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  • Natural born killers, grasshoper mice born and raised in captivity quickly learn how to take down prey much larger than themselves. Agression learned from their fathers, pups raised by both parents are more likely to bully other mice and more viciously attack insects than those raised by single mothers.

  • Giant otters eat black caiman, piranhas, and even anaconda snakes as part of their diet.

  • The strike of one of an unfurled forelimb of the mantis shrimp is considered to be one of the fastest movements known in the animal kingdom.

  • The geographic cone snail has been referred to as the "cigarette snail" - as you only have enough time to smoke a cigarette before dying.

  • There was a 'case' during WWII, in the Philippines when someone died from a cone snail attack within minutes.

  • The Tasmanian Devil received the name "devil" from early European settlers who witnessed such violent displays of agression such as lunging, teeth-baring, and bone-chilling guttural growls.

  • When confronted with a threat, the Tasmanian Devil will likely yawn at it's predator or tormentor, pretending to be unbothered by the aggressor.

  • The word 'Sarcophilus' from the Tasmanian Devils' scientific name (Sarcophilus harisii); means "flesh lover".

  • In a mere 30 minutes, the Tasmanian Devil can eat up to 40% of their body weight.

  • The Papuan words, 'weri' which translates "head" and 'kasu' which translates "horned" give way to the word cassowary, refering to the prominent casque on its head.

  • The only birds world-wide that have caused human deaths by physical attack are the cassowary and the ostrich. Numerous incidents have been reported in Queensland, Australia.

  • Mission Beach, Australia is experiencing a higher volume of cassowaries coming out of the forest and entering in urban areas looking for trouble. They peck at bedroom windows, chase cars and tangle with pet terriers.


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