More Amazing Facts About Coyotes

Coyotes orbit the sun once a year along a roughly elliptical path.

Coyotes are related to Komodo dragons, though not particularly closely.

Two coyotes approaching each other at the same speed will always meet at the midpoint of the path between their original locations.

A 44-pound coyote would weigh less than eight pounds on the moon.

A coyote that falls off a slickrock precipice will accelerate toward the earth at approximately 32 feet per second per second. If the cliff is very tall, the coyote will eventually reach a velocity where the air pressure beneath it keeps it from accelerating further. But it would have to be a really, really tall cliff.

You can tell approximately how far away a coyote is, in miles, by noting when its mouth moves, counting the number of seconds that elapse until you hear its yip, and dividing by five.

Due to quantum mechanics, two coyotes cannot occupy precisely the same location at precisely the same time.

As humans age, we often secrete little bits of calcified stuff in our pineal glands and elsewhere in our brains. Scientists call these secretions corpora arenacea, or “brain sand.” They are composed of the  same constituents as coyote bones. Scientists aren’t sure what function, if any, corpora arenacea may have. The same, however, cannot be said of coyote skeletons.

If three coyotes are hunting in a meadow, they will almost always form a triangle.

A coyote at rest will tend to remain at rest, and a coyote in motion will tend to remain in motion, unless ether coyote is acted on by an outside force.

The force acting to hold up a swimming coyote is equal to the mass of water the coyote displaces.

3 thoughts on “More Amazing Facts About Coyotes

  1. Seanna Watson

    But what I really want to know is whether you pronounce it “ky-oat-ee” or “ky-oat”?

  2. Morongobill

    I will never forget the morning in Morongo Valley, sitting at the table having my coffee, I looked out at the wash when a lone coyote hightailed by with two big German shepherds in hot pursuit.
    He raised to the top of a small rise looking down at the dogs gasping for breath. The dogs walked back up the hill and the coyote watched them leave with what appeared to be disdain. He then disappeared. Later I read somewhere that a coyote was fully capable of killing a doberman and climbing a four foot wall with the carcass. Perhaps if there had only been one German shepherd?