I got into a discussion with a few friends about a video I saw of a kangaroo swimming. At first they didn’t believe a kangaroo could swim, but through the powers of YouTube I was able to prove that I wasn’t talking nonsense.
After the video ended and I was feeling quite proud of myself, one of my friends exclaimed… “Did you know pigs can swim too!”
To which he was met with a loud chorus of doubters. But YouTube was already open and 15 seconds later to our amazement we were watching a video of pigs swimming, and quite graciously at that too.
We spent the next 30 minutes Googling and watching videos of animals we didn’t think could swim, well, swim.
It turns out, almost all animals can swim but it’s still kinda cool watching videos of our fury friends have a splash about.
And now it’s time to share the love.
Here is a list of six animals you might not have thought could swim:
We know all about kangaroos’ jumping and boxing abilities, although not much is said about its’ swimming abilities but surprisingly kangaroos are darn good swimmers.
Interestingly enough, while on land kangaroos can’t move their legs independently but once in water they kick each leg independently to swim.
They may not be able to fly but they certainly can swim. In fact there is an island in the Bahamas with a stretch of coastline named ‘pig beach’. It is unclear however how the pigs got there, one theory is that sailors left them there with the thought of returning and eating them.
Today the pigs are living the high life going for leisurely frolics on the beaches of the Bahamas.
You might be thinking; there is no way a sloth could move its arms and legs fast enough to swim! Well, a sloth isn’t going to be breaking Michael Phelps’ records anytime soon but sloths certainly can swim… and quite well too.
Their long arms enable them to pull themselves through the water and they can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes.
While not all feline creatures enjoy the water they are all capable swimmers, including tigers, leopards and even domestic cats but jaguars get a special mention because they are just so good at it.
They even hunt aquatic prey such as fish, turtles and even crocodiles!
Our rodent friends, the capybara are not only great swimmers but they can stay submerged under water for over five minutes. Their webbed feet enable them to glide effortlessly through the water.
They can even sleep in water by keeping their noses above the waterline.
Despite being the largest mammal on land, elephants can in fact swim. Using their trunk as a snorkel and kicking their legs they look rather majestic when they go for a paddle.