Some insects and reptiles have a strange self-preservation characteristic — they suddenly start bleeding from places like their eyes or knees.
Scientist Sebastian Hoefer says, “It really does look like it’s deliberate. Deliberately, it’s bleeding to put this show on.”
A show put on to deter any would-be predators. NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce looks at “reflex bleeding” and explores some of the creatures that bleed on purpose.
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This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Ariela Zebede.
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