Behavior

Bathing
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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When it's time to clean off or cool down these critters show us how it's done. Penguins get a clean shower from cascading ice run off, elephants protect their skin with dust baths and bears take a nice long soak in this gallery of 'bath time' images.
 
Cannibalism
 
15 Jun 2016 12:00 am
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Cannibalism is the act of one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. To consume the same species or show cannibalism is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom and has been recorded for more than 1,500 species. It does not, as once believed, occur only as a result of extreme food shortages or artificial conditions, but commonly occurs under natural conditions in a variety of species. This gallery includes leopards consuming rivals, mother birds eating their dead offspring and insect females dining on their jilted suitors!
 
Chillaxin'
 
18 Sep 2019 11:53 am
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As summer comes to a close everyone's taking their last few moments to unwind. Check out this gallery of lazy lions, mellow marmots and lounging lemurs and get into the chillaxin' spirit yourself...
 
Communicating
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Courting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Defending
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Creatures use a variety of techniques to protect themselves from predators or territorial intruders. Frilled Lizards flare their neck flaps to express themselves, Pillbugs roll up into a tight ball and Leopard Sea Slugs actually eject their sticky innards when disturbed. A fascinating example of 'suicide bomber' defense comes from a Bornean Carpenter Ant when pitted against a larger Weaver Ant. The smaller ant explodes. These ants have enlarged glands full of a very sticky and poisonous yellow glue. When they feel they are in danger they rupture their glands spraying glue all over the attacker which binds to the two ants in a death tableau.
 
Eating What?
 
25 Jul 2017 12:00 am
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What's for lunch? You might be surprised at what animals dine upon. Elephants feed on soil to gain important minerals, Galapagos Ground Finches peck into the feathers of boobies and drink their blood, water-holding frogs eat their own skin! Other items on the menu include honeydew excreted from Leaf-footed bugs that ants crave, deer dining on their own antler velvet and Rhinoceroses eating their own dung! No all unusual menu items are safe - when unnatural ingredients are available like plastic bags that sea turtles mistake for jellies or potato chips that monkeys steal from tourists the animals' digestion suffers, sometimes fatally.
 
Feeding
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Fighting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Flying
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Gifting
 
13 Dec 2017 12:00 am
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What gifts do you anticipate this season? A feather, a fish or perhaps a dead bee? If you were a bird you would be thrilled with these presents. During courtship many species of birds exchange gifts of food or nesting material including pebbles and seaweed. Check out this gallery so see more examples of romantic avian offerings!
 
Grooming
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Hunting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Inflating
 
16 Nov 2021 12:00 am
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Inflation is not always a bad thing especially if you are a creature trying to scare off predators, attract mates or protect your territory. Check out this gallery of puffed up animals including frigatebirds courting by expanding their bright red gular pouches, frogs advertising using their vocal sacs and porcupinefish expanding their whole spiky bodies to warn off predators. Did you know that walruses puff up two air pouches in their necks to stay buoyant while floating, male prairie chickens can be heard a mile away when using their sacs to boom and hooded seals expand a balloon-like sac from their nostril during courtship and territorial disputes?
 
Jumping
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Metamorphosis
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Migrating
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Mimicking
 
4 Oct 2017 12:00 am
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Copycats sometimes to finish ahead! In the wild some animals find it helpful to mimic their surroundings or other animals to survive. Check out these stunning examples - moths whose wing markings look like unappetizing flies, caterpillars that look like snake heads and spiders that look just like their ant prey - perfect for ambush! See if you can detect the moths pretending to be hornets and camouflaged frogs with pointy horns to mimic the points on leaves.
 
Nesting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Parenting
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Playing
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Pollinating
 
22 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Running
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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Scratching
 
25 Oct 2015 12:00 am
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A study published in the journal PLOS One delves in December of 2013 into the nature of itching. Scratching an itch triggers brain centers that focus on motivation, reward, pleasure and even addiction. Humans are not the only ones who enjoy the satisfying relief of scratching so take a look at this gallery of images featuring animals using sticks, trees and even their own horns to reach an aggravating spot.
 
Sea Lions Cooperatively Hunting
 
11 Jun 2021 12:00 am
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Tui De Roy is the lead author in a paper published in the scientific journal Ecology & Evolution which is dedicated to a rare behavior she witnessed off Santiago Island in the Galapagos. From out at sea groups of Galapagos sea lion cooperatively herd schools of Amberstripe scad fish into shallow coves and then flush them on to the shore. By corralling then beaching the fish the pinnipeds can easily trap and feed on their prey. You see in this gallery that Pelicans benefit as well, opportunistically feeding on the confused and landlocked scad.
 
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