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Learn facts you didn't know about various world animals. Some of these facts here are even stranger than fiction!

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  • The hippo is the third-largest living land mammal, after elephants and white rhinos.
  • The name hippopotamus comes from the Greek "hippos," meaning horse, these animals were once called "river horses." But the hippo is more closely related to the pig than the horse.
  • Hippos spend most of their day in water close to shore lying on their bellies. In areas undisturbed by people, hippos lie on the shore in the morning sun.
  • A newly born wildebeest can run within minutes of birth.
  • When hunting a spotted hyena can reach speeds of up to 60kph and a pack will easily bring down a wildebeest.
  • Giraffes feed for up to 16hours a day, and can each consume up to 60kg of leaves daily. They defend themselves by kicking and can run at speeds of up to 55 kph.
  • According to Maasai legend, the reason why the slow moving tortoise are not more frequently trodden to death is because they exude a scent similar to that of a hunting lion.
  • Ostriches have such voracious appetites that they have been known to swallow coins nails, horseshoes and other metal objects.
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