You Probably Didn't Know These Mammal Facts!
by Ayelen Flores Ruiz, age 11
A mammal is a vertebrate animal that produces milk to feed their young. There are mammals that live on land, air and water. A few examples of unique mammals that live in different places of the world are foxes, bats, and dolphins.
Foxes learn how to hunt at a young by fighting other younger foxes. This allows cubs to learn and develop crucial survival skills. Stronger foxes are feared while the weak get picked on. Due to their excellent skills of tracking their prey, foxes are solitary hunters. A common hunting strategy done by foxes is to pounce in the air and to catch their prey off guard.
Bats are the only known mammal that have the ability to fly. Although the flying squirrel can glide, it cannot truly fly. Bats’ wings can be considered to be overgrown hands with long fingers that are connected by thin, stretched webs of skin. By using their wings, bats can fly at speeds of thirty miles per hour or more. One of the largest bat species is the flying fox with wings that can be about three feet long.
Dolphins live in the ocean and are the friendliest of all the whale species. Along with their friendly attitude, dolphins are known for their playfulness and curiosity. Unlike other mammals, such as foxes, dolphins tend to live and hunt with larger groups. Within the groups, these mammals like to take care of each other. For instance, if there is a sick or injured dolphin, the group will work together to push the ill dolphin to the surface.
These animals drastically differ from one another, however, they are all mammals. The different environments, lifestyles, and forms of raising their young is what make every mammal special.
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