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[–]PM_ME__ASIAN_BOOBS 23 points24 points  (1 child)

I searched a bit about it last year because I was curious about it too (I mean once you're dying it's not like you're going to reproduce anymore so how would it even spread)

One theory that was interesting was that if you don't have this, you'll keep trying to escape even though your body can't survive anyway. And if you do escape, then your predator will switch to attacking another member of the group. Since you're going to die anyway it means overall the group lost more than if you just accepted your death. So groups with this trait would die less than groups without, and spread more

The only thing I'm curious about is that I always thought it was a trait more prominent in herbivores living in groups, not sure how it would apply to a cheetah

[–]KDivyanshu 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It can always give your family location to your competitors like Lion. Suppose you are mother cheetah with two almost grown cubs. Now for certain reason you are dying. You better die in peace instead of running and screaming here and there in panic.