animals, animals, animals

Paying homage to the wonderful, unusual and diverse world of animals. I make no claim to content ownership. Sources are credited (with links) whenever possible — on both unique posts & re-blogs. Any post will be removed upon request (please provide URL link to the post/page). Enjoy! Email: animalworldtumblrblog@gmail.com Twitter: @animalworldtoo


Links   Ask me anything   Submit
How do CATS land on their feet? By RequestFelis catus©KIM TAYLOR / HOTSPOT MEDIA
Here a picture is worth a thousand words and Kim Taylor has captured the cat’s righting reflex beautifully.This is a great aid to cats when falling but is not infallible, cats can still break bones or die from  falls.
The cat righting reflex is a cat’s  innate ability to orient itself as it falls in order to land on its  feet. The righting reflex begins to appear at 3-4 weeks of age, and is  perfected at 7 weeks. They are able to do this as they have an unusually flexible backbone and no functional collarbone. The minimum height required for this to occur in most cats (safely) would be around 1 m (3.281 ft). Cats without a tail also have this ability, since a cat mostly moves its hind legs and relies on conservation of angular momentum to set up for landing, and the tail is in fact little used for this feat
In addition to the righting reflex cats have a number of other features  that will reduce damage from a fall. Their small size, light bone  structure, and thick fur decrease their terminal velocity. Furthermore, once righted they may also spread out their body to increase drag and slow the fall to some extent. A falling cat’s terminal velocity is 100 km/h (60mph) whereas that of a falling man  in a “free fall position” is 210 km/h (130mph). At terminal velocity  they also relax as they fall which protects them to some extent on  impact.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex
Other posts you may like:
How do Horses See?
How to tell apart Bobcat and Lynx?
Thin-Film Interference in parasitic wasps

How do CATS land on their feet? By Request
Felis catus
©KIM TAYLOR / HOTSPOT MEDIA

Here a picture is worth a thousand words and Kim Taylor has captured the cat’s righting reflex beautifully.This is a great aid to cats when falling but is not infallible, cats can still break bones or die from falls.

The cat righting reflex is a cat’s innate ability to orient itself as it falls in order to land on its feet. The righting reflex begins to appear at 3-4 weeks of age, and is perfected at 7 weeks. They are able to do this as they have an unusually flexible backbone and no functional collarbone. The minimum height required for this to occur in most cats (safely) would be around 1 m (3.281 ft). Cats without a tail also have this ability, since a cat mostly moves its hind legs and relies on conservation of angular momentum to set up for landing, and the tail is in fact little used for this feat

In addition to the righting reflex cats have a number of other features that will reduce damage from a fall. Their small size, light bone structure, and thick fur decrease their terminal velocity. Furthermore, once righted they may also spread out their body to increase drag and slow the fall to some extent. A falling cat’s terminal velocity is 100 km/h (60mph) whereas that of a falling man in a “free fall position” is 210 km/h (130mph). At terminal velocity they also relax as they fall which protects them to some extent on impact.

Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_righting_reflex

Other posts you may like:

How do Horses See?

How to tell apart Bobcat and Lynx?

Thin-Film Interference in parasitic wasps

Notes

  1. misohead reblogged this from animalworld and added:
    Thanks to this, Deniselle’s and my cat Osku is completely fine after jumping out the window to catch a crow and falling...
  2. thequietsage reblogged this from animalworld
  3. niceworkbonedaddy reblogged this from animalworld
  4. male-cat reblogged this from lavertu-et-le-desir
  5. sssnakepits reblogged this from mrhambalu
  6. mrhambalu reblogged this from egbertleandro
  7. lavertu-et-le-desir reblogged this from egbertleandro
  8. bionic-sea-unicorn reblogged this from egbertleandro
  9. egbertleandro reblogged this from zacharymease
  10. zacharymease reblogged this from animalworld
  11. kaylacupcake reblogged this from madgirlslovetea
  12. madgirlslovetea reblogged this from animalworld
  13. stickyclawgeckos reblogged this from animalworld
  14. innocuousplecostomus reblogged this from graffitittie
  15. thats-some-bad-hat-harry reblogged this from animalworld
  16. toxicbutterflyfarts reblogged this from animalworld
  17. peaceloveempathynsex reblogged this from animalworld
  18. pinkyperkyandjane reblogged this from vaguesomethings
  19. gabrielledarling reblogged this from animalworld
  20. lizmaryrose reblogged this from keepitkiller
  21. glennjackni reblogged this from animalworld
  22. silvertine reblogged this from animalworld
  23. onlyicanhealyourwounds reblogged this from keepitkiller
  24. whathaveme reblogged this from keepitkiller and added:
    The answer to how cats land on their feet - Righting reflex.
  25. pkmntrainersola reblogged this from animalworld
  26. brimcole reblogged this from animalworld
  27. apteryxrowi reblogged this from animalworld
  28. ikitsumidaminito reblogged this from animalworld