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Alpacas

Alpacas

Alpacas are domesticated animals found in higher areas of countries like Peru, Ecuador and Chile.
They are bred for their fiber used for making knitted and woven items like blankets, sweaters, hats, gloves, scarves and wide variety of textiles.
Alpacas spit if they are distressed or feel threatened. Sometimes spit at each other when they are competing for food or other activity. They also sound when danger is present nearby.
Its fur is a very prized fiber for artisans and crafters. Alpaca fur is very soft, durable and does not retain water. It is believed that alpaca fur is the second strongest animal fiber, after mohair.


Koalas

Koalas

Koalas are native to Australia, live in woodlands, and leaves of these trees are their main diet.
They are typically not social animals as they communicate only with their close family members. Koalas sleep for more than 20 hours a day. They get little energy from their diet, so they limit their energy use by less physical operations.
The koala has one of the smallest brains in proportion to body weight of any mammal and weighing approximately 19.2 g.  Because of its small brain, the koala has a limited ability to perform complex and unfamiliar behaviors. For example, when given plucked leaves on a flat surface, it cannot adapt to the change in its normal feeding routine and will not eat the leaves.
The koala is popular worldwide and is a major attraction in Australian zoos and wildlife parks. They are featured in advertisements, games, cartoons, and as soft toys. It has boosted tourism in Australia as about 75% of European and Japanese tourists placed the koala at the top of their list of animals to see in zoos.
The koala is featured in the tales, stories and mythology of ancient Australians. Some believed that Koalas helped row the boat that brought them to the continent. Some stories tell of how the koala lost its tail. In one tale, a kangaroo cuts it off to punish the koala for being lazy and greedy.
In some parts of Australia, their population is declining to some extent, but their population is abundant in most of the continent.


Giraffe

Giraffe

Giraffe is the tallest living terrestrial animals who are native to Africa
Giraffe's main distinguishing characteristics are its extremely long neck and legs. It is believed that elongation of the neck appears to have started millions of years ago as longer neck enabled them to reach food that competitors could not.
Long neck advantage is real, as giraffes can feed up to 4.5 m (15 ft) high, while its large competitors can feed up to only about 2 m (6 ft 7 in) high. Their main food is leaves, fruits and flowers of woody plants which they eat at heights most other animals cannot reach.
Old tales from eastern Africa explains that the giraffe grew tall by eating too many magic herbs.
Giraffes live in herd or groups and are often targeted by lions, leopards and spotted hyenas.


Foxes

Foxes

Foxes are members of the dog family and can be found in variety of places like cities, forests, mountains and grasslands.
Foxes have beautiful fur, due to which they are hunted. This fur help in keeping their body warm.
Foxes are great night-time hunters because their eyes are specially adapted to night vision. Behind the light sensitive cells, there is another layer called the tapetum lucidum which reflects light back through the eye. It doubles the intensity of images received by the fox. Their eyes glow green when light is shone into them at night.
Foxes store excess food, burying it for later consumption, usually under leaves, snow, or soil. They does not chew its food, but uses its sharp teeth to cut the meat into manageable chunks.
Foxes can climb trees and settle on low branches.
In old tales and stories, foxes have been depicted as a symbol of cleverness and trickery. They use various traits and tricks to find food and to evade other hunters.


Persian leopard

Persian leopard

Persian leopard inhabits distant mountainous regions, from dry and arid areas to dense, deciduous forest, and snowy mountain ranges.
They are one of the largest leopards in the world with height approximately 3-6ft and weight around 130 pounds.
Persian leopards are threatened by poaching and their population is declining due to habitat loss due to deforestation, fire, agricultural expansion, overgrazing, and infrastructure development.
These leopards roar and growl threateningly, a trait that resemble with tigers or lions. A part of their voice box, called the epiphyll bone, is actually replaced with a ligament, enabling them to stretch it to have a bigger sound passage, resulting in a wider pitch range.
They can reach speed of up to 36 mph while hunting. The long tail ensures that they never lose balance during sprinting, or during climbing up a tree.


Horses

Horses

Horses are animals used for domestic and for other activities like sports, agriculture, entertainment and therapy.
They are known for their running speed which is accounted for unique structure of their legs and skeleton. Horses have a great sense of balance, due to their ability to feel their footing and body structure.
An estimate of a horse's age can be made from looking at its teeth which continue to erupt throughout life and are worn down by grazing. Changes in teeth's pattern and shape provides rough estimate of their age.
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal and are positioned on the sides of their heads. This means that horses have a range of vision of more than 350° around and also they have excellent day and night vision.
They have skills in problem solving, speed of learning, and memory. It helps them in food procurement and identification of individuals and routes within a social system.
Horses are able to sleep both standing up and lying down. They take rest for shorter periods of time instead of long hours.
They are used in various sports competitions like show jumping, dressage, competitive driving, endurance riding, rodeos, and fox hunting.






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