Physical Self-Defense

Physical Self-Defense

Not matter where a wild animals lives in nature, it's always "a jungle out there." And so, to avoid winding up as someone’s fast food, many animals have horns, tusks, spines, and other features that enable them to defend themselves and survive attacks. Here are a few examples:

The clawed feet of an ostrich combined with a swift kick can kill a lion.

The South American freshwater stingray defends itself with a reflexive motion of its tail, which is equipped with a sharp wound-inflicting spine surrounded by venomous tissue.

African warthogs use their tusks as defensive weapons against predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas. Their sharp lower tusks can inflict serious wounds on an attacker.

Although the African crested porcupine is obviously well equipped with defensive quills, sometimes a predator will win out by attacking the porcupine's unprotected head or belly.

If a lion is hunting a giraffe, is the giraffe doomed?

If you think this is an easy answer, think again.

As defenseless as the long necked vegetarian giraffe might appear, its leg muscles and sharp-edged, dinner-plate-sized hooves are often powerful enough weapons to make the lion wish she'd picked a different animal.

Fun Facts

The platypus has a venomous spur on each of its hind ankles. It is one of only three known egg-laying mammals. (The other two, called echidnas, look like small spiny anteaters.)
Fun Fact - platypus

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