When woodcocks rock when they strut, they are actually searching for food! It is suspected that the bobbing helps them detect slight changes in the soil, making it easier to detect worms.
/r/AwwducationalContrary to popular held believe, the hare isn't a native species to Britain. When it was introduced has been lost to time. It is believed they were introduced from Denmark.
/r/AwwducationalSquirrels can use their tails as umbrellas to protect them from rain, snow, and the heat of the sun.
/r/AwwducationalNewborn vervet monkeys have black fur and pink faces for the first 4 months of their lives, appearing quite different from the adults. It is thought that this helps the troop identify the young so that individuals other than the mother can easily look after them as needed.
/r/AwwducationalThis is a nestling killdeer performing Distraction Display. When a predator is nearing its nest, it acts like it has a broken wing to pretend being easy prey, hopefully steering the attention of the predator to it.
/r/AwwducationalEastern gray squirrels have been observed engaging in "behavioral deception." When they think they're being watched by someone looking to steal their food, they will dig a hole and pretend to bury the acorn, all the while keeping the seed hidden in their mouth to bury elsewhere.
/r/AwwducationalOne African bullfrog father is tasked with protecting the tadpoles after mating. This includes constructing an aqueduct to move them from the small pool in which they were spawned to the larger nearby pond.
/r/AwwducationalThe Przewalski's horse or takhi (Equus feru przewalskii) is a rare horse native to the steppes of Mongolia and China. Once believed to be the only truly "wild" horse, recent genetic studies suggest that is in fact descended from the horses of the Botai culture of Central Asia.
/r/AwwducationalWhen threatened, Kung Fu Mantises/mantes/mantids (Hymenopus Coronatus) will rear their front raptorial legs to confuse or scare predators. They eat a variety of small insects, including each other.
/r/AwwducationalThe pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius) is the smallest rattlesnake in the world, with the largest adults rarely exceeding two feet in length. In some regions, these snakes develop this incredible red coloration, possibly to attract mates.
/r/AwwducationalAustralian wombat mums have a backwards facing pouch (opening pointing to their bottom) so when they are burrowing it does not fill with dirt.
/r/AwwducationalTorrent Ducks thrive in those swift Andean mountain streams that bubble over boulders. Turbulence oxygenates the water to support the stonefly larvae which they eat. They dive to extract the larvae from the cracks between the rocks on the bottom using narrow, flexible bills, edged with serrations.
/r/AwwducationalA newborn Chinese Water Deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand. When it matures, instead of growing antlers, they grow long upper canine teeth gaining them the name "Vampire Deer".
/r/AwwducationalWild turkeys can fly. Even from a young age they often roost high up in trees for safety. I found this hen with her five poults 50 ft up.
/r/AwwducationalHippos are the second-largest land animal -- second only to elephants. Male hippos can weigh more than 6,000 pounds. Females are more "delicate," topping out around 3,000 pounds. Despite their massive bulk, hippos can run faster than humans -- up to 30 miles per hour!
/r/AwwducationalAsiatic Lions are the only lions to live somewhere other than Africa. These beautiful lions are native to the Gir Forest in India.
/r/AwwducationalBobcats are territorial, using urine, feces, and anal gland secretions to deliniate home ranges that are one to several square kilometers in size. A successful male's home range overlaps with those of several females, and may also overlap the territory of another male.
/r/AwwducationalDeclared Extinct in 1979 from Sylvatic Plague. The Black-Footed Ferret was rediscovered in 1981 with the help of a lady's dog.
/r/AwwducationalCaptain Cook collected quolls along the east coast in 1770, and recorded 'quoll' as their local Aboriginal name. Quolls were often seen by early settlers, who called them 'native cat', 'native polecat' and 'spotted marten', names based on familiar European animals.
/r/AwwducationalDinosaur of the chaparral - the coast horned lizard. Primary diet? Red harvester ants. Both species are threatened by development and people. - California Chaparral Institute
/r/AwwducationalA fascinating look into the fine art world and how billionaires exploit it for tax purposes
/r/AwwducationalCats travel by placing their hind paws in the print left by their front. This both quiets their steps & ensures solid footing for their powerful back legs.
/r/AwwducationalBig Cats are differentiated from small cats due to their ability to roar, smaller cat species can purr but not roar
/r/AwwducationalAt birth Grey Seal pups weigh only around 14 kg, their mother's high fat milk allows them to quickly bulk up and develop the blubber which is essential for survival in the cold sea water.
/r/AwwducationalThe Hero Shrew has the sturdiest spine of any known mammal. It has corrugated interlocking vertebrae that are unique among mammals except for its sister species, the Thor's hero shrew.
/r/AwwducationalThis is a Tegu lizard. When preparing for reproduction, Tegu lizards elevate their body temperature up to 10 °C higher than their surroundings, making it one of the first, and few, warm-blooded lizards
/r/AwwducationalSea otters hold hands while they’re sleeping so they don’t drift apart.
/r/AwwducationalIn order for the western tragopans to mate. The male deploys his finery: His head sprouts blue horns, his tail feathers fan, his rainbow wattle unfurls. At passion’s peak, he ducks out of view, bursts forth again, rushes the female, mounts—and they mate for 10 seconds. Though brief, it’s effective.
/r/AwwducationalOn the left is an Anthia Beetle, known for its formic acid spray. On the right is a juvenile Bushveld lizard, who imitates the colours and the walk of the beetle to fool potential predators.