Thursday, October 18, 2007

Patches


I pointed out white patches on the backs of the ears of several cats in the past few posts. This one is on the ear of a tiger. Turns out that these patches serve a similar function in big cats as they do in moths. It gives the impression that you're being watched when you aren't. Dumber animals can't tell the difference between real eyes and these white patches that move and twitch as if they were looking at something. But it turns out that these 'eyes' are just listening in the other direction. Pretty sneaky, huh?

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