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The unique black and white stripes on a zebra make them one of the most distinctive animals in the world. Like fingerprints, each animal has a different pattern of stripes and they can be identified from this alone. There are 3 species of zebra, the mountain zebra, plains zebra, and Grévy’s zebra. The mountain zebra resembles a donkey (ass), while the other two species share characteristics of the horse. Zebras are only found in Africa where they are found in a variety of different habitats. Have you ever wondered why zebras have stripes? Keep reading to find out.
If you have ever cut and apple and left it exposed to air for a period of time you would have noticed that the flesh turns from a healthy green to a brown color. Although this doesn’t look very appealing it doesn’t affect the taste or flavor of the apple and it is still perfectly safe to eat. If you have ever wanted to know why apples turn brown, and how you can stop it from occurring, keep reading to find out.
A shark attack is one of the most frightening things that can happen to a person in the ocean and when they occur they are widely reported in the media. Shark attacks usually cause severe injuries and approximately 15% of people attacked will die as a direct cause of the attack. However shark attacks are rare and only about 100 occur worldwide each year. Despite this fact the fear of shark attack is very common. Let’s find out why sharks attack people.
Geese are birds that belong to the same family as ducks and swans. There are many species of geese that belong to three genera; grey geese, white geese and black geese. Most of these species are known for their migratory behavior as they fly long distances to escape the winter. During these long flights they are known for flying in a v formation. Continue reading to find out why they do this.
Llamas are a domesticated animal related to camels, alpacas, guanacos and vicuñas. They are mostly found in South America where they are farmed for their meat and fiber. They are extremely social animals and quickly form a herd. These herds have a social ladder, which is constantly changing. One behavior commonly observed in these herds is spitting. If you have ever wondered why llamas spit, keep reading to find the answer.
Rabbits are relatively small mammals closely related to the pika, hare and jackrabbit. There are over 50 species of rabbits, including the European rabbit which was domesticated and is commonly kept as a pet. Rabbits can be found throughout much of the world and they have been introduced into many areas where they don’t occur naturally. One of the most interesting behaviors of the rabbit is when they thump the ground with their hind legs. Have you ever wondered why rabbits do this? Keep reading to find the answer.
A beaver is a large, semi-aquatic rodent that lives in North America and in some parts of Europe and Asia. They have large flat paddle like tails and thick fur coats. They have webbed feet for swimming and sharp teeth that can fell large trees overnight. Beavers can stay under water for 15 minutes at a time and are good swimmers. They are much less agile on land and spend much of their time in the water. Beavers are herbivores and eat the wood of various types of trees. They also eat pondweed and water lilies. Beavers are most commonly known for their ability to build large dams across rivers, streams and lakes. So, why do beaver build dams? Read this article to find out.
Cats are the most popular domesticated pet in the world. They make a popular pets because they provide good companionship, are relatively easy to care for and they will often hunt household pests. It is believed they were domesticated in Egypt and are believed to have lived with humans for over 9,000 years. There are many breeds of cat, including many crossbreeds, but there are 41 breeds that are recognized by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (largest registry of pedigree cats). Most of these recognized breeds have a distinctive set of whiskers. If you have ever wondered what purpose these serve, continue reading to find out.
During the Christmas season it is common to see large evergreen trees, usually pines, decorated and displayed throughout shopping malls and in people’s homes. These trees are decorated with lights, tinsel and ornaments and often topped with a star or angel. Christmas gifts are placed beneath them until they are opened by family and friends on Christmas day. Christmas trees are a well known Christmas tradition, but why do we decorate Christmas trees? Read on to find out the most popular theories.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful chance to set aside time to spend with our families. It is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November. Families gather together and eat a tradition meal of turkey and roast vegetables. They enjoy each other’s company and spend time reflecting on things for which they are thankful. Many take this holiday for granted and are unsure about the reason behind why Thanksgiving is celebrated. So let’s take a look at where this wonderful tradition came from.