Not really animals eating animals related but you like Led Zeppelin right?

Friday, January 28, 2011
Not really Animals Eating Animals related but you like Led Zeppelin right?

So I was checking through the analytics of my websites  (some of you have really interesting search terms) and I noticed that one day this month The Optimus Prime Experiment had one truly insane day for web visitors:

People usually come to The Optimus Prime Experiment to get advice from the Autobot Leader, look at pictures of sharks or check out chicks in bikinis playing football. But on this day google sent over 1500 odd more people to check out myStair Way To Heaven Lyrics page. WTF? That's an OLD song! I began to wonder - had I finally optimised a page with Perfect SEO and this was my reward? Was this evidence of some evergreen content working?

People were entering the search term 'There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold' line from the song and ending up at this page. Why? I have no idea - certainly the phrase wasn't the subject of any news media recently - may be it was just one of those things, either way, it's nice to get a little bit of google love eh?

If only this would happen at my new site, Gears of Halo....

Extra for Experts: This is simply a blatant link to Lady Gaga's new song, Born This Way. What's that? You want Edge of Glory lyrics too? No problem. After all Bella, it's all about You and I right?

Three Lionesses take down a cheeky crocodile

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Check out this picture of three angry lionesses pouncing on a cheeky crocodile after the creature tried to attack a baby cub. It's clear that during the violent encounter the crocodile managed to bite one of the big cats in the face but it was soon overwhelmed by the pride.

The photographs where shot by Tony Goldman who was on a safari trip in the Duba Plains, in Botswana. Goldman is quoted as saying "The lionesses had just killed a buffalo and suddenly a crocodile ventured about 90m out of the water towards them to snack on the meat. One of the smaller cubs was in the path of the crocodile and it started to advance towards the cub in a menacing fashion before trying to attack it."

 Wanna play Alligator Snap?
That's a pretty brave effort from the Crocodile. Having thinking he seized the right moment when the lionesses were distracted with the buffalo, he swooped in, only to fuck it up. Epic fail and nature at its finest. 

This reminds me of some other crocodile mishaps, like the time this silly croc got eaten by a hippopotamus or went the leopard won the battle. At least they can eat sharks, baby elephants and Zebra!

Do Bees have teeth? How do they sting?

Thursday, January 20, 2011
?honey bee on yellow flower
Look ma, I'm using my mandibles!
Do bees have teeth? The answer is that bees do not have teeth. They have mandibles. Except for the Queen Bee. Source: My Wife. The End.

Now that that's sorted, I can talk about more important issues. It was Billy Piper the former jailbait singer from Britain that once sang the line, "Honey to the bee, that's me for you" - as such is the regard humans have for bees, we like to relate our stories about love and life to bees. Hence the expression 'birds and the bees'.

billy piper sexy bee
She used to bee so sweet and innocent before she did that show on hookers....

Anyways, I have no idea where this line of reasoning is taking me, perhaps I should have eaten a meal today. All I know is that sex sells. Now that we have that settled, let's check out some cool pictures of bees. Not bears for once. Just bees. And maybe some birds eating bees. But not birds eating out bees. That would be the wrong demographic for Animals Eating Animals to focus on....

honey beer pollination
Pollen makes the world go round. Like money.
Purple is the new black for any fashionable bee this season
The pictures of bees in the above pictures, Billie Piper aside, suggest that bees are friendly enough. But what about all this talk of killer bees? The ones that can sting a man to death?

Africanized honey bees, known colloquially as "killer bees," are hybrids of the African honey bee with various European honey bees such as the Italian bee thrown in to spice things up a little bit. Mamma Mia!

These bees are apprently far more aggressive than the European subspecies. Small swarms of African honey bees are capable of taking over European honey beehives by invading the hive and establishing their own queen after killing the European queen. Killer diller eh?

sting of a bee dragging from skin
When I was a wee nipper on a Scout camp, I got a bee sting on my finger and bugger me it hurt. The scout leader took one look at it and said he'd have to cut my finger off with his knife because it was the worst bee sting he'd ever seen. That sure cheered me up! Bee stings often affect people as a result of the histamine injection - the body reacts to the bee's 'poison' and swells up as a result. Check out this bee sting to the face below:

bee sting puffed face due to allergic reaction
Lady stung near her eye
It's widely known that bees can only sting once and then they die however this is a partial misconception: although the bee's stinger is in fact barbed so that it lodges in the victim's skin, tearing loose from the bee's abdomen and leading to its death in minutes, this only happens if the skin of the victim is sufficiently thick, such as a human's. Generally speaking, nature didn't really intend for honey bees to attack humans, just other bees.

allergic reaction on face to bee sting
Stung on the lips. Literally, he has bee sting lips!
The honey bee's sting is considered to have evolved for inter-bee combat between members of different hives, and the barbs serve to improve penetration of the chitinous plates of another insect's exoskeleton. So nature designed honey bees to sting other bees all day and not die, but when they sting a thick skinned animal, it's all over red rover.

Some people have no fears about getting stung by bees and are happy to wear a swarm of bees as their Halloween costume:

body completely covered by bees

Elephant in a tree after a flood....

Sunday, January 16, 2011
So following Brisbane's flood which produced a frog riding on a snake's tail, the floods of Sri Lankia have bought us the sure to be a classic photo of elephant in a tree!

Check out this picture of an elephant caught in a tree:

Sadly this baby elephant died due to the floods after the Kaylola River flooded in Northen Sri Lankia. Sad Face.

Photo Source: The good old BBC.

Animals in the Brisbane floods: Frogs Riding Snakes

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The 2011 floods that hit Brisbane, Rockhampton and other cities and towns in Australia during New Year of were pretty horrific. People drowned, family homes disappeared, cars were swallowed whole by raging rivers and people's businesses and livelihoods literally went down the drain.

There were some comical moments that helped lighted the mood somewhat. Floods, of course, effect not only humans but the critters and creatures too. As when you help a neighbour out in times of trouble, so can sworn enemies in the animal kingdon. Check out this frog hitching a ride with a snake from twitpic:

Can we stop off and get some worms mate?
Frogs riding snakes? What will they think of next? Snakes trying to ring home? Maybe:

Five snakes in the bed and the little one said...
Telecommunications networks in Queensland were hammered by the floods so naturally Telstra Clear sent in some techies to fix things, one of them was confront by these 5 red bellied snakes who sought refuge in the telecommunications box!

With the all the fox holes, snake holes and the usual good hiding places flooded by water, the snakes naturally seek out new homes and to do that, they gotta get through that body of water. Same as the humans so it's no surprise that the two beasts collide and Queensland authorities decided to stock up on anti venom just in case someone got a nasty surprise:

Imagine coming home after the flood to find this snake curled up on your fence. He's hungry and you're lunch! During the floods people were also on the look out for crocodiles but I couldn't find any pictures of them swimming down a local street!

Lioness eats a Pangolin or whatever it's called

Thursday, January 6, 2011

If I shake it enough do lollies fall out?
When you're a hungry lion, most animals probably seem like a good bet at snack time. After all, the smaller they are, the tastier they are to eat right?

This lioness certainly bit off more than she could chew when she pounced on a pangolin. British wildlife guide Mark Sheridan-Johnson captured on film this inquisitive big cat which spent a long time trying to devour the odd looking creature in the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.

The rare, armour plated ant eating pangolin has the perfect defence tactic: roll up into a ball and stay there - whatever happens. Thus the images show how the hapless lioness appeared confused by its shielded spherical prey, as it batted the creature about with its paws and even tried to carry it around in its mouth. 

Pangolins are nocturnal animals and according to, this one was probably peacefully sheltering in bushes before being smelt out by the two-year-old lion.

The pangolin's shell is made of an organic bony structure called keratin and makes up to around twenty percent of the animal's body weight.

Some facts about the Pangolin: It's basically an anteater.
  • A pangolin is a very rare mammal of tropical Africa
  • Pangolins are shy and mainly solitary creatures
  • Pangolin are well-armoured with large, hardened, equally-spaced overlapping scales, making them look like a pine cone
  • Pangolin know how to protect themselves very well when threatened, by rolling into a ball and erecting their scales pointing upward, forming a shield around themselves.
  • The creatures eat smaller bugs like ants and termites. The use their sensitive tongues, which can grow up to 16 inches long, to probe into ant nests and termite mounds to eat the insects inside
  • Animals attempting to eat the pangolin may cut themselves on their shield

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