Featured Animal: Cougar (aka Mountain Lion)

Meet our featured animal: the cougar!

cougar

Cougars are also referred to as pumas, mountain lions or panthers. Here are five fun facts about them:

  • Unlike other big cats, the cougar cannot roar. Instead, the large feline purrs like a house cat.
  • The cougar is the second largest cat in North America.
  • Cougars can leap over 6 m (20 ft.).
  • During most of their lives, cougars are solitary creatures. They only interact with one another to mate.
  • For the most part, the cougar has no natural enemies and sits atop the food chain.

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Five Fun Turkey Facts

Wild male turkey

In celebration of the American holiday of Thanksgiving, here are a few fun facts about turkeys.

1. Did you know a group of turkeys is called a rafter?  You could also call a group of turkeys a gang.

2. Wild turkeys can trot 12 miles per hour (19 km/h), and when frightened, they can reach speeds as fast as 25 miles per hour (40 km/h).

3. Although wild turkeys’ preferred method of locomotion is walking or trotting, they can also fly (ungracefully) and swim!

4. Turkeys have a very wide range of vision. Without moving their heads, they have nearly a full circle of sight (320°)!

and last, but not least, the strangest fact about turkeys…

5. It is possible for a turkey hen to lay a fertilized egg without mating. This process, called parthenogenesis, also occurs in some invertebrates, fish, and lizards.  For turkeys, this process always produces male chicks. These male turkeys are no different from male turkeys hatched from mating.

New Animal Article: Koala

Check out the latest article added to Animal Fact Guide:
Koala

Koala
Koalas have special adaptations that enable them to feast on eucalyptus leaves. Eucalyptus leaves are highly fibrous and poisonous to other animals. But koalas have bacteria in their stomachs that break down the fiber and toxic oils and allow them to absorb 25% of the nutrients.
Learn more about koalas »