Friday, September 30, 2011

A Theorist in the Forest



Animals, of course, are real animal trainers, and they are teaching all the time.

The skunk's stripe is there to remind all of the consequences of getting too close. Once sprayed, most animals are a thousand times shy!

The rattlesnake's rattles are there to remind all of the consequences of getting too close. Once bitten, most animals stand well back!

The Spitting Cobra's hood is there to remind all of the consequences of getting too close. Once sprayed in the eyes with venom, most animals flee as soon as they see a rising hood!

In the insect world, of course, there are so many species reminding all of the consequences of getting too close, that there are entire species which have evolved as mimics!
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1 comment:

Viatecio said...

Case in point: Stag beetle!

My dog now knows to Not Touch, and I had no involvement in that training whatsoever.

I couldn't even click and treat when she shook it off her nose, to reward her for getting rid of it!

/snark

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