Nature’s balance depends on a web of predatory animals that have teeth, claws, speed and other adaptations for catching their food. This balance also hinges on prey animals with clever defenses to avoid becoming food.
To defend its young, a tiger will attack an elephant, which can be 20 times the cat's weight. Sounds like any mother who is protective of her young.
Different kinds of aquatic (water-dwelling) animals use similar tricks of the survival trade. This section demonstrates this point with a look an aquatic bird and a water-loving mammal.
The African weaverbird expertly ties knots, crafting a complex nest with two rooms plus an entryway. It stands on one foot as it ties knots with its beak and other foot.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
The earliest known fossils of modern humans, Homo sapiens, were found in Africa. They date back roughly 200,000 years.
In the wild world of nature, survival often depends on sitting in one place and looking like something you’re not. It’s all about adaptations that fool the eye.
The largest American alligator on record measured 19 feet, 2 inches, and it lived in Louisiana.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
Koalas have a specialized digestive system that removes the toxins from eucalyptus leaves. The toxins, which serve as important natural insecticides, are poisonous to most other animals.
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