Top 5 Unsettling Animal Behaviors. Animals can behave really weird some times. Like humans their behavior can be unsettling to say the least… Sometimes caused by humans btw!
5. Herbivores Slaughter Birds
When cows can’t get certain minerals like calcium and phosphorus from vegetation, they turn to birds. This strange discovery has not been limited to cattle either; deer also eat birds to get the nutrients necessary to grow their antlers. A few cases document sheep devouring birds as well .
4. The Smoking Orangutan
Tori, an orangutan living in an Indonesian zoo, started smoking more than a decade ago when visitors threw cigarette butts into her cage. Over time, her addiction to smoking grew so strong that she often signaled for cigarettes and threw tantrums when she missed her daily fix.
3. Young Elephant Males Deliberately Kill Rhinos
Elephants are one of the few animals in the world that can take on a rhino. In fact, in the past two decades, young male elephants in several African reserves have deliberately killed dozens of rhinos. Although park rangers first suspected poachers, it soon became clear that elephants were responsible. Culling and relocation to curb the elephant population had left many young males without an older role model. With no one to guide them, these traumatized orphans soon formed roving bands of testosterone-addled teen troublemakers that intentionally picked fights with rhinos.
2. Chimpanzees Go To War
A landmark study has proven that chimps engage in a pastime familiar to us humans—waging war. A decade-long study on chimpanzees in Uganda’s Kibale National Park saw one unusually large troop in Ngogo regularly conduct raids in enemy territory. The Ngogo chimps displayed discipline and tactics reminiscent of human soldiers. To the scientists, it was clear that these chimps attacked their neighbors to gain more territory and female partners.
1. Seal Tries To Mate With Penguin
In one of the most bizarre known cases of animal sexual coercion ever, researchers in 2008 saw a young fur seal trying to mate with a king penguin on Marion Island near the Antarctic. The seal, estimated to weigh 100 kilograms (220 lb) mounted the 15-kilogram (35 lb) bird and tried to penetrate it for almost an hour. It finally gave up, let the penguin go, and headed back to the water. This type of behavior has been spotted more often since and has garnered some media attention recently…