8. BURROWING OWLS TAKE OVER PRAIRIE DOG TOWNS– AND HUNT WITH POOP.

The long-legged burrowing owl lives in South and North America. One of the few owls that is active during the daytime, it nests in the ground, moving into tunnels excavated by other animals such as grassy field dogs. They’ll also dig their own houses if required. Then, they’ll surround the entryways to their burrows with dung and “sit at the burrow entrance all day long and it looks like they’re doing nothing,”

​University of Florida zoologist Douglas Levey informed National Geographic. They’re not doing nothing: They’re fishing. The poop is bait for dung beetles, one of the owls’ favorite types of victim. “Everyone who studies burrowing owls knows they bring dung back to their burrows, and they understand that burrowing owls eat a great deal of dung beetles. But no one had put two and two together,” Levey, co-author of a 2004 study revealing the behavior, stated.