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Name: Sinchana
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Age: 5
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Date: 2/9/2004

Why animals have tails?

Hi Sinchana!

First of all lets talk a little bit. We, men, women, children have our bodies made up of meat and bones. The bones are hard and are somehow covered by meat. The bones all together form our skeleton and help us in many ways: to move, to walk, to sit, to stand and so on. If you rub your hand all the way from the neck of a person down to the botton you can feel a kind of straight collection of bones, they form what is called spinal column. In men and women the spinal column stops there, at the botton. In other animals it goes further and is called tail.

Many animals have tails with different and very important uses. For example, in monkeys they help them to move from tree to tree and to fix in a tree branch. In other animals, like cats and dogs, the tails serve to communicate and show emotions, see how your dog tail moves when it is happy...And when a cat is angry, its tail waves back and forth very fast... Also in cats and other animals the tails serve for keeping their equilibrium. Another use mostly in big animals is to help them to get rid of insects, waving them away. But the more important tail use in animals is to help their body to be kept warm. Animals that live in waters also have tails and they permit them to move very fast to the direction they choose.

See my dear in nature everything has a reason and a way to be. And it was very nice trying to answer to you. If you want to know anything else come back to us!


Evolution and adaptation have given animals many different body shapes and styles. Many mammals use tails for display; some, like squirrels, use them to help keep their balance; bats and birds use their tails to fly - the uses are wonderfully different. We really can't answer why tails evolved in the first place, but once they began to develop animals have adapted to use them in marvelous ways.

J. Elliott

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