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Bearpaw  (Level: 50.7 - Posts: 155)
Thu, 13th Apr '06 8:44 AM


I would like to learn about animals native to other countries.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sat, 22nd Apr '06 6:02 PM

In Australia, we have two animals that have their own group exclusively: Monotremes.
Their major characteristic is that they lay eggs AND suckle their young.
These two unique creatures are the Platypus and the Echidna.

If you'd like to know more, PM me!

Zs6hz  (Level: 128.6 - Posts: 17)
Thu, 26th Oct '06 10:03 AM

Central Africa has a unique primate called the Bonobo. They were first thought to be a sub-species of chimpnazee, but as far as I know, they are now considered a seperate species of great ape along with the chimpanzee, gorilla, oran-otang, and of course, man.

They're very interesting as their social order appears to rely on sex to resolve anti-social behaviour. "Make love, not war" seems to work for them

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 26th Oct '06 10:17 AM

Bearpaw, if you want to learn about the most amazing animal of all over the world.

You need to find out about the HAGGIS.

Now if you google it you may be led on a wild goose chase, but truthfully if you try and get to the very bottom of the poor HAGGIS you will have learnt the most important stuff ever about animals.

Baggiob  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 888)
Thu, 26th Oct '06 10:21 AM

Bearpaw, just to give you a heads up.
A HAGGIS is a 3 legged bird with vestigal wings that are similar to those of an ostrich or an emu. All 3 legs are of different sizes which allows it to run quickly through its natural habitat, the highlands of Scotland..
The male Haggis only runs in a clockwise direction and the female only in an anti-clockwise direction. Although to be honest they only run if they are disturbed from their natural sleeping place amongst the Heather. The poor creatures are hunted by all of the people of Scotland and make a delicious meal when served with turnip (neeps ) and Potatoes (tatties). The haggis also lays eggs and these are known as Scotch Eggs.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Thu, 26th Oct '06 4:04 PM

Is that where the Scotch Eggs come from?

One learns something new everyday!

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Sat, 28th Oct '06 9:24 AM

Properly cooked, Scotch Eggs created the original hardcovered golf ball, replacing the ones made of Haggis feathers stuffed inside a stitched leather covering.

Mandy226  (Level: 77.2 - Posts: 128)
Sun, 29th Oct '06 11:43 AM

LMAO! Very funny!

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 30th Oct '06 6:01 AM

It should also be pointed out that all Scots have one leg shorter than the other - this is an aquired genetic advantage whenit comes to chasing the Haggis round the sides of mountains.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Mon, 30th Oct '06 6:07 AM

We (the Scots) also have the Tumshie - a rare and dim-witted animal. Although we love this animal - it's our national sporting icon - it's not originally native to these shores. Biologists believe that it first came to the Central Belt of Scotland sone 1500 years ago. Apparently it was onboard a boat, made entirely of bananas, that sailed up the Clyde.

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