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin piss.

Bats always turn left when leaving a cave.

gph 1:53 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal sex
Pathenogenesis, reproduction without mates, is quite common amongst reptiles and fish.

Offspring are simply clones of their mothers. And there are no males among the species which only reproduce in this way.

But the Amazonian mollie, which is a live bearer, reproduces via parthogenesis with a twist. Eggs need to be penetrated by sperm in order to start developing, even though the sperm's genetic material is immediately ejected.

But if there are no males, where does the sperm come from?

Amazonian mollies "borrow" the males of a related species, the sailfin molly.

crystal falace 1:37 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal sex
Dolphins are the only creature other than humans who have sex for pleasure.

Heard that years ago cant remember where from so may want to factcheck it

gph 1:24 Tue Jul 28
Weird animal sex
American Turkeys have two different types of male.

The males in a clutch all meet up and have an epic battle. The winner becomes the dominant one and several genetic switches operate to make sure he looks more male than his brothers thereafter. They help him to get his end away, as females are attracted to males with many subordinate brothers. But they don't try to mate with the females themselves.

If the dominant male kicks the bucket, his remaining brothers have another battle to determine a new dominant one.


Occelated wrasse have three types of male.

Territorial males have more extravagant coloration and build nests. A territorial male has several satellite males, who help maintain the nest and its surroundings, and the territorial male lets them have a go on the eggs laid by any female who has been attracted by his beauty and well-kept nest, after he's had a go himself, naturally.

Sneaker males don't help at all, but dive bomb the nest with spunk, against the resistance of the territorial male.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En26p6GvtHw

zebthecat 1:03 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal facts
Tardigrdes are even harder than honey badgers. All mustelids are to be reckoned with in the mammal world but have nothing on what tartigrades can put up with.
Scorpions are also set up to withstand all sorts of stuff. There is a reason they have survived for hundreds of million of years. Ditto Dragonflies, they are stupidly old creatures but still the most efficient and voracious hunters in the insect world.

gph 12:16 Tue Jul 28
Re: Weird animal facts
It's quite interesting, if a little out of date - isotopic analyses have confirmed that Homo species ate considerably more meat than Australopithecines.

Cooking as an alternative explanation for our evident access to high available energy sources doesn't seem to have any evidence that early. (Bearing in mind that absence of evidence isn't evidence of absence)

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