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17 Educational Facts About Animals That Are Both Heartwarming And Interesting

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The breadth of diversity in animal behavior is nothing to scoff at. The different species in the animal world have all developed incredibly unique physical traits and behaviors, spanning from heterochromia to monogamous mating relationships. Here's a collection of some of the most heartwarming and interesting facts about animals, courtesy of r/awwducational.

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    Despite Their Appearance, Elephant Shrews Are In Fact More Closely Related To Elephants Than Shrews.

    Photo: Cloudtail the Snow Leopard / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
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    Aardwolves Are Shy And Nocturnal, Sleeping In Underground Burrows By Day. They Have Often Been Mistaken For Solitary Animals. In Fact, They Live As Monogamous Pairs With Their Young.

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    Jorunna Parva, Also Known As "Sea Bunny." Its "Ears," Or The Two Antenna-Like Structures On Top Of Its Head, Are Called Rhinophores And They Detect Chemicals In The Water That Helps Sea Bunnies Find Food And Mates.

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    A Squirrel's Tail Has Quite A Few Uses, It Aids In Swimming, Helps Cushion Falls, They Use It To Try And Protect Themselves From Being Prey, And They Also Use Them In Different Weather. In Snow And Rain It's Like An Umbrella.

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