• You know how some
animals play dead as a
defense
mechanism? I've always wondered how that actually works.
*gasp! A predator!
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    • They also release a really fowl stench, so the flexor assumes it’s rotting or sick both of which mean it’s a bad idea to eat it,
      dappercat 25 apr
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    • I saw this in a documentary! The scavenger drags it off and puts it somewhere, then, since it thinks it's already dead, goes off looking for more food, once the coast is clear after a few minutes, the possum "wakes up" and leaves to go about its day.
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    • It's mostly because they've learned that if the prey is actually dead it could hurt them due to diseases, I don't think they understand exactly what's happening but they're smart enough not to eat what they can't
      trex20 25 apr
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    • You missed the foaming at the mouth, a sign of rabies/ disease also meant to reject animals.
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    • A hamburger looks a lot less appetizing to you if it's sitting in a drainage ditch
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    • They release a really foul stench when playing dead
      _Rosebud_ 25 apr
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    • A tale of two tails
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    • I remember the opossums from over the hedge. That’s where I first learned about this technique
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    • They don’t actually play dead like people think, they actually pass out from fear
      KenOKen12 21 jul
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    • Because if it's dead, it could already have some bad diseases. If it's alive it's less likely to be like that
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    • Hi_ImNew 21 jul
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    • Opossum*
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    • Yeah todd. What the fuck.
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    • 2 tails?
      RichBorg 21 jul
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    • It could have died of disease and would you eat already dead probably diseased animals?
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    • Mm i like
      Grimmlock 23 jul
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    • Animal could’ve passed away from sickness/disease, that you can contract by eating it. Or could be rotting and bad for your health.
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    • When opossums play dead, they ooz a nasty slime that smells like rotting flesh
      Darther 21 jul
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    • “And why is the possum dead, Todd?” “I don’t know, Margo”
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    • I hate pixie and Brutus I want to throw my phone on the ground
      SergeyT 21 jul
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    • content not available more
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    • By hey actually pass
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    • It works. An opossum somehow got into my yard and my dog grabbed it and started shaking its head. The opossum looked like a rag doll. My dog let go when it stopped moving. I brought my dog inside and went to grab gloves to get rid of it but when I came back it was gone
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    • Picking up a dead possum to throw it away is terrifying because at least for someone who's not an expert doesent know if it's really dead or not
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    • You don't eat meat that's been sitting out of the fridge too long
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    • A possum did this in my back yard when my dog chased it. Then I shot it 4 times with a pellet gun and fed it to the scavengers beyond the creek.
      Alex_2207 24 jul
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    • T W O T A I L S
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    • Man this is the third one of these comics I’ve gotten in a row
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    • *possum* U mad Bro? face
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    • they actually piss on themselves too
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    • Vultures:
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    • Most animals can't eat rotten food and will ignore dead animals that smell.
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    • They leave dead animals alone because their instincts tell them not to. If it's been dead for too long it'll make them sick.
      mrkuno 24 jul
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    • The mechanism works because if something drops dead what made it die? and if you eat it will that thing make you die? So better not to eat things that just up and died
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    • Why does Todd have female eyelashes
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    • Lol because male foxes are called todds.
      Tanarri27 23 jul
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    • Reverse psychology
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    • they also start smelling like ur mom
      nicohi 23 jul
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    • Vultures: “it’s free real estate :)”
      Vexati0n 23 jul
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    • A healthy looking animal lying dead on the ground with no visible wounds. This would mean that the animal died from a disease. A disease that would most definitely transfer to whatever eats it.
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    • Fuck Todd me and my homies part of possum gang
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    • My Irish setter would just gently paw at an animal laying down but if it runs he’d chase it
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    • Dead things harbor disease
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    • Random dead animal usually means something is wrong.... which if eaten can lead to more random dead animals.... so predators don’t want to risk becoming a dead animal... then scavengers be like hell ya let’s eat
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    • I'll get on the trampoline and lay down and here comes my Pitt every time to lick my face, I literally have to play dead for her to leave me alone
      chri5 23 jul
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    • The opossum also emits a foul odor while playing dead to make predators not want to eat it’s “rancid” meat
      DeMortis 23 jul
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    • I thought they literally just hyperventilate and pass out
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    • Same artist
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    • Animals evolved to not eat already dead food because if a perfectly normal animal is dead with no wounds the predators only option is to risk eating something with an illness or poison or to find something else
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    • Todd...
      Howie_Cat 23 jul
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    • WhenHeNut 23 jul
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    • Its because the animal will do something like make itself stanky af.
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    • He spelled opossum wrong
      ethanloew 22 jul
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    • Goddamn it todd
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    • Oh fuck, furry
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    • They do this cuz predators know what to do with live animals, and a dead animal doesn't register as the same opportunity for food. Also they assume it's started decomposing and/or has a disease.
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    • I figured it could help against things like cats who hunt for sport and then leave the carcass as waste
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    • Because predators k!ll and eat their prey fresh, but don't eat already dead things because they could get sick from the bacteria. That's where there's detritivores that only eat dead things because they've developed a special resistance to usually harmful microbes
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    • Lots of animals know not to eat dead things. They can be more likely to carry parasites as well as tons of bacteria. If an animal eats dead things it finds, it's probably adapted to do so.
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    • 2 tails?!? 4 balls?!?
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    • That smile, that damn smile
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    • The death stink released from their anus makes the prisoner think it was sick or that it's already rotting, and usually only scavengers will want to eat something diseased or rotten
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    • Scavengers like vultures: Its free real estate
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    • Holy crap, a POSSUM feature? :D
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    • it usually meant there was disease and they didn’t want to eat it because “no missing meat but already dead... this has to have something wrong with it”
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    • Trash babies :)
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    • It emits a nasty smell, as well, to make the predator think it's already decaying and so the meat wouldn't be good to eat.
      1v1meCiv5 22 jul
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    • Some what related but my neighborhood is being taken over by Cayotes and i have 2 small dogs and 2 cats now i cant let them out at night
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    • can I get some pogs, I just told my gf that I’m a bi, submissive femboy and she said “yeah, I already knew that.” Yes, I’m serious aaaaaa
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    • InfoChecker double check this for me. It isnt because the possum is acting dead is actually vomits or poops something that makes it smell like it is rotting and becuase of that the animals wont eat it for fear of disease
      Roleplai 22 jul
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    • Because if it's dead it might have bacteria and shit
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    • The opossum i hit with my car is taking a long time to go about his day. I hope hes doin fine now
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    • Yes, some scavengers don’t care if it is dead but they usually store their food, so he would be able to escape after they leave for more.
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    • Possoms dont do this on purpose, they faint because they are scared
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    • Fuckin hell, THREE of these comics in a row in my features?
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    • Probably because it may have something that could be deadly if eaten like a bad disease
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    • A lot of times, it’s because it could be rottenz
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    • It’s to avoid potentially contagious pathogens that may have caused the hypothetical death of the animal playing dead
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    • A lot of predators have a habit of storing dead prey for later, after the predator leaves, the opossum gets away. I had an Akita that would get em all the time and playing dead always worked on her, she would leave em after she thought she murdered it then they would bail.
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    • Mf tried pullin that shit on me he got the shovel
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