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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011

    I get you, and I agree, I'd just rather this not turn into "Hey, let's watch this brutal, and incredibly graphic, video of a lion shredding a gazelle/croc biting some guy's arm off/ants eating the fuck out of everything", you know?

    And since I didn't say it before, that turtle's a dick. He waits until the mouse almost has reached sweet, sweet air and then yanks him back down. Pure reptile douchebaggery that.
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    This is the video Vornaskotti was referencing. DO NOT click the link if you're freaked out by horrifying gore. I'm not kidding.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011

    Thank you for linking and the warning. Is appreciated.
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    Yeah, I'd ask that we don't get any more gifs like that posted directly into the thread. I found it fascinating — but I'm sure most of us would have liked to have the option NOT to see it in the thread.
    • CommentTimeDec 6th 2011 edited
    Definitely fair enough, sorry about that. With some afterthought, I should've but that one behind a link. That wasn't fun-nasty. That was just nasty-nasty. Although, I'll copy-paste my reply in Reddit here:

    "OP here - to all of you who pointed out that the turtle wasn't cruel, of course it wasn't, it was just having its lunch hour. Was this totally unnatural since someone dropped the mouse in the tank? Uh, what do you think, do animals in the nature pet each other to death while whispering sweet nothings? Right at this second there's ten million cute mice and ducklings and bunnies being torn apart alive while the predator is going "yay, lunch, won't starve to death".

    What really got me with this is the blind all-overriding will to live, the goddamn half a mouse swimming to the surface even though it was dead already - and that for me was somehow a cruel joke. It was horrible yet moving in a really heart curdling way.

    As for filming all this, and especially making a movie out of it with a metal soundtrack (someone in here said that was the source of the gif) - yeaaaah, that's pretty suspect. When you keep certain animals, you end up having to feed them live things (I've had reptiles, for example), but you really shouldn't be getting off about it hard enough to turn it into a little home movie.

    ...then again, are any of us who watched that more than once any better than the guy who filmed the thing?"
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    Don't get me wrong, I found that GIF totally fascinating and amazing. I just could've used some warning before I saw it.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    That gif might be the thing that has disturbed me most in all of 2010, and shit, I just couldn't stop watching it for a full minute or two because it was so engrossing. That being said, I've seen enough horrible things that I didn't need a warning (though for the human one, yes, still deciding to click or not). Years on the internet...every once in a while something disturbs you but you're left overall more desensitized.
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    Even better? The music video remix of that.

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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJan 15th 2012
    @Vornaskotti - weird co-incidence, that was on a repeat of QI I was watching last night...
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJan 19th 2012
    Is there anything cuter than an Orang-Utan?

    How about a baby Orang-Utan?

    Now throw in an almost-equally-cute Slow Loris.

    Oh my fucking God!
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    Human bot fly removal.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2012
    It's been brought up before, but looks like the "Crazy Cat Lady" parasite may be gaining some traction towards being recognized by the scientific community.
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    Seeing as how this thread is always worth a *bump* and I've just discovered something interesting:

    Have a boy with fish scales for skin

    Brandon put something similar to this in the 2009 thread but here's a real-life example that's a little different. It seems that the baby's not that badly affected and just needs regular moisture...AQUAMAN, ANYONE??

    ...ok, maybe not, but a cool mutation nonetheless.

    I like the line:

    The 11-month-old Gippsland boy was born in a shiny membrane, similar to plastic wrap, which he shed bit by bit over his first few weeks of life.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2012
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJun 16th 2012
    AAAARGH!! WTF????

    Fungal infection causes tarantula to grow antlers

    Cordyceps fungi invades its hosts (mainly arthropods), and its mycelium eventually replaces the host's tissue. Once the arthropod is dead, cylindrical or branching growths emerge from the creature's dead body. Some species also have mind-control capabilities, convincing the host to travel to a place where the fungus will find optimal growth conditions before the host dies. If you haven't seen it yet, this video from Planet Earth shows a Cordyceps fungus in action:

      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2012
    On the insect-killing fungus note: some fungi feed their victims to plants.
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012 edited
    Uh... damn. A zombie cow :( A cow gets hit by a train, loses 80% of its head and just stands around looking rather baffled. Why weird biology? Well, how in the ever-loving fuck can that animal still be alive >.<

    Suffice to say, don't click the link if you get squeamish easily.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJun 28th 2012
    whooaaa. It's like that chicken that lost it's head but had enough of its brain stem left to keep it alive. That shit it so fascinating and bizarre.