Ranganathan, dr. It is a very popular phrase that “donkey sinks in quick sand and not the mule”.
What Animal Will Not Sink in Quicksand?
The quick answer is that most animals will not sink in quicksand. There are, however, a few notable exceptions. The vast majority of animals are too large and too heavy to be affected by the quicksand’s suction.
An animal the size of a human or larger is simply too heavy to be pulled down into the quicksand. The same is true for most animals the size of a large dog or smaller.
The only animals that are likely to sink in quicksand are those that are very small and very light. This includes animals such as rodents, rabbits, and some birds.
Even these animals, however, are not likely to sink unless they are struggling and trying to free themselves. Quicksand is not actually dangerous to most animals.
The suction is not strong enough to hold them underwater and they will eventually be able to struggle free. The only animals that are at risk of drowning in quicksand are those that are very small and very light.
So, to answer the question, most animals will not sink in quicksand. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, quicksand is not a danger to animals.