All these fun facts about city animals are from the September 2013 issue of “Discover”—not my first choice for accurate science info but definitely for fun science!
So here goes--
Did you know...
- Pigeons navigate by the stars and can count to nine?
- Opossums have about the same number of teeth as a T-Rex, 50—more than any other North American mammal?
- Musky death-scented liquid oozes from an opossum’s mouth and anus glands when it “plays ‘possum” but its metabolism does not slow down?
- Moles’ fur is soft and has no nap? You cannot rub a mole the wrong way. This supposedly helps with its burrowing, allowing it to go backwards with the same ease as it goes forward in its tunnels.
- Squirrels outwit us constantly using multistep problem-solving that is beyond the capability of most mammals and probably some humans? (as evidenced by an entire commercial industry devoted to keeping them out of our bird feeders.)
- Rats can learn their names and will come when called?
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