Bats are the only mammals that can fly, but vampire bats have an even more interesting distinction — they are the only known mammals that survive solely on blood.
A good sense of hearing is important to many animals, but especially those that live in the dark or are active at night as they can't rely on their eyes as much as we do. Sound also travels better in water than light does, so it is essential to many marine animals.
By listening to the world around them, animals can find prey, locate potential mates and hear oncoming predators.
Find out which animals hiding within our A-Z archives have the best hearing below and click the photos to find out more.
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It is believed that the dingo is descended from the Asian wolf, Canis lupus pallipes.The earliest dingo skeleton found is 3500 years old and it is thought dingoes arrived in Australia between 4600–18, 300 years ago.
Humans and dogs have co-evolved through living together for over 12,000 thousand years.
Dolphins are extraordinarily intelligent animals who also display culture, something which was long-believed to be unique to humans.
In the wild, rabbits have plenty to keep them occupied, from foraging to reproduction to territorial defence. Captive rabbits, on the other hand, often lack stimulation, which can lead to behavioural problems and poor health.
Gerbils have a quiet and calm nature. They are inquisitive and curious and not easily startled.
The giant panda does not hibernate but it will shelter in caves or hollow trees in very cold weather.