15 Weird and Fascinating Facts About The Mammals Around The World

The big-eared fennec fox (Fennecus zerda) has a novel way of cooling down in its Saharan home. When the temperature reaches 38°C (100°F), it loses heat by panting at a rapid rate of 690 breaths per minute!

15 Weird and Fascinating Facts about the Mammals around the World

By Mr Ghaz, February 13, 2011

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15 Weird and Fascinating Facts about the Mammals around the World

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Strongest Mammal Family

In tests, the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) produced a bite force quotient (the scientific measure of the power of an animal’s bite relative to its size) of 181. By comparison, the tiger’s bite force quotient is 127 and the lion’s mere 112.

Largest Mammal Family

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Native to the dry savannah and open woodland areas of sub-Saharan Africa, a typical adult male giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) measure between 4.6m and 5.5m (15-18ft) tall. The tallest recorded giraffe was a 5.8m (19-ft) Masai bull (G.c. tippelskirchi) named George, received by Chester Zoo, UK, on 8 January 1959.

Slowest Mammal

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Despite its undeserved reputation, the three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus) of tropical South America is not really a lazy creature-it is just very slow. On the ground its average speed is 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) per minute (0.1-0.16km/h; 0.07-0.1mph), but in the trees it can accelerate to 4.6m (15ft) per minute (0.27km/h;0.17mph)!

Smallest Hyrax

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Africa’s hyraces are small mammals that superficially resemble rodents but are most closely related to the Africa elephant (Loxodonta Africana) – the largest mammal at 4-7 tonnes (8,800-15,400lb). Despite links to the biggest of land beasts. The yellow-spotted rock hyrax (Heterohyrax brucei), is no bigger than 47cm (18.5in) in total length –adult specimens can be as short as 32.5cm (12.7in)- and weighs a mere 2.4kg (5.29lb), at most.

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12 Responses to “15 Weird and Fascinating Facts About The Mammals Around The World”
  1. lillyrose Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 5:12 am

    some amazing, wonderful facts. I liked this very much.

  2. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 5:42 am

    These are weird but interesting to know. Like it. Thanks Mr. Ghaz.

  3. Wizard Brown Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 6:27 am

    This is a really fun and interesting article. Some of the pictures are crazy :)

  4. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 6:40 am

    A great selection of animal facts. You have taught me such a lot and I particularly like the long eared fox. He is so cute. Well done.


  5. Patrick Regoniel Says...

    On February 13, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Nice article and pictures.

  6. papaleng Says...

    On February 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Interesting Mammal facts, Another enjoyable post.

  7. hans Says...

    On February 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    we truly live in a very interesting and wonderful world, so much to see so much to know so much to be alive, let us not destroy this, its the only world we have

  8. Rhodora Bande Says...

    On February 19, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    This is a well-researched and a very informative article. I especially like the photo of the giraffe and the cheetah.

  9. Agasthya Says...

    On February 20, 2011 at 2:32 am

    Not only interesting but very informative as well.

  10. J M Lennox Says...

    On February 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Awesome! I feel sorry for the sloth – it gets such a raw deal.

  11. revivor Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 4:51 am

    I agree with the sloth – has his own word in the english language (one of the seven deadly sins isn’t he!!)

  12. Angela Faith Says...

    On April 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This is quite The article. Fascinating I love this! Thanks for sharing.

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