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Rain can be deadly for Canada's tiniest critters

A massive raindrop can feel like being hit with a truck, but they have some crafty ways of dealing with a deluge.

One raindrop can feel like being hit with a truck, but they have some crafty ways of dealing with a deluge

Rain can be deadly for Canada’s tiniest critters - Wild Canadian Weather

The Nature of Things

3 months ago
4:32
A massive raindrop can feel like being hit with a truck, but they have some crafty ways of dealing with a deluge. 4:32

Rain is essential for life. As we see in Wild Canadian Weather, It can turn a desert into a flowering paradise or drive the growth of food for humans and wildlife. But for some of Canada's smallest creatures, rain can be deadly. 

Just three raindrops can equal the weight of a hummingbird who's working hard to stay airborne. For small insects, a direct hit is comparable to a human having a pick-up truck dropped on their head. 

But these critters are crafty. They have ways of dealing with the deluge, even escaping death. Watch as ultra-high-speed cinematography captures the way a bee, caught in a puddle during a rainstorm, "surfs" her way to safety.

Watch the video above for the full story.

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