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A donkey will never get involved in an activity if it considers it to be unsafe.
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A cross between a zebra and a donkey can be called a zonkey, zebronkey, zedonk, or zebadonk.
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Guinea fowls have been known to spend hours watching themselves in the reflection from glass patio doors. Some people put mirrors near where they keep their guineas and love to watch them “watch themselves”. Source
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Baby horses can walk and run after just a few hours of being born.
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A donkey’s milk is more like human milk than the milk of any other species.
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Guinea fowl is active early in the morning and late in the afternoon. It rests during the hottest part of the day and eliminates excess heat via its bare head and neck.
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Donkeys and horses are often crossbred. The baby of a female horse and a male donkey is known as Mule.
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Sir Isaac Newton is credited with creating the concept for the pet door that many cats use today to travel outdoors.
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A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
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Believe it or not, since 2005, traveling donkeys in Britain have been required to have a passport.
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Unlike humans, cats are usually lefties. Studies indicate that their left paw is typically their dominant paw.
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Happier cows really do produce more milk, and simply calling cows by individual names ups production by 3.5%.
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Donkeys hate rain. Their coat is not waterproof and staying out in rain for a long period actually damages their health.
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The fastest recorded sprinting speed of a horse was 88 kph (55 mph). Most gallop at around 44 kph or 27 mph.
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Female lays 8 to 15 eggs that hatch after incubation of 24 to 30 days. Only female takes part in the incubation of eggs, while male guards the nest. Chicks, known as keets, fledge at the age of 4 weeks. Two-months-old guinea fowls are ready to return to the flock with their parents. Source
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Guinea fowls were first domesticated by Ancient Romans and are still farmed to this day.
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The largest pig on record was a Poland-China hog named "Big Bill’". He weighed a portly 2,552 lbs and was so large that he dragged his belly on the ground. He had a shoulder height of 5 feet and a length of 9 feet.
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Mahatma Ghandi described a cow as "a poem of compassion", also stating that "I worship the cow and I shall defend its worship against the whole world".
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Cows are a big fan of a genuinely good rubdown just like dogs. They love being rubbed on their back, neck and head.
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Insulin and more than 40 other pharmaceuticals and medicines are derived from pig products.
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A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
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In 2009, a team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of agriculture announced that they’d successfully mapped the bovine genome. The results? Cattle have about 22,000 genes, and a whopping 80% of those are shared with humans. (Another 10% are shared with dogs and rodents.) Source
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Cows can see almost 360 degrees. This near-panoramic view lets them watch for predators from all angles. However, they don’t see well straight in front of them so they will typically turn their head to look at you.
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Horses can sleep while standing.
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A cat has 244 bones in its entire body—even more than a human, who only has 206 bones.
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There are documented tales of cats nursing ducklings, and, as the ducks grow, the two creatures living in harmony as members of the same family rather than becoming enemies!
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Farmers in Botswana have started painting eyes on their cow’s bottoms to stop lions from attacking them.
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Cats only use their meows to talk to humans, not each other. The only time they meow to communicate with other felines is when they are kittens to signal to their mother.
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Pigs communicate constantly with each other, and more than 20 different vocalisations have been identified
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Cows have 4 digestive compartments in one stomach – the rumen (this is where the cud comes from); the reticulum; omasum; and abomasum (this is sort of like a human’s stomach)
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Rome has more homeless cats per square mile than any other city in the world.
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Cows have no upper front teeth. They press their sharp bottom teeth against the top hard palate of their mouth to cut blades of grass.
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Pigs are easily trained to walk on a leash, use a litter box and do tricks. When they are trained piglets can learn their names by two to three weeks of age and respond when called and can learn tricks faster than dogs.
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Cows gestation lasts the same amount of time as human pregnancy, nine months.
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There are around 2 billion pigs in the world.
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Many donkeys are used in developing countries as methods of commute and transportation of goods and services.
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Some cats have survived falls of over 65 feet (20 meters), due largely to their “righting reflex.” The eyes and balance organs in the inner ear tell it where it is in space so the cat can land on its feet. Even cats without a tail have this ability.
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Domestic horses can read human emotions, such as sadness or nervousness, even before we’ve even consciously registered them.
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Cows have an acute sense of smell and can detect odors up to six miles away.
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A cow will chew for up to eight hours a day. Cows move their jaws about 40,000 times a day.
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In India where they practice the Hindu religion cows are sacred and are allowed to roam the streets free.
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In Japan, cats are thought to have the power to turn into super spirits when they die. This may be because according to the Buddhist religion, the body of the cat is the temporary resting place of very spiritual people
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Like humans, cows form close friendships and choose to spend much of their time with 2-4 preferred individuals. They also hold grudges for years and may dislike particular individuals.
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The teeth of a horse can help determine their age. A horse’s teeth never stop growing.
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They may be indiscriminate eaters, but pigs are also highly intelligent and incredibly social animals. When kept in a group they will snuggle close to one another, and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
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According to a poll by the "Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy", 7% of American adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.
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Similar to apes, donkeys who live in a herd will groom each other.
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Pigs have hardly any sweat glands, and one of the best ways for them to cool down is to wallow in all of that glorious mud.
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The first cows in the America arrived with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage.
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The smallest breed of pig is the Mini Maialino. Pigs of this breed average only 20 pounds at maturity.
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Pigs are extraordinarily intelligent. They are curious and insightful animals who are widely accepted as being smarter than young children of at least 3 years of age, dogs, and even some primates.
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Many people raise guinea fowls for their eggs, which are higher in protein than regular chicken eggs as they are thicker with more yolk than egg white.
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Cow milk can be good for you. It has a lot of nutrients including protein, calcium, vitamin D, B12, and potassium. Milk also supports healthy bones and teeth.
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All "cows" are female. Males are called bulls or steer.
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Natural enemies of guinea fowls are wild cats, wolves, snakes, crocodiles and humans.
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China has the most domesticated pigs in the world! The United States is the second.
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Guinea fowl can survive 10 to 20 years in the wild.
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The pig is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. The pig is seen to represent, fortune, honesty, happiness and virility.
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Newborn piglets recognize their own names and even learn to run to their mothers voices. This is because the mothers sing to their young while they’re still nursing.
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The oldest cow ever recorded was a Dremon named "Big Bertha" that died 3 months shy of her 49th birthday on New Years Eve, 1993. Big Bertha also holds the record for lifetime breeding as she produced 39 calves.
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Pork is the most consumed meat around the world. Pork has 3 times as much thiamine than any other food.
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Pigs drink up to 14 gallons of water every day.
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Until the 1850’s most American families owned their own cows.
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Cows are worshiped and celebrated during many different festivals throughout India.
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Almost 2,000 quarter pound hamburgers can be made from the ground beef in one cow.
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Pigs appear to have a good sense of direction and have found their way home over great distances.
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A donkey can hear another donkey in the desert from 60 miles away thanks to that sound and their large ears.
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The first cow to fly in an airplane was Elm Farm Olliein February 1930. (Incidentally also the first cow to be milked on an airplane.)
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Contrary to popular belief, pigs are actually clean animals. If they’re given sufficient space, they will be careful not to soil the area where they sleep or eat
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Cows are ruminants, which are cud chewing mammals. Other ruminant animals are sheep, giraffe, goats, and deer, just to name a few.
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There are over 800 different cattle breeds recognized worldwide. Beef breeds are raised for their meat and dairy breeds are raised to produce milk.
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A cow can produce 6 gallons of milk a day!
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A Japanese fishing boat sank because a Russian cargo plane dropped a live cow from 30,000 feet.
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Cows do not produce milk until after they have given birth.
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The color red doesn’t make bulls angry. In fact, cows are red-green colorblind! In bullfights, it’s the motion of the cape that draws the bull’s attention, not the color.
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There are an estimated 60 million horses in the world, combining wild and domesticated horses.
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In Denmark, there are twice as many pigs as there are people.
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Ponies are small horses.
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Horses and cows are unable to vomit.
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Pigs are actually very similar to humans and their genetic makeup is very close to ours. Because of this, stem cells from pigs are used by scientists and researchers to find cures for human diseases.
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Guinea fowl eats different types of worms, insects, reptiles, spiders, berries, seed, tubers, roots and grains. It can survive prolonged period of time without water.
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Cows can sleep while they’re standing.

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