Animals benefit from working together. Plants and animals help one another too. This is called mutualism. Each species provides a service. Each helps the other survive. Read about some helpful relationships.
Impalas and OxpeckersFERNANDO QUEVEDO—GETTY IMAGES
Impalas are bitten by bugs. But those bugs are food for oxpeckers. The birds keep the impalas clean.
Bees and FlowersDIRK DANIEL MANN—GETTY IMAGES
Flowers make pollen. Bees eat it and carry some to other flowers. This helps the flowers grow.
Clown Fish and Sea AnemonesCBPIX/GETTY IMAGES
Sea anemones have tentacles. They sting. But clown fish are not stung. They bring food to the anemone. And they get a place to hide from predators.
Sharks and RemorasCAT GENNARO—GETTY IMAGES
Remoras are fish. They eat things off a shark’s skin. This keeps the shark clean.
Did You Know?STEVE GSCHMEISSNER—GETTY IMAGES
Bacteria are germs. Some help break down food in your stomach. Some even produce vitamins. From us, they get food.