The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, so small in fact that it is often mistaken for an insect.
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They might look like a large gentle rabbit, but brown hares are powerful athletes that can reach speeds of 45mph. They’re also famous for their boxing skills!
In the wild hamsters spend most of their time digging and searching for food.
Harbour seals’ whiskers are so sensitive they can sense a fish over 35m away. Their whiskers can also determine the size and shape of a fish using vibrations from the water.
Both male and female harp seals return to their breeding grounds each year. Males compete with each other for access to females.
They have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.
Hippos bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.
Horses use their ears, eyes and nostrils to express their mood. They also communicate their feelings through facial expressions.