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Africa’s Deadliest: Amazing Facts About the Colossal Hippo

Africa’s Deadliest: Amazing Facts About the Colossal Hippo

Image: Graeme Shannon The hippopotamus, literally meaning “river horse,” is the second heaviest land mammal on earth, and the most dangerous mammal in Africa. They’re highly aggressive and unpredictable, so keep your distance. Hippos are...

Maned Wolf Looks Like a Fox on Stilts — But is Neither Fox Nor Wolf

Maned Wolf Looks Like a Fox on Stilts — But is Neither Fox Nor Wolf

This lanky orange animal resembles a fox/wolf hybrid — but is actually from a genus entirely of its own.  Chrysocyon brachyurus is a fascinating and unusual creature that roams the open grasslands and prairies throughout mideastern South...

Hercules the Elephant Survives Attack by 14 Lions

Hercules the Elephant Survives Attack by 14 Lions

This young elephant amazingly defies the odds of nature after fending off a 14 member pride of vicious female lions — completely unassisted.  In South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, a young bull managed to...

New Species of Crab with ‘Candy Cane’ Legs Discovered

New Species of Crab with ‘Candy Cane’ Legs Discovered

This tiny creature was recently discovered poking its head out of a small shell in the shallow depths of Bonaire National Marine Park. Photographer and naturalist Ellen Muller first encountered the species during a...

Watch! Clever Orca Nearly Beaches Itself for a Meal 00:31

Watch! Clever Orca Nearly Beaches Itself for a Meal

This Orca demonstrates its amazing ability to surf the wave right onto the beach, nearly stranding itself on land in order to capture the baby seal. This beaching style of hunting can require...

Fascinating 500-Million-Year-Old Worm Had Legs

Fascinating 500-Million-Year-Old Worm Had Legs

Researchers have recently revealed the physical characteristics of a 500-million-year-old fossil — a worm-like creature with hairy front appendages and hook-like back claws.  Ovatiovermis cribratus was discovered in the Burgess shale and concluded to be a...

Mass Animal Beachings Due to Solar Storms?

Mass Animal Beachings Due to Solar Storms?

The worldwide phenomenon of animal beachings has been loosely attributed to many scientific theories, including solar storms — but this is the first time researchers will collect enough data to officially solve the plaguing mystery. Various...

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