Tiger swim test, part 2

Posted: November 8, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

Why Evolution Is True

In a comment below, reader Michael calls attention to two YouTube videos of the D.C. zoo’s tiger-cub swim test, and I thought I’d post them for grins (and education, but mostly grins):

This shorter clip shows the underwater view of poor Bandar being heaved into the drink. It’s clear that this animal, like so many mammals, clearly has an instinct to dog-paddle when first hurled into water. While that might be simply a natural reaction to being in an aqueous medium, I can’t help but speculate that it’s at least partly the result of natural selection: those ancestors that dog-paddled in such situations were the ones that survived.

The test of this would be to take a cat (or other mammal) which never could have experienced a fall into water, either in its present form or recent ancestry, and see if it still dog-paddles.  But I know of no such…

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