Tagged: Animals

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How big is the biggest insect on Earth?

Phryganistria chinensis, a stick insect, is the longest out of the 807,625 known insects in the world. Discovered in China in 2014, it measures more than 60cm, proudly beating the previous record holder, a stick insect from the Phobaeticus chani species of Malaysia, by almost six centimetres.

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How long can an otter stay under water?

Otters, such as this European otter, are skilful divers, capable of staying underwater for up to eight minutes. How can the marine mammals stay submerged for so long?

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Do crows make friends?

Crows are extremely empathetic animals and often express their thanks for food by offering small gifts. For the past four years, eight-year-old Gabi Mann from Seattle has been showered with gifts of buttons, stones and screws.

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How are animals reacting to climate change?

New observation by scientists at the University of Alaska revealed something astonishing: the red fox is conquering the territory of the Arctic fox – it has been sighted for the first time in the northernmost part of Alaska (photo).

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Does a wagging tail indicate a dog is happy?

Not necessarily, according to the pooch-loving boffins behind TailTalk, a sensor that sits on Fido’s tail to track his daily ups and downs. The emotional data is transmitted to an app on your smartphone, allowing you to learn what makes your hound happy, and what causes him stress.

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Are dolphins the most intelligent animals?

Their big brains and the complex structure of the cerebral cortex long led zoologists to believe that dolphins must be extremely intelligent. Members of the toothed-whale species can learn movement sequences very quickly.

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Which colour is most relaxing?

Green – at least for the panther chameleon. The reptile is known for its amazing ability to change colour; it can transform its skin in seconds. The change is mostly used as camouflage or to impress the opposite sex.

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Were there ever sharks in the UK?

Yes! And not where you might expect… Recently, archaeologists from the University of Manchester made a shocking discovery – a 310 million year old shark egg case, (or mermaid’s purse), found in a long-abandoned mining tip in Doncaster, Yorkshire!