Ice Age 2

Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

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Concept featured in clip:Cryptic Behavior
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 10

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Summary of clip: While the colony is migrating in order to escape the imminent flood, a group of ferrets notices a hawk flying above. In order to escape its predation, they play dead.
Connection of flickclip to the concept: The reaction of the ferrets to the predator by "playing dead" is a realistic behavior that occurs in the animal kingdom.
Suggestions to teachers: This is an engaging clip that introduces the concept of cryptic behavior or ways organisms can avoid predation.

1. What behavior did the predator (the hawk) display?

2. How did the ferrets react?

3. Why did the ferrets react this way?

4. Why is this beneficial?

5. How did this typeof behavior evolve in certain animals?

You could also have students read this article from The Discovery Channel and answer questions on it: