Ask Jack 3/30/10
Q: Can animals commit suicide?
Eric Baumann – St. Louis Park, MN
A: What a strange question. My guess is that when you were a child, Eric, you pulled the legs off of flies and your parents spent a bunch of money on therapy. Am I warm?
At any rate, I suppose an answer to your question is in order.
I present exhibit A:
Sure… this little guy looks cute enough, but underneath that fuzzy exterior rages an epic battle that drives most Lemmings to end it all in mass suicide pacts with their friends. The reason is unknown, but most of these little guys march off cliffs or into large bodies of water never to be heard from again. Well, all except for this ingenious lemming:
So if you happen upon a group of lemmings, take the time to listen and offer any assistance you can. Maybe YOU can make a difference to a lemming and keep them around a little while longer.