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Red-eared slider

The red-eared slider is a semi-aquatic turtle. It belongs to the family Emydidae. It is the most popular pet turtle in the United States. It lives in Southern United States. It is also found in many other places as an invasive species. They can b ...

                                               

Reindeer

The reindeer is an even-toed ungulate mammal of the deer family. In North America it is also called caribou. There are about 10-20 reindeer subspecies. The reindeer is the only deer that has been domesticated.

                                               

Silkworm

The silkworm is the larva or caterpillar of the Bombyx mori moth. Silk has been made for at least 5000 years in China. The moth is important because it makes silk. It is entirely dependent on humans, and it no longer lives in the wild. Silkworms ...

                                               

Oswald (TV series)

Oswald is an American animated series about a blue octopus and his friends. It first aired August 20, 2001, on Nickelodeons Nick Jr. block. It officially ended in late 2003.It then was recorded.The series revived in September 2012.The series reco ...

                                               

Persistence hunting

Persistence hunting is important because it is thought to have been important in earlier human societies. It is practiced today by the San people and by the Raramari people of northwest Mexico. Many animals on grassland move faster than humans. H ...

                                               

Incertae sedis

In taxonomy, the term incertae sedis is used for a taxon when its broader relationship to other taxa is unknown. The first person who used the term in botany was probably Antoine-Laurent de Jussieu. In his book Genera Plantarum of 1789 he listed ...

                                               

Alex (parrot)

He was part of a study under animal psychologist Irene Pepperberg since 1977 at two different universities: Brandeis University in Massachusetts and before that, University of Arizona. He died on Sept 7, 2007, of yet unknown causes. He knew about ...

                                               

Congo (chimpanzee)

Congo was a chimpanzee that learned how to draw and paint. He was born in 1954, and died in 1964. Desmond Morris, who studied his behaviour, gave him materials to paint, but didnt show him how to do it. During his life, Congo made over 400 painti ...

                                               

Diego (tortoise)

Diego is a giant tortoise from Hood Island. He was used to restock a Galapagos island with more giant tortoises. It is likely he was hatched on Hood in the Galapagos before 1920. He was captured as a young adult and sent to the United States to b ...

                                               

Dusty the Klepto Kitty

Dusty the Klepto Kitty is a famous Snowshoe cat. He became popular in early 2011 for his acts of "burglary" in his neighborhood. By then, Dusty had stolen 16 car wash mitts, 7 sponges, 213 dish towels, 7 wash cloths, 5 bath towels, 18 shoes, 73 s ...

                                               

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby was a Skye terrier. He belonged to a policeman in Edinburgh named John Gray. When Mr. Gray died in 1858, he was buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard. Bobby stayed near the grave of Mr. Gray long after the funeral. He would not leave. Th ...

                                               

Killing of Harambe

Harambe was a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. On May 28, 2016, a three-year-old boy climbed into a gorilla enclosure at the zoo and was grabbed and dragged by Harambe, a 17-year-old Western lowland gorilla. Fearing for the boy ...

                                               

Jumbo

Jumbo was the first international animal superstar. He was the first African bush elephant to reach modern Europe alive. He was born in eastern Africa, and captured there by Arabian hunters in early 1862. He was sold first to a traveling zoo in G ...

                                               

K-Runs Park Me In First

Ch. K-Runs Park Me In First, also known as Uno was a 15 inches beagle. He was born in Belleville, Illinois. Uno won Best in Show in the 2008 Westminster Kennel Club dog show. He was the first beagle to claim the top prize at Westminster and the f ...

                                               

Knut (polar bear)

Knut was a polar bear who was born in captivity at the Berlin Zoo. Because his mother rejected him when he was born, he was raised by zookeepers. People began to protest for him after a German newspaper called Bild-Zeitung quoted an animal rights ...

                                               

Lammtarra

Lammtarra was an unbeaten Thoroughbred racehorse. He won three Group One races in 1995. He was voted the Cartier Three-year-old European Champion Colt. He won the Epsom Derby in record time, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the P ...

                                               

Lightning Bar

Lightning Bar was an American Quarter Horse racehorse and breeding stallion. He was owned by Art Pollard. Lightning Bars father was a Thoroughbred, and his mother was originally from Louisiana. Louisiana was known for breeding racehorses that ran ...

                                               

Lil Bub

Lil Bub, officially Lil BUB, was an American celebrity cat. She was known for her unique physical appearance. Her owner, Mike Bridavsky, adopted her when his friends called to ask him to give her a home. Her photos were first posted to Tumblr in ...

                                               

Dolly (sheep)

Dolly was a sheep, remarkable in being the first mammal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell. A somatic cell is a regular body cell, not an egg cell. The nucleus of the somatic cell was removed and put into an unfertilised egg cell. The proces ...

                                               

Old Bet

Old Bet was a female African elephant. She was the second elephant in America. She was the first to be known by a name. She was about four years old when she arrived in Boston on 24 June 1804. She was owned by Edward Savage and exhibited by him i ...

                                               

Paul the Octopus

Paul the Octopus was an octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. Paul became famous around the world for correctly "choosing" the winner of Germanys seven matches at the 2010 World Cup, as well as the final. During th ...

                                               

Pusheen

Pusheen is a cartoon cat and an internet meme. She is seen in comic strips and sticker sets on Facebook. Some of the stickers are animated. Pusheen was created in 2010 by Hilary Duff a comic strip on her website, Everyday Cute. The original comic ...

                                               

Saturn (alligator)

Saturn was an American alligator. He lived in the Moscow Zoo. He was known as an urban myth that he was Adolf Hitlers "pet alligator". He was born in the state of Mississippi, United States. He survived the Berlin bombing. Saturn was brought to t ...

                                               

Secretariat (horse)

Secretariat was an American Thoroughbred racehorse who, in 1973, became the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. He was born in Caroline County, Virginia. His record-breaking win in the Belmont Stakes, where he left the field 31 lengths behind ...

                                               

Sir Des Champs

Sir Des Champs was a French-bred, Irish-trained AQPS racehorse. He competed in National Hunt races. After winning only one of his five races in his native country, Sir Des Champs was transferred to Ireland and won seven races in succession includ ...

                                               

Snooty

Snooty was an American male Florida manatee that lived at the South Florida Museums Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton, Florida. Snooty was one of the first recorded captive manatee births, and at age 72, he was the oldest manatee in captivity, ...

                                               

Subzero (horse)

Subzero won the 1992 Melbourne Cup. Trained by Lee Freedman and ridden by veteran jockey Greg Hall, the four-year-old revelled in the rain-affected going to defeat the favourite Veandercross and the two-miler Castletown. The win was to be Subzero ...

                                               

Tilikum (orca)

Tilikum, nicknamed Tilly, was an orca, or killer whale. He was notable for his role in the deaths of three humans, including two trainers. The first death, in 1991, was a trainer at the Sealand of the Pacific in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ...

                                               

Invertebrate

An invertebrate is an animal that does not have a spinal column or backbone. This contrasts with vertebrate: if an animal is not a vertebrate, it is an invertebrate. The main phyla groups of invertebrate animals are: Molluscs: ; a large group of ...

                                               

Hemichordata

The Hemichordata is a phylum of worm-shaped marine deuterostome animals, generally considered the sister group of the echinoderms. They date back to the Lower or Middle Cambrian and include an important class of fossils called graptolites, most o ...

                                               

Acoelomorpha

The Acoelomorpha are a group of animals with features that were once put in the phylum Platyhelminthes. In 2004 molecular studies showed that this was wrong. Now it is clear that their closest relatives are the Xenoturbellida, and the two groups ...

                                               

Bryozoa

Bryozoans, also known as the Polyzoa, Ectoprocta or moss animals, are a phylum of small aquatic animals living in colonies. The colonies usually have a skeleton of calcium carbonate. Bryozoans have a long fossil history, starting in the Ordovicia ...

                                               

Charnia

Charnia is the genus name of a frond-like Ediacaran lifeform. It has segmented ridges branching alternately to the right and left from a midline. The genus Charnia was named after Charnwood Forest in Leicestershire, England, where the first fossi ...

                                               

Coral

The corals are marine, either on continental shelves or round oceanic islands. They live in colonies. All the polyps in a colony are zooids: they are all clones, genetically identical. Inside the colony they breed by asexual reproduction. They al ...

                                               

Cycliophora

The Cycliophora are a platyzoan phylum, based on a single genus Symbion. They are so different from other animals that they were put in their own phylum. They were discovered in 1995, and are the most recent new phylum. So far, three species have ...

                                               

Ediacaran biota

The Ediacaran biota are the fauna of the Ediacaran period. This geological period was from 635–542 million years ago, but the fossil biota was only from 575–542 million years ago. This was after a series of ice ages and just before the Cambrian p ...

                                               

Haemocyanin

Haemocyanin is a protein which transports oxygen in the bodies of some invertebrates. Their active centre has two copper atoms which reversibly bind a single oxygen molecule. Unlike the hemoglobin in red blood cells found in vertebrates, hemocyan ...

                                               

Hallucigenia

Hallucigenia is an extinct genus of animal found as fossils in the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale formation of British Columbia, Canada. Another species is found in the Lower Cambrian Maotianshan shale of China. Hallucigenia was thought by Stephen ...

                                               

Limnognathia

Limnognathia maerski is a microscopic animal. It is a newly discovered type, found in homothermic springs on Disko Island, Greenland in 1994. Its place in taxonomy is uncertain. It is described as a class or subphylum in the phylum Gnathifera or ...

                                               

Lophophore

The lophophore is the characteristic feeding organ of four major groups of animals: the Brachiopoda, Bryozoa, Entoprocta, and Phoronida. All lophophores are found in aquatic organisms.

                                               

Mesozoic marine revolution

The Mesozoic marine revolution was the great increase in sea-floor predators that ate shellfish. The term was used by Vermeij, a paleontologist who spent years investigating changes in seafloor invertebrates. There was a notable change in sea-flo ...

                                               

Moulting

Moulting is the manner in which an animal routinely casts off part of its body at particular times of year, or at specific points in its life cycle. Moulting is also known as sloughing, shedding, for some species, ecdysis. Moulting can involve th ...

                                               

Opabinia

Opabinia is a fossil animal found in Cambrian fossil deposits. Its sole species, Opabinia regalis, is known from the Middle Cambrian Burgess Shale of British Columbia. The discoverer of Opabinia,Charles Doolittle Walcott, named it after a local m ...

                                               

Protostome

Protostomes are a nephrozoan taxon of animals above the level of phylum. It is not part of the normal system of classification. They are a subtaxon of the Bilateria, and are contrasted with the deuterostomes. Protosomes are distingued by their em ...

                                               

Rhombozoa

The Rhombozoa, or Dicyemida, are a group of tiny parasites that live in the renal appendages of cephalopods. Classification is controversial. They are probably a new phylum. Traditionally, dicyemids have been grouped with the Orthonectida in the ...

                                               

Xenoturbella

Xenoturbella is a genus of bilaterian animals; it contains two marine worm-like species. The first known species was discovered in 1915 but was only described in 1949. A 2003 DNA study has shown it is a primitive deuterostome phylum. The genus wa ...

                                               

Anti-tank dog

Anti-tank dogs were dogs with explosives placed on their backs. These dogs were trained to run under enemy tanks. The explosives were then remotely detonated in order to destroy the target tank. These dogs were trained by the Soviet Union during ...

                                               

Cavalry

Historically, cavalry have been soldiers who fought while riding horses. In modern times, "cavalry" means the branch of the military that fight in armored vehicles such as tanks. They differ from the infantry in that the Infantry fight on foot. S ...

                                               

Dickin Medal

The PDSA Dickin Medal is an award for animals. It was created in the United Kingdom, by Maria Dickin, in 1943. At first, the awards goal was to honor the work of animals during World War II. The award is often called "the animals Victoria Cross." ...

                                               

War elephant

A war elephant is an elephant that was trained for battle. Elephants were guided by people. The main use of the elephant was in shock tactics to charge against the enemy, trample them, and break their lines. They were first used in India, but the ...

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