Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

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Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by BlackBird » Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:57 am

Here's some supper for your mind:

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"Visitors to the zoo where both animals live were amazed to see the zebra craning its neck into the mouth of the water-loving mammal.
But their surprise increased when they realised the striped creature was cleaning the hippo's teeth.


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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by Ben » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:01 am

Thank you Jack for that amazing image and story.
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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by cooran » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:20 am

Very Brave,or Very Stupid, or very Intimidated Zebra .... not sure which.
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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by Ben » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:36 am

Or hungry...?
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by plwk » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:03 pm

Or promoting Oral B? :jawdrop: :rolleye:

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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by Annapurna » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:28 pm

Wow, are they known to do that in wilderness as well?

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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by BlackBird » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:19 pm

Annapurna wrote:Wow, are they known to do that in wilderness as well?
In general, the only time you will see a Zebra with it's head in a Hippo's mouth is when the Hippo get's hungry enough. Usually a specific type of bird likes to clean the hippo's teeth for it, however.

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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by catmoon » Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:36 pm

OMG hippo breath gack!

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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by adosa » Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:21 am

BlackBird wrote:
Annapurna wrote:Wow, are they known to do that in wilderness as well?
In general, the only time you will see a Zebra with it's head in a Hippo's mouth is when the Hippo get's hungry enough. Usually a specific type of bird likes to clean the hippo's teeth for it, however.

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Umm Sorry Jack, I don't mean to be rude or anything, just curious...... but how did you learn that? Former life as a Zoologist or what?


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Re: Zebra cleans Hippo's teeth

Post by BlackBird » Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:04 am

I used to gobble up Attenborough like it was the the finest cheesecake in the world, but in fact I was thinking of birds that clean crocodile's teeth. Same brave animal 'tooth brushes', similar water-based predator.

It got me thinking though, what is it in these animals, their tendency to go and do this. Is there a collective behavioral based knowledge imparted to these chicks through their genes - A sort of biological imprint of how they are supposed to act and behave, what food they are supposed to search for and so on. I often wonder about our five khandhas and how they operate, sometimes my discursion leads me to ponder about Animal's khandhas, whether their consciousness is weaker, much the same way that our consciousness operates at a lesser level in the dream state. This to me would explain why Animals are still capable of doing wholesome actions, such as cases where a Cat has saved it's owners life from a fire, or the pod of dolphins which protected a family from a shark by surrounding them in a circle. But their tendencies dictate their actions, which dictate their tendencies, just as our actions dictate the tendencies of our dreams.

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