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Cows Nap Standing Up, and Other Silly Animal Trivia

I find animals very fascinating. From the smallest house cat to the biggest tiger, bumblebees to bumblebee bats, even shrews and elephants alike, there are just so many amazing creatures in the world.

Of course, I don’t know everything there is to know about all the animals around the globe. I think it’s pretty safe to say that that’s impossible! Especially considering that scientists estimate that there are millions of different animal species out there.

However, I’d like to think that I know a fair amount, at least enough to win a round at trivia night.

Some animal facts are so strange that they almost don’t sound true. For instance, did you know that pigeons can be trained to tell the difference between the paintings of Pablo Picasso and those by Claude Monet?

Other facts are just kind of silly, like how cows nap standing up. However, they only sleep lightly while standing up and prefer to lie down to get some decent rest. I hate to break it to you, but cow tipping is just a country boy’s tall tale.

And of course, there are some animal facts that are just incredibly adorable, like how sea otters hold hands when they sleep so that they don’t drift apart, or how seahorses mate for life and hold each others tails when they travel.

Are you an animal lover? Do you think you know a lot about the animal kingdom? If so, test your knowledge with this animal trivia quiz!

  • Which of these is the slowest animal in the world?

    • Three-Toed Sloth
    • Greenland Shark
    • Tortoise
    • Slow Loris
  • True or false: Rabbits are born blind

    • True
    • False
  • Which animal has the highest blood pressure?

    • Giraffe
    • Lion
    • Elephant
    • Horse
  • What is a group of porcupines known as?

    • A Prickle
    • A Herd
    • A Cackle
    • A Troop
  • One animal’s fingerprints are almost indistinguishable from human fingerprints. Which animal is it?

    • Koala
    • Three-Toed Sloth
    • Aye-Aye
    • Marmoset
  • True or false: Elephants are the only mammal that can’t jump

    • False
    • True
  • Mammals that lay eggs instead of having live birth are called monotremes. How many living monotreme species are there?

    • One
    • Two
    • Three
    • Four
  • True or false: Only males are peacocks, while females are called “peahens”

    • True
    • False
  • True or false: Cats like the sweet taste of sugary treats, like chocolate and ice cream

    • True
    • False
  • Which is bigger: an ostrich’s eye, or an ostrich’s brain?

    • Eye
    • Brain
  • Which animal has the thickest, most dense fur?

    • Otters
    • Polar Bears
    • Arctic Fox
    • Sheep
  • Which bird has the largest wingspan?

    • Wandering Albatross
    • Ostrich
    • Emu
    • Southern Cassowary
  • All of these birds are flightless, except which one?

    • Turkeys
    • Ostriches
    • Emus
    • Kiwis
  • Which of these spotted cats is a jaguar?

    • y
      Wikipedia
    • y
      Wikipedia
    • y
      Wikipedia
    • y
      Wikipedia
  • Lots of animals can nap standing up, but which of these animals does not?

    • Lions
    • Elephants
    • Horses
    • Flamingos

Kate Singer

Kate Singer is a regular contributor to Polling Pig and enjoys making trivia, polls and personality quizzes.

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