In 1858, a policeman named John Gray was buried in Old Greyfriars Churchyard in Edinburgh. He left behind his faithful dog, Bobby. This little Skye Terrier was so devoted that for the remainder of his 14 years he would sit at his master's grave, only leaving to get fed.
When someone said that, by law, a stray dog had to be put down, the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals paid for Bobby's licence fee. He then became the responsibility of the city council.
Bobby passed away in 1872 but could not be burried within the cemetry itself. Instead he was burried just inside the gate of Greyfair's Kirkyard, not far from John Grey's grave. His headstone states, "Greyfrair's Bobby - died 14th January 1872-aged 16 years. Let his loyalty and devotion be a lesson to us all"
You may not have heard of Moose or Enzo, but these are 2 of the most famous dogs on television. Perhaps you will be more familiar with their stage name - Eddie from the comedy Frazier.
Eddie, of course is the lovable, if somwhat troublesome Jack Russell that quite frequently steals the show from its human co-stars.
Moose played the original Eddie from 1993 to 2003. Apparently he was just as mischievous at home as he was in the show. He was forever digging holes in the lawn and was even known to climb trees on occasion.
When Moose retired, his son, Enzo, followed in his father's pawprints and took over the role. So, in actual fact, one of the most endearing little animals was really 2 dogs. It just goes to show that showbiz runs in the family.
Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) Founder of the rock group Queen
Delilah, released on Queen's album "Innuendo," is a song Mercury penned for his favourite housecat, a female tortoiseshell named Delilah. When on tour, he would call London to talk to his several cats. Freddie dedicated his first solo album, "Mr. Bad Guy," to his beloved cats (Tom, Jerry, Oscar, Tiffany, Delilah, Goliath, Miko, Romeo, Lily). He is shown with Oscar and Tiffany.
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) (1835-1910) American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer
Twain kept eleven cats at his farm in Connecticut. Twain wrote, "I simply can't resist a cat, particularly a purring one. They are the cleanest, cunningest, and most intelligent things I know, outside of the girl you love, of course." He also quipped, "If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way"; and "The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.” Some of the cats' names: Sour Mash, Apollinaris, Zoroaster, Blatherskite, Beelzebub
Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet?
Did you know that a flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down?
Did you know that a new born kangaroo is only about 2.5 centimtres long?
Did you know that snales can sleep for years?
Did you know that a bee has 5 eyes?
Did you know that the Blue Whale weighs as much as 30 elephants?
Did you know that a female cod can lay 9 million eggs?
Did you know that the mayfly only lives for 1 day?
Did you know that slugs have 4 noses?
Did you know that an ostrich's eye is bigger than it brain?
Did you know that a crocodile cannot stick its tongue out?
Did you know that a polar bear can swim for 60 miles without a rest?
Did you know that camels have 3 eyelids?
Did you know that a group of owls is called a Parliament?
Did you know that the praying mantis has only 1 ear?
Did you know that an emu can't walk backwards?
Did you know that a polecat is actually a weasel?
Did you know that a chameleon's tongue is twice the length of it's body?
Did you know that a mole can dig a 100 metre long tunnel in one night?
Did you know that a Hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute?
What’s small and cuddly and bright purple? A koala holding his breath!
What happens when a cat eats a lemon? It becomes a sour puss!
Why are elephants wrinkled? Have you ever tried to iron one?
What do you get if you cross a fish with an elephant? Swimming trunks!
Why do elephants never forget?Because nobody ever tells them anything
What lives under the sea and carries a lot of people? An Octobus
What is thick, yellow and dangerous? Shark invested custard
How do you make a Witch itch? Take off the 'W'
What is green and hairy and goes up and down? A gooseberry in a lift
What do you get if you cross an elephant with a goldfish? Swimming trunks
What starts with P, ends with an E and has thousands of letters? The Post Office
What is a frog's favourite flower? A Croakus
What do hedgehogs eat for breakfast? Prickled onions
What do bees say in the summer? Swarm
How do you stop moles digging in your garden? Hide their spades
What did the horse say when it got to the end of his nosebag? That's the last straw
What type of sandals do frogs wear? Open toad
What do you get if you cross a frog with a dog? A croaker spaniel
What wobbles when it flies? A jellycopter
Where does a crow go for a drink? A crow bar
Why do they never have exams in the jungle? Because there are too many cheetahs
What kind of dog tells the time? A watchdog
Why do seagulls live near the sea? Because if they lived near the bay, they would be called bagels
What does a frog feel like when he has a sore leg? Unhoppy
What is a frog's favourite sport? Croaket
What is a frog's favourite drink? Croaka-cola
What happened when the frog parked in the wrong place? He got toaded away
What day do fish hate? Fry-day.
What do call a bear with no ears? B!
Where do cows go on Saturday nights?To the MOOO-vies!
Why is it hard to play cards in the jungle?There are too many cheetahs!
When is it bad luck to see a black cat? When you’re a mouse!
What time is it when an elephant sits on your fence?Time to get a new fence!
What does a kitten become after it's 3 days old? Four days old!
What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede? A walkie talkie!
What kind of animal foes OOM? a cow going backwards!
What animal has more lives than a cat? A frog, he croaks every night!
What is a crocodile's favourite game? SNAP!
What happens when a frog's car breaks down? He gets toad away
What do you get when you cross a parrot with a pig? A bird who hogs the conversation
What did one flea say to the other flea? Shall we walk or take the dog?
What do you get if you cross a crocodile with a flower? I don't know, but I'm not going to smell it!
What’s the difference between an injured lion and a wet day? One pours with rain, the other roars with pain!
What is the strongest animal? A snail. He carries his house on his back!
The Blue -Ringed Octopus
This small species of octopus lives off the coast of Australia. It is light coloured with dark brown bands, but when taken out of the water, the rings turn bright blue. The scary fact is that can give a deadly, poisonous bite with its parrot-like beak.
There are over 3000 species of these small, long-legged insects. The females lay their eggs in stagnant water and after 2 weeks they become adults. The scary fact is that their bite can transmit the deadly malaria virus.
The Vampire Bat
It lives in Central and South America. It is only the size of a thumb with a wingspan of 8 inches.The scary fact is that it feeds on blood. Don't worry, it doesn't like human blood though!
The Great White Shark
It can grow up to 8 metres in length. After it has a meal, it doesn't need to eat again for 2 months. The really scary fact is that it has 3000 teeth. I wouldn't like to be its dentist, would you?
There are over 1300 species. They live in deserts, grasslands, forests, caves and are nocturnal. The scary fact is that their venom is highly toxic.
The Black Widow Spider
It is shiny black with red markings on its abdomen. It can lay 250 eggs at a time. It lives in tree slumps, swers and garages. The scary fact is that its bite is highly venomus.
Belcher Sea Snake (aka Faint-Banded Sea Snake)
Loch Ness Monster [Nessie]
The Piranha Fish
There are about 30 species and live mostly in the Amazon River in South America. The most famous species is the Red Bellied Piranha. The scary fact is that they have sharp teeth and are drawn to blood.
The Box Jellyfish
They live off the coast of Austrailia.They have 4 eyes but no brains. The scary fact is that they have between 10 and 60 bunches of tentacles which are extremely toxic.