Any of the organisms which exhibit the qualities necessary to be classified under the kingdom Animalia.

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Is it very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely?

It is said that it is difficult to kill a whale (at sea) in a humane way: Experience has shown that it is very difficult to kill a whale at sea humanely; that is, by causing minimum pain or ...
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Is there any benefit to leaving Animal Planet on when leaving a cat alone?

I recently discovered that some people put Animal Planet (or similar nature channel) on the TV when leaving a cat alone all day. I'd never heard of this before, but I found many mentions of it while ...
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Did a baboon work for a South African railroad?

This image is circulating on Facebook (at least among my South African friends). It strikes me as somewhere between an extraordinary claim and a completely vague claim. To what extent, if any, is this ...
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Do dogs bite more during a full moon?

In various cultures throughout the world there is the widespread belief that animals, including companion dogs, are more likely to bite when under the influence of a full moon ...
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Do crabs possess “crab mentality”?

Is there any verifiable evidence that crabs, in fact, demonstrate "crab mentality"? Individually, the crabs could easily escape from the pot, but instead, they grab at each other in a useless ...
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Are there animals that cannot feel pain? [closed]

A thing I've often wondered is whether or not certain animals are immune to pain. I've often read about Naked Mole Rats being unable to feel pain. Also I thought about other animals like Jellyfish ...
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Do roaches die (naturally) on their backs? [closed]

First, a major qualifier here; by naturally, I mean not forced to die on its "stomach" (like by being stepped on). Secondly, I live in the U.S., so maybe this applies to only American roaches. ...
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Do Japanese fishermen put sharks in their tanks to keep fish fresh?

I saw the following story on Quora and when I Googled it, I got a lot of inspirational websites like Patheos.org that were hosting this same story without any citations. I would like to know if the ...
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Did the vast majority of animals escape 2004 December Asian tsunami?

Well, I came across variations of this belief many times. I.e., here: While more than 2,00,000 people died in the devastating tsunami that struck several nations around the Bay of Bengal and the ...
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Do cats like keeping warm on car tyres in winter?

An image macro I've seen a few times, has an image of a cat sitting on top of a car tyre, and says to the effect of 'Reminder, cold season is starting, and cats seek shelter in cars, please check for ...
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Are the USHS and/or PETA secretly against all pets? [closed]

This is a rumor I've heard amongst reptile keepers. Both organizations are openly opposed to keeping reptiles as pets. These reptile keepers claim they are against all pets, but know that going ...
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Is the video of Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In this video a dog head is brought back to life by injecting blood and air artificially. The dog (it's head actually) reacted to sound, touch and used its toungue to taste. I am not skeptic about ...
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Do they grind up chicks for breakfast omelets? [closed]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/01/chicks-being-ground-up-al_n_273652.html This story is on Facebook, about a video showing chicks being ground up to make breakfast omelets. Is this real or ...
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Are animals fleeing Yellowstone park?

This article claims that animals are fleeing en masse from Yellowstone National Park. At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen ...
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Is an imminent volcanic eruption the most plausible explanation for the Yellowstone animal exodus?

According to this article, which has been circulating lately on Facebook: At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen running ...
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Is Fukushima Dai-ichi responsible for earless bunnies?

Picture scraper @Globe_Pics, which has 520,000 followers, tweeted the following (currently 205 retweets, and 135 favorites): Earless bunnies were born in Japan after the Fukushima Nuclear ...
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Are the tigers at Tiger Kingdom in Phuket drugged?

The Tiger Kingdom attraction in Phuket lets you walk into the enclosure and pose for photos with real, live, full-size tigers. They claim that the tigers are not drugged. From their website: ...
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Do water bottles on sidewalk/corners prevent dogs/cats from peeing?

It's very common, at least in Italy, to see bottles of water near walls in sidewalk and I've been told it's because it prevents dogs and cats from peeing on the wall. Is this actually the case and why ...
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Have there been any fatalities caused by octopi?

To what extent are octopi violent towards humans? Has there been any confirmed fatalities? The source of all knowledge claims that some have the capacity to kill humans, and claims there have been ...
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Are pets as bad for environment as cars?

In this article referring to a book the authors claim: Taking the dog for a walk to the store would seem like a more environmentally-friendly option than piling into the SUV. Not so, say ...
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Do fleas jump lower after being covered by lid? If so, do their offspring adjust to this lower height?

This is one of the popular experiments mentioned in motivational books. Here is summary from a motivational webpage: At the beginning of the experiment a number of fleas are placed in a jar. The ...
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Did cows in Germany blow up their own barn by farting?

As reported by Reuters, Flatulent cows start fire at German dairy farm - police Methane gas from 90 flatulent cows exploded in a German farm shed on Monday, damaging the roof and injuring one of ...
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Do headless chickens run around?

It's a clichè that is constantly repeated by the likes of Gordon Ramsey: You are running around like headless chickens! source Also, for example, they do in South Park animations Do ...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You Know.org: Sharks are the only animals that almost never get sick: they are immune to almost every known disease. Is this true or is it a myth?
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Does animal experimentation delay results in medical research?

There is currently a vehement debate in the Italian media about animal rights activism and experimentation on animals. Caterina S., a person with four genetic diseases, publicly demonstrated her ...
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Did any armed forces, or units give pets to their soldiers at the start of their training which they were required to kill at the end of it?

In the QI episode about killers the panel mentions that German SS soldiers during WWII were given puppies at the start of their training to raise, and then they were required to kill the dogs at the ...
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Is this tapeworm diet ad real?

There's an ad I've seen several times about the internet, advertising tape worms for use in dieting. This image can easily be found googling "tapeworm diet ad". Snopes asserts uncertainty as to ...
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Does eating vegetarian kill more animals than eating meat?

Read in an Italian magazine: The University professor who conducted the study, such Mike Archer, showed instead that the production of plants consumed by humans can kill a number of animals 25 ...
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Is gratuitous farm animal abuse condoned by the USDA?

I recently watched the short film "From Farm To Fridge." (It contains video footage of farm animals being abused and killed.) Obviously the video makes an emotional appeal more so than a purely ...
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Does the carrot on a stick method work on a mule?

Some idioms ("chase the carrot" / "carrot and stick") and a popular image (as shown below) implies that you can make a mule move forward (and pull a cart), by placing a carrot or any other food ...
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Will elephant dung paper infused with flower seeds grow when planted?

According to this article there is a paper that has been infused with elephant dung and flower seeds that, if planted and watered properly, will actually grow. I guess it sounds plausible but I feel ...
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Do Macaque monkeys steal money from wallets and use it to buy food from vending machines?

I saw this rumor on Reddit, which refers to factsanddetails.com and which doesn't indicate the information source. I saw a video of a monkey using a vending machine on College Humor, but that doesn't ...
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Do monkeys love bananas?

This one comes from my 7-year-old. So, do all monkeys go bananas for bananas? Some types of monkeys? Do all monkeys like bananas somehow? ...or is it just a cartoon convention with no basis in ...
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Is Australian fauna more dangerous?

It's a popular meme, "in Australia everything tries to kill you", often backed up by the list of dangerous animals, such as box jellyfish, variety of spiders, salt water crocodiles and sharks. However ...
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Did production of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” involve a dramatically high rate of animal deaths?

A rumor has circulated on the internet for quite some time that there were many animal cruelty violations in the process of making the movie, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, including the deaths of ...
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Do sharks die if they stop swimming?

I've seen this claim several places: If a shark stops swimming it will die. (from wikianswers, alongside contradictory text) [I]f they do not swim, then they will have no oxygen and they will ...
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Do spiders intentionally wear water droplets on their heads?

I discovered today that there are a lot of pictures of spiders "wearing" water drops as hats. (More research: Warning -- Spiders!) However, I can't find anything related to why they might do this. ...
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Do cows lie down before rain or thunderstorms?

Example of the claim: Users on the Snopes forums I've been told that if you see cows lying down in the field, that means it's going to rain. [...] Pretty much "common knowledge" among ...
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Is cows' milk bad for cats?

My mother used to tell me that I shouldn't give our kitten cow milk, even if she seemed to enjoy it. Since I loved my kitten, and was quite disobedient at that time, I did it fairly often, and never ...
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Are any animals nocturnal? [closed]

Several animals are commonly considered to be 'nocturnal' by nature. Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by activity during the night and sleeping during the day. The common ...
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Did an orangutan learn to pick locks?

Just read about this orangutan called Fu Manchu who allegedly crafted a self made key for his zoo cage, kept it hidden in his mouth all day and regularly escaped during the night. Mother Nature ...
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Do sea otters rape baby seals to death?

Popular facebook group Nature isn’t always kind and cuddly. A study showed that sea otters will restrain baby seals and then begin copulation; sometimes drowning it during the 105-minute-long ...
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Do wild dogs use trains to commute to and from Moscow?

An article in The Sun describes how wild dogs near Moscow have been living in the suburbs, yet commuting daily to the city via trains. These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so ...
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Are yowies real?

According to several articles, yowies (i.e. wild, unidentified, hominids, reputed to live in Australia) have been allegedly observed by many. For example, in this Herald Sun article about a man in ...
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Do fish feel pain?

As a small kid, I was told that fish don't feel any pain when they bite into a fishing hook. I'm not sure if this was just something made up so I didn't feel sorry for the fishies. It appears that ...
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Do cats have a chemical in their brains that resembles LSD?

So while our cat was acting "crazy" this evening tearing from room to room and pouncing on on nothing, my wife and I were laughing at its behaviour. During discussions she mentioned hearing that cats ...
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Did rescue St. Bernard dogs carry barrels of brandy around their necks?

We all know this from cartoons and stuff and off course it doesn't make sense today but are there any evidence that the dogs really carried barrels of brandy? I'm not sure the Wiki is saying a ...
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Can a skunk spray with its feet off the ground?

A colleague has a family story that if confronted by a skunk, if you can get its rear feet off the ground, it's unable to release its foul-smelling spray. Evidence for or to the contrary?
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Is Frontline (fipronil) an effective treatment for cat fleas?

Frontline Spot On (active ingredient fipronil) is advertised as a treatment for cat fleas: Kills fleas within 24 hours Kills fleas for up to 5 weeks in cats My mum recently went to her vet ...
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Can dolphins learn a symbol based language?

I recently stumbled across the following article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1240334/Dolphins-clever-humans--treat-like-people-say-scientists.html which makes the claim that ...