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This is a story I have been told as well when I was a kid. Usually this is related to the foreign smell that the humans leave on the chick. However, this seems to be an urban legend, as birds have not a great sense of smell. Snopes says about this: However, Mother birds will not reject their babies because they smell human scent on them, nor will ...


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Lions Lions are a classical example of cannibalism. To understand why this occurs we have to understand their mating system. Males have harem of females and males fight in order to access a harem (Note: females may also take part in the battle depending of which male they prefer). When a male takes over a new harem, he may kill the youngs of the previous ...


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Animal Planet is quoting researcher Dennis C. Turner who claims this is an instinct which is supposed to tire the prey: Cats, rather, wear down prey to avoid sustaining injuries. They're motivated by self-preservation, just like most other animals, and they know what could happen if they aren't careful. Mice and rats, for example, can deliver nasty bites ...


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Wasps are extremely territorial creatures. They also have great sight. Wasp colonies will send out foragers and scouts to look for uninhabited areas with food in which they can build a nest. Because wasps are so fiercely territorial, a scout wasp will generally stay away from an area with another colony already in it. Because of this fact fake wasps nest ...


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Well, first off, they have eyes, so there's that. However, a lot of what ants wish to achieve can be done through a combination of a random walk and chemical trails. When ants are exploring their surroundings, they are essentially wandering about without much in terms of a sense of purpose; laying down a chemical signature as they go. When they find ...


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Yes, they can. Here are a couple pics I found of foxes moving their ears independently: This is something all canids can do (1)(2) Btw, I can move my ears independantly. It's all in the finding the right muscles.


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Yes, they can understand some words and even simple sentences. Here is what Animal Planet says: Studies show that the average dog can understand about 165 different words, in some cases more if you make a point of training them. This includes the basic commands such as "sit," "stay," and "go," as well as a range of other terms, assuming they're tangible ...



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