Do an­i­mals take baths?

World of Animals - - Animal Answers -

While they can’t just turn on the taps, many an­i­mals bathe to stay clean, cool and healthy. Birds splash them­selves with water to keep their feath­ers in good con­di­tion and Ja­panese macaques re­lax and groom in hot springs, while bears, moose and even tigers will wade into rivers and lakes.

For many an­i­mals – from ger­bils and chick­ens to ele­phants and os­triches – rolling in dust and mud is pre­ferred. Mud baths pro­tect the skin from burn­ing and dry­ing out, and dust is an ef­fi­cient tool for get­ting rid of par­a­sites in the fur, feath­ers or skin.

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