Wacky Wildlife: Top 10 Weirdest Animal Behaviors

We think it’s safe to say that people are weird. We dress up our pets, participate in bad fashion trends and spend hours watching animated television shows. But nonhuman animals have a lot of weird behaviors of their own. From demonstrating their senses of humor to protecting their territories, check out our top 10 weirdest animal behaviors.
 
10. Crows hold grudges. No, this is not the plot of a Hitchcock film. Researchers from the University of Washington found that crows recognize others that have done them wrong and spread the word so other crows can be on the lookout for them as well.
 
9. Cows either face north or south while eating. Scientists believe this is because they can detect the planet’s magnetic field.
 
8. Ants coordinate attacks, and the more you add, the smarter they get (unlike large groups of people).
 
7. The queen mole rat bullies other females to keep them from breeding. She literally pushes them around, which causes all the other females to release a hormone that keeps them from being able to procreate.
 
6. Bowerbirds decorate their homes. Not only that, but much like we “keep up with the Joneses,” Bowerbirds will wreck the nests around them to make theirs look even better.
 
5. Horned lizards take serious precautions when they’re intimidated. They make their eyes pop out and spew blood that stinks up to five feet to keep other animals away.
 
4. Dung beetles live in, breed in and eat feces. They also roll it into balls and move it around with their hind legs.
 
3. Pigeons procrastinate. Research shows that pigeons will avoid small tasks, which might explain why they can’t be bothered to get out of the way of a moving vehicle.
 
2. Cuckoo birds lay eggs in other birds’ nests to avoid having to look after their young.
 
1. Crocodiles eat stones. Research says they may do it to aid in digestion or buoyancy, but some think it is just because they are dumb.