Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Symbiotic Relationship of Giraffes

If you have ever seen videos or pictures of giraffes that are out in the wild, you may notice that a lot of them seem to have birds as companions. These birds are known as oxpeckers or tick birds. These birds and the giraffes have a kind of symbiotic relationship. The tick birds eat the ticks and mites that could get onto the giraffe. If these parasites are allowed to stay there, then the giraffe can become really sick. However, tick birds are able to take care of this job because they eat the ticks and mites that can be found on the giraffe's skin.

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