Two Truths, One Lie

By MDC | May 1, 2024
From Xplor: May/June 2024

Which fascinating fact is actually a fib?

  1. To lure predators away from its chicks, a killdeer thrashes around and drags its wing, pretending to have a broken bone.
  2. To keep cattle from trampling their nests, killdeer ruffle their feathers and charge the hoofed creatures, hoping to startle them.
  3. For protein during egg-laying, females peck deer and lick the blood that trickles out. The name “killdeer” comes from this practice.

Answer: #3


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