Hyenas are generally thought of and portrayed as dog-like creatures, but these wild animals are actually more closely related to cats, according to National Geographic! Their scientific classification puts them in the ‘Feliformia’ suborder, one of two suborders in the Carnivora order. Feliformia is the ‘cat-like’ carnivores; the other suborder, unsurprisingly, is ‘Caniformia’. But hyenas are still different enough from big cats to have their own separate family classification, entirely their own family, ‘Hyaenidae’.
Though honey badgers have developed a reputation for being ferocious and just about indestructible, partly because of their taste for poisonous snakes, they’re actually not naturally immune to poison. When they’re young, their mothers slowly introduce them to poisonous animals like tiny scorpions so that they develop an immunity. Oh, and their name might be something of a misnomer. Though they do look similar, they’re not actually closely related to European badgers; they’re actually part of the weasel family.
If their colourful appearance and huge, almost plush-looking beaks give you the impression that toucans are a fun-loving species, well…you’d be right! According to National Geographic, as part of a mating ritual, a pair of toucans will toss fruit back and forth with their beaks!