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Wolverine – skunk bear

Wolverine - skunk bear

Wolverine – skunk bear


The wolverine is a mammal of the weasel family. It can give off an unpleasant smell like its relative the skunk. The scientific name of the animal is Gulo gulo. The wolverines live mostly in the northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. It is very strong animal with big appetite.
The wolverine looks like a small bear. It ranges from about 66 to 91 centimeters in length and has a long, bushy tail. Its weight is from 9 to 30 kilograms. It has a thick neck and big claws. This nocturnal animal lives alone. It can travel up to 60 kilometers a day looking for food.
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Elk – animal with great antlers

Elk – animal with great antlers

Elk – animal with great antlers


The term elk refers to different animals in different parts of the world. In Europe it is used for the mammal known in North America as the moose. The American elk is more properly named the wapiti. They live in Canada, Alaska, the Rocky Mountain region of the United States, and in the northern forests of Europe and Asia. They like to be near rivers, ponds, and lakes.
Moose are the largest animals in the deer family, weighing as much as 800 kg and standing as tall as about 2 m. They have a long and large head, long legs, a short neck and tail. They are good swimmers.
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Dolphins – great creatures

Dolphins – great creatures

Dolphins – great creatures

Dolphins look like big fishes, but they are actually mammals. They belong to a large group of animals called whales.
There are two groups: true dolphins and river dolphins. True dolphins live throughout the world and the most widespread species are the common dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin. The River dolphins live in freshwater in South America and Asia. There are thirty-two species of dolphins.
Most dolphins are 2 to 3 meters long, but some species can reach a length of 4 meters.
A dolphin breathes through a single nostril, called a blowhole, on the top of its head.
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Gecko – small lizard

Gecko - small lizard

Gecko – small lizard


Geckos are small lizards known for their incredible climbing ability. There are about 650 species of gecko. They live in warm areas of the world.
They are 3 to 15 centimeters long, including the tail. Geckos are gray, brown, dirty white and green. The texture and color of a gecko’s skin provides excellent camouflage.
They can climb very well. Each of its toes has thousands of tiny hairs on the bottom. At the end of each hair are hundreds of even tinier pads. As a gecko climbs, these pads spread out to create a strong sticking power. They are able to climb up polished glass walls and even run across ceilings. Unique legs of geckos allow them to hold weight, which is ten times greater than their own. Thus, a lizard weighing only 50 g can hold a load of 2 kg on its legs.
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Civet – cute animal

Civet – cute animal

Civet – cute animal

Civets are small to medium-sized carnivores in the Viverridae family which includes genets, linsangs, and mongooses. There are 35 species of civets. They vary in size and form, but mostly have a catlike appearance with long noses, slender bodies, pointed ears, short legs and a long furry tail.
Civets are nocturnal animals and usually rest in a hollow tree, rock crevice or empty burrow during the day. They are solitary animals.
Civet oil has been used in the perfume industry for centuries. It is also valued for its medicinal uses which include the reduction of perspiration, a cure for some skin disorders and claims of aphrodisiac powers. The oil was imported from Africa by King Solomon in the tenth century B.C.
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Pegasus – winged horse

Pegasus - winged horse

Pegasus – winged horse


Pegasus was a winged horse in ancient Greek mythology. According to legend, he was created when the hero Perseus cut off the head of a frightful monster. Pegasus sprang from the monster’s blood.
A young man named Bellerophon wanted to ride Pegasus. The goddess of wisdom Athena helped him catch the flying horse. Bellerophon was unbeatable on Pegasus and even could kill the Chimera. It was a monstrous fire-breathing hybrid creature composed of the parts of lion, goat and dragon. Bellerophon became a hero. But once he decided to ride Pegasus up to Mount Olympus, the home of the gods. Pegasus threw Bellerophon to the ground and was rewarded with a home on Mount Olympus. The horse became the favorite of Zeus.
Pegasus was turned into a constellation.
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Geese – Fine-Feathered Travelers

Geese - Fine-Feathered Travelers

Geese – Fine-Feathered Travelers

Geese are large birds of the waterfowl family, consisting of ducks, geese, and swans. Geese occur in many types of aquatic habitats, on all continents but Antarctica. They breed in freshwater marshes, salt marshes, or marsh-fringed, open-water wetlands. Common species of goose include the Canada goose, the greylag, the barnacle goose, and the snow goose.
They eat roots, rhizomes, and shoots of grass-like plants, and on seeds and grains.
Most species of goose undertake substantial migrations between their breeding and wintering grounds. Flocks of migrating geese commonly adopt a V-shaped formation. This formation helps keep them from getting tired as they fly because each goose gets a lift from the air flowing off the goose ahead.
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