How did the bloodhound get its name?

Bloodhound

Bloodhound

Despite the bloodhound’s name, it is not vicious and has no special fondness for blood.  This big, saggy-skinned dog is so-named because it is a blooded (pedigreed) hound.  Its lineage dates back to very early records in Europe.  The bloodhound has the best sense of smell of all dogs.

Originally bred for tracking game by sent, this will-mannered dog is now used mostly to track fugitives or lost persons.  A bloodhound can track down a person who is lost in the woods by sniffing something that belongs to that person and picking up his/her trail.–Dick Rogers

How many eyelids does a camel have?

       Spider

A camel’s large, dark eyes are protected by three eyelids.  The two outer eyelids have long, thick eyelashes that protect the eyes from swirling sand.  A thin inner eyelid winks over the eyeball and wipes off any dust that may get in.  thick eyebrows shade the eyes from the glare of the desert sun.

The camel’s nostrils are slanting slits that can be closed tightly, serving as additional protection against the blowing sand.  The camel’s ears are covered with hair, even on the inside.  The hair helps to keep out sand or dust that might blow into the camel’s ears.–Dick Rogers

How many eyes does a spider have?

Most spiders have eight eyes.  There are also six-eyed, four-eyed and two-eyed spiders.  Some species of spiders that live in cave and other dark places have no eyes at all.  A spider’s eyes are on the top and near the front of its head.

Even though a spider has so many eyes, it can only see things a few inches from its face.  To make up for their nearsightedness, spiders have a very strong sense of touch and taste.  Special hairs on the spider’s body contain nerves.  These nerves act as “ears, nose and tongue” to sense danger, as well as to locate food.–Dick Rogers

Why do we say that a cat has nine lives?

The expression that a cat has nine lives originated in ancient Egypt.  There, cats were worshiped as gods and often embalmed and richly buried when they died.  Because the major gods of Egypt formed a trinity, three was a sacred number.

Since the multiplication of three by three is nine, crediting the cat with nine lives was the highest honor the Egyptians could bestow on the animal.  Because the cat’s swiftness and agility help it to escape with its life from many situations, the saying that cats have nine lives has endured.–Dick Rogers

How do starfish eat?

Starfish

A starfish’s mouth, underneath its flat body, leads directly into a large, bag-like stomach. The starfish can push its stomach out through its mouth.  Starfish like to eat clams and oysters.  Encircling a clam with its powerful arms, the starfish attaches its sucker-like tube feet to the clam’s shell.

With ever-increasing force, it pulls the two halves of the shell apart.  Then, the starfish pushes out its stomach and digests the food.  When the starfish has completed its meal, it pulls back its stomach, and leaves only an empty clam shell behind.–Dick Rogers

Do fish drink the water they live in?

Fish

Fish consume the water they inhabit if it agrees with their system.  Since the bodies of freshwater fish are much saltier than the water they live in, they don’t drink.

They are in danger of too much water entering their bodies, diluting their body fluids. They urinate often to get rid of any extra water that soaks into their bodies.

Saltwater fish, however, drink large amounts of water, since the salty sea water absorbs moisture from their bodies, causing dehydration.  These fish eliminate excess salt through their gills and very concentrated urine.–Dick Rogers

Do Squirrels remember where they hide all of their nuts?

Squirrels don’t always remember where they have hidden all their nuts.  Every autumn,  the tree squirrel gathers and hides acorns and other nuts.  It knows that food will be hard to find during the winter months.  It buries small stores of nuts in many different places.

That way, if other animals find and eat some, the squirrel will have others.  The squirrel depends on a keen sense of smell to help it relocate the hidden stores.  Yet many of the nuts are forgotten or abandoned by the squirrel.  Then the nuts may take root and grow into new nut trees.–Dick Rogers