I had an apple tree when I was a kid.
There was a heavy winter storm. The old tree froze.
It cracked in half, broke. We left it there.
That Spring, it produced more apples than it ever did before
We left it there.
The following year, it produced even MORE apples.
It didn’t come back the next Spring and we dug it up.
So yes, even other life forms are desperate when they see their ends coming.