Mother Nature really works wonders on Earth. Besides creating a delicate balance of plant and animal life, there are many instances where animals actually help one another to survive. It’s a “you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” philosophy at its finest. Take a look at three, interesting symbiotic animal relationships that truly demonstrate the spirit of cooperation.
The Egyptian Plover and the Crocodile
The crocodile will often rest with its mouth gaping open. This provides the Egyptian plover with a great opportunity to swoop in and eat any debris that is caught between the crocodile’s teeth. The plover gets vital nourishment and the crocodile ends up with clean teeth that will remain healthier. Many of the natives even refer to the plover as the crocodile bird.
The Remora Fish and Large Marine Life
Look to the oceans for another fascinating symbiotic animal relationship. Remora fish have suction cups on the dorsal fin that is found on their backs. They use this feature to their advantage by attaching themselves to other aquatic life forms, such as whales and sharks. As the remora fish enjoy the free ride, they also get a meal. As their hosts drop their leftovers, the remora fish take their fill.
The Honeyguide Bird and the Honey Badger
The honeyguide bird loves the wax inside a honeybee’s nest. However, the unfortunate bird can’t make it’s way in by itself. However, many animals, including the honey badger have learned to watch this adventurous bird. Where there is a honeyguide bird, there will be honey. The honey badger will follow the bird, break its way in and then take its fill. The honeyguide bird only needs to wait and get its own share when the badger and other predators are finished.