The behavior of animals, for the most part, is nothing extraordinary. However, there are times when they behave very strangely - so much so that it can shock or frighten. From a shrimp that creates a supersonic prawn shrimp to a faint goat - here you will find 25 facts about the behavior of animals that will surely surprise you.
These are domestic goats, known as myotonic, whose muscles turn out to be paralyzed for about ten seconds as a result of panic. Usually it ends up with the goat falling on its side.
On the dark, moonless nights of September and October, hundreds of birds fly toward death in the village of Juting in India. However, contrary to rumors, birds do not rush to the ground at will. These are superstitious locals killing them with spears. Scientists believe that a certain combination of environmental factors causes the birds to lose their orientation in space and they fly towards the light of village dwellings. Attempts were made to explain this to the locals.
Cows eat lined up in one direction.
In fact, not quite like that: they take one of two directions: either north or south. Scientists have not yet figured out the cause.
Whale songs are getting lower every year.
The trend of lowering the height of the whales' voice is clearly visible, although the difference is small - for the last 40 years, the entire song of the whales became lower by just a few hertz. Experts have proposed many theories - from noise pollution to global warming. But the true cause of the phenomenon remains a mystery.
From the time of ancient Greece, human rumors endowed various animals (from worms to dogs) with amazing “superpowers”. In fact, it is said that there are species that can predict earthquakes almost a week before the disaster. And here no one can give an exact reason, and some scientists explain similar phenomena to ordinary coincidence.
Yes, even animals can become addicted to this bad habit, as the case of Tori, an Indonesian orangutan, clearly demonstrated. Zoo workers are dealing with outbursts of Tory irritation,if she doesn't get her daily cigarette.
Most animals fight, but chimpanzees do it “humanly.” They know how to use the effect of surprise, use different battle tactics, capture territory.
Plants eat animals
Known as sarracenia, these carnivorous flowers usually feed on insects and bugs. Although it is known that sometimes they manage to catch rodents and even birds.
Over the past few decades, it has become known that young elephants in Africa have spotted and killed several rhinos for no apparent reason. The park rangers decided to establish a “big brother” program - to pair up young and more mature elephants who could teach their younger brethren to the mind and prevent attacks. It sounds implausible, but the program has acted and the rhino death rate has decreased.
Herbivores eat animals
Not only among plants there are unexpected predators. Some herbivores, such as cows and sheep, no, no, yes, and are accepted for eating their comrades — farm animals if their food is not sufficiently rich in nutrients.
Payback for ugliness
It is known that the zebra finch lays eggs of a slightly larger size if its partner is not sufficiently attractive. Presumably, special nutrients and more room for growth are compensation for poor paternal genes.
Maybe the flowing blood is not the best defense mechanism, but the toad lizard has adapted to use it, blowing blood from the eyes.
Grief and burial
Elephants observe certain human rituals concerning death. It is known that they regularly visit graves, interment the dead, and even “grieve” by spending time around the body of a dead relative.
Bald darks live their lives in pitch darkness and therefore are born completely blind. But they can run backward at the same speed as forward.
Again from the life of bald gadflies: the womb is the only female in their colony that may have offspring. Why? Because she treats other females so that they are under constant stress and cannot produce offspring.
Crows have the ability to memorize human faces, and if they really disliked you, they will not forget.Scientists who caught ravens for research made this discovery when they noticed that the birds were croaking at them, wherever the researchers would go. Using masks, they realized that the crows actually hurt the people who had caught them. It is noteworthy that their chicks later continued to pursue the offenders of their parents.
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Ferrets make a series of crazy jumps to the side whenever they are excited about something.
Torture in the world of fauna
Ichneumonoid horsemen find a victim (usually a caterpillar), implant their eggs inside her body, paralyze the victim and then eat it, still alive. In this case, the most unpleasant thing is that first the rider eats fat deposits and digestive organs. Therefore, the caterpillar remains alive as long as possible in principle.
Hippos attract mating partners through defecation and urination, occurring simultaneously.
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Histiostoma Murchiei, the female tick, lays eggs without needing to be fertilized. When her sons grow up, she mates with them and soon after they die.
A vervetka or dwarf green monkey living in Saint-Kirs has become addicted to alcohol over the last few hundred years due to the regular use of fermented sugarcane. Recently, monkeys began to steal alcohol from local resorts.
A spotted skunk does a handstand to scare a predator.
Cows with suicidal tendencies
Although scientists have always found it difficult to establish that animals can go on suicide, recently in Switzerland many cows have mysteriously been thrown off a cliff towards death.
Ring of death
Nomadic ants are blind and therefore follow their fellows by smell to get to the nest. Sometimes the chemical trail of a large group of ants can form a loop. In this case, the nomadic ants will go on in a circle indefinitely until they fall firmly out of exhaustion.
Nutcracker is considered the loudest animal in the sea. To stun its prey, it beats claws at supersonic speeds. A loud sound is created by an acoustic wave from a click — so powerful that it can stun prey.It is particularly striking that the temperature of the water for an instant approaches the temperature on the surface of the sun.