Introduction to Symbiosis : Two living beings helping each other.
Do you think you will be able to live alone in a forest?
Man is one of the most intelligent animal on Earth. Still it is so difficult for us.
Think of how difficult it would be for an animal to live in the forest alone. It has to stay together with an animal of its own kind or even of some other kind.
You must have seen animals living in groups with their own kind.
They find food together, share it among themselves and finally seek shelter at the same place. If one of the animal is weak or ill, he is still able to live, eat and stay safe by just being with his group.
Can you name a few animals who stay in groups?
Elephant, Gorilla, Monkey, Bats, Giraffe, Sheep, Bees, Ants, Owls, Parrots, Fish.
A Parliament of Owls
These animals help each other in the group in many interesting ways. We will learn about them in our next article.
In this article we will learn about different animals living together.
At first they will look so different that we wonder if it is possible for them to help each other. But when we look closely, we find how they make the most of their differences to help each other.
Moreover, they have been doing this for millions of years, through so many generations!
When two very different organisms live together for a long time, their relationship is called Symbiosis.
This relationship can be of three types:
BOTH of them help each other, then we call their relationship Mutualism.
ONLY ONE of them gets help while the other is neither helped nor harmed, we call this Commensalism.
One of them gets help while the other animal is harmed ; we call this Parasitism.
In this article, we will see living beings living in such a way that both of them help each other. As we just learnt, this is called Mutualism.
To start off this colourful picture tour,
click here : Crocodile and the Plover Bird