MINI BELIEVE IT OR NOT –
A baby rock hyrax is not born with the bacteria they will need to digest plant matter, so to obtain it they eat the poop of adult hyraxes.
- The Rock Hyrax has a three-chambered stomach
- The stomachs are filled with a symbiotic bacteria to break down their food
- The Rock Hyrax is related to elephants and manatees
MINI BION EXTRAS
- Boplaas winery in Western Cape, South Africa, used an elephant to crush grapes to promote elephant conservation efforts
- The Thai elephant orchestra has released two CDs of music created by elephants playing giant instruments, such as xylophones, drums, and harmonicas.
- The manatee indicates its mood, conveys information and warns of danger by a vocabulary of more than 1,000 sounds!
“BIONs” – short for Believe It or Not – is the word we use at Ripley’s to refer to anything that is unbelievable and worthy to become part of Ripley’s lore and collection.
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