Animals with the best sense of taste in the world

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 in Mind and senses

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Turbocharged taste buds – The catfish

A 6-inch catfish may have 250,000 taste buds. They cover its entire body inside and out including its fins, back, belly and tail - making it literally a swimming tongue. In comparison, we have around 10,000 taste buds. Understandably this makes them exceptional at detecting food. For instance, imagine being able to taste a single drop of coke in an Olympic size swimming pool. A catfish could.

 

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Tasting with your feet – Flies and butterflies

When you’re in a hurry to find food like these insects, the ability to taste whatever they land on is a great advantage. If they taste something they like, they can immediately mop it up with their tongues. Otherwise they can fly off.

 

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Rubber lover – The kea

This relative of the parrot is a bird native to New Zealand. Folklore abounds that this strong bird has acquired the taste for rubber and will peck away at the rubber windscreen wipers on cars - even when the cars are moving.

 

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“I don’t like sweets” – The cat

They might be able to see, hear and smell better than us but when it comes to tasting sweetness - cats are left flummoxed. They have an inability to taste anything sweet which explains why they like more savoury treats such as meat.

 

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“Chocolate kills me” – The dog

If you’re considering giving any dog chocolate as a treat - don’t. You could kill it. This is because dogs find one of the key ingredients of chocolate extremely toxic.

 

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Fat lover – The polar bear

Polar bears crave fat-filled meals and will often kill a seal pup just to eat its brain - which is the densest source of fat.

 

 

Why aren’t bats birds?

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Answer : In case you haven’t guessed, bats are not birds because they don’t have feathers.

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