Increase your knowledge
about the animal and bird kingdoms. Read on for answers to some basic questions.
The kangaroo is a tame animal,
found in Australia.
Nature provided the female kangaroo
with a pouch on her tummy, in which she carries her young ones. Convenient,
isn't it? After about 6-8 months, the baby kangaroo leaves the mother.
A smaller kangaroo is known
as a wallaroo!
Though kangaroos have four legs,
they only walk on two. That's right! Kangaroos walk, or rather, hop, standing
up, like humans do.
A kangaroo is about six feet
tall, and has powerful hind legs which are much longer than the forelegs.
Kangaroos can cover a distance of 8 meters in just one hop.
Kangaroos come in 5 species,
red and grey being the most common.
The lifespan of the average
kangaroo is 8 years.
The Penguin is not an animal;
it is a bird - which is found around the South Pole, i.e. Antarctica.
Since penguins are generally
near water, they do not have wings but flippers, thus they cannot fly.
They are a delight to watch as they waddle to the seafront.
The penguins' bodies are built
to withstand extreme conditions. A thick layer of fat and a heavy feather
cover keep them warm in the sub-normal temperatures of Antarctica.
Penguins always walk around
A group of penguins is called
a rookery, and one rookery could contain as many as a million penguins!
Now you know which animal is least likely to be lonely!
There are nearly 10 species
of penguins, and this differentiation is based on their sizes.
Most penguins are black and
white in colour.
The rhinoceros is a wild animal
with one or two curved horns on its nose. Did you know that the horn of
the rhino is actually made of hairs stuck together?
The word 'rhinoceros' is derived
from the Greek word 'rhino' which means nose and 'keros', which means horned.
The rhinoceros, rhino for short,
is found in Africa or South-East Asia.
It has four very short and stout
legs. Each foot has three hooves.
The rhino also has a thick hide.
There are only five different
species of rhinos present today: three from Asia and two from Africa.
The nature of the rhino is ordinarily
subdued, but if provoked, it can become extremely dangerous. It will then
use its horn to strike and can badly maul the opponent.
In the heat of the afternoon,
rhinos normally take to the water and bury themselves in it for some relief.
When they emerge, the muddy coating that envelops them as a result of lying
in shallow waters serves as protection from insects.
The female rhino bears one offspring,
which is born a year and a half after conception. It then stays with the
mother for several years before becoming independent.
According to an ancient superstition,
the horn of the rhino is considered extremely lucky. Therefore a rhino
is a hunted animal. However, care is now being taken to preserve this endangered
Crocodiles are carnivorous reptiles
with a long, narrow body, which is extremely heavy as it is covered with
They have huge jaws that can
swallow up animals and even human beings whole.
Crocodiles are waterborne creatures
that usually live in or near the water, and they are found in the tropical
areas of the world.
Their nostrils and eyes are
placed slightly above the rest of the head. Crocodiles thus usually swim
close to the surface of the water, keeping their nostrils and eyes above
water level. This enables them to breathe as well as be on the lookout
for prey. Once a crocodile sights its prey, it glides soundlessly through
the water and swoops down most unsuspectingly on its game.
Crocodiles have a long life;
they live for a hundred years!
Crocodiles are in danger of
becoming extinct. They are good game for hunters as their leather is used
for coats, bags and shoes. Crocodile meat is considered a delicacy in some
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