Some hummingbirds are so small, they have been known to be caught by dragonflies and praying mantis, trapped in spider’s webs, snatched by frogs and stuck on thistles.
Whether they run, fly, or swim, some animals are capable of moving incredibly fast. This gives them a great advantage when they need to escape predators or, alternatively, hunt their prey.
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Most young impala are born around mid-day as this is the safest time to give birth since most of their enemies are resting. Half of newborn are killed by predators within the first few weeks of life.
Jaguars are excellent swimmers and quite at home in water. They hunt successfully in rivers, catching frogs and small alligators, or swiping at fish while clinging to an overhanging branch.
Female kangaroos can determine the sex of their offspring. They can even delay gestation when environmental factors are likely to diminish the chance of young surviving.
Like cats kept as companions, leopards will growl when angry and purr when content.
Big, agile and very fast, these relatives of swordfish share their long upper jaw which they use to catch fish.
While mongooses often live in burrows, they rarely dig them themselves, instead opting to move into vacant burrows left by other animals.