10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true, proving once again that the truth is far stranger than fiction.

Here Are Our 10 Animal Facts So Weird You Won’t Believe They’re True

#10 Dolphins sleep with one eye open. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Dolphins sleep with one eye open

Dolphins are known to be one of the smartest animals on the planet—possibly because they can conserve their brainpower.

Because they must be constantly on the lookout for predators, the marine mammals have developed a neat trick of maintaining partial consciousness even as part of their brain sleeps.

Researchers have tested whether this “half-sleep” negatively impacts the animals’ alertness during the day, but have found that even after five days of having their nocturnal alertness constantly tested, they’ve remained as alert and perceptive as ever.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#9 Pandas poop most of what they eat. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Pandas

Pandas basically only eat bamboo, which also happens to be incredibly hard to digest.

That means that these adorable animals must eat about 30 pounds of the stuff each day to get enough nutrients—defecating about four-fifths of what they eat (and even what they do digest is not especially easy on their gastrointestinal system).

These guys should really consider diversifying their diet.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#8 Pigs don’t sweat. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true pigs

If someone tells you they’re “sweating like a pig” you might want to respond “What are you gonna tell me next that Pig’s Fly?”

If that person was a wee bit more educated he would know that if you’re “sweating like a pig” it would mean you’re not sweating at all.

Piglets are born without sweat glands, so when they need to cool off, their only option tends to be finding a nice cool puddle of mud in which they can roll around.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#7 A cat Was Mayor of an Alaskan Town…For 20 Years! Stubbs the cat greets visitors became honorary mayor of the Alaskan town of Talkeetna

In 1997, an orange cat names Stubbs became honorary mayor of the Alaskan town of Talkeetna.

But with a population of 772 in 2000, it wouldn’t have taken too many votes for Stubbs to be elected Mayor.

Plus Talkeetna didn’t actually have a real, human mayor. anyway.

After being elected Stubbs proved adept at the role, greeting tourists.

Stubbs became a beloved symbol of the town until his death in 2017.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#6 Squirrels cause most of America’s power outages. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Squirrels

The American Public Power Association (APPA) says that squirrels are the most frequent cause of power outages in the U.S.

The APPA even developed a data tracker called “The Squirrel Index” that analyzes the patterns and timing of squirrels’ impact on electrical power systems.

Turns out, the peak times of the year for squirrel attacks are from May to June and October to November.

Typically, the squirrels cause problems by tunneling, chewing through electrical insulation, or becoming a current path between electrical conductors.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#5 Giant Tortoise Thought Extinct Was Recently Discovered. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Giant Tortoise

A giant tortoise thought to be extinct for 100 years was recently discovered in the Galápagos.

Because there hadn’t been a sighting of a Fernandina giant tortoise in more than 100 years, scientists believed that we had lost the last of the creatures ages ago.

However, in Feb. 2019, an adult female was spotted around Fernandina Island in the Galápagos.

Scientists also found bite marks on nearby cacti that led them to suspect there may be other tortoises in the area, too.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#5 Rare Pink Dolphin Calls Louisiana Home. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Pink Dolphin

It’s hard to imagine dolphins being any more wonderful than they already are, but a Louisiana bottlenose dolphin named “Pinky” is almost too adorable to believe.

First spotted in 2007, the unusual creature got its name from its surprising pink color, which is likely the result of a rare genetic condition.

Pinky was seen again in 2015 and in 2018 while mating. Despite the fact that fishermen have apparently seen her swimming with baby dolphins, they’re not sure if she’s their mother—especially since no news of any pink baby dolphins has surfaced.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#4 Bumblebees Fly Higher Than Mount Everest. 10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true Bumblebees

If you thought it was impressive that humans can make it to the top of Mount Everest.

Then you’ll be stunned to find out that bumblebees can make it to the summit, too.

Researchers tracked two bumblebees that were able to fly at more than 29,525 feet (or 9,000 meters, which is higher than Everest.

The researchers admitted that they were “shocked at how high they could fly.”


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#3 A human could swim through a blue whale’s veins. 10 Weird Animal Facts That Will Shock You - Blue Whale

The blue whale is the largest living creature—it’s even larger than most dinosaurs.

The biggest blue whales can be over 100 feet in length and weigh more than 100 tons.

Their hearts alone can weigh 1,300 pounds and are the size of a small car.

Unsurprisingly, blue whales have enormous arteries, which pump blood through their massive hearts and into their vital organs.

These arteries are so big that a fully grown human could swim through them, not that you should try it.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#2 Cats Run Faster Than Usain Bolt 10 Cat Facts Your Probably Not Aware Of - How Fast Are Cats

A cat’s top speed is around 30 miles per hour, which means your little furball could easily beat Usain Bolt ‘The fastest man alive’ in the 200-meter dash.

Now imagine how fast ‘Mr. Mittens’ could be if he wasn’t sleeping all day, he was training, and loading up on carbs?

Related story: 10 Cat Facts About Our Furry Feline Friends.


10 Animal Facts so weird you won’t believe they’re true

#2 The World’s Smallest Reptile Is Only 1 Inch Long.

10 Animal Facts so weird you won't believe they're true The World's Smallest Reptile Is Only 1 Inch Long.
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Those who think everything on the planet has already been discovered might just not be looking close enough.

A tiny chameleon discovered in northern Madagascar and measuring just 1.13 Inches or 28.9 millimeters and is believed to be the smallest reptile on Earth.

The itty bitty chameleon was recently discovered and reported in the January 2021 issue of Scientific Reports.

But there’s one thing about these critters that’s big for their size: The genitalia of the males measures almost 20% of their body length.

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