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Most unusual animal eggs

Shark eggs

Shark eggs


In many myths, the egg is a symbol of the universe, in Ancient Greek mythology Helen of Troy hatched from the egg, death of Koshchey the Immortal was hidden in an egg. Anyway, the egg is associated with the birth of new life.
Let’s look at the most unusual eggs.

Shark eggs

Eggs of these menacing sea creatures have a very strange shape. It is also called a mermaid’s purse or devil’s purse. The egg is in a thin capsule which is filled with collagen. Shark eggs are usually as large as a human palm. But there is a fixed record of 2 meters. The shark leaves the eggs at the bottom. It happens that there are several sharks in the same egg and the strongest eats the others.
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Animals in War

Animals in War

Animals in War

Millions of people have died in the two World Wars — but millions of animals have too.
More than eight million horses died in the First World War alone. They carried men to war, delivered ammunition and equipment.
Thousands of pigeons were used as carriers during the First and Second World Wars. They delivered important messages and also worked as ‘photographers.’ Flying at a mile a minute, these brave birds saved countless lives.
Mules were used for transport in the impenetrable Burmese jungle. Even camels and elephants took part in battles.
Dogs served in both World Wars. They carried secret messages, laid telegraph wires, sniffed out mines, dug out bomb victims and even made parachute jumps! During the Blitz, dogs used to wake up their owners and take them to the shelters when they heard the sirens.
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Ostrich – the biggest bird in the world

Ostrich – the biggest bird in the world

Ostrich – the biggest bird in the world

Ostrich is the largest living bird in the world. It is about 8 feet tall (2.4 meters) and may weigh as much as 345 pounds. It has wings but can’t fly. Male ostriches are mostly black, with white feathers on the wings and tail. The females are mostly brown.
Ostriches use their wings to help them balance when they run.
Ostrich can run up to 45 miles (72 kilometers) per hour. Just one of an ostrich’s stride can be 3 or even 5 metres long – that’s longer than many rooms! So it is not just the biggest but also the fastest bird on the ground! It runs to keep away from the enemies.
People sometimes say that ostriches bury their heads in the sand when they sense danger. But this isn’t true. You just can’t see their heads when ostriches are lying down.
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Armadillo – little armoured thing

Armadillo - little armoured thing

Armadillo – little armoured thing

Spanish explorers saw a funny little animal with a hard shell on the outside of its body in America. They named it the armadillo, which means a ‘little armoured thing.’
These animals are mammals, closely related to the sloth and the anteater. But neither the sloth nor the anteater has the ability to grow bony outer armour.
The armadillo is the only mammal which can grow and wear its own protective bone plates that are called scutes! Their babies have soft shells, like human fingernails, but as they grow older the shells get harder.
Armadillos mostly eat insects. They catch bugs using their long, sticky tongues. They also use strong claws to open and destroy anthills. They can sniff out bugs and worms hiding in the ground and dig them out.
The animals dig burrows into the ground, usually under a tree root. They filled their burrows with leaves to make a soft bed.
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Interesting facts about dogs

Interesting facts about dogs

Interesting facts about dogs

Throughout centuries man and dog lived side by side. Dogs were popular in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. Pharaohs’ dogs were mummified and buried together with their masters in pyramids. In fact man-dog companionship had begun long before that. Some scientists say that domestic dogs appeared about 12,000 years ago and that they were derived directly from wolves.
People quickly understood that dogs could be used to guard, herd and hunt. To this day many breeds are used for these purposes.
Besides these traditional occupations, dogs can work in many other fields. Newfoundland is an excellent swimmer and is good at rescue work at sea. Huge St Bernard is trained to find people lost in the mountains under the snow. A St Bernard named Barry saved forty people during his twelve years of work. The elegant Dalmatian accompanied horse-driven carriages. Long ago, when fire brigades drove horses, they also took Dalmatians with them and up to our days Dalmatian is the mascot of firemen.
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Some facts about lemurs

Some facts about lemurs

Some facts about lemurs

Lemurs are amazing and unusual creatures.
The word lemur comes from the Latin word meaning “a ghost”. Perhaps this is because they move about silently at night and have large mysterious eyes. In the 16th century Europeans first landed on the island of Madagascar, where they met funny little animals with eyes glowing in the dark. The Europeans remembered of the ancient Roman beliefs and animals were called lemurs.
Lemurs live only in two places: Madagascar and the nearby Comoro Islands.
Some people think that lemurs are related to squirrels or cats. But they are primates and more closely related to humans.
There are more than 60 species of lemurs. The smallest species weighs only 30 grams. The largest species weighs 10 kilograms.
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Dingoes – Innocent killers

Dingoes - Innocent killers

Dingo

The dingo looks like a small wolf. It has strong legs and body, a long muzzle, ears, pointed at the tips and a bushy tail. This animal is about 50 centimeters high. The dingo is reddish in color and often has white paws and white tip of the tail. Black and cream dingoes also occur. Dingoes do not bark in the wild, they yelp and howl. They are clever and cunning animals.
The dingo is the only large mammal native to Australia that is not a marsupial. It is believed that the dingo didn’t originate in Australia. Some scientists say that the dingo came to Australia more than 3,500 years ago with Asian settlers.
Dingoes are very good at hunting. They can hunt anything from kangaroos to rabbits and lizards. But their main food is sheep, because it’s easy to hunt them. But even being hungry, a wild dingo has never been known to attack a human.
In daytime dingoes sleep or hide. At night they come out and look for food.
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