While many lunacies associated with the moon remain largely myth, some strange patterns of animal behavior have, indeed, been linked to the lunar cycle. A variety of rationalizations explain these effects: A full moon can provide a time cue for synchronized events, facilitate visual communication in the nighttime, or just scare normally night-active nocturnal animals into the shadows.
Badgers for example become pee-shy.
They tend to raise their leg up when they pee more often during the new moon than the full moon, researchers have found. The badgers use this move to mark territory, especially when they are getting ready to mate. And the new moon seems to be prime time for badger mating, with scientists suggesting the increased darkness provides the badger couple protection from lurking predators. Pairs of badgers can take up to 90 minutes to mate, and become easier targets during that time. So while the pee pattern may seem to be a loony habit, it appears to have a practical root in self defense.
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