Posts tagged ‘Upper Lip’

What are the whiskers for on an animal’s face?

Whiskers

The whiskers on an animal’s face are organs of touch.  They help the animal sense what going on around it.  Scientists call whiskers vibrissae (vi-BRIS-see). These long, sensitive hairs are most helpful to animals that prowl about in dark places.

A cat’s whiskers brush against objects the cat might not see as it hunts at night.  Whiskers help some animals find food.  The whiskers on a seal’s face are helpful in detecting fish in the dark or cloudy water.  And the thick whiskers on a walrus’s upper lip help it to feel for clams in the ocean bottom.–Dick Rogers

How did the white rhinoceros get its name?

Rhinoceros

Rhinoceroses are large animals that have one or two upright horns above the nose.

African species are popularly known as white rhinoceroses and black rhinoceroses, although neither is white nor black, but almost the same gray color.

The name “white” is a corruption of “wyt,” the Afrikaan word for “wide,” referring to the animal’s wide lips.

Among other differences, the white and black rhinoceroses have differently shaped mouths.

More properly called a “square-lipped” rhinoceros, the white rhino is a grazer.  It mows the grass much like a cow,  seizing the grass with its wide lips and tearing it off.

The black rhino is the one most lip which comes to a point and is sometimes called a “hook-lipped” rhinoceros.

Unlike the white, the black rhino is a browser.  It feeds on vegetation by grasping the leaves and twigs with the flexible upper lip. – Dick Rogers