Scientists Pinpoint How A Flamingo Balances On One Leg
Most people who met a flamenco were probably impressed by their ability to sign the balance over a single long period of very long periods.
But, in fact, scientists have shown that what appears to be a feat virtually does not require the bird’s muscular activity.
In fact, they even found a dead flamenco body naturally falling into a stable balance of one leg if placed vertically. This research was recently published in the journal Biology Letters.
So far, there were two basic schools of thought about why a flamingo stands up in one leg, Lena Ting, biomedical engineering from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, to The Two-Way.
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Some scientists have suggested that this was a way for the bird to retain the heat that would have been lost had it been in cold water. Others thought it was a way to reduce muscle fatigue, letting one leg rest while the other did the work.
However, the muscles are tired, the posture should be really exhausting for the bird.
No one has ever tried if the symbolic position of a flamenco’s legs requires real muscle effort – until now.
Ting and co-author Young-Hui Chang of the Georgia Institute of Technology headed to the Atlanta Zoo where eight Chilean juvenile flamingos were tested using a device called a force platform. It compares the machine to a balanced Wii image or a high-tech bathing suit – which can measure small body movements when you resist.
A small amount of rolling motion was recorded when the animals were awake. But then something surprising happened – when a sleeping animal, influence drastically diminished.
“And that’s the opposite of what you would expect for yourself or for me – if I was standing on one leg and then closed my eyes, I would usually like to see a large increase in the amount of body rocking and by Generally, this results in the integration of the people of his foot into the ground, “he said.
It is suggested that, while awake and active, the swaying of birds could correct other movements, ultimately, to settle into a sleeping position that requires little or no muscle activity.
This was proven in an experiment with the body of a flamenco, which, of course, does not have any muscle activity since it does not live.
First, researchers tried to manipulate the body’s joint looking for a locking mechanism that could explain stability, he said. But the seal moves very weakly and has not been blocked.
The key moment came when they turned to the bird in a standing position: “We held on the ankle … and turned up vertically, and suddenly collapsed in the position we see when they are standing on one leg.”
This video shows the remarkable stability of the body, even if pushed and pulled in different directions. (A warning to the sensitive viewer: it is a video of a dead flamenco, although scientists say the animal was sacrificed for other reasons and was not injured in the studio).