Owls are known for their large eyes, fluffy feathers, and their incredible sight but, I guarantee there is a lot more you did not know about Owls. The standard Owl is a part of the order Strigiformes, which contains over 200 species of Owls. This order is defined as nocturnal birds that have binocular vision and hearing, sharp talons, upright stance, broad head, and feathers that have been adapted to silent flight.
Though there are many species of Owls, they all share the same characteristics. The most common owl of them all is the barn owl. This owl can be found anywhere in the world except in desert and polar regions. They weigh on average, just over one pound and are about one foot tall. These creatures are not just adapted for catching prey with their sharp talons and their incredible eyesight but, they are intelligent at it as well. This doesn’t mean they are intelligent in general, however. In fact, Owls are not even close to the smartest of birds. Their brains are developed in a way that two-thirds of it is meant for senses such as hearing and vision. These rest is meant for cognitive problem solving and other functions. This means that they can not figure out complex solutions like a crow or parrot. This is why they are intelligent at hunting only.
The Polar bear is represented as a warm loving animal that lives in some of the coldest climates known to this planet. These animals are not warm in loving, however. They are the largest bear species alive standing at heights of almost 10 feet tall. That is the size of a basketball hoop! Not only are they massive in size but, they are hungry for meat as well. These animals are hypercarnivorous which means that their entire diet consists of over 70% of meat!
How do these animals stay warm if they are in such cold conditions? The polar bear is extremely well adapted for these conditions with a 10cm thick layer of blubber and a 15cm thick layer of fur! All of these insulations for thermoregulation means that the Polar bear can stay warm in temperatures 30 below zero. One of the things that might surprise you the most is the color of a Polar bear. On a polar bear, there is no white pigmentation. Their skin is actually black and their fur is hollow. The reflection of their environment makes them appear white. This black skin also helps absorb heat.
On this magical night of Christmas Eve, Santa will flight to every continent, country, and house to deliver presents to the kids on the good list. The question that everyone asks is, how? How does old St. Nick get to every house in one singular night? This is a question that not even some of the smartest scientists can believe. Santa can do this because of his magical Reindeer. Magical Reindeer look exactly like normal ones you might find in the wild. They have antlers, light-colored fur, and even a light red nose, just like Rudolph!
So, what makes a magical Reindeer magical? When Christmas first began, Santa needed a reliable companion to pull his sleigh. As he looked around the north pole he spotted penguins, polar bears, and even seals! But, there was one animal that stuck out to him the most, a Reindeer. They weren’t as big as a polar bear (so they do not make noise on roofs), they were stronger than a penguin (to pull the sleigh), and they were faster than a seal! After recruiting the Reindeer to pull his sleigh, they obtain magical powers from Christmas magic! Because of this Christmas magic, they were able to fly super-fast speeds, faster than any plane has ever gone. They obtained a magical hoof that makes people unable to hear them as they land on your roof. Finally, they obtain the power to only be seen when they want to, this way they don’t get caught as they fly through the sky!
This magical power that Reindeer have isn’t an everlasting effect, however. It is controlled by Christmas spirit. The more people that have true faith in Santa and Christmas the more powerful the Reindeer become. So, if you are looking to help Santa tonight on his journey around the globe, believe and have Christmas spirit. Sing carols and give gifts, and most importantly be a good person to everyone.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays From the My Biology Experience Family.