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Did you know that cats can’t taste sweet things? Or that turtles breathe out their butts? How about that fire salamanders eat their own siblings?

Writer and illustrator Brooke Barker collected these, plus about 150 other sad animal facts in a new book called, appropriately, Sad Animal Facts. Somehow they’ll make you say “Awww!” and giggle at the same time.


We’ve brought you a selection of 10 images below. Now you know why your cat doesn’t like ice cream.

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