Animals: Red Panda Facts and Photos

Animals: Red Panda Facts and Photos

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The Red Panda lives beneath the forest canopy in the mountains in Nepal, India, Bhutan, China, Laos and Myanmar. There are 2 subspecies, which live in slightly different geographical areas. The red panda has small features like a cat but the markings of a panda or raccoon. In fact it looks like a cross between all three. It is about the size of a raccoon and weighs 7 to 14 pounds. They are about 20 to 26 inches long with their tail an additional 12 to 20 inches.Red pandas live 12 to 14 years. It is an omnivore (eats both plants and animals). It mostly eats bamboo, but it also consumes fruit, roots, eggs and small mammals. Red panda is diurnal animal that is mostly active in the morning and late afternoon.

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Facts About Komodo Dragons

Facts About Komodo Dragons

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These giant lizards belong to the reptile family. Their scientific name is Varanus komodoensis. Indonesia is the only place in the world to see Komodos in their natural habitat. Komodos have a life span of 50 years! Their length is about 3 meters (10 feet) and they weight around 70 kg ( 155 pounds). Komodo dragons are carnivores and scavengers. Young Komodo dragons feed on small prey such as lizards, snakes and small mammals. Adult Komodo dragons prey on larger animals such as deer, water buffalo and pigs. Komodo dragons are venomous and is the only lizard species to hunt and kill prey larger than itself.

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London Gatwick Airport Facts

London Gatwick Airport Facts

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London Gatwick Airport is the UK’s 2nd largest airport, after Heathrow, and the busiest single-runway airport and the 6th busiest airport in the world. Hosting 33 million passengers annually, the airport serves more than 200 destinations in over 90 countries. Gatwick Airport began life as a small flying club back in 1930, and gained its first public license issued by the Air Ministry in 1934, which allowed the Airport to be used by commercial aircraft. It is located in West Sussex, just north of Crawley, and around 29 miles (46km) South of central London, directly linked to the M23 motorway at junction 9 and to the A23 London-Brighton road.

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Some Interesting Facts about Hummingbirds

Some Interesting Facts about Hummingbirds

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The hummingbird is the smallest bird and also the smallest of all animals that have a backbone. Hummingbirds can beat their wings up to 80 times a second during normal flight and up to 200 times per second during a courtship dive. A hummingbird has a heart rate that can reach up to 1,260 beats per minute. Hummingbird can reach speed to 60 miles per hour during courtship dives, normal straight-line flight speed can be 20 to 30 miles per hour. Hummingbirds are full-grown when they leave the nest. There are more than 300 kinds of hummingbirds. The smallest is the bee hummingbird Mellisuga helenae from Cuba. The largest is the giant hummingbird Patagona gigas. A hummingbird can weigh anywhere between 2 and 20 grams. Hummingbirds have an average life span of about 5 years.

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What Do Hyenas Eat ?

What Do Hyenas Eat ?

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They eat everything. Hyenas consumes animals of various types and sizes and even other hyenas, carrion, bones, vegetable matter and other animals droppings. Their favorite food is the wildebeests and the zebras. Hyenas have sturdy jaws that can crush bones, and strong digestive juices that make them excellent scavengers. Their gastric juices are bactericidal so they do not become sick even after eating food that has been rotting.

Scientific Name: Crocuta crocuta (spotted hyena)
Size: 28 to 35 inches tall
Weight: 90 to 190 pounds
Lifespan: 25 years in captivity
Habitat: Savannas, grasslands, woodlands, forest edges, subdeserts and mountains to 13,000 feet
Diet: Carnivorous
Gestation: 90 to 110 days

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