A goat has four legs. It has knee pads on its two front legs.
A goat kneels on its two front legs to eat grass. Therefore, the knee pads protect the goat’s knees.
The knee pads are hard, hairless, rough calloused patches of skin.
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The Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey (Ateles paniscus paniscus) is a mammal. It is also known as the Guiana Spider Monkeyor Red-Faced Spider Monkey.
The Red-Faced Black Spider Monkey has long, black hair and a red-pinkish bare face. It has a long, prehensile tail that can grasp tree branches. It has long limbs and long fingers.
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The African Pouched Rat (Cricetomys gambianus) is a muroid rodent. It is also known as the Gambian Pouched Rat. It is not a true rat. It has pouched cheeks like a Hamster.
The African Pouched Rat has a long grey-reddish furred body, light-coloured tail, pink ears, and a pink-grey nose. It has long incisor teeth.
It has an excellent sense of smell. African Pouched Rats can detect land mines and tuberculosis.
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The Brush-Tailed Bettong (Bettongia penicillata) is a small, rare marsupial mammal. It is also known as the Woylie.
The Brush-Tailed Bettong has grey-brown fur with a pale-cream underbelly. It has some silvery fur. Its tail is rufous-brown (red-brown) with a blackish tip.
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What does the Brown Rat (Rattus norvegicus) eat?
The Brown Rat, common on all continents except Antarctica, is an omnivore, eating almost anything.
It is opportunistic, but it is often seen eating grain and bird seeds.
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What does snuffle mean?
To snuffle means to breathe in quickly and deeply through the nose while smelling something.
Dogs snuffle. Pigs snuffle.
The photographed Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons) snuffles in the dirt, lifting the dirt with its nose, while smelling to find food.
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The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a mammal in the bear family. It is also known as a Panda Bear.
The Giant Panda has smooth, thick, black and white fur. It has black patches around its eyes, over it ears, and across its body. It has five fingers and an enlarged bone called the pseudo thumb, which enables it to grip bamboo shoots. Its face is round with round black ears.
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The ears of a horse can move and swivel in different directions separately.
This enables the horse to listen carefully to sounds in the front of it and behind it.
The ears of the horse are flexible and mobile.
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The Rock Squirrel (Otospermophilus variegatus) is a small arboreal (tree) rodent mammal.
The Rock Squirrel has speckled grey-black fur. It has a long, bushy tail, short feet with short claws, a small nose with whiskers, and small rounded ears. Its eyes have light-coloured eye-rings.
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The Tapir (Tapirus) is an ungulate mammal native to Malaysia, South America and Central America. What do the teeth of a Tapir look like?
The Tapir has brachyodont teeth, which means that it has low-crowned teeth.
The Tapir also has lophodont teeth, which means that its cheek teeth have lophs (ridges).
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What do the feet of a Kangaroo look like?
The Kangaroo, Wallaby, and Pademelon are macropod marsupial mammals, which means big-footed pouched animals.
The Kangaroo has two large, flat hind (back) legs and two small fore (front) legs that look like hands.
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The Large Hairy Armadillo (Chaetophractus villosus) is a mammal related to the Anteater and the Sloth.
The Large Hairy Armadillo has a series of thin, grey bony plates along its head and back. This leathery shell is called a carapace. Its pinkish-white underbelly is covered in long, coarse hair. It has long, powerful claws on its front legs for digging. It has a long snout (nose), small beige ears, and small eyes.
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Which animals have a beard?
Several ungulate (hoofed) animals have beards, such as the Goat, Markhor, the White-Bearded Wildebeest, and the Bornean Bearded Pig.
Some apes and monkeys have beards, such as the Bornean Orangutan and the De Brazza’s Monkey. The Bearded Emporer Tamarin has a moustache and a beard.
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The Tapir (Tapirus) is an ungulate mammal native to Malaysia, South America and Central America. What does the nose of a Tapir look like?
A Tapir has a short trunk for a nose, with two large nostrils. It hangs down, and over its mouth. It is called a proboscis.
A Tapir’s proboscis is flexible because is can move in all directions.
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The Azara’s Agouti (Dasyprocta azarae) is a rodent mammal.
The Azara’s Agouti is a stout brown-furred animal, with a russet-yellow rump. It has pink ears and a pink nose with a white chin. It has dark eyes. Its front feet are grey-black with four toes, and its back feet have three toes. It has a small tail.
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The Patagonian Mara (Dolichotis patagonum) is a large rodent. It is also known as the Patagonian Hare or the Patagonian Cavy. It is a cavid, related to the Guinea Pig.
The Patagonian Mara looks like a mixture of a hare, a jackrabbit, and a guinea pig. It has long ears and long legs. Its hind (back) legs are longer than its fore (front) legs. Its front feet have four toes and its back feet have three toes. Its tail is short and hairless. It has grey fur with orange-yellowish sides and chin, and a white patch on its rump. It has a white underbelly.
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How does the Tree-Kangaroo climb trees?
There is only one species of arboreal (tree living) kangaroos in the world. It is the Goodfellow’s Tree-Kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi). Other kangaroos are terrestrial, living on the ground.
The Tree-Kangaroo has adaptations to its feet to enable it to climb trees.
The Tree-Kangaroo has longer and wider hind (back) feet, with longer curved nails, than the terrestrial kangaroo.
The Tree-Kangaroo has longer front paws than the terrestrial kangaroo.
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The Vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) is camelid mammal from South America. It is related to the Llama and the Alpaca.
The male Vicuna has 32 teeth and the female has 30 teeth.
The Vicuna is a grazer, eating grass. It has six large, visible, crooked lower teeth, called incisors, at the front of its mouth, to help it cut grass.
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The Sichuan Takin (Budorcas taxicolor tibetana) is a large goat-antelope ungulate bovine mammal. It is also known as the Tibetan Takin. It is related to goats and sheep.
The Sichuan Takin has thick, light blond to dark-brown hair and a moose-like, rounded nose. It has thick, curved horns and small rounded ears. It has split hooves.
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