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Animals that Aid Humans in Unusual Ways

June 24, 2009
clipped from webecoist.com

Barn Owls: Deadly Rodent Hunters

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Spiders: Snagging Pests

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Bats, Cormorants, and Dragonflies

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cormorants have been used by fisherman to catch fish

Striped Hyena: Canine Garbage Disposal

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Coconut-Picking Monkeys

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King Snake: Farmer’s Slithering Helper

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this serpent is a natural predator of poisonous snakes.  It also consumes rodents and other pests

Civet Cat and Earthworm:

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animals can be helpful by simply digesting.

Luwak coffee is considered a delicacy.   The beans for this coffee are fermented in the digestive system of the civet cat.  The beans are collected from the cat’s waste and sold for high prices.

Falcons and Passenger Pigeon

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Bacteria that Eat Garbage

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Elephants: Muscle and Meat

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Elephants have been trained to do heavy lifting in Southeast and South Asia

Algae: Oil Producer of the Future

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Algae cells have been found to produce extremely high amounts of oil. 
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