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Wild nature, with all its extraordinary beauty, is a very cruel place predators and just want to break the weak animal into small pieces. However, it is worth noting that harmless creatures though and can't respond to the murderous monsters with the power, at least can save your life trick. Some creatures run away from enemies, literally tearing itself apart. Others are able to impersonate those they, in fact, are not. Sounds too vague and you don't fully understand what is it? In this article I propose to look at how various birds, lizards, caterpillars and other eye-catching physical strength create manage to fool predators and to get out of the most dangerous situations. We will start, perhaps, with birds.
In Australia and Tasmania is inhabited by small birds, referred to as bigelovii of Sobolewski (Acanthiza pusilla). They are the same species of passerine birds and are really very similar to well known to us sparrows. Their body length does not exceed 10 inches, and they eat insects. In General, very cheerful creatures, whose main goal is to nest and produce healthy offspring.
Their life would be Paradise if not for the hawks, who want to catch them. But Sobolewski very well prepared for encounters with birds of prey. The fact that they perfectly imitate the voices of four different birds are larger. At the sight of the predator, tiny birds literally start yelling their relatives about the impending danger. Those, of course, will know about the danger and hide from predators. And hawks, in most cases, scared of the screaming and fly away.
Also in the Australian forests are home to butterflies of Phyllodes imperialis. As we well know, before gaining wings, these beautiful creatures some time are in stages of larva and become pupa. So, these caterpillars always want to eat a variety of birds, and, in order to maintain life, they had to develop a very unusual method of protection. In General, they are able to impersonate dangerous snakes.
Butterfly Phyllodes imperialis
In the case of danger, the caterpillar of the butterfly Phyllodes imperialis stands on its hind legs and strongly stretches the skin on the front part of his body. The result is some sort of skull pattern — this scared not only birds, but humans! According to scientists, the body of the caterpillar is able to stretch to 12 inches. When this fake snake makes a clicking noise. It all looks very strange, scared and suspicious, so predators quickly decide to leave. You never know what this transformer's mind, isn't it?
butterfly Caterpillar of Phyllodes imperialis
The Geckos, like many other lizards, too, have a lot of enemies. In fact, they hunt them all who can catch them: snakes, birds, mammals and just curious people. When the Gecko realizes that he was ambushed, then her muscles literally breaks your spine in the region of the tail into two parts. The tail disappears and continues to wriggle, distracting the attention of the enemy, while the lizard gets away aimlessly.
After About three weeks, the tail starts to grow again. However, it will be worse than the original on several parameters. First, it is smaller. Secondly, it will not grow as beautiful. Thirdly, his mobility will be limited. When re-danger, a new tail, too, can fall away, but it will not be as good wiggle as the previous one. In General, lizards better not to get into trouble.
It's hard To believe, but the great apes orangutans are also afraid of some animals. But they are the most intelligent creatures after human beings grow to 1.5 meters in height and can weigh as much as 100 pounds. It would seem, at the sight of the enemy they can just threaten to squeal on his head so that will not find it. But no, at the sight of a formidable predator like the tiger, the orangutans begin to scare them away with loud noises.
Scientists believe that a particularly effective sound against predators orangutans are considered "kissing noises". Making them like orangutans would allow enemies to understand what they noticed. And to attack these strong monkeys directly, better not. After all, they can cause serious injuries. And not the fact that they will lose to the tigers — even after the bites they can beat the wild cats. The wise men who join the battle only in the most extreme case!
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Since we started with the birds, let them finish. In the Amazon rainforest you can see the so-called gray Auli (Laniocera hypopyrra). Like almost all birds, they have from time to time to fly in search of food for their Chicks. The kids remain alone and risk becoming the prey of various predators. But they have amazingthe ability to find a species of venomous caterpillars. And this is no exaggeration — check out the video below and verify the realism of this phenomenon themselves.
As the grey Auli Chicks have bright orange color of the feathers, they are very most likely mimic the appearance of poisonous caterpillars in tropical forests. As soon as they feel some kind of monkey, snake or bird of prey approaching the nest, the Chicks pull the head and begin to squirm like insects. Enemies take them for poisonous creatures and go by. The show ends just after his parents returned.
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