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Why do animals have tails? What is the tail's purpose?

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In some cases, to swat away the flys from their buttholes that could otherwise become infected with bot, tese, screw worm, or borrowing flys and or just flys. In some animals the tails became useful as a balancing appendage. In some animals, the tail became prehensile and could be used as a fifth grasping appendage, helping them climb and sustain themselves In the trees.

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To cover their butts and swat the flys away.

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im pretty sure a rhino or something uses its tail to flick away flies im not sure about a cat or dog

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To hide their butth0le$. And to show how they are feeling (happy, scared, etc).

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for balance i think

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Common animals have tails for balance (cats dogs rats mice etc)

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Balance

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