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A red kite catching fish
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A red kite catching fish


The red kite (Milvus milvus) lives in Europe and North Africa. At signs of danger, a mother will signal the young who will "play dead" when a predator is near.

 



Papilio lowi's caterpillar mimics bird droppings to survive
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Papilio lowi’s caterpillar mimics bird droppings to survive


This helps them to avoid predators. To complete her disguise, they can also produce an unpleasant smell

 



Some octopuses have 2 legs and 6 arms
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Some octopuses have 2 legs and 6 arms


In 2005, 2 species (Abdopus aculeatus and Amphioctopus marginatus) were found to walk on two tentacles, while at the same time moving their 6 remaining arms to mimick algae. This form of locomotion allows these Cephalopods to move quickly away from a potential predator while possibly not drawing predators' attention

 



Sphaerocoris annulus, aka the "Picasso bug"
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Sphaerocoris annulus, aka the “Picasso bug”


These colors serve as a warning for predators

 



Dodos are big pigeons
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Dodos are big pigeons


When a species colonizes an island, its size sometimes increases a lot as predators are absent on the island and a larger size helps to survive. In biology, the phenomenon is called "island gigantism". The dodo is one example : it was like a 3-feet tall pigeon