What are some interesting ways animals avoid predators?

Answer by Rory Young:

Everybody loves a good hole!

I may look like a dumbass looking into that burrow like that, but it's the bugger behind the camera who's going to be in trouble if something decides to come flying out of it..

Yes, everybody loves a good hole to hide in. Especially an aardvark hole.

Aardvarks are prolific burrow diggers. They can dig several temporary burrows for refuge in one night for refuge and permanent burrows can be up to 50ft in length.

However, it's not aardvarks that I'm so nervous about in the picture. If a predator tries to get to an Aardvark in its burrow the Aardvark will just dig deeper to escape, pushing the excavated soil behind him to build a barrier beween himself and the predator.

Leopards, hyaenas and wild dogs amongst others use the burrows. Wild dogs and hyaenas use them as for dens to raise their young as well. It's not them I'm worried about either. There is no predator spoor around the entrance.

I'm worried about warthogs. They love hiding in aardvark burrows to avoid predators. And being unusually clever pigs they know that when a threat appears at the entrance that it is only a matter of time before they are dug out of their hiding place and gobbled. Therefore they have cunningly concocted a plan B.

Plan B consists of reversing into the burrow in reverse order. When trotting around in the bush normally, Dad usually goes first, followed by Mum and then the kids. So, when reversing into the burrow they do it the other way round, kids reverse in first, followed by mum and lastly dad.

When a predator or dumbass human wanders up and pokes his nose into the hole, everybody charges out at full speed and keeps going no matter what. No turning left or right or slowing down. They just come barrelling out like big fat ugly cannon balls, and if you are in the way you just get butted and run over. Believe me, a half dozen ugly pigs with sharp tusks hitting you head-on and then running over you is no laughing matter. It is just like being tackled by an entire rugby front row and then run over with their studded boots.

Yes, I'm talking from personal experience..



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