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30+ Interesting Facts About Hedgehogs

Hedgehog is a spiny mammal . But it is not related to other common spiny animals like porcupines and echidnas. There are at least 16 recognized species of hedgehogs. They are native to Asia , Africa , and Europe. Hedgehogs can  climb trees up to 30 ft tall . They do so while looking for  insects  or other food sources. They sometimes fall from trees intentionally or accidentally. The intentional fall is either to save from predators or to reach the ground quickly. These mammals roll over their quills to survive such falls. ( Source ) Hedgehogs perform a special behavior known as  self-anointing . In this process, the animal foams in the mouth and spreads this foam all over its body by licking. It is probably a self-defensive technique by either removal of its scent or by spreading toxic saliva to its body. There are several differences between  hedgehogs and porcupines . Hedgehogs have smaller quills that can’t be detached easily, unlike porcupine’s quills. Compared to 5,000 quills in

20+ Interesting Facts About Flamingos

A flamingo is a tall wading bird . These birds are present in parts of Africa, Asia , Europe, and the Americas. Flamingos fly at an  average speed of 60 km/h and can cover a distance of 375 miles in a single night. This bird can attain a height of 15,000 ft during its flight. They take a short runway by flapping their feathers and running on water before their flight. There are  12 flight feathers  located under their wings. These feathers are visible during flight and are black. Flamingos are one of the few  birds  that  produce “bird milk,”  also known as crop milk. Both male and female feed their chicks with crop milk for two months. It has a higher fat and lower protein content than pigeon’s milk and is also rich in red and white blood cells. ( Source ) The world’s  oldest flamingo  died at the age of 83 years in 2014 at Adelaide Zoo. It was also the last greater flamingo that resided in  Australia . ( Source ) Flamingos are social birds that live in  colonies of varying sizes . Th

35+ Interesting Facts About Bottlenose Dolphins

The bottlenose dolphin belongs to the oceanic dolphin family. Dolphins and whales can only taste the salty flavor. But bottlenose dolphins are unique as they can  taste sweet, sour, bitter, and salty flavors. ( Source ) Bottlenose dolphins use different eyes to observe  different types of objects. They use their left eye to observe familiar objects and view unfamiliar objects from the right eye. ( Source ) Bottlenose dolphins are the only known nonhuman mammals  that use learned signals as labels to identify various social companions. ( Source ) Bottlenose dolphins are one of the few aquatic mammals that are known to  use tools . They use different tools for foraging and other purposes. ( Source ) Bottlenose dolphins have shown  altruism towards humans and also other sea creatures. Several documents of these dolphins saving humans and a pair of stranded whales have been recorded. ( Source ) Bottlenose dolphins are intelligent creatures. After humans, bottlenose dolphins have the sec