Did You Know? with Mike Freidlin
Animal Poetry

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...
  1. Some hummingbirds weigh less than a penny.
  2. A snail can sleep for three years.
  3. All polar bears are left handed.
  4. Butterflies taste with their feet.
  5. Cats have over one-hundred vocalizations, dogs have only about ten.      
    Gilligan
  6. Elephants are the only animals that cannot jump.
  7. Porcupines float in water.
  8. Twelve or more cows is called a flink.
  9. The placement of a donkey's eyes in its head enables it to see all four feet at all times.
  10. Reindeer (caribou) eat moss because it has a chemical which prevents them from freezing.
  11. A blue whale's tongue weighs more than a full grown elephant.
  12. A giraffe can clean its ears with its twenty-one inch tongue.
  13. Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open.
  14. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  15. Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning.
  16. Baby robins eat about fourteen feet of worms every day.
  17. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  18. Rats can go without water longer than camels can go without water.
  19. The underside of a equine's hoof is called a frog. The frog peels off several times a year.
    Donkey Hotay
  20. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  21. You can tell a turtle's sex by the noise it makes. Males grunt, females hiss.
  22. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
  23. Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cannot find food.
  24. A frog's tongue grows from the front of its mouth, making it easier to catch insects. AND...lastly...
  25. 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!
"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?

a. Vulture

b. Kiwi

c. Stork

d. Toucan

The answer is the Kiwi.

Until next month,
Mike

About Mike

Mike Freidlin is a naturalist, athlete, vegan animal rights activist, and environmental science educator with 35 years of teaching experience. In his role as middle and high school science teacher for the Abington Heights, Pennsylvania school district, Mike acted as the Middle and High School Ecology Club Advisor. He led more than 700 student members of the Tropical Rainforest Ecology Club on trips to such destinations as Panama, Costa Rica, and Ecuador, where they learned about rainforest protection, the rights and concerns of animals and indigenous communities, and students' roles and responsibilities as global citizens. Mike has served on the Board of Directors for Lackawanna Audubon Society and Save The Rainforest.

Mike generously shares his knowledge and expertise with the sanctuary and our supporters for all of us to benefit from the power of connecting more deeply with our planet. Enjoy!


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