Some animals just have mutually beneficial relationships while others are just best buds. Today we’ll be looking at unique friendships between animals of differing species. Whether it’s a calf befriending a piglet, or a sea anemone sheltering a clownfish, there are tons of ways animals can get along.
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What is a mutualistic relationship and how do animals help each other?
30 - 45 minutes
Sometimes we need friends to help us out and the same goes for animals. Some animals of differing species help each other by providing shelter, protection, or food. Talk about having your back! This type of relationship is called mutualism and it’s nature’s way of helping each other in a hectic world!
Unlikely Animal Partners
Dogs are man’s best friend or so the saying goes. Check out the stories of very compassionate canines that made lasting friendships with the strangest of animals.
Have you ever wondered why birds fly in a flock or wolves hunt in packs? There are many benefits for animals living together in groups. Learn about some of the ways animals get along to survive by watching this short video by Animal Fun Facts. Afterwards, think about how we live. What are the benefits for humans to live in villages, towns, or cities?
Fantastic Farm Friends
When Auggie the orphaned baby piglet was adopted, Lazlo the calf came to the rescue to offer companionship to a friend in need.
35 - 50 minutes
Let’s make an animal friend of our own. Take a sheet of construction paper and follow the steps in the video below. Choose from 8 different types of animals. After you’re done folding, take markers, crayons, or colored pencils and decorate your animal friends any way you’d like!
5 - 10 minutes
We Like To Move It (Move it)
Get up and dance! Follow the dance moves on the screen and groove to the beat. Dress up as your favorite animal for extra credit!