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Amazing facts for kids about our planet and how we live our lives -- facts that are stranger than fiction! Prepare to be amazed, because truth can be stranger than fact, sometimes!

Elephants eat up to half a tonne of plant…

Elephants eat up to half a tonne of plant food a day. They have 24 teeth for grinding it. The teeth do not grow all at once, but in fours. As the first set wears down, a second set grows. At the age of...

All mammals breathe air. The distant ancestors…

All mammals breathe air. The distant ancestors of mammals were fish and mammals still have some traces of gills for breathing underwater. The tube running between a mammal's ear and its throat is really a gill-slit.

About 5,000 years ago, the Sahara desert…

About 5,000 years ago, the Sahara desert was covered with rich grassland and trees. Paintings found in caves in Tassili, Algeria, which date from about that time, show giraffes, hippopotamuses and lions. They also show people hunting and cattle grazing.

Bewick’s swans have black and yellow faces…

Bewick's swans have black and yellow faces but each one has a unique pattern. Hundreds of them arrive to winter in England from Siberia each year. Many have been given names and can be easily identified without having to be caught.

Macaques living high up in the mountains…

Macaques living high up in the mountains of northern Japan have to cope with very harsh winters. They keep warm by taking long baths in the hot, volcanic springs nearby.

The sloth is the slowest land mammal in the…

The sloth is the slowest land mammal in the world with a top speed of only 2 kmph (1.3 mph). It would take a sloth travelling at normal speed about 22 minutes to go 100m (110 yards). The fastest man in the world can...

All the pet hamsters in the world are descended…

All the pet hamsters in the world are descended from the same mother. This was a female wild hamster found with a litter of 12 babies in 1930 in Syria.

Sea mammals have no fixed home in the water…

Sea mammals have no fixed home in the water but some have special sleeping habits. Florida manatees sleep on the sea bed. They come to the surface every ten minutes or so to breathe. Sea otters sleep floating on the surface. They wind strands...

The ancestors of sea mammals once lived on…

The ancestors of sea mammals once lived on land. About 50 million years ago, they began to return to the sea for food and their bodies adapted to life in the water. The whale's front legs became flippers, its back legs disappeared and its...

Like many raptors, female sparrowhawks are…

Like many raptors, female sparrowhawks are much bigger than males. Males catch small birds like finches and tits, while females prey on larger birds such as thrushes and pigeons. This may help them to avoid competing for food, so larger numbers can live in...

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