WAIT A SECOND!!!! I'm sure we've all heard a story similar to this in our childhood, but little did we know that the author had this story completely backwards. Though crocodiles seem like ferocious beasts, who munch on innocent animals, we have to keep in mind that somewhere in life's mysterious history, a strange relationship formed. Rather than eating this special bird (called the Plover) crocodiles actually enjoy sitting on a sunny evening, allowing this bird to pick small bits of food out of it's teeth. Once the Plover has completed it's task, it flies away with a full belly, leaving the crocodile with a whiter smile.
I found this symbiotic relationship quite interesting due to the fact that birds, and crocodiles are some of the oldest creatures our Earth knows. Assuming birds are the ancestors of dinosaurs, and crocodiles are related to prehistoric beasts as well, it is actually quite interesting to think that these two creatures aren't so different after all...
In the great depths of Africa lives the big, friendly crocodile. One lazy afternoon, crocodile realizes he has an EXTREMELY bad toothache. Not far away he notices a lovely bird floating from branch to branch. Realizing this bird was small enough to hop into his mouth and pick out whatever is causing his pain, crocodile decides to croon out to bird, "Bird what are you doing?" Startled, the bird responds, "I'm searching for lunch." The crocodile decides a clever way to ask bird for assistance, "Bird, I know where you can find food," moans crocodile. "Oh yeah, where?" asks bird questioningly. "There is this piece of food stuck in my tooth, and it's causing me great discomfort, if you could hop in my mouth and pick it out, I will forever be grateful." And with that being said, crocodile opens his mouth wide revealing several razor-sharp teeth. At first bird thought 'no way,' but upon closer inspection he realizes there is a huge chunk of food lodged into crocodiles tooth. 'Mmm, food,' thinks bird. Carefully, he hops into crocodile's mouth picks out the food, and hops out. Crocodile smiles as the pain disappears. "Thank you so much bird, I owe you one." From that day out, bird and crocodile decided to form a mutual trust- crocodile gets dental checkups, while bird gets a snack.
...Now that's more like it!