Despite the fact that all NASA's launch sites are natural paradises thanks to the agency's conservationists efforts, sometimes accidents happen when frogs, bats, pelicans or turkey vultures cross the path of rockets as they soar into space. Here are some sad examples.

Of course, there were other lucky ones who survive. In fact, the norm is that nothing ever happens and animals thrive around these sites, with many protected species enjoying their life alongside America's mighty fire-breathing metal birds.

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Take a look at this fascinating story told by Richard Shipp to Gizmodo's readers:

My company designed the launch pad for the latest Wallops Island launch. The situation with field mice is strange. They would not exist without the launch taking place. When a vehicle launches, they flee from where they are burrowed and then mate before returning. If they didn't flee and mate, the population would die off. This has happened in other areas.

A fascinating fact indeed.

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