Spotted Deer, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, India by Sumon Das

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One of the most recognised symbiotic relationship in the animal kingdom is that of a Spotted deer and a Jungle myna. I was fortunate enough to witness this magical moment unfold in front of my very eyes. Driving through the forest I saw the spotted deer grazing and decided to wait when a myna out of nowhere suddenly jumped on top of the deer to take a free ride. The deer allows the same to get its personal grooming done and the myna in turn will derive its calories. The mynas generally feed on the parasites and insects which thrive on the spotted deer.

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