Likely, though not necessarily confirmed, facts about the animal kingdom as relayed by a children’s fiction writer, a.k.a., a professional teller of stories to kids. Caveat emptor.
DID YOU KNOW....
...there are currently more tigers in captivity than in the wild?
...grasshopper mice howl?
...owls cannot roll their eyes?
...murres (cliff-dwelling shore birds) lay oblong eggs that roll in circles? This keeps the eggs from rolling off the rocky cliffs on which they are laid and into the sea.
...pied-billed grebes eat their own feathers? No one knows why, not even Tiger. They also rise up and sink out of the water, sometimes keeping only their necks and heads above the surface, like periscopes.
...kangaroo rats don’t urinate?
...javelina dads babysit their young while the moms hunt for food?
...originally, a butterfly was called a “flutterby”?
...rattlesnakes begin digesting their prey before they swallow it? Rattlesnake venom begins digesting an animal from the inside out before the poor critter even kicks the bucket.
...goats have rectangular pupils, like big minus signs?
...the mosquito is the state bird of Minnesota?
DID YOU FURTHER KNOW....
...the shrimp’s heart is in its head, the philanthropist’s head in its heart?
...orcas are in the dolphin family, not the whale family? They are the largest dolphin, naturally enough.
...a running wolf's hind paws fall in exactly the same spots in which their front paws fell?
...if you were to literally “play ’possum,” you would faint. That’s what opossums do when when scared out of their wits. They don't fake it.
...a group of fireflies (or lightning bugs, depending on where you grew up) is called a conflagration?
...king snakes are so named because they eat other snakes?
AND, LASTLY, DID YOU KNOW....