Humans share the planet with as many as 8.7 million different forms of life. From the lush rain forests to the depths of the majestic seas, our planet is packed with unique and interesting animals. And there's certainly no shortage of fantastic animal facts when it comes to the idiosyncrasies of nature. Every corner of earth houses critters that have distinct personalities and characteristics. One could spend a lifetime learning about the various species, because no two animals are the same. This quiz is for the animal fanciers out there. We doubt that many will know the answers to these seemingly bizarre questions, but give it a whirl and see how you do. It's fun, and you'll learn something amazing.
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Grizzly Bears At the White House?
President Thomas Jefferson received an unusual pet present after he sent an expedition out west to explore the recent land purchase from France. Perhaps he should have been more specific when he asked the explorers to send back specimens as they sent back more than grass and seeds. Captain Zebulon Pike sent two grizzly bear cubs. Jefferson was shocked when they arrived. They quickly outgrew their cages and roamed the White House lawn with Jefferson's beloved peacocks, partridges, and mockingbirds. Jefferson’s favorite pet, however, would always be his mockingbird, Dick. Jefferson’s good friend Margaret Bayard Smith described how the bird would land on Jefferson’s table and “regale him with its sweetest notes, or perch on his shoulder and take its food from his lips. Often when he retired to his chamber it would hop up the stairs after him.”
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