Introducing - The King of the Jungle

Did you know that lions don’t actually live in the jungle?

That’s right! Most lions live in the African Savannah. There are also a small population of lions that live in Asia and India.

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Bet you didn’t know that!

There are so many things we’re going to explore and learn about the magnificent lion. For example… why is the lion called ‘the king’ and what exactly makes it one?

Let’s begin with…. its mane!

Only male lions have a mane. Female lionesses do not have one.

The mane is a very important part of a lion. It’s a symbol of pride for a him.

Lions start growing a mane as soon as they turn a year old and it has many colors to it. Age is a big factor in the color of the mane.

Some lions have really dark ones, and some have lighter manes. Some have huge manes, and some have sparse ones. A lot of research has been done on how a lion gets his mane color and size. Apparently where the lion lives and the temperature of the place plays a huge part.

A lion’s mane is unbelievably heavy and hot. So in countries like Morocco and South Africa, lions have bigger and darker manes.

 And on the contrary, warmer climates cause lions to shed hair fast and furiously, so their manes are lighter and smaller.

The color and size of a lion’s mane also indicates the health status of a lion. Lions with darker and fuller manes indicates a very healthy lion.

Having a beautiful mane makes a lion look bigger too. During fights, the mane is used to frighten the enemy.

Also it is believed that the darker the mane, the more powerful the lion is.

But there’s a slight disadvantage to that -

If a lion is injured or falls ill, the mane changes color. Hair is shed and the lion looses its respect.

However the mane regains back its vitality once the lion recovers and the King rules once again!

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There are so much more secrets to unravel about these beautiful creatures.

So stick around as we promise to bring you more about this Big Cat.

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Magic of a Dog's Nose

You know what we’re going to talk about when we say, ‘Wet Nose, Warm Heart’. Yes, you’re right!

Dogs.

Now how many of you have dogs as pets? And how many of you actually KNOW everything about a dog so you can be a better person to man’s best friend.

Today, ZooMoo is going to reveal some awesome facts about our dog pals’ nose.

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Your thought on a dog’s nose = wet, wriggly and cute.

 Your dog’s nose = a very powerful gadget that guides him daily in pretty impressive ways.

To begin, a dog’s nose has 2 roles to play; one is to breathe air and the other is to smell. With the ability to separate air, scents go directly to the noses’ sensing area whereas the other part is purely for breathing. How cool is that!

And unlike us humans, dogs can take in and breathe out air at THE SAME TIME! This helps create a continuous circulation of air.

 Try breathing in and out at the same time? Can you do it? *cheeky smile*

Not all breeds are excellent sniffers. Dogs who have short noses or flat faces, have lesser scent detecting receptor cells. Chihuahua, pugs and boxers are some examples.

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German Shepherds and Labradors rank high in their smelling ability because of their longer snouts. Thus they are favorites in any law enforcements. Have you seen any sniffer dogs in action in a public area?

Dogs can smell up to 100,000 times better than us humans. For example, a dog’s nose is so sensitive that it can smell a teaspoon of sugar *teaspoon emoticon* mixed in an Olympic size pool.

Amazing right!

Have you ever wondered why these amazing K9s have wet noses? Well we found out that their noses are wet because they produce mucous in order to pick up smells better. And they LOVE to lick their noses; it’s their way of keeping it clean if they have food or dirt on it.

Also having a wet nose, keeps them cool.

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Just like our fingerprints, every dogs’ nose print is unique. There are companies that you can register your dog’s nose print and it can come in handy if the pet ever gets lost or stolen.

Want to show some love for your dog pal, click *camera emoticon* a nose to nose pic and #AnimalFunFacts. 

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!

The Itsy Bitsy Spider!

What’s creepy looking, have eight legs and sharp fangs that can inject deadly venom.

Yes!

We are talking about SPIDERS.

Did you know that many people mistake spiders for insects, when in actual fact they belong to a group of animals called ‘arachnids’.

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Arachnids have eight legs and only two body parts. Insects have six legs and three main body parts. Also most insects have wings; spiders don’t.

How many different types of spiders have you seen? 1? 10? Maybe 50?

Well there are at least 45,700 spider species on our planet! Can you imagine, if you have that much of spiders crawling all over your bed!

And it’s easy to differentiate the males from females. Male spiders are usually smaller than females. And because of that the GIRLS like to eat the BOYS up.

*BURP*

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ALL spiders have fangs and these fangs are full of venom. Most use their venom to paralyze their insect victims so they can eat them.

If you ever get a spider bite, don’t worry too much, because most spider venom will not harm us humans as its pretty weak.

But of course, it’s always wise to see a doctor if you ever have one right?

Another great thing about spiders is that they can produce SILK *WOW*. They have these glands called spinnerets on their bellies. And through the spinnerets, spiders release the silk as a liquid. They pull, tug and spin the liquid thread till *PRESTO*… webs are created.

But beware… these webs are really sticky and help trap unaware preys for the spider’s next meal.

*Yummy*

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So remember, the next time you’re in a sticky situation… see if there are any spiders nearby. Snap a picture and share it with us and #animalfunfact.

 

It’s always fun to learn more!

Remember - it’s all animals, all the time!