Jumping Impala

Interesting Wildlife Facts

Yesterday I was reading the “Wyoming Wildlife” magazine, which is a very remarkable publication that talks about all kinds of outdoor things in Wyoming.  There was an in-depth article about wood peckers that revealed some facts about wood peckers that I never knew, they are pretty amazing birds.  I had no idea that after they make their initial hole in a tree, they will drill down as far as 15 inches to make a gourd-shaped living space inside of a tree or post.  I would love to witness how they do that, that is a lot of drilling and a lot of wood to remove.  I don’t know how they do it, but I want to find out.

I am always interested in learning more about animals, birds, fish, and even plants.  Not only I am fascinated by animal and plant behavior, I can also learn a lot from studying them that will help me in my time in the outdoors, like how certain flowering plants will close up their buds before a rain storm.  Or how deer behave before, during, and after a storm, which I wrote about in previous posts.  Bird behavior is also a good indicator of incoming weather, they will fly lower to the ground as a storm approaches.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the more peculiar things I have learned with you.

  • Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.
  • Goat’s eyes have rectangular pupils, which allow them to watch over their broad, flat grazing area for predators.
  • Dolphins sleep with one half of the brain at a time, and with one eye closed.
  • A snail can sleep for 3 years at a stretch.
  • All polar bears are left-handed.
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
  • Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.
  • The hummingbird is the only animal that can fly backwards.
  • The impala, a small antelope, is capable of jumping 10 feet in the air when threatened.
  • Named for its miraculous abilities, the Amazon’s ‘Jesus Christ lizard’ can run over water.
  • The kiwi bird, native to New Zealand, lays eggs up to half its own weight.
  • Despite fearsome looks, the tarantula is actually harmless to humans with a venom weaker than that of a bee’s sting.
  • Vultures will sometimes eat so much they become too heavy to fly.
  • Wildebeest calves learn to walk minutes after being born and can keep up with their heard by one-week old.
  • No two zebras have the same stripes.
  • Owls are the only bird that can see the color blue.
  • A mother buffalo will rub its baby with her tongue constantly to get the blood flowing in the baby until it is able to stand on its own.
  • A rattle snake can still bite you for even up to an hour after its head has been severed.
  • Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
  • A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of your hand.
  • On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.
  • The bat is the only mammal that can fly.
  • The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales, and human females.
  • A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.

So there are some fun facts, I think I will do a post like this more times in the future, it was fun for me.  I love learning about all kinds of wildlife, whether it is insects or elk, a tumble weed or an oak tree.  All living things have their ways to survive, and that is all they have to worry about.


Make Your Own Adventures

We humans have found uncountable ways to complicate our lives so much beyond survival it amazes me.  We stopped evolving a long time ago as far as being able to survive; now we are reliant beings with our heads bent over looking at our smart phones, that’s sad.  I hope there are still some people out there who have the desire within themselves to hold on to that inner drive for adventure, to be bold and knowledgeable enough to take chances and get out of the every-day life we live in for time in the wilderness.  Whether you hunt, fish, camp, or just like to get outside, keep that spirit alive within you, and carry it on to your children.