Thursday, January 19

do they ever get cold Feet?

"A duck foot is mostly tendons with very little muscle, the muscles that help them move are located further from the feet and better insulated, so there is less need for blood flow to the feet to keep them warm. Ducks also have a very unique circulation system, where warm blood going down to the feet goes closely past the cold blood coming back from the feet. This is called a counter-current heat exchange as heat is exchanged from the hot blood to the cold, meaning that the birds do not lose too much heat through their feet."


threecollie said...

Great photo! Such brilliant, glowing colors!

cindyzlogic said...

Cute shot!! Very interesting info, too :-))