Category: animal

Platypus venom causes excruciating pain that can last for months on end, which cannot be relieved with conventional painkillers. Not even morphine works against it. The venom causes victims to become nauseated, suffer from cold sweats, and can even cause muscles to waste away.

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A mother black lace-weaver spider will drum on her web to call her babies to come and eat her alive.

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In the Tasmanian Devil mating season, the male has to beat the female into submission if he wants to mate. If the male is too weak, the female proceeds to beat up the male.

The individual animal with the most human kills ever was a tiger from Northern India, which adjusted its hunting strategy to kill people after a tooth injury left it unable to hunt normal prey and was shot after an estimated 436 kills.

Conservationists created a match.com profile for the world’s loneliest frog named Romeo, to raise funds for expeditions to find more of his species. Their work paid off, and they found Juliet for him.

There is a hornet the size of your thumb that stings you with flesh dissolving acid that also acts as a pheromone to alert the other hornets to sting you until you die.

The original word for ‘bear’ has been lost. People in middle ages were superstitious and thought saying the animal’s name would summon it. They called it ‘bruin,’ which means ‘the brown one’ to avoid saying its actual name, and then bruin segued into bear.

If you feed a moose, it may become aggressive and attack the next human it meets if it has no food to offer. 

Reindeer’s eyes are golden in the spring and summer, and in the winter, they become a rich blue. The color change helps the reindeer see better during the long dark winters in the arctic.

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Spiders don’t have muscles in their legs. They extend them using a system of hydraulics powered by their blood pressure. When they die, spiders’ legs curl up because the blood pressure is gone.