Children ask things that other people don’t ask. This can be good or bad.
For example, “Mummy, why is the sky blue?” is a very valid question that, if answered correctly, can make you look pretty impressive in front of your child. However, “Mummy, why is that lady very very fat?” can mean that you have to get off the bus a few stops earlier than originally intended out of sheer embarrassment, while your toddler obliviously shouts the same few lines of ‘Let It Go’ over and over again to the person sitting next to them.
Lots of the time though, kids can ask questions we have never even thought of before. Even Bee, who is 20 and might know more than I do at this point, text me a couple of weeks ago to ask “can bird get a fever?” to which I responded “probably”. If humans can then birds probably can, although come to think of it you don’t often see a bird with a cold, even the ones that live in the snow.
In preparation for my children, or anyone else’s children, asking me a random question about wildlife, I have put together a list of interesting animal facts. Feel free to use them. If none of them relate to the animal in question, pick the one that is closest and distract them with it. Here are my top five:
- Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.
- Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions. (This can’t actually be true, surely?! No child is going to believe this in a million years.)
- Elephants can smell water up to three miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause – the other two being humpback whales and human females. (If you’re talking to small children they probably don’t need to know about the menopause part. Unless they are asking you about menopause in the first place, and then you can bust out this fact.)
- There are one million ants for every human in the world. These resilient creatures also never sleep and do not have lungs. (Ants are terrifying, obviously.)
- Oysters can change gender depending on which is best for mating. (I would love to see humans be able to do this.)
Just memorise those facts and you can impress any child from about the ages of 5-7.
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If you have any cool animal facts going spare, please comment with them so I can add them to my fun fact list. And don’t forget to check our Disney Animal World.
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