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The Tortoise That Adopted a Hippo

This is the strange but true tale of the 130 year old tortoise that adopted a baby hippo. In December 2004 unseasonably heavy rains on the East Coast of Kenya washed a family of hippopotamuses down the Sabaki River and out to sea. Locals from the town of Malindi, near Mombassa spotted the hippos and

Crazy Looking Caterpillars of the USA

It’s the little things on Planet Earth that are often the most bizarre. These colourful caterpillars remind us how wonderfully strange nature is. What is even more remarkable is that this collection of odd caterpillars weren’t found in the depths of some isolated jungle but were collected from the parks, gardens and woodlands of the

Falcons Deliberately Start Fires To Catch Prey Claims Expert

Remarkable new evidence has come to light to suggest that some birds of prey deliberately set fire to scrubland to flush out prey. Ornithologist Bob Gosford claims that arsonist birds are picking up burning twigs from existing fires and dropping them elsewhere to start new blazes. This sends small animals running to escape and the

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Dolphins get “high” on Pufferfish

Dolphins have been observed in the wild getting “high” on the toxins produced by pufferfish. The stunning footage, filmed for the BBC, captured a group of young dolphins very carefully provoking a pufferfish, also known as a blowfish, so that it would produce its dangerous toxin, which can kill if taken in large doses, but

The Alligators That Eat Sharks

Were you aware that alligators eat sharks? Well they do. Scientists recently discovered that American Alligators have developed a taste for small sharks, and stingrays too. In the first ever study of this weird nature phenomenon researchers at Kansas State University have documented American alligators feasting on four species of shark on the Pacific and

Crabs on Prozac Are Killing Each Other

Crabs on Prozac are becoming aggressive, engaging in fights, and even killing each other while on the drug, scientists have discovered. Prozac is a pharmaceutical drug used to treat depression, and other mental health related conditions, in humans. To be clear, depressed crabs are not being prescribed Prozac by doctors (although the image of a

The trees that trap, kill and eat birds

It sounds like something out of a horror story, but in Puerto Rico there is a species of tree that traps and kill baby birds, and then feeds on the bird’s nutrients.   Pisonia trees or “bird catching” trees are proof that nature is freakily cruel. From branches can be seen mummified bodies of bird

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Ant Suicide Bombers

The Freaky brings you another strange but true story from the endlessly weird natural world …ant suicide bombers. When their colony is under attack the Apicotermitinae species of termites will explode their own stomachs showering their attackers with their excrement, but killing themselves in the process. The hope is that this weird behavior will be

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Praying Mantis Eats Bird Brain

A Praying Mantis has been photographed killing a hummingbird and eating its brain. As if that wasn’t freaky enough, it turns out that this wasn’t a one off – all around the world Praying Mantises are participating in similar behaviour. Researchers at the University of Basel, Switzerland have just released a paper titled “Praying Mantises

Hypnotic Birth of a Bee Video

The Freaky love this video of a bee being born.It takes 21 days for a bee to develop from egg to larvae and this beautiful piece of work condenses those 3 weeks in the life of the baby bee into one hypnotic minute. The video showing a worker bee emerging fully formed to join the

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Snoring Hummingbird

Snoring hummingbird. Snoring hummingbird. Snoring hummingbird. We love this snoring hummingbird! This mesmeric video was recorded by scientists in a Peruvian lab who were studying the sleeping patterns of hummingbirds. Hummingbirds have an exhausting life – in order to “hover” they have to beat their wings between twelve and eighty times per second. To achieve

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Living Clouds

You won’t believe what these clouds are made of…. Some clouds are more than just water vapour – they are alive. In Lake Malawi every year in August huge black clouds form above the water. These swirling clouds form across the water and form the shore it looks like the lake on fire. So what is

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5 Orchids That Look Like Animals

We love these amazing orchids that look like animals. 1. Monkey Orchid (Dracula Simia) 2. Flying Duck Orchid  (Caleana Major) 3. Dove Orchid (Peristeria Elata) 4. Tiger Face Orchid  5. White Egret Orchid (Habeneria Radiata)

Pelican eats live Pigeon

  Photographer Paul Mansfield, 44, captured this remarkable scene of a pelican eating a small bird while on a day trip to London with his family. The pigeon had been pecking at crumbs in St James’ Park, Westminster, when he was targeted by the pelican. Mr Mansfield said: ‘I noticed a small crowd gathered at

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You’ll never guess what lies beneath this duck

This is the Argentinian Blue-bill duck, a cute but unremarkable looking duck but below the water it holds an incredible secret – it has a massive penis! The duck has an average penis length of 8 inches (20cm) – that is longer than a human whose average penis size is 6 inches. And the longest