Not all animals give off foul odours – some smell as sweet as our favourite scents
Beavers smell like french vanilla
Anal secretions are rarely present, but there are exceptions. The beaver’s slime smells of french vanilla, and – gulp! – we humans use it in everything from perfume to food flavouring.
Citronella ants smells like lemon
This common American household pest gives people’s homes a pleasant lemon-y smell, due to the citric gas they expel when threatened. The smell is even more noticeable when the ant is crushed.
Koalas smell like cough drops
You are what you eat, they say: these lazy koalas live on a diet of eucalyptus leaves, and as such smell like a big, cute, teddy bear-shaped cough drop.
Peppermint stick insects smell like peppermint
Occurring throughout the Pacific Islands, this unappetising-looking stick insect sprays aggressors with a fragrant but irritating mist that smells of – you guessed it! – peppermint.
Crested auklets smell like tangerines
Most birds have a poor sense of smell, but don’t tell that to this sweet-smelling seabird. They preen their scent into their feathers like a perfume, and greet by sniffing each other’s necks.
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