I just LOVE observing and learning how animals cope in new surroundings …
And how different PREY animals are from PREDATORS …
It’s truly fascinating.
SHAPE of the EYE
Determines whether an animal is predominantly a predator or a prey …
PREDATORS have have eyes in the front to give them depth perception to track and pursue their prey.
PREYS have eyes on the side, for greater peripheral vision to see predators approaching from the side as well as from behind.
SHAPE of the PUPIL
Helps animals in their coping and survival skills
Horizontal-slit pupils are aligned with the ground to allow more light in from the front, back and sides.
Vertical-slit pupils, accurately gauges the distance animals would need to pounce on their prey — predominantly found in AMBUSH predators who are active day and night.
Rotating Pupils maintain its panoramic view of its surroundings
BODY SHAPE x NUTRIENTS
PREDATOR animals keep their bodies lean for speed, by mostly eating protein to hunt their food …
PREYS store fat & nutrients by eating mostly carbs since they only eat by graze what’s right under their feet.
An incredibly neat example of how evolution and natural selection have optimized the eyes over millions of years is cats! Depending on their different lifestyle and predator technique, cats have different pupil shape!
Domestic cats have vertical slits pupils, because they normally ambush predators.
However bigger cats (like tigers and lions), their pupils are round like humans and dogs, because they tend to chase down their prey.
So I guess, the eyes truly are not just the Window to the Soul!