Additional Kids' Corner Submissions from Delmar, NY
Patty's class working on their Kids' Corner submissions
Spider Monkey’s Amazing Tail!
Guest Contributor - Laila
Did you ever wonder why spider monkeys have a hook at the end of their tail?
They have a hook at the end of their tail so they can hang from trees. They sometimes hang from their tail to drink water from a pond or lake. They also might be able to grab food with their tail. Their tail is basically an extra hand.
I think this is really cool because they use their tail to do a lot of things.
Amazing Tear Lines
Guest Contributor - Jack
Did you know that we are not the only living beings that have something to protect our eyes from the sun? Well, you’ll never guess what else... it’s the...cheetah!!!!!!
It’s a hot summer day, a cheetah is running across the Savannah with sun in its eyes and it can run 70 mph!!! That’s because its tear lines act like sunglasses! How else would they run 70 mph with sun in its eyes?
I think this is an awesome fact because… cheetahs invented animal sunglasses!!!!!!!!!!!
Bunnies Fascinating Ears
Guest Contributor - Nihal
Have you ever wondered what bunnies do with their long ears? Well, here are your answers.
Bunnies have very long ears so they can hear from a couple of miles away from where they are. They can hide their babies and themselves before the predator is already there. So if the mother is out hunting, it can hear if her babies are in danger. Her ears are basically her guide to her babies.
I think this is a cool fact because… bunnies are small and really quiet, but they can hear from a couple of miles away.
Babies Getting Born
Guest Contributor - Ava
Did you know when female Blue Morpho butterflies lay eggs, they will hatch in about 9 days? Well, it’s true!
The Blue Morpho caterpillar goes through 4-6 periods of time between molting, then they form a chrysalis. Inside the chrysalis the caterpillar turns itself into liquid that will help it form into a butterfly. The babies are brown with large green spots. The blue morpho caterpillar also has tiny prickly hairs on its back that can irritate the inside of bird’s mouth. So if a bird tries to eat the caterpillar, the blue morpho caterpillar will be safe!
I think this is a cool fact because it's a very interesting part of the stage when they turn into liquid before forming into a butterfly. It's also cool when it goes through 4-6 periods before molting. Molting means to shed skin. This is why I think this is a cool fact!
A Shark's "Bones"
Guest Contributor - Laim
Did you know that a shark does not have regular bones? Instead, their bones are made of…CARTILAGE!
Cartilage is flexible, so sharks can twist and turn in the water, unlike any other fish! Also, cartilage does not break, so you'll never see a shark with a cast on its fin (disclaimer: you never will).
I think this fact is very amazing, because with bones made of cartilage, sharks are very maneuverable in water!
Just one more Toe.... Sloth
Guest Contributor - Lily
Have you ever wondered why the fascinating 2 toed sloth has ‘2 toed’ before ‘sloth’ and a 3 toed sloth has ‘3 toed’ before ‘sloth’? Well you're in luck because I do know why!
A two-toed sloth has two toenails and a three-toed sloth has three toenails!
Therefore they both have toes to… grip onto trees, hang onto and eat their food and scare predators away!
I think this is a fascinating fact because...they are almost the same animal just a different names because of the number of its toes.
Guest Contributor - Darika
Did you know that there is at least one cat that can swim? Which one? The jaguar, of course.
This is because jaguars sometimes catch and eat underwater animals. For example, they might hunt for crocodiles, fish, etc. They also might need to swim underwater to hide from enemies.
I think this fact is outrageous, because usually cats are afraid of water…but this one cat is not afraid.
Super Sloth Carries Algae!
Guest Contributor - Matthew
Did you know that sloths have tiny camouflaging algae all over them?
Sloth hair is grayish-brown, but at times it looks gray-green in color. This is because they move so slowly that tiny camouflaging algae grows all over their coats.
Although baby sloths are faster than older sloths, the big question is... do baby sloths get less algae?
Guest Contributor - Maayan
If you were a Toucan, would it make you mad that people
say that your bill is so large?
There is a reason for this. The bill is so large because it helps the Toucan keep cool. In the hot, tropical day it is like a thermal window and
it conserves energy.
I think this is a cool fact because, it is amazing that the toucans can hold all of that energy and stay cool.
The Jet Engine
Guest Contributor - Elliot
Did you know that the Boeing 747 is so powerful that it can carry around 545 passengers?!?
This is possible because of four very powerful jet engines.
The jet engine works by taking in cold air, heating it up, and shooting it out.
The jet engine is the most powerful engine in the world.
I think that it is amazing because of how powerful taking in some hot air and shooting it out can be.
Run Chicken Run
Guest Contributor - Hunter
Did you know chickens can run around with their heads chopped off?
This sounds rather gruesome, but it is true. Have you ever heard of the expression “You’re like a chicken running around with your head chopped off?” That means you’re running like crazy and that is what chickens do. The science behind this is, it depends on where the neck is affected.
I think this fact is interesting because my grandfather taught me this when I was little and he used to say that expression.
Guest Contributor - Molly
Sloths swim because many years ago there was a flood in the Amazon rain forest and now sloths use it as a swimming pool! Once a sloth is done eating leaves on one tree, the hungry sloth will swim to the other side and eat other leaves from another tree. Also it is a form of exercise. It is like a routine…eat, swim, eat, swim. Sloths swim faster that they can walk. Last, and it is the most important part… SLOTHS ENJOY SWIMMING!
I think this fact is cool because most animals don't like to get wet in water and that is why sloths swim!
The Charge - Just Plain Disgusting!
Guest Contributor - Maxum
Did you know that a rhino scrapes the ground when charging?
They do this because they're marking their territory. It raises the ground with its feet to spread their waste which also keeps away their enemies. They investigate dangerous areas by charging into things.
I think this fact is interesting, because it's just plain disgusting!
Guest Contributor - Maxum
Do you know that the macaw has a sharp curved bill so it can eat a variety of foods including seeds, leaves, flowers and stems?
The macaw beak is very hard and strong. It is strong enough to break open the hard shell of nuts. It uses its tongue to see how hard the nut is.
This is amazing that a bird can break a nut! I can’t do that with my teeth!