'/> Amazing Animals: March 2012

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Endangered Species of Butterflies

There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. And some of these species are now endangered because the delicate balance of nature is destroyed – as it has been in so many natural places – the butterfly is almost always one of the first to disappear.

A butterfly is an insect of the order of Lepidoptera. Like all Lepidoptera, butterflies are notable for their unusual life circle with a larval caterpillar inactive pupal stage, and a spectacular metamorphosis into a familiar and a colorful winged adult form.

Most species of butterflies are day-flying so they regularly attract attention. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (super family Papilionoidea), the skippers (super family Hesperiodea) and the moth-butterflies (super family Hedylidea). Below are some endangered species of butterfly.

The Morpho Butterfly

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A Morpho butterfly may be one of over 80 species of the genus Morpho. They are found mostly in Mexico, South America and Central America. Their wingspan ranges from 7.5 cm (3 inch) to 20 cm (8 inch). Many Morpho butterflies are colored in metallic, shimmering shades of blue and green.

The Emerald Swallowtail

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The Emerald Swallowtail (Papilio palinurus) is a butterfly found primarily in South East Asia and is one of the very few green butterflies around. It is also referred to as Emerald Peacock or Green-banded Peacock Swallowtail. Several subspecies are found in Burma, Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines.

The Owl Butterfly

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The Giant Owl Butterfly falls under the genus Caligo and are commonly called Owl butterflies, after their huge eyespots, which resemble owls’ eyes. There are about 20 species in the genus, found in the rain forests of Mexico, central and South America.

Owl butterflies are very large,whose wingspan can reach more than 8in and fly only a few meters at a time. Therefore, avian predators have little difficulty in following them to their settling place. However, the butterflies preferentially fly around dusk, when few avian predators are around.

The Karner Blue Butterfly

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Karner Blue Butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) has a wingspan of about an inch where male and female are different in appearance. The topside of the male is silvery or dark blue with narrow black margins. The female is grayish brown, especially on the outer portions of the wings, to blue on the topside, with irregular bands of orange crescents inside the narrow black border. The underside of both sexes is gray with a continuous band of orange crescents along the edges of both wings and with scattered black spots circled with white.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing

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The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world. With a wingspan reaching nearly 10 inches (25 cm) in the large females, this butterfly is larger than many birds! The sexes are differently colored, with males iridescent yellow, green and/or blue on a black background, while the females are brown with lighter spots. The Queen Alexandra Birdwing butterfly is mostly found in the lowland forests of northern Papua New Guinea.

The Mission Blue Butterfly

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The Mission Blue Butterfly, (Plebejus icarioides missionensis), is a blue that is native to the San Francisco Bay Area, U.S.A. It is a small butterfly, measuring only 21 to 33 mm. which is about the size of a quarter. Mission blue butterflies can have a wingspan between 1–1½ inches. The top wing, in mission blue males, ramps from ice blue in the center to deep sky blue and the margins of the upper wing are black and sport “long, white, hair-like scales.” The male butterfly also has small circular gray spots in the submargins on the ventral surface of the whitish ventral wing surface. The male body is a dark-blue/brown color. Females’ upper wings are dark brown, but otherwise mirror males’.

The Maritime Ringlet Butterfly

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The Maritime Ringlet Butterfly (Coenonympha nipisiquit McDunnough), is one of only two species of butterflies in Canada that live exclusively in salt marshes. The Maritime Ringlet is restricted to salt marshes in Chaleur Bay between Quebec and New Brunswick. There are three colonies near Bathurst, New Brunswick, two near Miguasha, Quebec, and one near St-Siméon-de-Bonaventure, Quebec. The Maritime Ringlet is a dark-appearing butterfly in which the males have dark orange-brown wings with the central part of the forewing slightly paler orange brown. Females are pale orange brown. On the underside the pale median band contrasts with the dark grey-brown ground color. About 30 per cent of males and almost all females have a pale-bordered black spot with a silver pupil near the forewing apex on the underside. Their wingspan ranges from 32 to 36 mm.

The El Segundo blue butterfly

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The El Segundo Blue Butterfly is 0.8-1 in (20-25 mm) long. Males are bright blue above with black margins on their hind wings while females are dark brown above. Both sexes are light grayish below with black squares or spots and an orange band, bordered on both sides by a row of black dots.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

10 Beautiful Asian Cat Breeds

These beautiful Asian cat breeds possess unique and fascinating features and behaviors. Some have their own markings and fascinating personalities. Others are ancient breed of cats that were worshiped like a god, and were believed to bring good luck.

The Siamese

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The Siamese cat is a small to medium cat that traces its origin in Thailand. Aside from the distinct color point patterns, this feline has a long, slender body, long wedge-shaped head, almond-shaped blue eyes, long neck and tail. The breed is also recognizable by the colored points on their ears, face, tail and feet. The pointed color scheme include Apricot or Caramel, Blue, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cream, Fawn, Lilac, Red, Tabby, Tortie (Tortoiseshell). Siamese are a very intelligent, very affectionate, extremely vocal, active, playful, and very people orientated cats.

The Balinese

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The Balinese cat is not actually from Bali, Indonesia but rather a product of human-controlled breeding efforts. Looking like a Siamese cat in most respects, the breed is characterized by its long, slim body, semi-long silky coat, vivid blue eyes, and a plumed tail. Two known Balinese varieties are now being bred — “traditional” and “contemporary”. The traditional variety has a much longer coat than a contemporary breed. Color ranges from blue, chocolate, cream, lilac, red, seal, cream, and patterns including lynx (tabby) point and tortie point. An elegant, regal-looking and beautiful cat, the Balinese can weigh up to 3.1 -4.2 kilograms. Balinese has a life span of 18 to 21 years. The breed is active, very intelligent, affectionate, friendly and like to interact with humans.

The Dragon Li

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The Dragon Li, commonly known as Li Hua and Li Hua Mao (Fox Flower Cat) is a Chinese Cat breed with its short, golden-brown fur and broken mackerel tabby pattern. This beautiful cat breed owns a powerful body, almond-shaped yellow/green eyes, and unique ear tipping. Also, Dragon Li has a rounded head, and medium-sized ears, round paws, medium-sized tail and well-muscled legs. Originating from the Chinese Mountain Cat, the breed is highly intelligent, loving, friendly, independent, and like to interact with children and other pets. Young ones are very active, but take on a reserve behavior as they grow up. Adult males weigh 5 kilograms or more.

The Birman

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The Birman, also called the “Sacred Cat of Burma”, is a domesticated cat breed that originated in Burma. The breed is known for its distinctive blue eyes and having all four paws in pure white color. The first Birman cats were sealed-point, but other color-point pattern exist, including: bluepoint, Blue-Cream point, Cream-point, Chocolate-point, Chocolate Tortie point, Lilac-point, Lilac, Tortie point, and Seal Tortie-point. It has a medium-length, silky coat, semi-long, silky hair, a Roman nose, and relatively small ears compared to other cat breeds. Adult males weigh between 3.5 – 4 kilos. This beautiful Asian cat breed is very intelligent, playful, affectionate, gentle, active and a ‘people-oriented’ cat.

The Siberian

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The Siberian or the ‘Siberian Forest Cat’, is an ancient, domestic cat breed that originated in Russia and was first imported to the United States in 1990. It is a medium to large cat with semi-long fur, muscular body, wedge shaped head, broad chest and forehead, medium sized ears, and big, well rounded paws. Color pattern includes range tabby, solid, tortoiseshell and color-point. Siberians have a sweet temperament, intelligent, friendly, caring, and fun-loving felines.

The Japanese Bobtail

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The Japanese Bobtail is a domestic cat breed native to Japan and Southeast Asia, known for its unusual rabbit-like “bobbed” tail. It has a long and lean body; soft and silky coat; high, chiseled cheekbones; large eyes and ears. A medium sized breed of cat, adults weigh between 3.5 – 4 kilos. The Japanese Bobtail can come in any color, including the Predominantly-white calicoes, black and white, and red and white. This beautiful Asian cat breed can come in two varieties – Shorthaired and semi-longhaired. The Japanese Bobtail is an intelligent, affectionate, active, strong-willed, and highly-energetic cat.

The Korat

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The Korat is a domestic breed of cat native to Thailand, famous for its distinctive blue-gray coat tipped with silver. A small to medium sized cat, this beautiful Asian cat breed has a well-muscled body, short haired fur, heart-shaped head, broad chest, and large, yellowish-green eyes. Adult males weigh between 3. 2 – 4.1 kilograms. Korats are active, agile, highly-intelligent, affectionate, and playful breed of cat.

The Oriental

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The Oriental cat breed is fundamentally a Siamese cat having a different coat color and patterns. The breed comes in 300 or more color and pattern combinations including solid ebony, pure white, blue, red, brown, fawn and chestnut. Coat patterns include: Solid Color, Bicolor, Tricolor/Calico, Smoke, Shaded, Tabby, and Tortoiseshell. It has a muscular body, an angular head, long neck, round, almond-shaped eyes, large flaring ears, slender legs, and wispy tail. Orientals are known to be highly-intelligent, affectionate, loyal, and playful breed of cat.

The Singapura

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One of the smallest breeds of cats, The Singapura is a small to medium-sized cat, native to Singapore. It has a muscular body frame, a very short and fine coat, large almond shaped eyes, large, pointed ears, and slender tail. The Singapura cat breed comes in only one color – sepia agouti (a rich, warm sable brown ticking on a warm old ivory background. A full grown male usually weighs 2.7 – 3.6 kilograms. The Singapura is an intelligent, very affectionate, gentle, friendly, and people-oriented cat.

The Turkish Van

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The Turkish Van, nicknamed the Swimming Cat, is a large, agile domestic cat that traces its origin around Ankara, in central Turkey. This beautiful Asian cat breed is known for its unusual love of water and swimming, and its fascinating semi-long haired, water resistant single coat. This feline has stocky and muscular body with short necks, cashmere-like coat, eyes of different colors, and a colored and ringed full brush tail. Male Vans grow to about 7 kg, and can measure up to 1 m long from nose to tip of tail. Traditionally, the Turkish Van is an all-white cat, with colored patches limited to the head and tail. Turkish Vans are very intelligent, energetic, agile, affectionate, loving and simply enjoy having a bath.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dogs with The Weirdest Hairdo

A list of dog breeds with weirdo hairdo!!!

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The Puli is a unique breed of dog noted for its unique hairstyle, a long, corded coat. This dog is of Hungarian herding and livestock guarding dog. This hairstyle, which is similar to dreadlock, makes it waterproof.

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Pulis are solid-colored dogs and the most common coat color is black, but there are also white, gray and cream. Pulis with white coat usually has blue eyes. This dog’s coat can be trimmed short regularly for easy maintenance but the corded coat is what attracts many people to the breed. Trimming is sometimes not recommended because sometimes the cat will never grow out again.


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Poodles have the weirdest-looking hairstyle among the many breeds of dogs. Despite their odd appearance, poodles are highly intelligent dogs. They are regarded as the 2nd most intelligent breed next to the Border Collie.

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Poodles are good in many dog sports. They are originally retrievers and believed to have originated in Germany.

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Poodles are solid-colored dogs and the most common are white, black, gray and apricot. Red, blue, brown, silver and cream are also available. Most poodles have a curly, non-shedding coat and regular grooming is required.


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Like Pulis, Komondor have weird-looking coats too. The Komondor, which is much larger than Puli, is a large white-colored breed of livestock guardian dog from Hungary.

Because of their unusual hairstyle, Komondor are sometimes referred to as Mop Dogs. This powerful dog breed has a natural guarding instinct that makes it excellent livestock and other property guard.

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The unique dreadlock coat of the Komondor must have developed under a dry and extreme temperature climate. This extremely unusual coat provides superb protection against cold and hot weather for the Komondor, but is not too comfortable in wet weather.

Bergamasco Shepherd

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Like Pulis and Komondor, Bergamascos are unique for their coat. This breed of dog is distinct for its peculiar felted coat. Originally used as a herding dog, Bergamasco originated in Bergamo in the Italian Alps, hence the name.

The weird and unique coat of the Bergamasco is a normal and healthy characteristic of the breed which is characterized by 3 types of hair; abundant, mats and flocks.

Irish Water Spaniel

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This dog with an unusual-looking hairstyle (or more properly coat) is one of the rarest breeds of dog. The Irish Water Spaniel is the largest spaniel and one of the oldest. This breed, with dense curls that sheds very little originated in Ireland.

Sealyham Terrier

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The Sealyham Terrier, which originated in Wales in UK, is a unique breed of dog whose coat color is always white with marking colors of badger, brown and lemon. This dog’s distinct feature is its unusual hair growth on its face.

Portuguese Water Dog

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The Portuguese Water Dog is one of the dog breed with curly twirly coat. This unique breed of working dog came from Algarve, Portugal where it is known as Cao de Agua. This dog was taught to herd fish into fishermen’s net. It is also one of the rarest dog breeds in the world.

English Setter

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The English Setter is a unique-looking dog breed with unique coloration and coat. This dog, which is part of the Setter family, is related to the Irish Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Red Setter and Irish White Setter. The English Setter is a retriever or gun dog is bred for a mix of athleticism durability.

South Russian Ovcharka

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The peculiar-looking South Russian Ovcharka is a dog breed believed to be related to the Puli, Komondor and Bergamasco. This large dog originated in Ukraine and is also known as Ukrainian Ovcharka or South Russian Sheepdog.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hello Kitty! .. Add Me to Your Family

Today, anyone can enjoy owning a cat. They suit well as pets or companions. Cats, unlike other pets require minimal maintenance. A cat can also help you forget an exhausting day at work or at school. It can cuddle up to you and purr.

Ask any cat lover and he will agree with me that owning a cat is fun. Yet, for those who do not own a cat, they may say that having one requires a demanding task. Actually, they are the easiest pets to own. Cats do not require much from their owner, all you have to do is to feed it regularly and give it a shelter.

Having a cat in the household will definitely be an experience you do not want to miss. All you have to do is to pick one type that will best suit your personality. Lots of breeds are available out there to choose from. Each breed carries with it a distinct personality. The best thing a prospective cat owner has to do is to pick the best breed that will satisfy his need. Here are the top 5 breeds that you can choose from.

The Persian Cat

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Considered as the most popular cat breed, well-known for their lovely thick coats and sweet, gentle nature. Persian cats come in different colors; grey, black, orange and the much-loved white ones. Although, these cats require regular grooming, owners are rewarded by the cat’s loyal and loving personality.

The Siamese Cat

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Another popular cat breed that most people pick for pet. A cat breed native to Siam (now Thailand), Siamese cats are nice looking, but are likely high maintenance ones.
Known for its large ears, Siamese cats are slim, athletic and love to communicate with his master through yowling in a rasping voice to get some attention. They have short fur and lies close to their skin. They love to be stroked, and are extremely loyal and close to one person. They are very intelligent and loving.

The Maine Coon Cat

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An ancient breed that suits well to different climates and environments. Regarded as the original American long-hair cat, Main Coon cats have a playful and enjoyable personality.

These cats are one of the biggest domestic breeds. Average weight for males range between 12 to 18 pounds, while females can weigh from 10 to 14 pounds. Though Main Coon cats have long fur it requires minimal grooming.

The Ragdoll Cat

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Ragdoll cats are popular for cat lovers due to its laid-back personality. They are extremely cute what with its medium-length coats that need regular grooming to maintain its beauty. ‘Raggies’ as they are commonly called because their first instinct is to limp into your arms the moment you pick one up. Ragdolls are big cats with males weighing up to 20 pounds and females can grow up to 15 pounds. These blue-eyed beauties are so affectionate that they will follow its own anywhere. And since they are so docile, try not to let them wander outdoors since they can’t protect themselves if attacked by another animal.

The Burmese Cat

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This cat breed really is of the playful type and is a good choice for a companion or a household pet. Burmese cats require little grooming at all since they have very short fur. They have big yellow eyes and very satiny hair. Stroking their hairs are enough for grooming. Burmese cats like Siamese cats are too vocal, but they only have softer voices. They can get really bonded and trusting with their owners.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dogs for Lazy People

Five different breeds of dogs and their idle owners.

If you are planning to buy a dog to add the companionship of a pet, think twice, owning a dog requires a great amount of work. If you are honest with yourself and realizes that you are on the lazy side, all you have to do is pick a dog that can do with less space, less maintenance and eat up less of your time.

Listed below are 5 dog breed that suits lazy people. Before choosing the right dog, you must first take into consideration the amount of time the dog will require and the amount of time you are willing to put into taking care of you would be a pet.

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These wrinkled little balls of shedding fur, stubby and compact body dog breed fit well for with lazy people. Pugs range from 12 inches to 14 inches and weighs from 13 to 20 pounds. Pugs have soft and smooth coats and its colors are typically silver, apricot-fawn or black, with clearly-defined black markings on the face.

Pugs are playful, funny and very sociable, so it can get along with people and other dogs. Pugs may sometimes be stubborn, but it is typically a pleasant and happy dog. Pugs belong to the passive breed, thus a few exercises will make their day. An excellent apartment dog, a walk each day will provide ample exercise for these lovable breed.

Rat Terriers

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These dogs weigh between 14-23 inches and weighs between 12 and 35 pounds. Rat Terriers can be of different color combinations including red and white, tri-spotted, solid red, black & tan, blue & white and red brindle. Rat Terriers have short, smooth coat and requires less grooming.

Rat Terriers are energetic and lively thus it require lots of exercise. They can also be quite vocal during playtime. These dogs are ideal watchdogs. Rat Terriers will do okay living in an apartment. Rat Terriers love to dig and will dig themselves out of a fenced yard.


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These stocky little dogs have a powerful, low-slung body with wide shoulders and a massive short-faced head. are quite intelligentthe Bulldogs are gentle, quite intelligent and well-behaved breed that are excellent companions for the whole family. Bulldogs weigh between 50-55 pounds and can reach a height of 14 inches.

Bulldogs colors are typically brindle, white, red, fawn or patched. These dogs have short and smooth coats that need little grooming. The bulldog is friendly, gentle and good natured dog breed. Bulldog fall under less active breed, therefore it requires minimal exercise to keep it happy. A daily walk plus a nice apartment dog is all the dog needs.


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GREYHOUND – are slim and graceful dogs. Typically, Greyhounds have curved spine and folded-over rose shaped ears. Their front legs are straight and their back legs are very powerful. Greyhounds height ranges between 28 – 30 inches and can weigh up to 70 pounds. Greyhounds come in any color, plain or multi-colored. Its short, smooth coat requires constant brushing.

Loyal, sweet and loving, Greyhounds suit well as a companion dog. Greyhounds should be allowed to run free at least once a day and can do well in an apartment.


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These dogs make great pets for nearly anyone, lazy or not.Chihuahuas range from six inches to nine inches and normally weigh under six pounds. Chihuahuas have either short or long coats. The short coat is soft to touch and only requires minimal grooming. The long coat is soft and can either be straight, wavy or curly. The long coat needs occasional brushing to keep it from matting.

These dogs are extremely loyal to their masters and require medium to low training. Reserved when it comes to strangers, the Chihuahua makes a good watch dog. Chihuahuas can do well in apartment dog, but require little exercise to remain happy.Makes a great companion for the idle people!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Greatest and Most Prolific Animal Jumpers

His Airness, Michael Jordan, can leap high in the air to perform those acrobatic shots and most prolific and amazing dunks. Now it’s time to find out who are the other greatest jumpers in the animal world. Check this out!

1.) Flea

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Fleas, which are bloodsucking animals, are the greatest jumpers in the world because they can jump 350 times their own length and 220 times their own height. If Fleas are as big as Humans, they can jump over a structure that is 91 meters tall.

2.) Tree Frog

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We are aware that fogs leap a lot. But do you know that some species of frogs can jump 150 times its own length? Yes, Tree Frogs can do that. If a Tree Frog is a human, it can simply jump over the famous Titanic. The beautiful and colorful tree frog in the above photo is a Red-eyed Tree Frog.

3.) Jumping Spider

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Jumping Spiders are not only known for their multiple and prolific eyes, but also for their extraordinary leaping ability. A Jumping Spider can jump 100 times its own length, which is equivalent to a human jumping over two jumbo jets.

4.) Kangaroo Rat

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Kangaroo Rats, which are native to North America, are prolific jumpers. They can jump 45 times their body length. If they are humans, they could leap 90 meters wide which is equivalent to a Football field.

5.) Locust

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If Locusts were humans, they could easily clear a basketball court which measures 28.65 meters. A Locust can jump up to 20 times its own body length. Locusts can also breed rapidly and can travel great distances, rapidly stripping fields and greatly damaging crops.

6.) Klipspringer

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Klipspringers are great jumpers. They can jump 10 times their own height. If Klipspringers are human and they are 6 ft tall, they can jump as high as 60 ft. These antelope inhabits the continent of Africa.

7.) Kangaroo

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Kangaroos are endemic to Australia. This Australian iconic symbol is a very fast and high jumper. It moves at a speed 56 km/h and it can sprint 100 meters in 4 seconds. This marsupial can also leap 9.1 meters in the long jump.

8.) Rabbit

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Rabbits are amongst the most popular animals in the world. A Rabbit is the iconic symbol of Playboy and is believed by many as a symbol of luck. Rabbits are also good jumpers – they can jump twice as far as the best Olympic jumpers.

9.) Bharal

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Have you seen animals that graze on the edges of steep cliffs? The Bharals of Tibet are not only accurate jumpers, but also very daring animals because they find foods on the edges of steep cliffs. The hooves of these creatures are designed for this.

10.) Mexican Jumping Bean

The Mexican Jumping Bean is an occurrence endemic to Mexico. It jumps because when the moth larva inside the jumping bean gets in a hot place, the larvae can make it twitch and flip by snapping its body hoping to roll in a much cooler place.