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  • Meet the Colossal Bird-Sized Hissing Moth

    This giant moth boasts five-inch wings, a humongous body, and when agitated, it is capable of producing a loud hissing noise to scare off its enemies. The privet hawkmoth (Sphinx ligustri) is an strange creature endemic to the northern half of the eastern hemisphere including much of Europe, Asia, and North Africa. Although they inhabit large woodland […] More

  • Behold the Lake Sturgeon — A Fish That Once Lived Alongside the Dinosaurs

    Meet the lake sturgeon — a fish that has been around since the time of the dinosaurs.  Lake sturgeons are shark-like in appearance, measuring an average 3-5 feet in length and weighing anywhere from 10-80 pounds, but much bigger specimens have been reported. The fish bears an overall streamlined shape and is equipped with five rows of […] More

  • Elk Learn How to Evade Hunters As They Age

    Female elk have the capacity to learn how to avoid hunters as they age — and they learn from each other’s mistakes, it turns out. While female elk (Cervus elaphus) tend to live longer than their male counterparts simply because they are less targeted by predators, age also seems to correlate with predation rates. Cows over […] More

  • These Snails Kill Over 200,000 People Each Year

    Freshwater snails cause more than 200,000 deaths on an annual basis — more than any predatory mammal.  Freshwater snails are found in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from small pools to large lakes. These gastropod mollusks feed on algae, detritus, and suspended matter found in the water. They are parasitic animals responsible for the transmission of schistosomiasis, which has […] More

  • Jaguar and Giant Anteater Standoff Ends With a Twist

    A surprising scene unfolded on a cattle ranch in Brazil between a jaguar and an anteater. A photographer was capturing some shots of a giant anteater as it was taking a drink when a large male jaguar approached from behind. He looked like he was ready to pounce, but instead he just sat and watched […] More

  • This Giant Deer Species Went Extinct Wielding 12-Ft Antlers

    The largest deer species ever to walk the earth bore 12ft antlers but died out more than 10,000 years ago — leaving scientists debating its evolution. Megaloceros giganteus has many names, including the Irish elk and Irish giant deer, both of which are incorrect due to the fact the animal was neither an elk nor […] More