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10 Animal Cheats

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10 Animal Cheats

By Animal Planet

Cheater, cheater, belly eater! There have been plenty of people who’ve scammed their way to the top, and the same goes for the animal kingdom. Find out which creatures are bending the rules to stay ahead, or sometimes, just to survive. From using deceptive appearances to get what they want to taking advantage of circumstances beyond their control, our top 10 might make you believe that cheaters sometimes actually do win.

10. FOX

Perhaps the phrase “sly as a fox” owes its origin to the ultra-sneaky foxes in the mountains of South America. Quite frankly, the foxes need to be as cunning as possible, as birds in this region such as the Rhea tend to be quite large. And you know what they say about big birds … BIG eggs. Foxes wait for the Rheas to make a move so they can sneak in and snatch the eggs, but because the eggs are often too large to grab in their mouths, the foxes will roll the eggs with their snouts to knock it against something, like a rock or a tree, in the hopes of breaking it down. So, does that qualify as over easy or sunny side up?

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7:05AM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

I adore foxes.

3:20PM PDT on Jun 17, 2012


7:57AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Pictures were great.

10:46AM PDT on Apr 12, 2012

love it

8:47PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I do feel sorry for warblers. I think there was some evidence that if they reject the cuckoo bird, then the actual cuckoo mother tends to attack the nest and the non-cuckoo siblings. So, the warbler is kind of forced to accept the cuckoo chick.

12:58AM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

They aren't cheats, they are just surviving to live. I love the strong message that the orangutans have for humans.

6:02PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Animals are out there to survive. I think it hardly fair, therefore, to compare an animal with a human--or rather human calling animals "cheaters." When humans straighten out and fly right, then they can speak. Until then, they have no right to judge.any animal and should just shaddup.

5:34PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Interesting but it is more accurate if one talks about adaptations for animal survival than cheating-the fox breaking open the egg is great, purrhaps I will ask him to crack a few open for me next time...Nature has a variety of methods for species to survive!

2:27PM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

Thanks for the great facts. Always nice to learn while reading.

4:17AM PDT on Mar 27, 2012

I have to watch my dogs at feeding time. They will steal the kitties food if I am not paying attention.

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