Fun Fact September 10, 2021.

I got your goat!  Actually, it’s a mountain goat called an Ibex.  I saw a picture recently of an ibex standing on a nearly vertical outcropping of rock.  I had to look closely to see exactly what it was because it blended in with it’s surroundings so well.  Once I found it, I could not believe where it was and how in the world it could stay there with what looked like mere inches of ledge to balance on.  Pretty impressive.  An ibex has large, curved horns with ridges at the front.  Ibex are found in Eurasia, North Africa, and East Africa.  Ibex is a general term used to describe several species of mountain goat.  Over hunting nearly lead to extinction in the 15th century as the ibex was an easy target that

was hunted for its meat and other body parts to be utilized for medicine. The ibex horns were highly sought after as a traditional remedy for impotence, while its blood was used for treating kidney stones. 

Fun Fact September 10, 2021.
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Fun Fact May 7, 2021.

A bit of nudity in today’s Fun Fact.  You’ve been warned.  Today a look at the Naked Mole-Rat.  The naked mole-rat, also known as the sand puppy, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa.   The naked mole-rat lacks pain sensitivity in its skin, and has very low metabolic and respiratory rates.  The naked mole-rat is also remarkable for its longevity and its resistance to cancer and oxygen deprivation.  A typical naked mole-rat is about 3 to 4 inches long and weighs in at 1 to 1.5 ounces.  Like your typical clothed mole, they are well adapted to their underground existence with small eyes, thin, short legs. They are great at moving underground and can move backward as fast as they can move forward. Their large, protruding teeth are used to dig and their lips are sealed just behind the teeth, preventing soil from filling their mouths while digging.  They have little hair, hence the name, and wrinkled pink or yellowish skin.  They have the longest life span of any rodent, living up to an amazing 32 years. 

Fun Fact May 7, 2021.
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