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Wild horses don't need horseshoes, but domesticated horses travel paved surfaces that wear down their hoofs at an uncomfortable rate.
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One of the most impressive feats of muscular coordination in nature is the very common instance of a frog darting out its tongue in order to catch a fly.
To us, it’s a relaxing sound. To female frogs, it’s downright sexy. The louder the chirp, the more interesting the male. So what’s a Romeo frog to do if his voice isn’t quite up to volume?
Frogs also aren’t fussy eaters: any live prey will do. Some large species of frogs can gulp up a mouse, bat, or small snake in one mouthful, which is fortunate, because frogs can’t chew. If they have any teeth at all, they’re usually only good for holding onto the prey.
In the wild, unshod hooves grow downwards approximately two-tenths of an inch per month. A wild horse’s natural daily activities, however, wear away the hoof at roughly the same rate, maintaining the proper balance between hoof wall and sole.
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