Kayakers recall deadly crocodile attack in Africa

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Not related to the story but you get the point. 

A story from the newspaper:

Kayakers recall deadly crocodile attack in Africa

For weeks, three kayakers exploring a series of rivers through the heart of Africa had come together in close defensive formation designed to ward off hippo and crocodile attacks whenever they paddled the quiet green glides between thundering stretches of whitewater.

The boaters - two Americans and a South African - traveled some 1600km of river this way, through the densest concentrations of man-killing wildlife in the world.

They were paddling in synchronous strokes, just over a metre from each other, on a quiet stretch of the Lukuga River in Congo when a crocodile slipped up from behind and ripped trip leader Hendri Coetzee from his tiny red plastic boat.

With no time to do anything but say "Oh, my God!" Coetzee was gone, hauled beneath the green water never to be seen again.

"The crocodile just pulled him right underwater," Chris Korbulic told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Reno, Nevada, where he was visiting his brother. "I think we both were just in complete shock and disbelief and absolutely horrified at what had just happened."

For about 20 seconds after the crocodile grabbed Coetzee by the shoulder and overturned his boat, the craft shook as the crocodile pulled him from the tight-fitting cockpit, Korbulic said.

Korbulic and Ben Stookesberry got off the river, composed themselves, then continued downstream, taking out at a village. Coetzee's body has never been found and he is presumed dead.

Stookesberry, 32, and Korbulic, 24, are world-class kayakers who have gone where no boat has gone before to navigate the melting snows of the Himalayas in Northern Pakistan and India, towering waterfalls in Brazil, and boulder-stewn creeks in Costa Rica, California and British Columbia.

With primary sponsorship from Eddie Bauer Inc.`s First Ascent line of outdoor gear, they had partnered with Coetzee, a top whitewater guide based in Uganda, to follow the White Nile, Lukuga and Congo rivers through snowcapped mountains, steaming jungles, and rolling hills covered in elephant grass.

They also hoped to bring attention to the crisis of millions of people dying from poor water quality in a region overflowing with water.

Hyenas: lack a certain appeal

Sunday, December 5, 2010

How cute am I eh?
All the various Hyena species are hunters and scavenger that are known for their fossicking and foraging on the African plains, preying on the sick, dying and the leftovers of lions. One species of hyena, the aardwolf, however, eats termites!
Hyena are known as the dirty dogs of the animal kingdom. They have extremely strong jaws in relation to their body size and have a very powerful digestive system with highly acidic fluids, making them capable of eating and digesting their entire prey, including skin, teeth, horns and bones. 
Hyena have a poor reputation. Let's just say the bad light that hyena were portrayed in The Lion King was nothing to their real world savagery.

Here's some pictures of a hyena feasting on a ill wildebeast. Look at the below picture, the poor beast is still alive as the hyena feed upon it. Look at that face, those dark eyes.... they remind me of a blind date I went on once. I had nightmares for months after that. The horror, the horror...

Because the hyena's digestive system deals very well with bacteria, they have no aversion to and readily eat carrion which may have been left cooking under the African sun for some time. Like this zebra:

Shenzi and Banzai enjoy a zebra sandwhich

You can almost guarantee this zebra was not taken down the the hyena pack, note the pecking order - lions first, hyena next and then the Carrion Cleaners of Africa, the ever hovering vultures.

Orca eat stingrays in Tauranga

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Orca feeding on Stingray

Here's a cool story of orca's trying to catch sting rays in Tauranga Harbour, Bay of Plenty.


Hundreds of people watched in awe as about 10 orcas ventured deep into Tauranga Harbour hunting food on Tuesday.

Office workers and school children came to the water's edge as the pod drifted under the Matapihi footbridge towards the Waimapu Estuary, sending stingrays scrambling into the shallows.

It was the latest in a number of orca sightings in Tauranga waters in the past fortnight,

By 9.30am more than 50 people had gathered on the footbridge with cameras.

One of the last adult orcas to cruise back under the footbridge offered plenty of photo opportunities as it surfaced three times, presenting a huge dorsal fin and glimpses of its gleaming black-and-white back.

Two classes of Tauranga Primary School pupils had already planned a morning's fishing when they wandered down to see the orca frolicking on the other side of the harbour.

Nine-year-old George Goodchap said he had already seen a five-metre orca up close while out fishing, but it was his classmate Taylor Lamont's first orca encounter. "They're big with pretty cool fins," she said.

Orca researcher and whale expert Dr Ingrid Visser said stingrays - which she called "orca chocolate" - were what had attracted the pod.

"Like any animal, they're driven by food, sex and shelter, and in the case of orcas coming into Tauranga Harbour they're there for food. Stingrays are very attractive to New Zealand orcas and they'll go to great lengths to get them."

She said it was "always very, very special" for people to see them.

Yesterday's sighting came after orcas were spotted off Papamoa Domain, at Omokoroa and around Sulphur Point and Pilot Bay last week.

Department of Conservation biodiversity programme manager Chris Clark said orcas were usually seen around the entrance to Sulphur Point and off Otumoetai.

Mr Clark reminded people that orcas were protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which prohibited people from approaching within 50m of them.

"If the whale chooses to come closer, then so be it, but people in boats should not approach them."

Dr Visser welcomed calls when anyone spotted orcas. Her hotline is 0800 SEE ORCA (0800 733-6722).

Story from NZ Herald

Cat versus Alligator Video

Check out this video of a most courageous cat taking on one and then two hungry alligators. Rawr! The claws come out at one stage as the cat takes a swipe at the alligator's snout!

It would seem the cat was possibly defending the humans? Hard to say with out the context. The Alligators can't have been too hungry as they surely could have had that cat in their jaws with one quick snap? Maybe they don't move as fast on land as in water. Still... that's one brave cat!

Lion eats a giraffe

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

A carcass-eye view by of a Lion by German photographer Juergen Ross. This lioness is framed by the carcass of a giraffe that was the subject of lunch in South Africa's Kruger National Park. This picture was a category winner Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Here's some more pictures of lions eating giraffes. It just seems so unfair, giraffes rule! Kruger Park is a huge source of images for Animals Eating Animals, check out what happened to this baby elephant at the local watering hole...

Three hungry cheetah lunch on a springbok

Thursday, November 25, 2010
Double Trouble!
This picture of two cheetahs hunting a springbok was a category winner in the Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 competition. The winning photographer had this to say of the photo:

"Today, as it's Christmas Day, we'll photograph a cheetah kill", Bridgena announced to her family. They promptly fell about laughing. They had, after all, spent five days watching a trio of cheetahs in South Africa's Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park without seeing any activity. But Bridgena had discovered that the cheetah brothers had a favourite watch-out dune and a routine.

 By driving out at dawn to the spot, she hoped to be in position before rather than after any hunt. It was a good call. The cheetahs were positioned up on the dune, only the tops of their heads visible. When a trail of springbok passed by below, the brothers ignored the adults. 

But the moment a young springbok appeared, they sprinted after it, one heading it off, one tripping it up and the third making the kill. Within ten seconds it was over. The cheetahs had their meal and Bridgena had a phenomenal shot.

How about checking out some Lions eating giraffe?

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Friday, November 19, 2010
Open up and say ah!
A favourite game of mine growing up was called Hungy Hippos. Basically 4 people each controlled a plastic hippopotamus and it was a race to eat as many plastic balls as possible. Who knew the game was actually inspired by the real life attitude of  the hippopotamus?

It turns out that hippos are fierecesome water beasts, immensly strong and a real danger to animals and men who venture into their territory. Despite their stocky shape and short legs, these so called river horses can easily outrun a human.

The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and is often regarded as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. Want proof? Check out these massive jaws and think about the damage they would inflict if locked onto your arm:

If only you could smell the bad breath!
These pictures of a vet narrowly escaped injury after an irate hippopotamus charged at him and threw him into a river demonstrate the threat these beasts pose.  The pictures were taken  in the Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Dr Markus Hofmeyr had earlier attempted to tranquilise the animal in shallow water and it appeared to be sedated until it woke up after getting water in its nose. What is it with vets failing to properly sedate their patients? You'd think they would learn from this incident with the crocodile eh?

The confused and doped up hippo lunged at Dr Hofmeyr and his partner, Dr Nico de Bruin, who quickly intervened and dragged Dr Hofmeyr to safety. Check out that mouth! Nice work vets!

There's plenty of stories around how hippos have attacked people in canoes and boats. For a Hollywood version, check out the film Congo.

Hippos are not however the Kings of the Jungle so they have their own problems too:

 Check out this video of a pair of lions bring down a hippo. It apparently died the day after the attack.

What about these crocodiles feeding on a dead hippo? The patient undertaker in deed:

Sometime the hippos win. You may have seen this picture of a crocodile that strayed into a herd of hippo:

Check out that tooth!

This video shows a fearless river horse taking on a crocodile and actually taking the croc's lunch for himself after biting the crocodile!

Then again sometimes the crocodiles get their revenge by eating all the baby hippos:

Bear Chasing Bison down the road

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Run Forrest!
It must be a surreal moment in your life. You're minding your business driving along the road  thinking of how you like twinkies and then suddenly a haggard looking bison runs past you with that look of 'don't look back he might be gaining' all over his face. And what might be gaining? A lumbering grizzly bear, with eyes on the prize. The prize being bison steak...

One lucky picture snapper Alex Wypyszinski was driving along the road in the state of Montana's Yellowstone National Park when he heard what he initially thought was a horse-and-carriage.

"I've seen plenty of bear and more buffalo, but I've never seen anything like that before," he said. Lucky for Animals Eating Animals, he pulled out his camera and snapped these pretty unique images!

If you look closely at the picture, the bison was badly burned, quite possibly from one of the numerous hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone. It was that weakness that probably emboldened the grizzly bear to try to tackle such a strong animal as a bison in the first instance. Nature at its finest.

And Bye!
 The news report suggested that the bison managed to escape the bear's jaws but that due to its injuries and general condition, Yellowstone Park Rangers decided it was in the animal's interest to be put down.

Bears are quite the news makers in recent times, this Russian bear ate some pigs, while this one when the whole hog and ate some campers. Not to forget the menace that polar bears can be! When they are not eating each other that is!

The Star Nosed Mole gets few dates

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
star nosed mole
Nothing worse for this mole than getting a snotty cold!
The Star Nosed Mole gets few dates because they look bloody weird....

The star-nosed mole's snout has 22 fleshy tentacles that are used to identify food by touch. The condylura cristata has eleven pairs of pink fleshy appendages ringing their snout which are used as a touch organ. Thenose has more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors, known as Eimer’s organs.

These moles are often found in North America, live in wet lowland areas and like to dine on small invertebrates, aquatic insects, worms and molluscs.

African Bullfrog eats a mouse. Fievel never makes another movie

Friday, November 12, 2010
Why Fievel never made another movie again...
You wouldn't normally expect to see a picture of a frog eating a mouse but it appears there's a carnivorous amphibians who seems to like munch down on the little furry critters. 
The African Bullfrog pictured above seems to have a preference for small rodents! The Telegraph reported "The enormous amphibians, unlike the docile frogs found in English garden ponds, are known for their aggressive nature and will attack virtually any animal that comes within reach."

Above: An African bull frog eats a whole bird, feathers and all. Spiders eat birds too you know...

It appears that African bullfrogs lie in wait for their prey before suddenly lunging when they sense movement nearby. This is a common trick for predators, check out this crocodile trying to eat a baby elephant after employing the same method.
Of course it's not all fun and pond games for bullfrogs, occasionally they end up as lunch them selves - check out this picture of a frog being eating by a water moccasin snake:

African Bull frogs are big beasts, they can weigh up to 2kg (4.4lbs) and are native to central and southern Africa but are often found as pets around the rest of the world.

Pyxicephalus adspersus is the latin name for the African Bullfrog.

Russian bear eats a pig, tries for a man.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Grizzly Bears eat Gristle. Say that three times quickly!
I was amused to discoverer this following story in the Herald Sun about a bear gone wild in Siberia. And then I thought to me self wild bears don't go wild, the go 'natural' in urban areas.... basically it just gave me an excuse to link to this story about how some bears ate some sleeping campers.

Here's the story:

A wild bear that savaged a pig before trying to attack residents in Siberia was shot dead by emergency officials.

The animal was first spotted by locals in Kyzyl, the capital of Siberia's Tyva region that borders Mongolia, during Russia's National Unity Day celebrations on Thursday, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported

The bear then left the city, home to about 110,000 people, and went to a nearby village.

There the animal killed a pig and attempted to attack residents before it was shot by emergency ministry staff, a local official said.

An exceptional heat wave that hit Russia in the last endless summer deprived the brown bears of their usual food and pushed them closer to communities.

In September, a bear mauled a young man in a central street of Syktyvkar, capital of the remote Komi region in northwest Russia.

The bear wounded the man in the neck before he managed to flee. We understand the man drank some homebrew beer to get over his injuries.

The incident prompted officials to draw up a list of practical tips for locals on how to survive encounters with bears.

The guide warns that residents should stay calm and stand still if they meet a bear. In the worst-case scenario, if the bear attacks, the victim should behave aggressively.

"Shout angrily at it and look it straight in the eyes," the guide says.


The officials drew up a list? The first thing on my list would have been don't go camping with polar bears. Speaking of camping, here's my trip of the South Island. The only thing that ate Jimmy Jangles was the sandflies.

Crocodile tries to eat a baby elephant

Friday, November 5, 2010
Baby elephant caught by a crocodile
Dumbo forgot to check for predators...
The above image of a crocodile attacking a baby elephant was shot by amateur photographer Johan Opperman while taking pictures of a family of African bush elephants grazing by a water hole in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Should have just gone to the pub and had a beer.

Under the watchful eye of its family, the young elephant headed to the edge of the waterhole to grab a drink of cool water. And as you would expect for this to be featured on Animals Eating Animals, there was a hungry crocodile lying in wait. It pounced on the baby elephant, hoping for a kill by snapping its strong jaws around its trunk, leading to these almost comical pictures.

According to Opperman, on hearing the baby's distressed call, the herd of elephants scared off the reptile by trumpeting and stamping their heavy feet around. After the attack, the elephant herd stayed with young Dumbo and they all walked out to safety. It's a similar event to the 'Battle at Kruger Park', just not as epic a rescue!

elephant's trunk eaten by a crocodile

Still interested in crocodiles? Check out when a leopard ate a crocodile or when a zebra became a crocodile's lunch. 

Captured shark found to have a man inside

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
shark eats man
What's in my belly?

Caught shark found to have eaten a man

It's the stuff of the Jaws movie really.

A story about a shark eating a man.

And then being caught.

And then being cut up and the very dead many being removed from its stomach.

Here's the deal of what happened.

Humphrey Simmons, a Bahamian portfolio manager, now has a whale of tale to tell those who'll listen about the time he caught a tiger shark and it burped up a human leg.

When the fish was gutted, out popped a human body sans its head.

Says Mr Humpries about his unexpected catch of the day:

“We tied the rope around his tail fin, and pulled him towards the boat. We were going to cut the hook out of his mouth and let him go when he regurgitated a human foot — intact from the knee down.” The knee down you say?

As soon as they saw the foot, Simmons says, and smelled the "stink" coming from inside the shark's "huge" belly, they knew they had to bring the shark to shore.

And what did they find in the tiger shark's belly?

Here's the pictures. I sincerely warn you, the pictures you are about to see are pretty gross, not safe for work, and are not for general family viewing:

Read on for the gross and very NSFW pictures of what was in the shark's belly:

Tiger fish: The Congo's new Piranha?

Friday, October 22, 2010
The impressive jaw set of a Goliath Tiger Fish
Bristish fishing personality Jeremy Wade managed to snare a prized goliath tigerfish during a fishing adventure along the Congo River in Africa.

The goliath tiger fish - a quasi variant of the feared and misunderstood piranha, has 32 teeth that are a similar size to those of a great white shark. Legend has it that tiger fish have once occasion eaten humans and even crocodiles. Jimmy Jangles finds that last part hard to believe!

The tiger fish that Jeremy Wade caught as part of filming for his fishing show Wade weighed in at am impressive 45kg. Wade's tv show is focussed on exploring mythical reports from around the world of humans being attacked by unknown monsters from the deep.

“'It is very rare to catch one, especially by an outsider because they are found in such a remote and difficult location to get to,” Mr Wade said on the show River Monsters.

Tiger fish with teeth caught by Jeremy Wade.
Jeremey Wade with his new pet Tiger Fish
Mr Wade said he used catfish as bait for the tigerfish and his gear was a 91kg rod and line. The popular angler said "he feared handling the monster fish and had to stand back from it until it was safely in his landing net." He further added about his goliath catch “It is a very dangerous fish to handle. If you aren't careful it could easily take your finger off or worse,” he said.

After carefully avoiding the creature’s razor-sharp teeth while posing for photos, Mr Wade said he returned it to the river soon afterwards. Bless.

So what is a tiger fish? Several species in the genus Hydrocynus of the family Alestiidae are called "tigerfish" and are particularly prized as gamefish. These African fish are found in many rivers and lakes on the continent and are fierce predators with distinctive protruding teeth. The first featured in the photos is the Goliath tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath).

tiger shark captured
I bet it tastes awfull
Tigerfish can be considered Africa's equivalent of the South American piranha, as they are famous for their ferocity when hunting. They are not in the genus as piranha They have sharp teeth that are interlocking, along with, streamlined, muscular bodies built for speed. Nature has designed Tiger fish to be aggressive predators.

A tigerfish has a gas-filled sac in its body that it uses as a sound receiver. This transmits vibrations from the water, enabling it to detect any animals nearby and respond accordingly. A school of juvenile tiger fish can tackle animals of almost any size, including any land animals that may stray too close to the river's edge.

Adults tiger fish are known travel along the rivers of Africa in smaller groups of four or five, but they are no less dangerous than a school. An individual can take down prey as large as itself, which probably rules out a one eating a crocodile (well maybe a baby one). When food is scarce or the competition for food is too great, tigerfish may resort to cannibalism.

Jaw of the tiger fish
I dare you to put your arm in there!

The Cutest Red Panda

Friday, October 8, 2010
Happy in his tree!
This cute Red Panda lives at the Calgaray Zoo in Canada. Look at that cute little tongue! Usually it would be a picture of a crocodile eating a shark or a camel spider eating a US soldier but today, it's just this little fella chomping on a stick!

The Red Panda is a small furry mammal. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, they have reddish-brown fur (hence the name!), a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs.

Endemic to the temperate forests of the Himalayas, the Red Panda ranges from Nepal in the west to China in the east. The panda are also found in northern India, Bhutan and northern Myanmar.

Red Pandas like to eat mainly bamboo, but are known to also eat eggs, birds, insects, and other smaller mammals. 

There is concern that the number of Red Panda are too low and so are an extinction risk. Learn more about Red Panda at the page of the Wellington Zoo

Top Ten Myths about Animals and some that might be true

Sunday, October 3, 2010
kitten with ducks
Sssh dude, don't talk to him, his meow echoes!

Top Ten Myths about Animals and some that might be true

So like according to the Pink Floyd song, Keep Talking, "For millions of years mankind lived just like the animals, 'Then something happenend which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk'. 

And then what happened? Having been like animals, we then hunted them, domesticated them, ate them and occasionally we were eaten by them. We petted them, chained them, put the biggest beasts in Zoos and wore their fur. And all the while, we talked about these animals and thus the legends and myths about them grew. Uneducated housewives told gullible daughters and ignorant fathers dressed up stories for wide-eyes boys and so it spread. Until the internet was invented we believed whatever our friends said but now you just need to google for the animals facts, like you did. Congrats on being a little cynical about that story your mate in the army who just told you about giant camel spiders....

Here's Animals Eating Animals' Top Ten Myths About Animals

1. Myth: A duck's quack doesn't echo, and no one knows why

OMG, who makes up this drivel and who believes it? A duck quack is a sound. An actual force, pushing though the air, subject to the laws of physics. Maybe some one heard a very quiet duck quack decided it didn't echo and then put it on the internet. This is as dumb as the oft asked question about the tree falling in the woods, no one hearing it so does it make a sound? Give.Me.Strength.

Let's get this straight, duck quacks, pigeon coos, rooster crows and owl hoots all echo.

Unless you have a magical duck, then all bets are off. Those magical ducks are well known to have quacks that don't echo. If you get one of them, I'll swap you this blog, my GI Joe collection and a piece of gum I found on my shoe. My left shoe actually. The one that allows me to walk on water.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
2. Myth: Penquins fall over backwards when watching aeroplanes flying over head.

As cute as this myth story is, it doesn’t happen. Penguins are happy on their feet and don’t land on their backs when gazing at planes in the sky.

The phenomenon was supposedly first reported by Royal Air Force pilots who flew over the Falklands during the 1982 war with Argentina (I guess the war can’t have been that intense!)

They myth went further than the above – stories apparently During the war in the Falkland Islands (UK against Argentina) someone was employed to pick up penguins that fell over onto their backs.  The reason was that the penguins were not used to seeing planes and when they flew over they all followed the planes with their eyes and if they flew overhead the penguins would follow them right up and over and tip onto their backs.  Apparently once they'd fallen onto their backs they couldn't right themselves and the colony would starve to death if humans didn't intervene.

The reality is that Penguins dislike the sound made by an airplane’s engine and have be observed to scatter whenever one draws near – either landing on an Antarctic ice shelf or flying overhead.  The sadder truth is that penguins are more likely to be eaten by sneaky sharks and hungry polar beers.

Many reports have been dispatched from people in the Antarctic who have watched penguins and planes and all have reported Penguins do not fall over when planes approach. 

Can I borrow your razor blade please?
3. Myth: Lemmings periodically commit suicide by marching over cliffs and into the sea:

I loved the 90's computer game as much as anyone. When stuck, I loved to watch the lemmings blow up all Armegheddon style as per the idea the leemings liked to commit suicide.

Lemmings have become a part of popular culture because of the myth that they tend to commit mass suicide when they migrate.  Let’s be clear, there have been no real life observations of lemming suicide.

The myth of lemming "mass suicide" or “hari-kari” has been made popular by number of factors. In 1955, Disney Studio illustrator Carl Barks drew an Uncle Scrooge adventure comic with the title "The Lemming with the Locket". This comic, which was inspired by a 1954 American Mercury article, showed massive numbers of lemmings jumping over Norwegian cliffs.

Even more influential was the 1958 Disney film White Wilderness  in which staged footage was shown with lemmings jumping to their death after faked scenes of mass migration. This event was actually shown to be staged and the leemings were manipulated to jump to a watery grave.

In more recent times, the video game series known as Lemmings has further explored the myth as they game player must stop the lemmings from mindlessly marching over cliffs or into traps.

So in short, Leemings are cute critters that like to play in the snow and that’s about it.

Got any cheese, mate?
4. Myth: Elephants are afraid of mice

Mice, per say do not bother or scare elephants. Mice are a very natural part of an elephant's environment  - they've been living happily together for years, in the jungles and in the zoos. A mouse walking by an elephant is not a problem, nor is it for any of the larger kinds animals. Heck, this leopard made friends with one. 

What does scare elephants is anything that startles them such as an unexpected movement or noise. These things elicit a response which could be characterized as an elephant being scared. One thing is for sure, certain panda are afraid of other Panda sneezing. My point is an elephant could react in the same way!
I live in your living room. I am the cobweb king! But I'm not poisonous
5. Myth: Daddy longlegs spiders are the most "world's most poisonous animals"

Wow, this is one I thought was true!? I even could follow up with  'but they were not poisonous to humans because their teeth were too small and weak to puncture a person's skin'. It seems legit right? Well to a 10 year, but thanks to the good people of the Mythbusters TV show have provided some pretty tight evidence as to why this is a myth:

"A Daddy long-legs was able to bite through the skin of Adam's arm. He reported nothing more than a very mild, short-lived burning sensation. Analysis of the venom proves it does not approach the potency of the Black widow spider."

In summary, my childhood knowledge shattered as I discover daddy long legs are not even close to being poisonous. Or venomous for that matter. There's a distinction in those words.... hey wanna see a spider eat a bird?

Leap Frog: a game for the whole family!
True: A Giant Tortoise can  live for over one hundred years

Well actually this one's true! Tortoise and Turtles have been known to live longer than humans. The Giant Tortoise regularly hits the 100 years of age mark. Sadly, there's not too many of these beautiful creatures around these days as they appeared to have been eaten by humans over the years.

Adwaita, was a giant tortoise who famously turned out to be 255 years old when his shell was carbon dated after his death. This made Adwaita one of the oldest creatures of modern times, beating  fellow tortoise Harriet by 80 years, and Tu'i Malila by 67 years.

camel spider
Camel Spiders eat camels and camel coloured soldiers for breakfast
6. Myth : There are Spiders that eat Camels

There are also Men Who Stare At Goats too but but that's really quite a different story. Camel Spiders. The largest, most bad ass spiders that have ever been discovered. Known for their dangerous bite which can render an adult camel unconcious in 20 minutes and dead in 45. Then they swarm like angry locusts and eat the camel over a period of a few days. During the various US war campaigns in Iraq and Kuwait, an unlucky 13 U.S. soldiers have died as a result of camel spiders. And ironically, they had all failed goat staring class. 

Well, those are the myths about camel spiders any way. 

As we are learning througout this most awesome list, the truth is rather different from the myths. A number of urban legends have gleefully spread across the internet that exaggerate the size and speed of camel spiders, and their potential danger to camels, humans and soldiers in Iraq. That's right, their talents and size are all myth.

The reality is that camel spiders are commonly known as wind scorpions or sun spiders may grow to a length of 7 cm (2.8 in) which is nothing like the legendary stories people are wont to tell. That picture above? It's an illusion of perspective.

Fact: It once took a Tuatara 111 years to first mate. 

This is a bit of a cheat in terms of myth busting but it did happen - a tuatara was a hundred and eleven years old before popping his cherry and giving up his v-card. Tuatara are a rare reptile species with a slow sex drive though I guess it's even harder to get it out of the way when you are help captive by your soviet masters... 
It aint easy being green 
7. Myth: You can boil a frog in water and it won't jump out. 
This once happened to Kermit the Frog apparently and they had to recast him on the Muppets and luckily no one noticed. I tell ya, it aint easy being green. It also aint easy to believe this myth!
The boiling frog story is a popular myth describing a frog slowly being boiled alive. The premise is that if a frog is placed in boiling water, it will quickly jump out due to the obvious heat, but if the same frog is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the imminent danger and will be cooked to death.

Such a story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually. And it seems to work as a metaphor simply because people believe the horse shit that's being feed to them. Usually by some high paid life coach. Like for those of us lucky to only need to take depressants for kicks and don't need life coaches, we can read the internet for some wise thinking. Though I'm loathe to site Wikipedia on such a contentious, life changing issue, here's the truth about boiling frogs and their perkiness:

"In 1995, Professor Douglas Melton, of the Harvard University Biology department, said, "If you put a frog in boiling water, it won't jump out. It will die. If you put it in cold water, it will jump before it gets hot; they don't sit still for you."

You just can't argue with sane reasoning like that can you? Take that all you Miss Piggy Fans!

8. Myth: Every St Bernard is given whiskey at birth so it can find people in the snow

In Switzerland people love to ski and sometimes they get lost. But their friends are too lazy to look for them so they just sent out the local St Bernard rescue dog with a bottle of whiskey to give to the lost person. Sounds like the idyll life for a dog eh? Truth is St Barnard dogs are sometimes used in rescue missions as trackers but the whiskey is all myth - why would you give alcohol to someone with hypothermia

Good Tinkerbell, suck the asthma right out of me!! xxxooo
9. Myth: Chihuahuas can cure asthma

Sure, and monkeys cure diabetes. Celebrities however will believe anything, just look at Tom Cruise and Scientology. Paris Hilton, a noted drug user asthmatic, heard about this cure and bought two chihuahua!

Let's get real here! Asthma is a physical condition where the bronchial tubes in the lungs suffer from poor performance. Medicine can relieve symptoms and also act as a preventative but the underlying issues often remain. The association with dogs curing asthma possibly comes from the timing. Children may often 'grow out' of their asthma. This could be about the same time an animal is introduced to the family circle such as a Chihuahua and hence a simple coincidence has occured. Chihuahua are dogs, not doctors and can't cure anything. It is true however, unlike ducks, that chihuahua barks do not echo. Weird huh?

You do the pedals Bill, I'll drive.
10. Groundhogs Can Predict the Arrival of Spring

Groundhog Day is a tradition dating back hundreds of years ago. Supposedly, if a groundhog sees his shadow, there will be 6 more weeks of cold winter. Celebrated on February the 2nd every year, the good folks of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, USA use the ground hog day ceremony to determine how long till winter is over. According to the myth, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If on the other hand, it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly "see its shadow" and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. In Punxsutawney, their current ground hog, Punxsutawney Phil was made famous in the Bill Murray comedy, Groundhog Day.

In reality, the true timing of the arrival of spring is indicated by blooming of plants (daffodils are well known as spring plants) and increased activity of animals. The origins of the myth are possibly related to the appearance of hibernating animals which generally signifies the end of winter.

Well, dear reader, you made it through to the end of the Top Ten Myths about Animals and some that might be true! What was your favourite myth or do you have one to share. Leave a note in the comments!

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