great question! i never thought about it actually.
i know some critters like monkeys use them to grab onto tree branches and whatnot.
And, some animals really have short tail.
i have heard of elephants holding tails when they are walking, or is that just in cartoons?
They're quite smart and can be trained to do many things. That behaviour is typical in circus elephants while they are being marched to the site.
oh. that's where i've seen that.
rattlesnakes use their tails as a warning that they are about to strike.
and like cats, bunnies use their whiskers to measure the size of a space they want to squeeze into. the only purpose i can see for their little cottontails is just to be cute
I saw i TV that " hippopotomos" gave warning to other hippos thats its his territory and he just spread his " pee" in all corners using his tail.
OKay I was omly partly right but here is a better explanation:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-pur … nimals.htm
What is doesn't explain is why guys are always chasing tail!
The real answer is while some animals use there tails for balance, not all do. Some animals have tails so they can use them to hang from trees serving as an extra hand. Cows, zebras, an Elephans have tails to swat at annoying flys. Fish have tails for swimming. A lizard has a tail for defense.
Cat Whiskers are for knowing how small an area they can get into.
Horses use them to swat flies.
Dogs use them to signal happiness, excitement and anticipation.
Some deer have black and white tails which make a good, visible signal for their youngsters to follow when they run.
Some dogs, especially swimming breeds like the Portuguese Water Dog, use their tails as rudders when swimming.
Fly swatters! They don't wipe and dogs need them to wag as they smile.
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