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Loams wrote:
Lions never kill their own family members on purpose, only rival families, and when males take over prides.


I say false and that they will sometimes kill a family member.


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True, I think (and hope). I have heard of lions killing family members accidentally.

Genetically, it wouldn't make sense to kill relatives, so that's another reason to believe that the statement is true.


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I would say true. I should imagine a mother lion could lie on her baby killing it but I don't think they would kill family members on purpose.

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For the sake of all the people visiting the Antwerp zoo I sincerely hope the answer is TRUE :lol:
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Or the one in Amsterdam for that matter...

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This happened a few years ago. A little boy, sitting on his mother's arm had kicked off his shoe and into the water surrounding the lion terrace. The big male didn't think twice, plunged in and went for the shoe. :lol:

Pic "borrowed" from De Telegraaf, one of our online newspapers.


That boy probably just lost a bet :lol: :lol: :lol: Someone provided him with mayo, José?

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The answer is *drumroll*

Kinda

Lions are supposed to not kill family members intentionally. But in the documentary "Relentless Enemies" The grandmother of the pride, became very aggressive towards the cubs, and she kills them while the rest of the pride is on the hunt. She killed a good few litters over a period of time, so this was definately not accidental. This is however an isolated case.

Those of you that hasn't watched this documentary should do so. It's well worth it.

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There are African Elephants that migrate 700 Miles (1 130 km) anually

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I wouldn't be surprised!

I know that ellies in Damaraland - Kaokoveld (Namibia) are constantly on the move to look for water. So I would say: TRUE

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I say true.

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It is indeed true!!

There are Elephants in Timbuktu that migrate 700 Miles every year in search of water. In fact, the people that live in the vicinity of these elephants also migrate, and they wait for the elephants to start migrating, because then they know that the rain has fallen at their destination.

I am a bit rushed today, My mind not as sharp as it should be to tap into my volumes of useless knowledge. I will post another tomorrow. If anyone wants to pop a quiz, please feel free ;-)

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Bummer...just when I'm getting good at this!

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Oh ok then ;-), here goes

bushbabies don't use anything on their hands and feet to enhance grip on trees.

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Oh dear I wish I would not have insisted! I have absolutely no clue! Don't know anything about bushbabies (exept for the fact that they live in the bush).

Let's just say: False! But don't ask me what they are using!

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Loams wrote:
bushbabies don't use anything on their hands and feet to enhance grip on trees.

I say true.

They are known for "urine washing" their hands and feet but the purpose of that is scent marking/olfactory communication.

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katja wrote:
Loams wrote:
bushbabies don't use anything on their hands and feet to enhance grip on trees.

I say true.

They are known for "urine washing" their hands and feet but the purpose of that is scent marking/olfactory communication.

I found some websites that say this behavior may also help to improve their grip on branches.
So I guess the reply is "kinda". The better grip doesn't seem to be the main purpose but a useful side effect. :?

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I am also going to say true, I have heard about the urine on hands before as well

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I say true.

My dad had a bushbaby as a pet when he was a child. His mother eventually made him get rid of it for hygiene reasons - she was very houseproud, and objected to the "urine washing." :lol:

My mom also had a problem with her childhood pet, which was a duiker. It's nasty habit was eating my grandmother's roses. Sadly, my own childhood involved much more traditional pets!


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