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2021-12-01 8:48:29 AM  
5 votes:
Some animals do not have a "retreat" option.
 
2021-12-01 12:25:15 PM  
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SalmonberryPie: I know this is kind of a buzzkill, but what if it was defending a batch of eggs or a nest?


It is defending iself. It tries to look big and dangerous so someone wont try to catch an eat it.

Crayfish sometimes act the same way. I once say a crayfish on a rock where a stream exited a cave that would rear up whenever anyone came by.

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Anyway this video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJvw8mV3U3U
A duel between mantis and excavator!
45,422 views
Sep 19, 2019
People's Daily, China 人民日报


Some version appeared on Twitter earlier but that account got deleted.
https://twitter.com/carlzha/status/1173241629882245120

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Praying Mantis vs Excavator
Chinese idiom 螳臂挡车Mantis Arm blocking Wheel describes this situation https://twitter.com/xChina4/status/1173226095102939136/video/1
10:26 AM · Sep 15, 2019
 
2021-12-01 9:18:12 AM  
1 vote:
"Mr. Mantis, do you know how much damage this digger would suffer if it let it just destroy the building with you standing on it?"

"No. How much?"

"None whatsoever."
 
2021-12-01 11:19:17 AM  
1 vote:
I know this is kind of a buzzkill, but what if it was defending a batch of eggs or a nest?
 
2021-12-01 6:45:57 PM  
1 vote:

HairBolus: Chinese idiom 螳臂挡车 Mantis Arm blocking Wheel describes this situation

https://steemit.com/science/@wentong-syhhae/tarng-bih-daang-che-a-praying-mantis-blocking-a-cart-with-its-arms

Tarng Bih Daang Che "A praying mantis blocking a cart with its arms" 螳臂擋車

"Attempting to overcome an overwhelming challenge," a 2000+-year-old story from Zhuangzi: 螳臂擋車 táng bì dǎng chē / tarng bih daang che "A praying mantis blocking a cart with its arms"

One day, when Lord Zhuang / Juang of the state of Qi / Chyi was heading into the mountains to go hunting, he noticed a small green insect angrily raising its arms as if to do battle with the cart wheel.
This piqued the lord's curiosity, so he asked his driver "What manner of insect is this?"

The driver looked at him and replied: "This is a praying mantis. This insect doesn't advance and doesn't retreat. It is not aware of its lack of strength and that its enemy is more powerful."

Full of admiration, the lord sighed: "If only this were a human. He would become an invincible warrior!" He then ordered his driver to veer to the side and let the praying mantis be.

[@wentong-shyhae's translation: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhuangzi_(book)

Nowadays, however, the four-character expression 螳臂擋車 is used in a negative sense to refer to another person (not oneself) who bites off more than he can chew (foolishly attempts to overcome an overwhelming challenge).


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