13 Mind Blowing Mammals And Their Super Powers
From compassionate vampires to x-ray machine dolphins, here are the most mind-blowing mammals and their special powers!
13 Not A Step Backwards
As children, most of us showed off our athletic abilities by jumping in funny ways or doing silly tricks before landing in the pool. We all have had lots of fun doing them. And there are animals who are very well know of doing unique tricks like kangaroos. You may have seen them in movies with boxing globes or even more impressive hitting with their back legs as they balance on their tail. But although they are very athletic, there is one simple thing that we humans do better than kangaroos, we can actually jump backwards, they cannot. Funny how something that simple is not possible for them.
12 Scary Me With Kindness
Most of us have seen the movies about vampires where the vampire turns into a bat and a lot of people know that the idea came from the real-life vampire bat.
Unfortunately, they get a bad reputation, they are the only mammal in the world that live entirely on blood but don’t let their eating habits fool you they are some of the most compassionate mammals. these caring little critters, are known to adopt other orphan vampires, and are one of the few mammals who are willing to risk their own lives in order to share food with their less fortunate roost-mates. I guess the saying to not judge a book by its cover works in this case?
11 And The Winner Is…
We all have heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. And we all know the surprising end where the tortoise is the unlikely winner of the race… so let’s do another unusual paring, who do you think would win the race between an ant and a sloth? Here is the matchup, sloths travel up to a break neck speed of about 5 feet a minute. Ants cover that distance in less time and are often seen carrying more than their weight in food items for their colony. Don’t think the sloth does not carry anything… they are so slow, that green algae forms on their fur… sloths sure win the price for the slowest mammal on earth, but win in total cuteness!
10 Dairy Variety
Do you remember when you were a kid, and you probably had a favorite cheese, depending on where you grew up, it may have been American cheese, queso fresco, string cheese and all those come from cows. But as an adult, have you ever tried any chesses from other random animals like buffalo and sheep or even gone more exotic with your taste buds? There are so many mammals and all over the world, you can make edible cheese from the milk of over 20 different mammals… Including moose, horses and yaks. When you travel abroad, see how many can you find and try them… they may be surprisingly good!
9 The Tunneling Success
I am sure you have driven under a tunnel and at least know how to get out of it following the signs right? Tunnels are a very easy way to get form one point to another faster than going above ground. Animals have a very interesting interpretation of tunnels, There is a clever critter from the middle east that thinks tunnels are great as well. The Savi’s shrew is a tiny mouse-like mammal that is so small it uses the tunnels dug by large earthworms. Not only do they use it to move faster underground but also to protect themselves from predators who are lurking above ground. Thank goodness for us, we have street signs and are not following the worm… we may end up in china!
8 City or Country Side?
We have all gone to a city and have seen the people walking by the hundreds, there are restaurants and coffee shops in every corner and the hassle and buzzle of the city is constant, as if the city was alive all the time. On the other hand, the rural areas offer the more relaxing ambiance where at night you may be able to sit outside to look at the stars and not be able to count them all. Science have found an interesting brain distinction between animals in the city and rural areas. According to the investigations, mammals who live in the city have proportionally larger brains compared to those of the same species who live in rural areas. Who would think location of living would dictate the brain size...
7 Making the Distinction
There is hardly any questions that all of us can distinguish between a cat and a dog. It may get a little dicey with smaller dogs who may look like other animals… but never like cats. But how good would you be distinguishing between a sea lion and a seal? Most of us really can’t. But when it comes to water mammals and fish, here is a fools proof easily way for you to differentiate between a fish like a shark and a mammal like a dolphin or a whale. Dolphins and whales swish their tails up and down while only fish move them sideways. Now you can impress others when you go to the aquarium!
6 Baby Proof
We humans like to keep babies save in a crib when they are sleeping and we may be in a different room. And all other mammals have an instinct to protect their young in their own way as well. One of the most unusual way to keep their babies save is the slow lori.
The slow loris is an Asian mammal that is both poisonous and venomous. The poison is located in glands by their armpits, they will rub the glands and then run the poison on their teeth. And to protect their young, they rub the poison all over the baby’s fur before going out for food. A bite from the slow Lori can put someone into anaphylactic shock. So don’t tickle them under the armpits, danger is lurking! For every ones sake, don’t do it!
5 The Animal X-Ray Machines
We all have seen the x-rays taken of people who have broken bones. The way the body is displayed in sheet is almost magical, according to studies, dolphins can pretty much to the same identifying us humans as one of the mammals. Using their sonars, they can check our skeletal structure. There are countless stories of dolphins helping people remain safe from sharks and specially stay afloat. I am sure they understand we are mammals as well and need to breath! They know all about that!
4 Feeding Them Easily
We all have sweated at the gym or playing sports or even going up the stairs if we are out of shape but is even harder if you are pregnant. Now, imagine if you could feed your new born baby with that sweat instead of nursing? It may sound bizarre but there is an animal who have mastered the sweeting milk skill. The platypus of Australia does not suckle their young like other mammals do, does not even have nipples, instead, it exudes milk from highly specialized sweat glands found on her abdomen. Another unusual characteristic that platypus have is that they have spurs, like roosters have. The spurs produce a cocktail of venoms that are not lethal to humans, but will hurt really bad according to some unfortunate people and animals. Science is just mesmerized by this incredibly unique blend between Donald duck and an otter.
3 The Ugly Duckling
We may have seen the ugliest dog contest, or even the cat one but in the wild, there may not be anyone ready to win it all as the naked mole rat. Looks like a baby rat that never grew hair.. except in its mouth… But don’t let its cuteness hypnotize you, this little rodent is a powerhouse of surprises. Unable to feel pain this critter is also capable of changing its body temperature to match the environment, like lizards do! It’s the only mammal who can! He is also resistant to cancer, and lives longer that expected for a rodent! As mentioned, don’t let looks deceive you, cancer resistant...what charming little rodent!
2 Aye-Aye Te Veo
Another bizarre little mammal worth mentioning is the aye-aye. If you like to be up all night, this may be your type of critter. The eye aye is a nocturnal mammal from Madagascar that is best known for a very long, bony finger on one hand. Because they did not make the cut for cute animals, the natives almost exterminated them because they believed that if you had contact with one aye aye, demise will follow. It makes one wonder who made up that story that almost left us without the pleasure of seeing one of these unique primates.
1 King Of The Band
We all have walked in the street and heard our favorite song coming from somewhere inside a store or restaurant and you may have had the urge to at least follow the beat if not sing along. But us humans are not the only mammals how can keep a beat. The sea lion is the first mammal to have proven the ability as well. They not only keep the beat but there are some that have mastered painting as well! Maybe they will have the sea lion band coming up with a CD soon!