Aardvarks look a bit like pigs, with rabbit-like ears and a kangaroo’s tail – yet they are not related to any of these animals. In fact, one of their closest living relatives is the elephant!
Having excellent hearing can be beneficial to animals, particularly those that live in dark environments or are active at night when vision is limited. Excellent hearing can help animals detect prey, find mates, or avoid predators. Hearing ranges vary substantially in animals. Some have evolved to hear low frequency sounds, whilst others emit and hear sounds at high frequencies. The animal with the greatest hearing is the greater wax moth, which can hear sounds up to 300 kHz; humans generally hear sounds between 20 Hz and 20 kHz.
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Adapted to live in some of the harshest conditions on earth, the arctic fox can survive in temperatures as low as -50C (-58F)
Baby camels are born without humps. They are however able to run within hours of birth. They call to their mothers with a lamb-like “baa” sound. Mother and child camel pairings are extremely close, staying together for several years.
Like their wild relatives, domestic cats are natural hunters able to stalk prey and pounce with sharp claws and teeth.
Around half the global population of grey seals are found around the British coasts.
Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds. They often demonstrate deep affection for their family and may even sacrifice themselves to protect the family unit.
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.
They have about 5000 spines. Each spine lasts about a year then drops out and a replacement grows.