A horse is magnificent creature, which has been used by humans throughout time and even now for entertainment. They are one of nature’s most amazing creatures with godly speed and strength. People don’t know much about them other than usage and speed. Here a few little known facts about them.
- Most people think a pony is a baby horse but they are a stage after the baby and more mature.
- The family of the horse is called equus which is the Greek word for quickness.
- Many mammals will lick water to drink but horses and few others will suck it.
- Horses can live up to 30 years but most tend to live less than that. There have been a few cases of them living much longer than 30 and even double that.
- Horse uses their tails to swat flies and also like many other mammals to indicate their emotion.
- Most horse babies (foals) are born at night. When born they cannot eat grass standing up since their too small to reach the ground. A specific term for a foal which is a girl is a filly and for boy it’s a colt.
- The unit of measure for a horse’s size is a hand which equals 4 inch each.
- The strength of a horse has been used to gauge the strength of a machine, hence the term horsepower.
- A stallion is a male adult horse that has not been castrated; some things unique to them are their size and strength, also a wilder temperament. Stallions are mainly used in competitions thus rendering their breeding and bringing up extremely difficult for a breeder/owner.
- One of their primarily use was in warfare but competitions have been a long part of the horse life, dating back to ancient Greece.
Those were a few interesting facts about horses.
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One simple fact about Zebras not many people know is they are directly related to the horse genus and not the donkey one. They are elegant creatures, peaceful and interesting creatures. Here are a few unknown facts about them.
- The etymology of the word Zebra is strangely unknown; it was first recorded in Italy in the 1500s and also appeared in some Portuguese texts. Some believe the word to be from a Congolese dialect. Its meaning is supposedly wild horse or untamed.
- Many people would question the reason of the Zebras stripes, like most animals that is for camouflage, although this may not seem the case for Zebras but it is. The black and white strips meshes well in deadwood or wooded areas. There also many other theories behind the stripes, their main predators, lions and tigers are color blind, so their color from a far blends into a gray. Also in a herd their stripes blend even more. This might also seem strange but each zebra have different stripes pattern and they can recognize each other that way. Stripes size and length may also indicate a powerful male and weaker male.
- Even if their stripes can sometimes be a hindrance, zebras have excellent senses all around, they have amazing eyesight and great field of vision. They also have good hearing and night vision too.
- Their movement is good just because they are from the horse family but they cannot match the speed of a fully grown horse although have better stamina due to their size.
- Their fur is mostly used to endure massive amounts of heat since they stay mostly out in the open to feed and in herds.
- When mating Zebras will normally stay forever with that partner until death then move on to another mate if still young. Even different families of Zebras will look out for each other; the communal bond of the zebra is really a big part of their lives.
Those were some interesting facts about the zebra.
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Baboons are a fascinating animal that can be dangerous and kind. This split character is an interesting evolution effect. There is much more to them then their erratic behavior, they have amazing tools of survival and intelligence. Here are a few facts about them.
- Baboons are one of the largest primates of the entire African continent after the mandrills. Gorillas are not in the same categories of primates so this takes them out of the list. One of the baboons physical traits are their butts going outwards. Another is their face which has the shape of a dog and the teeth in it are razor sharp. They can weigh up to 100pounds depending on the sex and age.
- They have very few natural predators; the leopard and cheetah are the most common. Leopards especially with their climbing ability. Another predator is humans, which will make most of them run and hid but others more aggressive.
- As said earlier, the baboons have a protruding butt, this specially is the case for females who signal a male for mating, and their rump will be huge and red.
- Mating is very simple for baboons, it all depends on the hierarchy of the male, the higher you have the wider selection you get. Ranking is mostly based on a male baboon’s hunting performance and protection of the family (group of baboons) from predators. Some families will be more anarchic and allow younger unproven males to mate a healthy female. The male will often groom the female in these families, by taking care of them and their young’s.
- Baboons will carry their young on their backs, especially to avoid poisonous snakes.
- Baboons can eat pretty much anything but tend to eat very specific things during specific moments of the year. During scorching hot days will eat something large to avoid hunting or anything requiring too much energy.
- Like most primates, Baboons have a larger intelligence potential than any other mammals, they have the ability to read very basic signs and marks.
Those were a few fun facts about the African baboons.
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