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If even small mammal bites can kill birds because of their gram negative bacteria, how to birds in the wild survive if they're bitten? Surely they must be quite often, by prey animals struggling or something like that. (this isn't meant to be argumentative, sorry if it sounds that way, i'm genuinely curious)

Asked by Anonymous


You aren’t being argumentative at all, and I love your curiosity, friend!

In most cases, birds that are caught and manage to get away do not survive for long afterwards. Along with gram negative bacteria being harmful to them, there is the fact that bird blood does not clot as well as mammalian blood does, and just a small amount of blood loss (two drops in something like a budgerigar) can prove to be fatal! 

If the bird does get away and manages to heal over, the gram negative bacteria can either be the direct cause of the bird’s death or an indirect one, like the bird’s immune system fighting the bacteria and the bird ultimately succumbing to usually non-fatal sickness. 

Though it is often that gram negative bacteria kills the bird, there are occasions when it does not, so gram negative bacteria does not mean ultimate death as much as high threat and danger. 


Tbh more often than not with birds it’s the (physical) stress that kills them after initially escaping from a predator

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Secretary Bird

Stunning! Well done Bob Worthington.

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Falco rufigularis (by jquental)

*Bat Falcon

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Bigeye Scad Bait Ball | Selar crumenophthalmus

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Why are we still arguing over Blackfish’s accuracy? Let’s just toss the documentary out and everything else still stands:
• Keltie Byrne’s death
• Daniel Dukes’ death
• Alexis Martinez’s death
• Dawn Brancheau’s death
• John Sillick’s injury caused by Orky II
• Ken Peters’ near-fatal drowning caused by Kasatka
• Annette Eckis’ injury caused by Shamu
• Tamarie Tollison’s injury caused by Splash and Orkid
• Separation of families
• Collection of semen
• Inseminating semen into females
• Dead, thawed fish
• Jello, ice, and hoses to quell dehydration
• Drugs and vitamins
• Tooth drilling and extraction
• 100% of adult males in captivity have collapsed dorsal fins
• Whale-on-whale aggression (yes, there is aggression in the wild, but not on captivity’s scale)
• No human has ever been severely harmed by a wild killer whale (the man who required 100 stitches could not verify that he was attacked by a killer whale; regardless, no human has been killed by a killer whale in the wild)
• Lethargic, listless behaviors for hours
• SeaWorld has never rescued/released a killer whale
• SeaWorld’s “educators” misinform the public
• SeaWorld Orlando trainer Kelly Flaherty Clark lied under court oath and said Loro Parque is not affiliated with SeaWorld. Of course it is, as its 5 orcas (Keto, Tekoa, Kohana, Skyla, Adán) belong to SeaWorld, but are on loan
• SeaWorld twisted Dr. Ingrid Visser’s paper on New Zealand orcas by saying “nearly one-quarter” of male wild killer whales have “collapsed” dorsals, when in actuality, less than 1% do. The actual study found that 23% of males (7 out of 30) in a specific New Zealand population have dorsal fin “abnormalities,” not collapsed (only one male had a collapsed dorsal). In the same study, 174 Norwegian orcas were included, with just one male having an “abnormality.”

Seriously, throw Blackfish away and all the footage and documents still exist. It doesn’t matter if you dislike the former trainers or scientists that oppose captivity—facts are facts.
**If you’d like me to expand on anything mentioned above, please let me know. Second post will follow.**

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