10 ways to avoid get­ting eaten

Whether it’s fak­ing death or vom­it­ing in the face of at­tack­ers, the an­i­mal king­dom has come up with some pretty in­ge­nious ways to avoid get­ting gob­bled up

World of Animals - - Front Page - Words Jamie Frier

Let’s face it, no one wants to be eaten. It’s in­con­ve­nient, un­com­fort­able and pretty much guar­an­tees you aren’t go­ing to be do­ing any eat­ing your­self ever again. The two most ba­sic in­stinc­tive re­sponses to dan­ger are fight or flight, but a num­ber of an­i­mals have taken this in­stinct to the next level and then sev­eral lev­els be­yond that.

Not all of these de­fence mech­a­nisms ap­pear to be the smartest ideas in the world, and some sound down­right painful, but they must be pretty ef­fec­tive – if they weren’t the an­i­mals that rely upon them would no longer be around. Here are some of the most bizarre ways an­i­mals stop them­selves from be­com­ing the dish of the day.

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