From Panting to Pooping, 8 Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool

While you (and horses) are busy sweating buckets, some animals have evolved bizarre ways to keep cool

A pig appears to enjoy a refreshing bath. (© KOEN VAN WEEL/epa/Corbis)


Storks might be graceful birds, but their preferred method for cooling off is anything but. Several species of storks, as well as vultures, will defecate on their legs to cool down. Since bird poop is mostly liquid, it works the same way that sweating does, through evaporative cooling. As the poop dries on the birds' legs, heat is carried away, bringing down their body temperature.


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