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A pig Christmas tree ornament.

A pig Christmas tree ornament. (View larger version)

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  • On average, Michigan experiences 16 tornadoes a year. These tornadoes can be deadly, and have killed 243 people since 1950.

  • Young, healthy animals are much more likely to cope well with anesthesia than older animals, who generally take much longer to recover from its effects.

  • The most common foreign objects swallowed by dogs are pieces of bone. Other objects that often become stuck in the esophagus include needles, fishhooks, and wood.

  • It usually takes about 1-4 hours for a heifer to give birth to her calf. If there are no problems, the process should take no more than three hours.

  • Horses have very powerful instincts. They can sense when their riders are feeling anxious or afraid, and often ignore or disobey their riders for this reason. Some horses can even express jealousy and vengeance.

  • While racehorses are seldom used past the age of eight, riding horses can live a useful life for more than 20 years.

  • The modern Christmas tree was actually started in medieval Germany.

  • The idea of Christmas cards began in England during the 19th century.

  • While cows are the main producers of milk, in some other countries milk is gathered from animals like the buffalo and reindeer.

  • Domestic animals, such as dogs, are affected by many pests including flies and lice that may suffer from anemia.

  • Horses rely on pasture forage, and during the winter there is less water to grow, so a protein and vitamin A must be provided.

  • Iguanas mainly eat food that includes leaves, buds, flowers and fruits from fig trees.

  • One major difference between rats and mice is that rats are larger than mice, which have a length of about 5.1-5.9 inches.

  • Cows have been harvested for milk for as long as 6,000 years.

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