This month's DYK will be a collection of, well, Did You Knows. Animals certainly have unique,
often strange (to OUR perception) ways of coping, surviving, and interacting in their environments. Although some may seem strange, even bizarre to us, ours is not to question the ways of the natural world. We are, in fact, part of nature, not in control of nature. As the English Romantic poet John Keats so perfectly stated, "The poetry of earth is never dead." So, let's have fun with some "animal poetry."
Did you know...
"Did You Know" quiz for June...
Which insect migrates annually from the northeastern U.S. and southeast Canada to spend
the winter in the forested highlands of central Mexico?
a. Hummingbird bee
b. Hummingbird moth
c. Monarch butterfly
d. Mexican wedge-tail damselfly
The answer will be in next month's DYK. Happy June!
Last month's DYK quiz...
Almost all birds have an extremely keen sense of sight. Owl eyes can see in the near absence
of light. One species of bird, however, is completely blind and finds food exclusively by sense
of smell. Which do you think?
The answer is the Kiwi.
- Some hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
- A snail can sleep for three years.
- All polar bears are left handed.
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
- Cats have over one-hundred vocalizations, dogs have only about ten.
- Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
- Porcupines float in water.
- Twelve or more cows is called a flink.
- The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
- Reindeer (caribou) eat moss because it has a chemical which prevents them from freezing.
- A blue whale's tongue weighs more than a full grown elephant.
- A giraffe can clean its ears with its twenty-one inch tongue.
- Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
- Almonds are members of the peach family.
- Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.
- Baby robins eat about fourteen feet of worms every day.
- Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
- Rats can go without water longer than camels can go without water.
- The underside of a equine's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year.
- Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
- You can tell a turtle's sex by the noise it makes. Males grunt, females hiss.
- Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
- Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cannot find food.
- A frog's tongue grows from the front of its mouth, making it easier to catch insects. AND...lastly...
- Despite the rat infestation in many parts of New York City, rats bite humans about 300 times each year, while over 1,500 residents are bitten annually by other New Yorkers!