The Yoga Badger doesn’t damage the nest as he realises it’s in his own interests to maintain a secure environment for the termites, as the badger may need to come back in the future to the same nest for more food. The badger will relax by lying on the nest, just above the entrance, and eating the termites as they come out. The Yoga Badger will also rhythmically tap the sides of the nest with its paws, so as to encourage more termites to come outside.

Once the Yoga Badger has feasted enough, he will slide down from the nest and do more stretching to aid his digestion before strolling back to his own home, usually via a waterhole where he will take a long, contemplative drink.

This is an extract from the book Animals Evolution Avoided