As reported by BBC this strange mix of goat and sheep occurred in Botswana, Africa. Hybrids in almost all cases are sterile, but owner of this male geep reported that he was extremely sexually aggressive towards both sheep and goat that they had to castrate him. They called him a “Bemya” or rapist. There was another case of geep in Germany which produced healthy offspring called Lisa (photo of Lisa bellow). Today scientist can produce these hybrids in the lab, but still it is fun when it happens by pure romance.
Spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), also known as Persian viper, is a species of viper endemic to Iran. It was discovered/described in 2006, and what makes it interesting is its tail, which has evolved to look like a spider.
The snake uses its tail to lure animals that eat the insects within the attack range. Then it strikes from its rocky camouflage bringing death to the unsuspecting animal.
This is not the only animal which uses so called feeding mimicry to attract prey. The behavior is seen in a number of snakes and couple of lizard species, but is also seen with some fish species. However, it is mostly used by snakes (predominately vipers), but the Persian viper seems to be the most bizarre with its spider-tail.
Angler fish is a deep sea creature known by its lantern which attracts the pray in dark waters.For them to find a suitable partner can be a impossible quest. For this reason when male finds a female it latches on her and spends the rest of his life feeding from his female partner. After certain time the male loses his organs and their skin melt into each other’s becoming one organism. Scientists were puzzled by this discovery because consequently the male becomes a small lump on the female’s body. The lump that is always available source of sperm. The male angler fish finds a female by following her odor in the vast ocean. In sense it gives itself completely to became senseless creature that is no more than ordinary parasite.
A special type of cloud is often mistaken for a UFO. These clouds, known as ‘lenticular clouds’ form above a mountain when a breeze creates a number of ‘standing’ waves on the downwind side of the mountain. If the temperature is right the moisture will condense to produce a lens or saucer shaped cloud. These clouds can be dangerous for pilots of large planes who avoid flying over these planes due to the turbulence above them.
The dragon blood tree is one of the most popular natural wonders growing in and around the Mediterranean region. The tree gives out a deep scarlet colored sap, which is why it is given the peculiar name. The sap is believed to have excellent healing qualities and is used by the locals to cure various diseases and wounds. It is a popular practice to use the gum extracted from the roots of these awe-striking trees in the manufacture of varnishes and toothpastes.
Female koalas have become infamous for engaging in lesbian sex. Females often overlook males and participate in sexual acts with other females, sometimes in orgies with up to 5 female koalas. This behavior has only observed in captive koalas though, who surprisingly engage in only one heterosexual mating act for every 3 homosexual mating acts. There are many theories as to why this occurs, from ‘turning the males on’ and to relieve stress. The most probable one though, is an impairment of hormones in captivity. In sex society term “koala sex” is when male is overly aggressive to the female. Holding her from the back and pushing her face down. Maybe this is why female koalas mate with each other.
Devil’s Breath is the drug that goes by the name of Scopolamine. It is an extremely dangerous drug and in fact, one of the most dangerous drugs in the world. The way it works is by erasing person’s memory completely and they can’t remember anything that happened after they consumed it. On the streets of Colombia, if you were to ask for the drug Scopolamine by the name of Devil’s Breath you will be able to procure it easily. This drug gets its name because it takes only one breath to become possessed by it. It comes from a tree called Borrachero that is found in South America. The drug has such a potent impact on one’s memory that one does not know what is happening around them. When person is under its influence they became mental slaves that listen all orders. This has resulted in heinous crime being caused in the form of rapes, murders, slavery and what not. In fact, some of the stories that are linked with this drug are that people have actually donated their organs or given access to a complete stranger to their bank accounts under its influence.
The largest invertebrate, Giant Squid lives only in deep water and its large size is due to phenomenon called deep sea gigantism. They have large eyes as big as the basketball, which helps them search their food in deep oceans. They have gills to breathe. Although it is believed that there are more than 500 species of them but very few are known. They have short life from 1 to 3 years and they generally die after spawning. Females are larger than males in size and they mate by injecting the sperms in ventral arms of the females. The sperm whale is their only natural enemy. The giant squids have three hearts, eight arms and tentacles. The largest squid is believed to be 60 feet long with a weight of 1000 kgs. They are carnivores and swim very fast. Many squids emit fluid to distract their enemies and some have bio-luminous organs and they shine in dark. They are highly intelligent, very active and adapt to changes easily.
A beautiful work of nature, fire rainbows are not a common sight. Fire rainbows are circumhorizon arcs commonly known as CHA in scientific language. Fire rainbows occur in cirrus clouds which are wispy and thin.For this incredible sight the cirrus clouds should be at 20000 feet height with sun at 58 degrees. The amount of ice crystals in the clouds need to be appropriate and properly aligned for the light to pass through it. The phenomenon is the result of refraction of light when it passes through vertical side and exits from the rear as it is in the case of a prism. If the inclination is of 90 degrees the colors can be seen well arranged and the cloud seems bursting with colorful flames. Though the name suggests it to be a hot, flammy phenomenon but it is cold like ice. This spectacular event of nature lasts for a short time and is a rare sight as all factors need to be available at correct time and at correct position.
Penis fight, also referred as penis fencing, is basically a mating activity performed by certain species of flatworm, for example Pseudobiceros hancockanus. These flatworms are mainly hermaphrodites, i.e. a species not having a specific sex. Each individual flatworm features two penises which are white and pointed. Being hermaphrodites, each individual possesses both – ovaries to produce eggs and testes to produce sperms. To perform the act of mating through penis fencing, each of the two flatworms attacks the other with its pair of sharp penises that feature the shape of a two-headed dagger. The process involves an aggressive battle during which both the flatworms try to pierce the other one’s skin with one of their penises. The defeated one is inseminated by the winner organism, which moves away from the brutal one night stand scotch free. The skin of the loser organism absorbs the sperm through pores of skin, thereby resulting in fertilization and then child bearing. The act of Penis Fencing is the strangest feature surrounding flatworms. Just because these are born as hermaphrodites that feature both male and female parts, certain genus of flatworms must get involved in an activity to decide on roles as male and female. The act of penis fencing is necessary for child bearing so as to continue with the species. However, the process demands a substantial amount of time and energy from both the organisms involved, more commonly the mother. None of the organism, therefore, desires to play the female part just for the reason that pregnancy is very strenuous on their body.
Trees are something that can staggeringly grow to old ages. They can live much longer than any other animal or plant. As a matter of fact, many trees attain implausible longevity for a number of exclusive potentials. Some of these capabilities include the potential to replace lost or damaged organs, a sectored vascular system that helps some portions of the tree to stay alive irrespective of the fact that whether the rest of the tree is alive or not. Another reason for the long life of some trees is their potential to produce a clone shoot whereby an accessible shoot can generate a heritable indistinguishable offshoot. In Sweeden there is a Christmas tree, also known as a Yule tree which has root system that has been growing for 9,550 years (sometime around the end of the Ice Age). The actual offshoot of the tree is only 600 years old.rnrnTrees are really intriguing and very interesting organisms. The oldest living-standing tree on earth is a bristlecone pine that is found in California, North America, and is believed to be over 4600 years old. Exact location of the tree is hidden since its old buddy “Prometheus” was cut down for “research” purposes. The age of the tree can be counted by counting the rings in its trunk.rnrnSome more trees that possess a long life are mentioned below:rnrnPrometheusrnThis tree, when cut, was approximately 4862-5000 years old. The tree was situated on the Wheeler Peak and was cut by a graduate student for the sheer purpose of his research.rnrnMethuselahrnThis tree is believed to belong to Pinus longaeva species of trees. This species is known for its enduring life.rn rnSarv-e-AbarqurnThis tree belongs to the Cypress species of trees and is generally found in different countries of Asia, America, Australia, and Europe.rn rnLlangernyw YewrnThis tree belongs to the Common yew specifies of trees and is found in Western, central, and southern Europe along with Asia and Africa
rnRoots of this tree in Sweden date back to Ice Age.rn
rnBristlecove tree 4600 years old.rn
Watermelon, which is also known as Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) in the Cucurbitaceae family, is a unique fruit as well as a plant that comes from the southern part of Africa. rnrnThe watermelon plant is especially known since creates a fruit known by botanists as a pepo. This is a unique berry that features a thick rind and a strong center. This type of berry is created through an inferior ovary.rnrnAn interesting thing about a watermelon is that it can be a male or female watermelon. A female watermelon is larger and sweeter while having fewer seeds. A male watermelon is smaller.rnrnThe gender of the fruit can be found by taking a look at the bottom side of the watermelon and looking at the ring that is in the opposite direction of the other circles. A male watermelon will have a small penny-sized ring while a female watermelon will have a larger quarter-sized ring. This is important since females are sweeter and with less seeds.rnrnWatermelons can grow to a variety of sizes. The 1998 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records says that the largest grown weighed 262 pounds (119 kilograms).rnrnThere are many health benefits of watermelon. Watermelon has no cholesterol or fat inside of it. It also contains Vitamins A, B6 and C. Fiber and potassium are also featured in a watermelon. The potassium and Vitamin C alongside lycopene and iron in the watermelon can all work to fight off fatigue.rnrnThis fruit can work to handle various conditions created by a number of health ailments. These include such common ailments as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, colon cancer and atherosclerosis.rnrnElectrolytes that are lost in physical activities can be replaced through a watermelon. It can also maintain proper water balances in the cells and improve the metabolism in the cells. Watermelon is also great for sunburns and some women use it by applying their red meat on the face. This replenishes and lightens face complexion.rnrnThe best thing about a watermelon is that all parts of the fruit can be eaten. This includes the rinds and seeds. Largest watermelon producer today is China. Chinese even fry the rind of the watermelon. rn
Toucan is a brightly colored bird commonly found in the rain forests of the Central and South America. Toucans are birds with variety in color as well as the size. Bright in color having red, blue, yellow, orange etc. and the size varies from 14 to 30 inches. These birds have a distinguished feature by having a long bill that is approximately half the size of their body. This bill is not very sharp or strong but is made of a tough material and helps the bird in getting food from inside the holes of the trees and help them protect themselves. The birds live on trees in a group of six to seven birds. They have big claws that help them balance on the trees, the two claws are in the front and two at the back. There colorful wings help them ambush with the leaves and the fruits. They are quite lazy birds and do not fly high or far away, they stay in the jungles and enjoy the fruits of the trees on which they live. Toucans are forgivers as well as omnivores. Though they mainly eat fruits but also feed upon insects, rodents, reptiles, eggs and chicks of the other birds. Toucans are mostly hunted by the humans, big birds, jaguars and wild cats. There are almost 37 species of toucans. They generally stay alone or with a mate. The female gives 3 to 4 eggs at a time and both together incubate the eggs. The young ones have very small bill which takes few months to develop properly. They are very noisy and make loud sounds. When it comes to rest they roll themselves and sleep in the holes of the trees. The facts show that Toco Toucan with orange yellowish colored bill about 7.5 inches is the largest toucan and the smallest species is the Aracar Toucanet. Toucans are related to woodpeckers.
Megaloceros, popularly known as the Irish Elk has been misnamed for the species is neither elk nor Irish. This is the name of an extinct deer species, the largest ever. The Irish Elk was as tall as seven feet up till its shoulder and its antlers were spread up to twelve feet. The evolution of this giant deer species took place in the glacial periods while the Pleistocene Epoch was on. The species became extinct because it failed to adapt to the subarctic conditions that existed in the final glaciations or the marked change that took place post the retreat of the sheet of ice. The last deer of the species died almost 11,000 years ago in Ireland.
Wolf Spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godeffroyi is the most common spider found easily in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolf because they catch the prey in the similar way (stalking and ambushing). They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground. The common characteristics of the wolf spider are that they are of about one to two inches of length. They are quite brisk and rush quickly on the ground. When it comes to the color of the wolf spider the males are found to be darker than females that have distinguished marks. The wolf spiders have eight legs; males have an extra pair near the mouth to hold sperm. They have eight pairs of eyes; four pairs of small eyes to help them see in the night, two pairs of big eyes to look in front and two pairs of medium sized eyes placed on the top to see upwards. At the back of their eyes a disc is located that enables them to see at night. When it comes to hunting the wolf spiders either stalk their prey or attack them suddenly. They learn of their prey through their movement on the ground or the buzzing of their wings. They eat varieties of insects but are fond of crickets, cockroaches, grasshoppers and houseflies. Female spider carries almost hundred of eggs in a sac and exposes them to sunlight. When the eggs hatch the spider lings catch a hair on the mother’s body and stay this way for a week and then disperse. The wolf spiders do not attack unless provoked. Their bites are not dangerous but at times it causes swellings, irritations, nausea and headache.
The killer whale, or Orcinus orca, is one of the most beautiful animals in the world. A killer whale is a very large animal that can be more than fifteen feet in length upon maturity. The large dorsal fin on the whale is used to allow a whale to stabilize its movements. It can be up to six feet high for a male and four feet high for a female. The birthing period for a killer whale can take a while. It will take sixteen months for a female to produce and give birth. After this the mother will nurse the newborn for a year. The teeth that a killer whale has for eating fish and various marine mammals are very large. A whale can have about forty to sixty teeth with these teeth being up to three inches long and one inch in diameter. These teeth will have a great deal of food each day because a whale can eat about five percent of its weight per day. Whales use echolocation to locate their pray by sending echo waves and waiting for the sound to bounce back from the object. Killer whales can be found foraging for food, traveling around the water and resting by slowing down in the water. All of these activities are generally done in groups. Interesting fact about killer whales is that female are the dominant figure in the pod and they usually outnumber males. Male whales average 30 years lifespan while females can live up to 80 years. Interestingly these killer moms have excellent baby sitting organization.
The Coelacanth, or Latimeria chalumnae Smith, is one of the most interesting types of fish in the world. This comes from how this fish was believed to have been extinct for a long period of time. The history of the fish is very strong and over the years it has been handled over the years to where the fish is being protected by a variety of organizations. The Coelacanth is unique in that it was discovered in the twentieth century despite how it was though to be extinct. In late 1938 a Coelacanth was caught at the Chalumna River on the eastern part of South Africa. The crew that caught it thought it looked unusual so it consulted a museum in the town of East London, South Africa for assistance with identifying it. It turned out that it was a fish that was identified as being the same as that of what fossilized remains of a Coelacanth featured. The rediscovery of the fish prompted the change in the scientific name of the fish. The name was created in honor of East London Museum director Marjorie Courtney-Latimer and the South African ichthyologist Dr. J.L.B. Smith. Smith was informed by Courtney-Latimer of this discovery. The grouping of the Coelacanth that was found was located in the Comoros Islands. This is a grouping of islands between the mainland and Madagascar. It was believed to be the only population of this fish in the world until the late part of the twentieth century. The physical build of this fish makes it unique. The vertebral column on the fish is not completely developed. It also has paired lobed fins that move like human limbs and an additional lobe on its tail. This makes the fish one that works with more functions than that of what a standard type of fish would deal with. However, it is the intercranial joint on the fish that makes it unique. This joint is one that separates the ear and brain from the fish’s eyes and nasal organs. This works to allow the fish to lift its head up when swimming or feeding.rnrnThe Coelacanth can grow to become 2m long and 100kg in weight. It also has some large meristic counts. The first dorsal fin is eight spines long and the second dorsal fin is thirty rays in size. The pelvic, caudal, pectoral and anal fins can be around thirty rays each.rnrnThe fish has been found in some other variants in other parts of the world. In 1998 a Coelacanth was caught in Indonesia. This fish had a brown color instead of the standard blue that the fish normally has. This type of Coelacanth is a Sulawesi Coelacanth. This was named after the town in Indonesia that the fish was caught in. However, the interesting thing about this particular specimen is that locals were familiar with it at the time. It was referred to as the raja laut or the “king of the sea.” It is not clear as to how long these people were familiar with the fish for. However, it is still a sign that shows how unique this fish is among a number of other creatures of the sea in that area. In 2003 the Institute of Marine Sciences in Zanzibar worked alongside the African Coelacanth Project organization to work towards finding more of this fish. In 2003 a Coelacanth was found in the southern section of the country. It was found in Songo Mnara. About thirty-five of these fish have been found around the country since then. In 2007 another Coelacanth was caught in Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania. The existence of fossils over the years has been well documented. The fish has been believed to have existed in a number of forms since the days when the dinosaurs existed. Records that date back to 360 million years in the past have been found with most of the fossils dating back to 240 million years ago. It was believed before 1938 that they have become extinct 80 million years ago. It has been found that the fossils for this fish have been predominantly found in areas where fossil formation can be easily handled. These include places like caves and overhangs located around vertical marine reefs. These include areas located around newly formed islands that were created by volcanoes. It was also believed before the rediscovery of the Coelacanth that they were ancestors of tetrapods. These are animals that live on land and include humans. However, further studies have found that the lungfish may be a closer match than that of a Coelacanth. The questions that come from the Coelacanth with evolution in mind are still present. Since the rediscovery of this fish it has truly piqued interest among a number of different people. The Australian Museum has on Coelacanth specimen that was found off of the Comoros Islands and was bought in 1965 by the Trustees of the museum. The fish specimen was especially noted by the local media in Perth as it can to the Western Australian Museum via the US RV Atlantis. When the fish came on display it was referred to as the “wishing fish” by a number of people. This worked in that people would insert coins into the small crack found in the holding case for the specimen and then made a wish. This practice was discontinued after the color of the water in the tank became discolored from all of the coins that had been put in it. Since then the Coelacanth has been put on display in a number of different areas all over the world. This is one of the most unique types of fish in the world for anyone to see. The Coelacanth is a fish that is impressive in its appearance and is being well protected. This is thanks to how the fish is one that is not only unique but also rare in the world and needs to be secure for the future. This is needed so the fish will not become extinct for good at any time in the future.
The kangaroo is an animal from Australia that is truly one of the most unique animals in the world. This is a type of animal that is noted for living in dry places and is noted for how it hops around the land with its long feet and large back legs. The kangaroo received its name from the Aboriginal word “gungurru.” English settlers in the area used that word but had been pronouncing it as “kangaroo.” Many settlers thought they were originally deer who hopped like frogs, had no antlers and could stand up. They were also confused about how females had their children in their pouches. A number of names are used for the kangaroo to this day. A male can be referred to as a jack, boomer, buck or old man. A female can be called a jill, flyer or doe. A younger kangaroo is called a joey regardless of its gender. Also, when multiple kangaroos move around with each other the group is referred to as a mob or court. Kangaroos are marsupials that are also known as macropods who have large feet. Their large feet work alongside their long legs. When a kangaroo moves it will hop on its back legs with its large and strong tail working to balance the animal’s body. This method of travel is valuable for long distances. The front legs are several times smaller than that of the back legs. Because of this the motions that a kangaroo will make when moving slowly or when grazing for grass will work differently. The front legs and the tail will keep the kangaroo propped up while the back legs slowly go forward. This works in a process known as crawl walking. Another interesting kangaroo fact is that it is a strong swimmer. If a kangaroo feels threatened it will move into a body of water for protection. Its front legs can work in self defense to hold predators down to drown them in the event of an attack. In some cases the kangaroo can grab the predator and destroy the predator with its hind legs. The diet that a kangaroo has works mostly with grass and other plants. Water is also common but a kangaroo can go for days without it. However, in the event of a drought it can get to where a kangaroo can clash into various parks and farming areas for water, thus putting it at risk of being culled. This is where the kangaroo is killed off in a population control measure. Kangaroos have a unique eating habit. Kangaroos eat early in the morning and late in the afternoon. They also rest in shady areas during the day. In many cases a kangaroo can use its front legs to scrape an area of the ground and use the newly revealed cool spot as a place to lie down in. This is especially critical because of how a kangaroo will not sweat. A kangaroo can cool itself off by licking its paws and rubbing them onto its chest. Many of these animals can travel in mobs. Tens of them can be found in a single mob. This is critical because having more kangaroos in a mob will ensure that all members can be protected. This is especially in the event that a dingo, fox or feral cat or dog is present in the area. One of the most unique facts of kangaroos is the birthing process. During the gestation process the joey can develop but then stop and be “in suspense” before it can develop again. When a female gives birth the joey will be less than two grams in weight. The joey will climb into the mother’s pouch for protection. The joey will stay in the area for about nine months. The mother cannot touch it so she will have to lick a path in her fur along for the joey to move in. The milk from the mother will move to the joey and after nine months the joey will move out for an extended amount of time. After a while it can get to the point where the joey no longer needs the mother’s milk. In many cases the female can delay the development of a baby. This is if there is a drought condition. This is done to ensure that the mother has enough milk and that water conditions will improve. A unique part about a kangaroo is that it can come in one of three different forms. The first is the red kangaroo. This is the larger type of kangaroo that features a red color for a male and a grey color for a female. A male can be 1.5m long and have a 1m tail while weighing 85kg. A female will be slightly smaller than this. These animals can be found in central parts of Australia in areas that are flat and hot with a small amount of rainfall. The second type of kangaroo is the grey kangaroo. This animal is not as large as a red kangaroo and it has a grayish brown appearance. Most of these animals can be found around the eastern part of the country. The third kangaroo to see is the tree kangaroo. This type of kangaroo can be found in tropical parts of Australia and Papua New Guinea. This kangaroo is different in that it lives in trees. The tail of a tree kangaroo will work to keep the animal properly balanced as it hops between branches. Also, the tails of these kangaroos are floppy and will hang down. They are not stiff like what regular kangaroos have. The front paws of a tree kangaroo can be raised above the animal’s head unlike with a normal kangaroo. This is used to ensure that the tree kangaroo can navigate around trees. These paws are also very flexible. They are flexible enough to where they can be used to move food to one’s mouth in order to be fed properly. These features make this type of animal one of the most unique animals to see in the world.
The banana is a fruit which can be found in more than five hundred varieties in different parts of the world. The banana plant is the largest plant in the world which does not have a stem made of wood. These banana plants belong to the same botanical family as that of lilies, palms and orchids. A cluster of bananas will consist of at least ten to twenty bananas and such a bunch is usually known as a hand. Every banana which belongs to a hand is known as a finger. The name banana has been derived from the Arabic word ‘banan’ which means finger. A lot of experts in the field of horticulture state that the banana was the only fruit which used to exist during ancient times. A total value of bananas exported in Ecuador is $954.00 million (according to latest stats). Ecuador is the leading producer of bananas compared to the rest of the world. However, biggest banana exporter is United States with its firms Dole and Chiquita. The nutritional content of bananas is also extremely high. A large amount of vitamins like vitamins A, C and E can be found in bananas. Riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, folic acid and many other minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc and fluoride are some of the other nutrients which can be found in bananas. A lot of essential amino acids like tryptophan, lysine, leucine, threonine, arginine and glycine can be found in bananas. Banana is also supposed to be a well-known anti-depressant. However a lot of scientists believe that these banana plants are being attacked by insects and parasites on a regular basis and due to this they could also become extinct very easily.
A female eagle is ten to twenty percent larger than a male eagle. In Zoological terms, heaviest means largest, according to which, the Philippines Eagle would be the largest, but actually speaking, the Harpy Eagle scores better. If the longest wing span is considered, the longest span is of the Wedged tailed Australian eagle, with an estimated wing span of 230-250 centimeters. The largest ever is the Haast’s Eagle, also called Harpagornis Moorei. It is 4.5 feet long with 10 feet across the wings and weigh at least thirty three pounds. This species of eagles is now extinct. The Steller’s sea eagle is the heaviest living eagle weighing fifteen to twenty pounds. The Philippine eagle, also known as monkey- eating eagle has the largest physical dimensions with Harpy eagle being the bulkiest.