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How Animals Stay Safe In Extreme Weather

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How Animals Stay Safe In Extreme Weather

Have you ever wondered how animals, like squirrels, butterflies, snakes, or birds, or even larger ones, like deer or bison, survive nasty bouts of weather? Luckily, the answer in most cases is “pretty well” as they have developed ingenious ways to take on the worst Mother Nature can throw their way.

How Animals Stay Safe In Extreme Weather

Here are a few examples of how animals protect themselves during extreme weather conditions.

Go High

Most animals sense signs of danger. Birds and some mammals, for instance, notice changes in the smell of the air, feel a drop in barometric pressure or hear vibrations that warn of an impending storm. These signals cause them to instinctively head to higher ground or hunker down to stay safe during the bad weather. North Carolina’s much-loved wild horses, for example, have survived hundreds of years by making it to higher ground prior to a hurricane.

Wild horses have survived hundreds of years by making it to higher ground prior to a hurricane.

Head for the Eye

While a storm rages on, its eye remains calm, which is why some birds, like pelicans, seagulls, and others in its path, will fly directly into it, where they will be protected until the storm subsides. This can be an exhausting task, however, as they must continuously follow the storm safely within the eye for many hours or even days.

Check out the rest of this story and 5 more ways animals stay safe in extreme weather in the 2020 Farmers’ Almanac.

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