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1 Interesting Facts on Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:17 pm

Fact #1
Wolves can survive at temperatures down to -40 degrees Celsius because they have two layers of fur, one thick, and can be shed to survive in colder and heated environments.

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2 Re: Interesting Facts on Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:07 pm

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Interesting fact Wolfy! Here's a cool one: A peregrine falcon, when diving for prey, has reached a recorded speed of 242 miles per hour.

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3 Re: Interesting Facts on Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:28 am

That's actually fascinating. And cheetahs are the supposed "fastest animals alive"

Fact #2
In Ancient Sparta, there was no word for Summer. It was known as the time for war, and the only honor greater than dying was childbirth. Spartan women who died during childbirth were treated as fallen warriors. See, Spartans weren't complete savages. Until you account for throwing deformed babies into a river...

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4 Re: Interesting Facts on Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:47 am

polar bear facts ^_^
Fur. Polar bears' fur consists of a dense, insulating underfur topped by guard hairs of various lengths. It is not actually white—it just looks that way.

Each hair shaft is pigment-free and transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow.

Polar bears look whitest when they are clean and in high angle sunlight, especially just after the molt period, which usually begins in spring and is complete by late summer. Before molting, accumulated oils in their fur from the seals they eat can make them look yellow.

Skin. Polar bears have black skin under which there is a layer of fat that can measure up to 4.5 inches (11.5 centimeters) thick.

On land (or on top of the sea ice) the polar bear's thick fur coat—not its fat—prevents nearly any heat loss. In fact, adult males can quickly overheat when they run.
In the water, polar bears rely more on their fat layer to keep warm: wet fur is a poor insulator. This is why mother bears are so reluctant to swim with young cubs in the spring: the cubs just don't have enough fat.

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5 Re: Interesting Facts on Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:55 am

arctic fox's :3

The Arctic Fox is incredibly hardy as it can withstand the unbearably cold Tundra winters, which can easily drop below -50 degrees Celsius. I know I wouldn’t last long at minus 50 so how do these little guys manage it? Well they have a few adaptations including furry soles, a short muzzle and short ears. Obviously the fur on the feet act like a nice warm pair winter boots and the shorter extremities means less heat loss. The Arctic Fox has also learned that during a blizzard it is smart to create a tunnel in the snow where they can hang out until the weather gets a little nicer (well nice for the Arctic). It is these behavioural and physical adaptations that let the Arctic Fox thrive in this harsh environment. Usually, when we think about the Arctic Fox we think of a beautiful white coloured fox. This is true during the winter months but once summer comes these guys take a page out of the snowshoe hares book and will become a brown or gray colour. Obviously both of these colour phases help them blend into their background environment. This camouflage is a definite asset when hunting for rodents and birds. As you can imagine finding food in the middle of winter could be difficult so this cunning fox will often follow a larger predator, a polar bear or wolves, around and feed off of its scraps. Now do you see the extreme importance of being able to blend into the environment? Pretty smart strategy but I wouldn’t want to get caught!

Arctic Fox Fast Fact – This particular fox species is the smallest wild canid in Canada. It weighs between 2.5 – 9 kg (5.5 – 20 lbs) and is only 75 – 115 cm long (2.4 – 3.8′). Interestingly enough their bushy tail makes up 30 to 35 percent of that total length. This long, bushy tail plays an important role in the foxes life as they are able to use it as a nice warm scarf in the winter.

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6 Re: Interesting Facts on Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:34 am

Fact #3
Wolves are actually not too terribly fast (for a four legged animal, that is). Their max speed is only around 28 mph. Over short distances,though, a wolf can hit speeds of 40 miles an hour. However, they have incredible endurance and can track a much faster animal long past it being tired and having to rest. And there's no escaping a wolf, if it catches your scent They can strongly smell a faint smell from 1.75 miles away, and can hear stuff up to ten miles away. Not only that, but once they get the kill, they eat up to 2/5 of their body weight because it'll be several days before they eat again.

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7 Re: Interesting Facts on Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:35 am

Fact #4
A wolf pack is very much like a family, not just a bunch of wolves who hunt together, as many people think. Three to four wolves are born in a litter, and there can be as many as five litters during the birth season. All of the wolves help raise the cubs, not just mothers. Much like human children, wolves like to play, especially with their "toys" such as bones or dead animal skins. They hunt these toys and carry them around like trophies until they get old enough to kill small animals like rabbits or squirrels. Once they reach about six months old, they join the pack and help kill big prey.

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8 Re: Interesting Facts on Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:08 am

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Now that was interesting Wolfy Very Happy I like how they carry their toys around with them, that's cute!

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9 Re: Interesting Facts on Tue Sep 22, 2015 10:56 am

Right? Us wolves are really adorable XD
Fact #5
Opossums are almost completely immune to rabies AND venom. Also, they eat a lot of pests that would damage goods in a garden. So if you ever feel like making a garden, they're a great addition! Plus they're friendly to children (personal experience). And, contrary to popular belief, opossums don't "play dead", they faint, which is a natural protection mechanism, much like how lizards can subconsciously detach their tail.

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10 Re: Interesting Facts on Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:32 pm

Fact #6
In Ancient Egypt, women had as many rights as men, and were pretty much the first Ancient society with this to be the case. Coincidentally, or perhaps not, it was one of the first ancient societies to form an alliance. Also, Egyptians loved board games. And they organized labor strikes, because Egyptians worked, not just slaves.

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11 Re: Interesting Facts on Thu Sep 24, 2015 11:08 am

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You're coming up with some really cool facts Wolfy! Ancient Egypt is a fascinating subject, it was a culture unlike any other.

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