Nature’s Wonderland : Amazing But True

Female monkeys or bears, after delivery, eat Kali moosli (Curculigo ) common in the forests, to get vitality. Before mating the males of these species use White moosli (Chlorophytum sp.)in order to get strength. Chimpanzees with intestinal parasitic infections chew on the young shoots of a tree called Vernonia amygdalina. Red Colobus monkeys like eating the leaves of almond and mango trees. However these leaves, while high in protein, also interfere with the digestion. To solve this, these monkeys eat charcoal from charred logs and branches…


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When elephants lie down for short periods they first make beds, gathering together grasses, twigs and leaves. Greylag Geese pair for life and mourn the loss of their partners. The surviving bird droops, the head hangs and the eyes sink deep into their sockets. Desert tortoises will walk miles to find and dig the calcium they need to keep their shells strong. Female monkeys or bears, after delivery, eat Kali moosli (Curculigo ) common in the forests, to get vitality. Before mating the males of these species use White moosli (Chlorophytum sp.)in order to get strength. Chimpanzees with intestinal parasitic infections chew on the young shoots of a tree called Vernonia amygdalina.
Red Colobus monkeys like eating the leaves of almond and mango trees. However these leaves, while high in protein, also interfere with the digestion. To solve this , these monkeys eat charcoal from charred logs and branches. The Hoatzin bird of South Americafights toxins with bacteria. In most birds, the crop is a digestive organ used for storage and the grinding of common foods such as seeds or insects. The leaf-eating, hoatzin, however, uses specialised bacteria in the crop to break down hard-to-digest leafy plant material. The bird’s gut bacteria also neutralize and poisons found in the plants it eats. European Starlings line their nests with wild carrot leaves to kill all the mites that might suck blood from their chicks. House Sparrows use Neem leaves as nest lining to keep ticks away.
White-faced Capuchin monkeys break open the fruits of certain species of Citrus plants, and rubbing the pulp and juice into their fur to repel insects and heal cuts. Fur-rubbing behavior becomes more frequent when temperatures and humidity rise during the rainy season. This may be due to the corresponding increase in the risk of bacterial or fungal infections. North American Brown Bears chew the root of Ligusticum porteri, or “bear root,” making a paste of the plant and saliva that they rub on their faces to repel insects when topically applied. Bears may also fur-rub each other to develop relationships among themselves and establish a group scent.
Pregnant African Elephants seek to eat the leaves and bark of a tree of the Boraginaceae family to induce labor.
Blue Tit females choose mates with the brightest ultraviolet crests. Male Temminck’s Tragopans pump blood into their throats expanding them into blue and dark red bibs , in order to attract females.Courting male and female Waxwing birds pass flower petals back and forth as if exchanging gifts. If the bees smell smoke they will proceed to eat as much as they can in case the colony must flee. Chimpanzees in the wild deworm themselves by eating the leaves of a plant called Aspilia rudis. The leaves are rough, sharp and nasty to eat but contain chemicals which are antibacterial and remove intestinal parasites. The leaves are excreted whole and tiny worms come out with them. Baboons that are exposed to a parasite spread by water snails eat the fruit of the tree Balanites aegyptiaca, to deworm themselves.
A clay regularly mined by mountain gorillas in Rwanda is very similar to the kaolin sold in chemists for upset stomachs. Another good source of clay are termite mounds, and chimpanzees are often seen breaking off chunks of soil from them when they have gastrointestinal problems. Capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica eat chillies when they have stomach problems. These contains compounds that deaden pain and kill off insects. Bright orange Citronella Ants, found only in North America, make a strong citrus smell when they are threatened. Pheidole ants stink of feces when alarmed. Ants teach other ants how to find food using a poking and prodding technique. When student worker ants of the species Temnothorax albipennis first set out for food, they are accompanied by teachers who run along with them. The process is slow. The student pauses every once and a while to search for landmarks. When she”s ready to continue, the follower catches up and taps the teacher on the hind legs.
The Anaconda snake is one of the largest snakes in the world. growing as long as 30 feet and weighing as much as 400 pounds. The anaconda snake feeds on large animals, including panthers, other snakes, and crocodiles. When stalking its prey, this snake usually lurks beneath the surface of waters or watches from overhanging branches, waiting for the moment to strike. The Harpy Eagle is the most powerful bird in the Amazon. It feeds on large to small mammals including monkeys. An adult harpy can grow talons up to seven inches long. The Camels are the only mammals with oval (instead of circular) red blood cells. This adaptation allows the red blood cells to expand and not rupture when the camel drinks large quantities of water.
Pride Lionesses frequently enter breeding season together and later give birth at the same time which allows them to share nursing and other maternal duties.
Hyenas are particularly efficient predators since they are capable of digesting bones, horns and even the teeth of their prey. Because their necks are shorter than their legs, Giraffes must spread their front legs wide in order to reach the water to drink. Their neck veins contain valves and a network of tiny veins to constrict blood flow to their brain when they lower their head to drink in order to prevent blackouts.
While all chameleons change colours , young chameleons have far more colours than older ones. Chameleons do not change colours to hide themselves but to communicate to each other as they cannot hear without eardrums of ear openings.
Muriqui monkeys of Brazil eat the leaves of Apuleia leiocarpa which contains estrogen when they don’t want to get pregnant. They eat the fruit of Enterlobium contortisiliquim (monkey’s ear) to increase their chances of pregnancy because the plant contains progesterone (the “pregnancy hormone”). Wild cats and dogs eat rough grasses as emetics or purgatives when they feel ill. In the month before they hibernate, Alaskan brown bears eat sedge plants that bring out all the worms in their dung. Canadian snow geese, just before they migrate in winter eat a special grass so that they also bring out all their tapeworms. The grass comes out undigested.
Wolves eat grass to clean their guts of roundworms.
After mating, foxes make a maternity den for raising young. It will be in a hollow log, streambank, rockpile, cave. it is chosen at a place where there is raised ground so the foxes can see all around. The main entrance is approximately three feet wide, and the den which is lines with grass will have one or two escape holes. Muskrats are large rodents that always live near water. Their rear feet are webbed for swimming, and their eyes and ears are very small. Muskrats build a house, called a lodge, out of aquatic plantsup to eight feet across and five feet high. They also build feeding platforms and take their food out to their feeding platforms.
Tadpoles can live up to two years before turning into frogs. The longer they remain a tadpole, the bigger the frog will be. The Common Snapping Turtle when threatened will sometimes release a foul odour from a gland on the underside of its body.

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