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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2013
    I think a lot of the reason that all this death by fucking and general nasty behaviour in the animal world has take this long to come to light is because all those Victorian explorers refused to write it down when they saw it. One of the major complaints levelled against Darwin's theories was that most people believed that the animal kingdom was inherently 'nice' and 'proper' and he was saying no, it's red in tooth and claw.

    Some years back I saw some Attenborough thing about British garden birds, and it showed a scene where a male sparrow knocks up a female then flies off, another male comes over and uses his beak to remove the previous males sperm from the female before having a go himself. This repeats with several more males.

    Yeah, animals are nasty bastards.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd 2013
    Ladies and gentlemen, the elusive deap-see bigfin squid :

    and someone constructed this image from the video :

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeDec 16th 2013
    I have no idea what these are, but I'm going to hazard a guess and say they're for reproduction ?

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    I think it may be just a tad bit late to try and continue that genetic line there…

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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 18th 2014
    Great tits: murderous rapacious flesh-rending predators!

    If you live in Europe, you'll be familiar with that cute little bird, commonly seen in gardens and feeding stations :

    The tits’ behaviour was not opportunistic: they specifically searched for hibernating bats, using both auditory and visual cues, and then pulled them out of their roosting cavities and pecked them to death [see gory photo below]

    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2014 edited
    Meet the Saint Helena Earwig:

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2014
    1. Takeshi Yamada is a rogue taxidermist creating fake creatures out of organic and inorganic materials

    2. There is (or was) such a thing as the St Helena giant earwig, growing as large as 84 mm (3.3 in) in length (including forceps), but it looks rather different from that picture. More pictures here

    3. It's still a monster bug, and Napoleon never stood a chance.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2015
    Time to ressurect my favourite thread !

    A scientist chose to give birth to a bot fly larva so that he could film the whole process. "video not for the squeamish" as you might expect.

    Why is it that an animal that is actively trying to kill us, such as a lion, gets more respect than one that is only trying to nibble on us a little, without causing much harm?