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Lifespans of the Animal Kingdom. Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster. Marina Shkvyria watches for animal tracks as she walks toward an abandoned village in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the area sealed to the public after a nuclear power plant exploded here 30 years ago, on April 26, 1986.

Animals Rule Chernobyl 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Spotting one, she crouches and runs her finger over the toes of a wolf print in the loose sand. It may seem strange that Chernobyl, an area known for the deadliest nuclear accident in history, could become a refuge for all kinds of animals—from moose, deer, beaver, and owls to more exotic species like brown bear, lynx, and wolves—but that is exactly what Shkvyria and some other scientists think has happened. Without people hunting them or ruining their habitat, the thinking goes, wildlife is thriving despite high radiation levels. Wildlife is absolutely thriving at Chernobyl disaster site. It's hard to find a bright side to the world's worst-ever nuclear disaster, but wildlife may beg to differ.

Wildlife is absolutely thriving at Chernobyl disaster site

After the 1986 fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released radioactive particles into the atmosphere, everyone left, never to return. But now researchers studying animal populations have made a seriously counterintuitive discovery: What A Wonderful World With David Attenborough. Zoo Animals and Their Discontents. Photo Dr.

Zoo Animals and Their Discontents

Masters of Disguise. 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.

Masters of Disguise

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 Barking up the wrong tree: It's nearly impossible to pick out this Lichen Spider at the Erawan National Park in Thailand From frogs to fish and bugs to birds, this collection of images shows the animal kingdom's outstanding camouflage ability.

Animals use two basic methods of concealment in a bid to hide from predators and catch prey. Animal Mind Control. Scott Youtsey/Miracle studios A normally insatiable caterpillar suddenly stops eating. A quick look inside its body reveals the reason: dozens of little wasp larvae gnawing and secreting digestive enzymes to penetrate its body wall. They have been living inside the caterpillar for days—like little vampires, feeding on its “blood”—and are finally making their exodus to build their cocoons on its bright-green exterior. In the caterpillar’s brain, a massive immune reaction is taking place—the invertebrate equivalent of a cytokine storm—and among the factors being released is an invertebrate neurohormone called octopamine. “It’s a very important compound for controlling behavior in insects,” says invertebrate behavioral physiologist Shelley Adamo of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

But the parasitic larvae don’t stop there. “The real nuts and bolts have yet to be figured out for any system,” says Adamo. Pet cockroaches Fatal attraction Swim towards the light Suicidal insects. Camoflauge in Animals. 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. The Model - the species or object that is copied. The Mimic - looks and acts like another species or object. Animal Groups. The World's Smallest and Deadliest Animals. Smallest And Deadliest Animals: Poison Dart Frog The sprightly and brightly colored frog may look enchanting, but it can produce enough poison to kill 10 humans.

The World's Smallest and Deadliest Animals

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. Vetpaw. 21 More Strange Animals You Didn’t Know Exist. You might think you’ve seen the world over, under, around and through, but there will still be wonders that will make your eyes pop.

21 More Strange Animals You Didn’t Know Exist

Even if you’re a dedicated animal enthusiast, you can’t honestly expect to know all of the 1,367,555 non-insect animal species, that are identified on the face of Earth today! Besides, new animal species might be discovered by the time you finish reading this text, so there will always be some new surprises for us out there. [Read more...] Show Full Text We’ve already introduced you to 22 strange animals you didn’t know existed, and, like we said, the count never stopped! Would you like any of these to become commonplace pets, and share a roof with you?

Red-lipped Batfish Thanks for sharing! 3x per week 30,000,000+ monthly readers Error sending email Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.