Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) were repeatedly sent to space. For example, chicks were taken out of their eggs at the Mir station. The development of eggs passed normally, but the new-born quails were unable to navigate in space in conditions of weightlessness, they randomly tumbled and refused


Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) were repeatedly sent to space. For example, chicks were taken out of their eggs at the Mir station. The development of eggs passed normally, but the new-born quails were unable to navigate in space in conditions of weightlessness, they randomly tumbled and refused

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  1. Probably chick thinks that he is falling. I wonder how adult bird would respond to no gravity. Probably would make quite a mess before passing out of exaustion

  2. Well what did they expect? That they grow an antigravity organ? I mean what else can they do other than tumble around randomly?

  3. A quail is surely abad example. This is also a flying animal. If they’d of gotten a ground-based animal, such as a cat, I believe it would be able to adapt itself to no gravity, learning how to propel itself, just as they do on walls or trees

  4. Two purely scientific facts 1) Baby quail are cute and 2) Y’all are assholes for doing this to them.

  5. Awwww poor guys. They must have been so scared. I hate using animals for humans to test shit. I have limits.

  6. I’m thinking since they have to learn to fly, they’re probably like “how the fuck am I flying now? I was just born!”

  7. I would have tried a smarter bird. Parrots, maybe. Corvids, perhaps.

    On second thoughts, scratch that. Crows on a Space Station sounds like a *terrible* idea!

  8. Imagine being the little bird, being born inside of a machine with odd surfaces and giagantic creatures that feed you weird stuff from a tube.

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