Why do animals need tails?
People do not have tails and live fine without thinking about it, but once a purring cat passes by, a thought can come to our eager mind: "Why does the cat need this thing?". Let's investigate the main advantages of having a tail.
Tails are different and have different functions. Thus we have to take a look at every tail individually.
A squirrel uses its big fluffy tail as a parachute and a rudder. When a squirrel jumps from a tree, its tail (as a parachute) helps her to land successfully.
Chipmunks can boast of the same ability.
A cunning fox covers up her steps with her tail so that dogs can't find it. Besides, the tail helps a fox quickly change the direction - a fox can turn 90 degrees while running.
The king of beasts can change the direction while jumping due to its tail. Like a fox, a lion uses its tail as a rudder.
A jerboa has long tail with a switch. It also uses it as a rudder, besides the tail helps a jerboa to keep balance while jumping.
Cows and horses bay the insects with their tails.
Kangaroos and anteaters use their tails as a leg to lean on.
The tail of a monkey has a function of an additional arm. You may observe a monkey hanging on a branch with the help of its tail only.
Birds need their tails to balance during the process of flying and landing. If they didn't have one they would strike against the ground with their beaks. Besides, they balance while sitting on thin objects like cables or branches.
Thus we found out that tails are vital for animals in wildness. As for people, we move by feet and do not need to be on trees. We lost our tails as the result of the evolution.
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