PECULIAR ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR
Added on: 25th Mar 2016
Ichneumon wasps find a victim (usually a caterpillar), inject their
eggs into the victim’s body, paralyze the victim, and then eat
it while it is still alive. The worst part, however, is that the wasp
consumes the fatty deposits and digestive organs first.
This keeps the caterpillar alive for as long as possible.
Hippos attract their mates by urinating and defecating simultaneously.
CREATING A HUSBAND
Histiostoma murchiei, a female mite, lays eggs without needing
fertilization. When her sons grow up she copulates with them and
the sons die shortly thereafter.
In St. Kitts, the vervet monkeys developed a taste for alcohol over
the course of the past few centuries by eating fermented sugar cane.
Recently they even started stealing alcohol from local resorts.
The spotted skunk does handstands to scare off predators.
Although scientists have a hard time establishing that animals
might be suicidal, recently in Switzerland dozens of cows
mysteriously plunged to their deaths over the side of a cliff.
Army ants are blind and therefore will follow the smell of their
neighbour in order to reach the nest. Sometimes the chemical
trails of a large group of army ants can get looped around into
a circle. The ants will therefore continue walking around and
around until they drop dead from exhaustion.
THE SUPER SNAP
The pistol shrimp has been dubbed the loudest animal in the sea.
In order to stun its prey it snaps its claw at supersonic speed.
The resulting sound is actually a sonic boom and the shockwave
that the snap creates is powerful enough to stun its prey.
To make things really mind blowing, the temperatures of the
resulting shockwave momentarily gets as hot as the
surface of the sun.