Puppies, kittens, infants: All adorable. And do you know why? Because they’re tiny. If you start to magnify these things, then you wind up with the substantially less cute wolves, jaguars and teenagers.

Yes, if there’s one thing nature teaches us, it’s that what may start out as an adorable little animal friend can quickly turn into horror when its itty-bitty mouth gets big enough to start eating your face. And when the little versions are already creepy, the big versions are the stuff nightmares are made of. Case in point: this ridiculously huge bug that was recently discovered.

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You’re going to need a pretty big shoe if this monster comes flapping around your porch light

Armed with huge, nightmarish pincers, this is officialy the world’s largest insect. It was recently discovered in China’s Sichuan province by local villagers who handed them over to Insect Museum of West China. Several of these odd critters were examined by the museum and found to be unusually large specimens of the giant dobsonfly, which is native to China and Vietnam.

With a wingspan of 8.27 inches, they are large enough to cover the face of a human adult.

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The giant dobsonfly makes its home in bodies of clean water and is highly sensitive to any changes in the water’s pH as well as the presence of trace elements of pollutants. If the water is slightly contaminated, the giant dobsonfly will move on to seek cleaner waters.

The insect can be found in other provinces in China, India’s Assam state, and in northern Vietnam. This is the first time it has appeared in Sichuan province.

Holy Shit! Is it Dangerous?

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Even though it looks like it could make the heads of 20 elephants explode with a single bite, they are in fact quite harmless. The female, whose mandibles are more functional, might nip if provoked, but she too is harmless. 

I know what your thinking… Photoshop, right? But no this is actually a real photo of a Leopon, a hybrid resulting from the crossing of a male leopard with a lioness. The head of the animal is similar to that of a lion while the rest of the body carries similarities to leopards. These hybrids are produced in captivity and are unlikely to occur in the wild.

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The first documented leopon was bred at Kolhapur, India in 1910. Its skin was sent to Reginald Innes Pocock by Walter Samuel Millard, the Secretary of the Bombay Natural History Society. It was a cross between a large leopard and a lioness. Two cubs were born, one of which died aged 2.5 months and the other was still living when Pocock described it in 1912. Pocock wrote that it was spotted like a leopard, but that the spots on its sides were smaller and closer set than those of an Indian leopard and were brown and indistinct like the fading spots of a juvenile lion. The spots on the head, spine, belly and legs were black and distinct. The tail was spotted on the topside and striped underneath and had a blackish tip with longer hairs. The underside was dirty white, the ears were fawn and had a broad black bar but did not have the white spot found in leopards. Pocock wrote that the closest he had previously seen to this type of hybrid was the lijagulep (Congolese Spotted Lion) bred in Chicago.

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They have been bred in zoos in Japan, Germany, and Italy. Karl Hagenbeck, who produced many different hybrids, recorded the birth of leopons at the Hamburg Tierpark in Germany, but none survived to maturity. A leopon skin and skull at the British Museum comes from the animal bred at Kolhapur Zoo in India and was donated by Lt. Col. F.W. Wodehouse of the Junior United Services sometime between 1920 and 1940.

The most successful leopon programme was at Koshien Hanshin Park in Nishinomiya City, Japan. A lioness called Sonoko was mated by a leopard called Kaneo. The lioness voluntarily assumed a position on her side to allow the much smaller leopard to mount her. A litter of 2 hybrids was born in 1959 and 3 more were born in 1962. In captivity, the normally solitary male leopard remained with the family (social behavior is sometimes seen in captive specimens of normally solitary big cats). The hybrids proved to be sterile and the last one died in 1985. However, later leopons have successfully fathered cubs with liguars, hybrids between a male lion and a female jaguar. The resulting animal is called a leoliguar. The programme of cross-breeding was popular with the public, but it was criticised in zoological and animal welfare circles.

With the increasingly depressing weather outside — we figured it was time to put a smile on your face by slapping you around a bit with the cuteness. What we have here is a collection of cute quotes that happen to be the perfect remedy for a lurking winter depression. A word of warning though: Cuteness level may exceed the daily recommended dosage, and one look at these pictures can reduce a grown man into a trembling mess of barely coherent speech and shrieks of girlish glee. If side effects such as squeeee sounds or intense shaking occurs, then immediately stop watching and do several pushups!

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Awesome! So this is what it feels like when you are soaring through the skies like an eagle.

Lets face it, everyone and their grandmother wants to fly for a day. I mean who doesn’t want to experience this sensation of total freedom and see how our world looks from a birds eye view? The closest way to experiencing this sensation is to attach a GoPro camera on a eagle, which is already a bad ass feat on it’s own. This eagle flew at Chamonix, a town at the foot of Mont Blanc in France. So sit back and enjoy the awesome video below. It should give you a pretty good idea on how it feels to fly:

The Camel Spider has to be one of the scariest things to walk our planet. One look at it and it seems as if nature has taken all the bad things you ever did in your life and made a bug out of it just to punish you.

There are a lot of Urban legends surrounding the Camel Spider such as: their ability to jump over large distances, them running over 20 mph to catch it’s prey (you) and U.S soldiers who were attacked and even eaten in their sleep by these monster spiders. Fortunately, these are all urban legends and the reality is a bit less frightening. Below we separate truth from fiction in our quest to help our readers sleep better at night. But first, lets start with some photographs of what is still the worst thing that could be hiding in your walk-in closet.

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The most famous picture of the Camel Spider, photographed during the 1990-91 Gulf War. After hitting the interweb, this picture quickly went viral and the horror stories began to spread like wildfire. This picture made it look like American soldiers weren’t just fighting the Iraqi forces but also a new breed of super spiders that could easily take over the world if they wanted to.

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AHHH!! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

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Later photographs, however, revealed that the camel spider wasn’t quite as horrifying as first thought and it seemed less likely that they were capable of dragging screaming, U.S soldiers out of their tents at night to feast on them. In fact, this one actually looks pretty cute if you ask me.

Just when the horror stories seem to have lost it’s momentum, new photo’s emerged that were even more horrifying then what we’ve seen before.

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Holy balls, just look at it! I would immediately believe that one bite would make the heads of 200 elephants explode based on that photograph alone.

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But calm down folks, it later turned out to be a incredibly detailed model created by Graham Owen.

All in all, the fear for the Camel Spider has been somewhat exaggerated. Camel Spiders are usually not dangerous to us, but, dangerous or not, these creatures are still are horrifying thing to encounter and I pity anyone who encounters one for the first time. Also, they can bite and while not deadly, this can lead to horrible infections.

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Here we have a picture that circulated  as a Camel Spider bite. The carnage is downright disgusting and chances are you just vomited over your laptop (sorry about that). It shows a gaping hole around the wound and the skin rotting away, leaving a gooey mess that resembles pizza. This, however, is not a Camel Spider bite but was in fact caused by a brown recluse spider. Camel Spiders on the other hand are not poisonous at all.

Camel Spider Facts

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  • Camel Spider top speed – 10 mph. Which is still very fast for a such a small creature.
  • Size: Up to 8 inches, although many have reported larger.
  • Called camel spiders because they live in the desert, not because they eat Camels.

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Camel spider myths busted

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  • Camel spiders can move at speeds of over 30 MPH, screaming while they run.
  • Camel spiders venom can make the heads of 200 elephants explode
  • Camel spiders can be as large as a frisbee.

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Rua Goncalo de Carvalho is a street located in Porto Alegre, the capital and largest city in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Planted 70 years ago by German employees in a former brewery site, one hundred tipuana trees stretch approximately 500 meters on either side. In 2005, some of the trees were almost cut down to make a room for a shopping mall. However, the street became internationally known as the “world’s most beautiful street” after a campaign for its preservation. Today, this beautiful green street is appointed as historical heritage.

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Thanks to natural selection, living in nature is an experience that — for most animals born without giant claws or the ability to spray toxic bodily fluids from it’s behind — has a lot in common with a leprechaun’s penis: it’s short and hard. Fortunately, it’s not all pure horror and there are softer sides to being alive as well. For example: many animals are sociable, at least among their own kind. Sometimes, however, buddying happens between different species that defies all laws of nature and in some cases the natural food-chain itself. Here are 50 unusual animal friendships that are as surprising as they are heartwarming. 

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I hope you enjoyed it, and remember that you can attribute to this article by submitting your own pictures as well. Sources: BunnyfoodAcidCowsLovelylops



Warning: Reading this article puts you at extreme risk of cuteness overload! I can tell you that the word ‘Aaaahw!’ came from my mouth at least a dozen times while I was making this article. And while this sounds harmless in itself, I do feel the need to point out that, one look at these cute little fuzzballs alone, can reduce a grown man into a trembling mess of barely coherent speech and shrieks of girlish glee. So brace yourself and enjoy this overview of the world’s cutest baby animals pictures!

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Meet Sam, the ever surprised looking cat with eyebrows that would make even Mr. Spock green with envy. Thanks to the power of social media and cuteness, the eyebrowed cat went viral overnight and now has over 35,000 followers on Instagram!

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After Internet sensation, the Grumpy Cat, we might now have the next big thing!

On March 2012, Sam’s owner found a empty cat carrier in front of his house. At first he didn’t give it much thought until he noticed a cat, showing a very distinctive marking, hidden away in a small crevice behind his house. After taking Sam in, the owner did not want to get to attached to Sam at first, as they already owned two cats and knew they couldn’t keep a third. But — since no mere mortal could ever resist such a Disney-cute stare — they decided to keep Sam instead.

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So is Sam the cutest thing to hit the interweb since the Grumpy Cat? Let us know by leaving a comment below! Also, if you’d like to see more of the fabulous eyebrowed cat then be sure to visit Sam’s very own website.


I think we can all agree that nature can be a cruel douchebaguette sometimes but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a sense of humor.

Take these weird animals for example. Each of them looks like one of nature’s practical jokes and made millions of internet users squeal “fake, fake, faaaake!!” They are, however, totally real. We are talking about odd animals such as:

I know right, these weird shaped trees have Photoshop written all over them. However I can assure you they are totally real, living trees!

As a hobby — the Frankensteinian, bean farmer — Axel Erlandson shaped trees and called them “Circus Trees.” He was very secretive on how he managed to pull of this bizarre feat and carried out his work behind screens to protect his secrets from spies. When Erlandson died in 1964 his eleborate efforts to take his secret to the grave seemed to have paid off, as nobody has been able to recreate his bizarre work ever since.

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If you listen very closely, you can still hear Erlandson’s maniacal laughter echoing from the afterlife.

The trees were later bought by millionaire Michael Bonfante, who transplanted them to his amusement park Gillroy Gardens in 1985, where you can still see them today.

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This morning I was remindered how cold things can get here in Holland after I’d woken up with my lips frozen stuck to my pillow. However, after learning about the Siberian village of Oymyakon, things really don’t seem so bad after all. Temperatures in Oymyakon can drop to a staggering -71C, making it the coldest, permanently inhabited place on earth.

As you can imagine, living in the a place like that is not very conventient: you can hardly drink anything as it instantly freezes in your glass, batteries shut down and the villagers leave their cars running as they’re afraid the engine won’t restart again. Also, apart from meat, there isn’t much food as nothing can grow on the land, which is deep frozen to a depth of 8 feet.

It’s plenty horrible enough, and that’s before we even tell you the worst part — cellphones don’t work in these kind of hellish temperatures! That’s right: no texting, Tweeting or checking Facebook status updates. Before you know it you’ll begin to feel phantom cell phone vibrations in the left pocket where your phone resides as you slowly transform in a highly detailed snowman. All in all, we understand if a visit to Oymyakon probably won’t rank very high on your bucket list. However, it does make for some truly amazing photos as you can see below.

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A Communist-era monument marking the record-breaking temperature of -71.2 recorded in the village in 1924. It reads ‘Oymyakon, the Pole of Cold’

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Farmer Nikolai Petrovich waters his cows at a patch of thermal water on the edge of Oymyakon. Despite its terrible winters, in June, July and August temperatures over 30c are not uncommon.

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Cows walk back to their sheds after watering in the Oymyakon thermal spring

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Oymyakon village at dawn with a plume of smoke rising from the heating plant. Most people still burn coal and wood for heat. When coal deliveries are irregular the power station starts burning wood. If the power ceases, the town shuts down in about five hours, and the pipes freeze and crack

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Alexander Platonov, 52, a retired teacher, dressed for a quick dash to the outdoor toilet at his home in Oymyakon. Travel companies offer tourists the opportunity to visit the village and sample life in the freezing conditions

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A petrol station on the way to Oymyakon. Cars are generally left running full time by locals who fear they won’t restart if turned off

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In nature death can come in many unexpected shapes and sizes. That is why it is possibly best to forget all you learned about animals from cartoons and remember that mother nature has a habit of giving its most dangerous animals the body of a Disney character.

Here you will find a collection of dangerous (poisonous) animals that are all deceptively cute, gorgeous and harmless looking but could still destroy you without breaking a sweat. Okay, let’s not draw this out any longer and get right down to the hyperventilating and cursing at nature, shall we?

1. Slow Loris

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Come on look at that little fellow. The Slow Loris is basically the definition of Disney-cute. With it’s adorable bulbous eyes, they are the kind of animal you will want to take home and cuddle for hours on end.

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Besides being one of the cutest mammals on the planet, it’s also the most poisonous… The Slow Loris produces a toxin on the inside of its elbows through a gland, which they smear on their young, to help keep them from being eaten in the wild. If you piss one off though then it’s pleading look — with it’s big round eyes — might be the last thing you will ever see. You see, the Slow Loris can suck it’s poison from their elbows into their mouths and attack with a potentially deadly venomous bite, if not properly treated.

2. Puffer Fish

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Awww… just look it. A fish so cute it actually seems to smile at the camera, almost like it’s auditioning for a part in the next Nemo movie. This is one creature that doesn’t need soft fur to be cuddly.

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Besides being absolutely adorable, Puffer fish are also the second most poisonous vertebrates in the world, after the golden poison frog. Each Puffer Fish contains enough poison to kill 30 people (or 5 elephants) and there is no known antidote. Certain internal organs, such as the liver, are extremely toxic when eaten. Nevertheless, the meat of some species is considered a delicacy in Japan. I guess that is fitting for a country whose main export product is insanity.

 

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This bizarre looking animal seems to be made from nature’s spare parts which were scattered on the workshop floor. When you see it you don’t know whether to hug it, laugh at it or both at the same time. Okay it has a duck bill, which isn’t supposed to be there on a mammal, but who cares when it looks as cute and fuzzy as this little guy? Oh, and their babies are called Puggles. Puggles for crying out loud!

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The male platypus is the only known Australian mammal to be venomous. They have a pair of spurs on their hind legs that they use for defense and when competing for mates or breeding territories. In the days that these bizarre animals were hunted for fur, many dogs died after retrieving a wounded platypus from the water. The poison is not considered to be deadly to a healthy person. However, it will send you to the  the emergency room with a muscle-impaired pain that can last for months. “Spurring” can also cause quite some spectacular localised swelling.

 

4. Pfeffer’s Flamboyant Cuttlefish

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With a name that sounds like either a mixed drink or a gay bar, how can anyone be worried about this extravagant looking fish? Look at him! He’s so flamboyant, shiny and awesome. Hell, he’s just a butt implant away from leading the Carnival parade in Rio de Janeiro.

Cuttlefish are, in my humble opinion, some of the world’s most amazing creatures. They are simply magical. Their skin can literally turn any color or pattern in a blink of an eye, and they can even alter the texture of their skin, raising ridges and bumps or going smooth as glass depending on their needs. These incredible shapeshifters are also geniuses. Seriously, their  minds are a complex domain that science is only starting to explore. In short, they would make the perfect pet for aquarium owners.

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Hold on there sparky. Remember, bright colours are nature’s way of saying “eat me and you’ll die an agonizing death”. You guessed it, the Pfeffer’s flamboyant cuttlefish is the only species of cuttlefish that is poisonous. We aren’t talking about the kind of poison that gives a slightly annoying rash either. No, it’s poison can result in nausea, respiratory arrest, heart failure, and can lead to death within minutes. Death is usually from suffocation due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Okay, so maybe we will just stick to that gold fish.

 

5. Spur Winged Goose aka Death by Toxin Goose

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Geese are so goofy that it makes them irresistibly cute. Also, baby geese or Goslings, are without a doubt some of the cutest and fuzziest things to ever walked this earth on two legs, as you can see in the video below (warning cuteness overload!).

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Hey: wouldn’t it be weird if some of these cute buggers were venomous? Well… guess what? The Spur Winged Goose is actually one of the most dangerous birds in the world. Weighing more then 7 kg, these large birds (not a goose in the strict sense but related) tend to be highly territorial and just happen to have a couple of razor-sharp spurs on their wings. It is also one of the few birds that is toxic. It’s not your average poison which gets injected and causes a horrible death, but it’s poison comes from the geese’s diet of toxic Blister Beetles.

 

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Off course there are people out there who don’t like kittens, those people are called terrorists. To anyone else, kittens are the little fuzzballs who who can reduce the most macho of men’s hollering into shrieks of girlish glee. So, what could possible be dangerous about something so ridiculously cute?

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Well, kittens themselves aren’t dangerous but more so something they carry with them called Toxoplasmosis. Toxoplasmosis is not a toxin — but something maybe even far more sinister — a mind-controlling parasite. That’s right, we have entered the domain of  invasion of the bodysnatchers level terror. The parasite basically has one goal and that is to reproduce which they can only do inside of  a cat. In short, this is how it works: The parasites which reside in the cat require parasites that are formed in the intermediate hosts, such as rodents and birds. Now, this is where it gets creepy…

The parasite has the ability to change the behavior of its host. For example: infected rats and mice start behaving in ways that will bring them to the attention of cats, and draw them to the scent of cats instead of running from it. As you can imagine this makes invested rodents an easy lunch for cats, which works out great for the parasite who can then enter the cat’s body to reproduce with the host parasite. 

Humans can also get infected through the feces of cats, and while it doesn’t turn us into mindless zombies, research is starting to show that the parasite seems to affect our behaviour without us realising it. There’s a theory that Toxoplasma can make men more aggressive and jealous, and women more warm-hearted, conscientious about their looks, and promiscuous. Scientists are also just beginning to realize that Toxoplasma plays a part in schizophrenia. So yes, it will either drive you mad or maybe the expression “cats don’t have a master, they have a slave” rings more truth to it then most realise! 

 

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Panda’s are so cute that tourists in China pay $120 just to hug them.

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But is this really such a good idea? Sure a Panda looks like a walking, cushy pillow on which you would like to rest your head for eternity, but they are bears and bears can kill you. Just to quote the Smithsonian National Zoological Park“Many people find these chunky, lumbering animals to be cute, but giant pandas can be as dangerous as any other bear.”  

In short, pandas can fuck you up as badly as a grizzly can, with the only difference that they’ll look cute while doing it. For proof, check out the video!

So if you ever decide to get that picture of you hugging a panda, we recommend a safer alternative such as Photoshop. It saves you $120 and there’s no danger of getting mauled by your computer.


For a lot of us, deers have a special place in our heart. There is just something magical about these fragile and elegant creatures, and lets be honest; how many of us would have shed a tear if Bambi starred a cow?

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The cute little guy is called a Water Deer. You can probably just picture yourself there, can’t you? Watching him gently eat the leaves as you wonder why this cute animal is also known as the Vampire Deer. As you try to get closer, a twig snaps underneath your foot. Startled, the Water Deer raises his head to look at you…