So who would win a battle between an electric eel and an alligator?
Well, actually a smart alligator would leave an electric eel all alone.
Nature provides all sorts of defenses – poison, camouflage, big brains combined with opposable thumbs. For the eel, it’s a shock of electricity that can save its life from a predator.
Here’s visual evidence of an entanglement between the two captured by a Brazilian fisherman.
The eel’s effort was more successful than this python which tried to eat an alligator.
Photo credit for arm-raising alligator – Funny Junk
Posted in animals, freaky animals, nature, ouch, weird
Tagged caiman vs. eel, eels, electric eel vs. alligator, electric eels, freaky animals, nature, self defense, self preservation, weird animals, weird nature
Sometimes nature is heartbreaking.
A squirrel was run over and killed by a vehicle. Its loyal friend keeps scavenger crows from attacking its corpse. This just makes me choke up a little bit.
If the video above doesn’t work, here’s a link to its page on Youtube.
There are some links to more of the squirrel’s protective nature in this post about a mother squirrel protecting her baby from a dog.
Posted in animals, My Legion, nature, ouch
Tagged animals, awww, crows, loyal animals, nature, sad nature, squirrel loyalty, squirrel protects dead squirrel from crows, weird nature
Nature has some messed up ways of keeping the Circle of Life revolving.
National Geographic has a story about female phorid flies that plant their eggs into the torsos of fire ants.
The eggs hatch, the larva feeds until it reaches the ant’s head resulting in zombie ants.
The head pops off, the new fly escapes and here we go again.
Ant brains, nom, nom, nom.
And the less-than-gentle world outside our homes keeps on keeping on.
Too bad the ants didn’t have road signs warning them of zombie activity.
One of my readers here at the Squirrel Queen’s abode is aware of the fascination with the bizarre that causes me to post things like anatomically correct knitting and time-warped album covers.
He gave me the heads up (thanks David) and left a link on my About Page (which I highly recommend that everyone should read so they know all the pertinent info on why I tick the way I do).
David’s link directed me to one of those uncommon freaks of nature - a five-legged lamb.
The Australian sheep has a small leg dangling from the back of its neck that should remind Newscoma of one of her all-time favorite bad movies Basket Case.
Not only does it have an extra leg, its extra leg has an extra hoof. That’s right. One sheep = five legs, six feet.
The wooly one appears to be doing fine and is just another sheep in its flock.
Here’s the visual evidence.
Posted in animals, freaky animals, Movies, nature, Pop Culture, weird
Tagged animal freaks, Australia, freaky animals, nature, sheep, sheep with five legs, weird animals, weird nature
In Tasmania, crop circles have been puzzling farmers and government agents.
The answer to the mystery has been revealed.
It’s a case of “high as a kite” wallabies getting into government-owned fields of opium poppies, munching on the plants until they get hopped up and then wandering around in circles like the last few partiers at a rave in 2002 trampling the plants that end up in their way.
These drug-fiend marsupials apparently have more of a jones for the opium than Sherlock Holmes without a case to solve.
Tasmania is the world’s largest producer of legally grown opium for the pharmaceutical market.
Wow, maybe this self-loving kangaroo has been visiting these fields.
Posted in animals, freaky animals, nature, weird
Tagged high as a kite wallabies, high wallabies, marsupials, nature, opium, Sherlock Holmes, Tasmania, wallabies, weird nature
So the dogs woke me up at 3:45 a.m. to go out for a urinary jaunt.
Upon opening the door and getting a face full of cold air as I let them out and back in, I was immediately wide awake.
Trying to find something on the TV to knock me back out again, I watched the end of a MacGyver episode. (For the big finale, he used two silver candlesticks wrapped in bare wires to conduct electricity and defibrillated a man’s heart to bring him back to life. So what did you do at work today? Top that.)
When the mulleted magician was done, I was still wide awake. Surfing the channels, I found a show on the grid entitled “Humanzee” on the Science network. I thought to myself, that will do the trick. I’ll be conked out in 8 minutes.
Instead I was fascinated by the story of this chimpanzee brought from Africa in 1960. It turned out to act differently from all other chimps. Oliver preferred to walk upright. His cranial features were more humanoid than the average Zippy the Chimp. The animal trainers it lived with said it was capable of doing tasks and that other chimps shunned it.
At around the age of 16, Oliver’s libido took over and resulted in his being sold by his original owners, beginning an odyssey around the globe. There was talk that Oliver was a hybrid between a chimp and a human.
I still can’t believe I fell back to sleep with this animal mystery on the TV screen, but I did.
So, thanks to Youtube, I tracked down the rest of the episode in six parts.
Here is the first of the videos, so you can see why I wanted to know more.
Oliver image, MacGyver Image, upright Oliver image
Posted in Pop Culture, television, animals, nature, freaky animals, weird
Tagged nature, television, freaky animals, weird animals, weird nature, Humanzee, Oliver the Chimp, human chimp hybrids, MacGyver
No, it’s not a fancy shrimp from a Japanese restaurant.
It’s a bone eating worm from the deep blue sea called the Osedax.
Mental Floss has 6 Weird Worms that have to be seen to be believed and details about them that make them even odder.
One Australian crawler is blue. There’s one variety called the pig butt worm because of what it resembles. Another was thought to be extinct until a few years ago.
Check out this link to a video of a ribbon worm.
Posted in animals, freaky animals, nature, weird
Tagged creepy crawlies, freaky nature, gross, gross nature, Osedax, ribbon worm, weird nature, worms
I’ve heard of plagues of frogs, but where does our feathered friend fit into the End Time equation. You know, we are one day closer to 2012, the end of the world Mayan calendar.
There have been some strange bird happenings in recent days.
It started with the chicken bomb and was exacerbated by the freaky Lost smoke monster starlings.
Now, there are more bird beatdowns. In the Windy City, a terrorist territorial red-winged blackbird has been divebombing and, in general, annoying everyone from bicyclists to pedestrians.
Then I ran across an incredible Barbie representation of Tippi Hedren in The Birds posted by Hollywood Ron over at Subtle Bluntness. It’s a must see.
I’ll have to ponder this while I gnaw on an order of chicken nuggets with extra flavorful dipping sauce.
Posted in Blogroll, freaky animals, nature, Pop Culture, television, toys, weird
Tagged Barbie, bird attacks, freaky animals, Lost, nature, The Birds, Tippi Hedren, weird nature