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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 month ago

Flight or fight: Do we run or do we strike back?

What do we do in the face of fear? Do we run or do we strike back? This question resides in the most primal aspects of the brain, both humans and animals alike.

For centuries, mankind has been the dominant species. We've domesticated animals, locked them up, killed them for sport. But what if all across the globe, the animals decided, "No more"? What if they finally decided to fight back?

Update:

And so we were hired, a team of people from different backgrounds, with different specialities: an expert in animal behavior, a journalist, safari guide, foreign intelligence agent, and a veterinary pathologist. Our task: to find out what is happening with the animals, why it's happening, and how to stop it.

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  • 1 month ago

    No, there's three choices---

    Fight

    Flight

    Freeze

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  • Who
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

     I dispute your claim that man is the dominant species - cos it depends on what you define as "dominant"

    Insects and bacteria have existed for millions of years before man existed

    I think its ants that have "locked up" termites to serve as food and they been doing THAT for millions of years

    And there are many species that dont need to kill in order to survive , being "vegetarians"

     Its also reckoned that the mosquito has killed over 1/2 the people who have ever lived

    On the one hand MAN cannot live without bacteria - MAN MUST have bacteria in order to digest food

     on the other -  the "wrong kind" of bacteria also kills man

     (it was bacteria that caused around 1/3 of humans to die from the plagues)

    whereas man's attempts to kill off insects and bacteria  have always failed

     So "man" is only the "dominant" species in his own eyes cos of how HE defines it

     Objectively he aint the "dominant" species at all

    ("the total mass of humans and their livestock is 96% of the mass of all animal life on earth." I think you will find this is wrong "az_leader"

      the weight of insects on their own is greater than that of man)

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  • 1 month ago

    It is a judgement call for a given situation. Animals will avoid confrontation and run where possible, but cornered and threatened, they are ready to fight to the death.

    No, the notion that animals may plot a rebellion is just not going to happen,,even"The day of the animals" was pure fantasy. The only way they could apply logic to wildlife becoming aggressive to humans was an issue with the sunlight.

    I might suggest the animal behaviorist would have any clue, the others are no more qualified than you.

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  • L.N.
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Alfred Hitchcock asked the same question decades ago and produced the classic  movie 'The Birds'. A few years after that some hacks produced 'Frogs' to capitalize on his idea.

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  • 1 month ago

    At this time in history, the total mass of humans and their livestock is 96% of the mass of all animal life on earth. So there is no chance the wild animals would "win."

    Source(s): 2019 book of David Wallace Wells. I don't share his point of view, but his facts are probably right.
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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Running is the first option. Fighting back is the second option. However, if an animal or human is petrified, then tonic immobility (or frozen with fear) may be triggered. An animal or a person simply cannot move if they are terrified enough. Since predators are hypersensitive to motion, a prey animal that stops moving all of a sudden may actually confuse the predator and it may let go of the prey and look instead for something that is moving. Rape victims and victims of the Norwegian mass shooter have reported being frozen with fear. It does not always work of course, but it works often enough that tonic immobility can be found in a wide variety of animals, including sharks, frogs, lizards, and mammals. This instinct apparently evolved very early in evolution and it is retained in a wide variety of the descendants of the first animal that evolved it. The fact that some of the victims of the Norwegian shooter escaped uninjured shows that it even works against human predators.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Maybe the animal kingdom is fighting back right now through global warming and climatic  changes.

    • Mog
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      And mad cow disease 

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