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It's common knowledge that, through selective breeding, humanity can artificially encourage certain traits in animals and plants over very long periods of time. What is less common knowledge is that there are absolutely no qualifications needed to start screwin' with the very foundation of an entire species, and the chief motivator for many selective breeders is apparently "I thought it would be funny." #6. Munchkin Cats Atomic Yeti Meet the feline equivalent of Hank Hill's dad.
10/30/2008 under Weird Science - TAGS: Smallest Dog, Smallest Cat, Smallest Horse, Small Animals, Smallest Fish, Smallest Lizard World’s Smallest Dog: 12.4 cm (4.9-inch) tall At 1.4 pounds and 4.9 inches tall, Ducky , a yappy short-coat Chihuahua from Charlton (Massachusetts, USA), holds the Guinness World Record for the world's smallest living dog (by height).
The best thing about being a wild animal, aside from being able to shit wherever you want, is that crimes that would get a human put away for decades are written off with a comical headline. Everything is hilarious when an animal does it, even if it would be considered a felony in the human world. For instance ... #5. Crocodile Hijacks Plane Getty
If theres two things Cracked is all about, its fucked up animals and dongs. And since they wont let me write The 7 Most Fucked Up Animal Dongs, (Editor's Note: Only because it's been written already ) I had to settle for focusing on just the animal stuff. So hey, here you go: Heres a bunch of adorable animals that will probably nonetheless scar you for life.
Poison Dart Frog The sprightly and brightly colored frog may look enchanting, but it can produce enough poison to kill 10 humans. Thriving in humid, tropical environments of Central and Latin America, the poison dart frog oozes black slime from its back, which is actually a neurotoxin used to ward off predators. Australian Box Jellyfish Found across the northern half of Australia – particularly in Queensland – the box jellyfish washes up on the shores after heavy rain and high tide.
Humanity's track record with animals has never been stellar. After centuries of ocean dumping, worldwide deforestation, domestication and overhunting, it's safe to say we've got a greasy, opposable thumb in every one of Mother Nature's pies. That's not to say that humanity's only effect on the animal kingdom is pure destruction; in fact, sometimes our ecological footprint looks more like a clown shoe. #6. Talking Birds Are Teaching Each Other to Swear
Crepuscular, diurnal, and nocturnal are terms which are used to describe the period of the day during which an animal is active. Many animals develop distinctive behavioral patterns which are part of their overall adaptation to the environments that they live in. Periods of activity tend to be easy for biologists to observe, and they are commonly used as tools to assess whether or not animals are stressed, frustrated, or pressured into unusual behavior. Knowledge about when an animal is supposed to be active can also be used as an indicator to suggest that an animal might be sick; owls, for example, are usually seen at night, making an owl a cause for concern if it is seen at noon. When an animal is said to be crepuscular, it is active during the twilight hours at dawn and dusk. The word "crepuscular" is derived from a Latin word which means "twilight."
Top 10 List: [more Top-10 Lists ] The fastest land based animal is generally considered to be the Cheetah. Note that this list is for land based animals, so no birds or fish are included in the analysis. The official measured speed of the Cheetah probably underestimates its speed in the wild - when it is chasing its meal there is a lot more motivation to run faster. If birds were included, a list of the fastest animals would be mostly those - the Peregrine falcon is universally accepted as the fastest animal in the world.
Or should we say, some of the most dangerous animals? There are many more and it is difficult to pick a few and say “these are the “most” dangerous of all.” We call them dangerous because they foster fear. But at the same time, these great creatures of the earth have an important place in our lives, and deserve respect for the amazing strength, stealth and hunting ability they possess. Most Dangerous Animals
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The human imagination is pretty limited when it comes to animal senses. We call people with good vision "eagle eye," and believe that toucan's can smell cereal because they have big noses. It turns out the animal kingdom has plenty of creatures whose senses go beyond what we can conceive without our head exploding. For instance ...
Mimicry Some animals and plants look like other things -- they mimic them. Mimicry is another type of deceptive coloration. It can protect the mimic from predators or hide the mimic from prey. If mimicry was a play, there would be three characters.
By Wil Longbottom UPDATED: 07:29 GMT, 8 December 2011 Stare at these pictures for long enough and you might just spot some clever creatures playing the ultimate game of hide and seek. This Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko is barely visible against the leaves in the Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. These amazing animals are true masters at blending effortlessly into their environment as a means of survival in the natural world. Blending in: This Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko hides from predators in Andasibe-Mantadia National Park, Madagascar, or is it just a leaf? Nothing to see here: A Bat-faced Toad hides among dead leaves in Amacayacu National Park, Colombia
( Next Video : The Orangutan and the Hound Dog. ) Neither the distance between them on a taxonomic chart, nor a potentially eye-raising age difference, mattered to Owen and Mzee. The baby hippo and the 130-year-old tortoise became close friends when Owen, orphaned after the 2004 tsunami, was taken to Haller Park, an animal sanctuary in Mombasa, Kenya, that was already home to Mzee ("Old Man" in Swahili).
For those of us here at Cracked, there are basically three types of animals: ones we'd like to keep as pets, ones that taste delicious and ones we only know a couple of things about. Sometimes these categories overlap, but that's another story. Anyhow, the category we're concerning ourselves with in this article is the last one: animals that we know one, maybe two things about. Now, these are by no means obscure facts; you probably learned them when you were 10, and, as should surprise no one who has read the title, these "facts" are completely, totally wrong.