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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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I'm putting my bets on the Pistol Shrimp (Alpheus heterochaelis) They can be grow 3cm to 5cm Long which is incredibly small for the amount of db it can create. Their sound is a by-product of their large claw snapping shut and creating a cavitation bubble that creates a lot of pressure and then produces up to a recorded 218 Decibels. This "click" or "pop" of ...


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Reason for Migrating Birds: Migrating for a Meal Food scarcity: If birds will stay and eat all the bees they find, there will be no bees to feed on for the next generation. So, they fly away to take advantage of these places where there is abundance of food. And when the insects or replenish they come back. Migrating for Family Flocks of bird can be easy ...


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It could be Wood Mouse(Apodemus sylvaticus). Courtesy : redbubble.com


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I will go with lesser water boatman(Micronecta scholtzi). The loudest of everything as well as small. Size: 0.07-inch (2-millimeter) Produces the highest sound by size ratio. It's sound is almost equivalent to pounding jackhammer at two feet distance. Source and Image Courtesy: So Small, So Loud: Extremely High Sound Pressure Level from a Pygmy ...


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Could not fit in a comment… I don't quite know how to answer. I think that the only answer one could give is why not?. Various mechanisms may evolve under different life-history, different environment, different ecological strategy, different mutations occuring,.. In some species (including some amphibians) the evolution of sex determination system is ...


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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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As far as getting inside, they are small, and they can get in through openings you don't notice, or just sneak in when you open the door.


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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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It is probably Daddy Longlegs (Leiobunum vittatum) this invert color image show the resemblance. Source: http://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Eastern-Harvestman http://bugguide.net/node/view/840130 Might be eating a cockroach: UPDATE: OR It might be Mitopus morio(modern harvestman)


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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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1) Pareas iwasakii has asymmetric mandibles. A few more examples of asymmetric snakes (reference) Pareas iwasakii skull 2) Camels have an asymmetric penis (reference) 3) You could find quite a few in this article titled Animal asymmetry Hope that helps. I am sure there are more but these are some I could find.


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Recent genetic analysis of human DNA shows neanderthal ancestry, so inter-species breeding to produce reproductively viable offspring (humanderthals?) appears to be possible - at least between species of the same genus. But with Homo sapiens being the only extant species in the genus Homo you'd be really stretching the boundaries of plausibility to have a ...


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This is a hypothetical scenario which I think could be compared in parallel to hybrids like a mule (offspring of a male donkey and a female horse) or a hinny (offspring of a male horse and a female donkey) or zebroids (reference). In the case of the fertility of mules on wikipedia it is stated that A few female mules have produced offspring when mated ...


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Three factors that influence the number of legs are: 1) Sex : In some species of myriapoda, the females have been found to have more leg segments than males (reference) eg: Himantarium gabrielis 2) age Growth is by adding segments and legs with successive molts (anamorphic), and myriapods continue to add additional segments and legs after they ...


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I wouldn't say that a human is "likely" to get sick by drinking from a puddle, I'd say "at some risk". It isn't desperately dangerous, although don't take that as a recommendation. There are many infections you can get from water (bacterial, viral, amoebal, and I presume fungal). You don't want to risk them, but probably won't actually encounter them in that ...


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To the answer above: "I am the being in the mirror", one has to ask themselves: Is it so strange that a cat seeing it's own paw in front of it and recognizing it as it's his OWN, and not chasing it's own tail because it knows it's his and he's not a kitten anymore? So how much different is that when they come to understand, especially after you hold the ...


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Gibson (2006) identified three characteristics that help woodpeckers avoid brain injury: their small size, which reduces the stress on the brain for a given acceleration the short duration of the impact, which increases the tolerable acceleration the orientation of the brain within the skull, which increases the area of contact between the ...


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Various features of brain,skull and beak anatomy help to achieve protection. A paper was published in PLoSOne in 2011 on this very topic: Why do woodpeckers resist head impact injury: a biomechanical investigation There is also a very readable summary on the BBC website. I advise that you read the whole article, but here is a quotation which lists the ...


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This due to a phenomenon called "cold shock". This induces a number of physiological changes in the fishs metabolism and also in its behaviour and can lead to death. The first paper cites some reasons in table 1: Brain and central nervous system response: Changes in neuronal activity Catecholamine and corticosteroid response: Release of hormones due to ...


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It is a torrent salamander. Most likely this is the southern torrent salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)


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Looks like a mountain beaver (Aplodontia rufa) to me. Location, appearance, and minimal tail all match. A bit more detail: Where I'm from on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, they're not uncommon, but Butte County is near the southern end of their distribution (eol map page) and they may be less common there, and limited to cooler higher elevations (Beier ...


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The short answer is that yes, they will grow back. Cats do regularly shed their whiskers and grow them back in time (reference). The thing is that if damage has been done to the root of the whisker, it may grow back in an irregular manner (reference). Wish for the best and by now I think the whisker should be back just fine.


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I understand the question as "can you get any animal to have heritable traits selected by humans?" This definition of domestication implies that a population of animals can be bred for a sufficiently long period of time, so that humans can select hereditary traits that fit their needs. Humans could provide selective pressure that creates a new variety with ...


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The reason why the cuttlefish is colour blind is because it just has one type of cone cell. Humans have three different types, each sensitive to a different color of light. With only one cone type, you couldn’t differentiate between different colors (reference). A study was conducted in the lab of Dr Lydia M. Mäthger where two different ...


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it is symi bird and more over it is commonly called as collared dove its a resident of symi and would have brought to australia by other means you can find a list off all the symi birds here


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I think this is a Barbary dove (or Ringneck dove). See this image (from the here): More information can be found here and here. The second pages shows also images of different color variations.



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