Question: Do Animals Cross in Front of Cars for Protection?
I just tried doing a quick Google search for this, but I don’t want to invest a lot of time in a stray thought, so just let me ask: do you suppose animals race across the road, right in front of cars, because they know that birds of prey will not dare to dash down and snatch them when a vehicle is so near?
Plainly, this would not apply to deer and other large animals. It also would not explain every confused gopher or indecisive squirrel who is fated to become part of the pavement. But it would be interesting to know whether any kinds of small animals do use the onrushing automobile as a shield.
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