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Here’s Two Minutes Of Animals Shaking Themselves Off

Ever wonder why animals shake themselves dry. Scientists were so curious they assembled a paper and lots of slow motion video of animals drying themselves off, from lions to sheep to rats.

The underlying science is actually fairly fascinating. In cold wet weather, mammals are at serious risk of hypothermia. The faster they can get dry, the better. So they shake, whipping not just their fur but their skin around.

It turns out that every mammal does this, not just dogs, and the smaller the mammal, the more shakes per second they perform. Mammals can shake away up to 70% of the water clinging to them, which explains why your dog becomes a sprinkler whenever it gets wet.

So, now you know the science behind getting drenched after your puppy takes a trip through the sprinkler. As for preventing it… well, just keep him or her outside for a while.

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