In this great synopsis, The guys from strange animals have grouped a great set of videos you should see:
The German or European Wasp measures bigger than standard wasps at about a half-inch long … and carry distinctive black spots on their faces. They’re also known to repeatedly sting victims, resulting in swelling and a burning pain. And the creatures are reportedly going to invade British gardens this summer, so be advised. They can inhabit almost any area … but they’re particularly known to populate areas of the South of England and the East Midlands in Rutland and Leicestershire. Experts say that more prolific breeding could occur thanks to warmer temperatures emerging from hibernation earlier to seek food. Bear in mind, they’re pretty bold and can mark aggressors to pursue them. Because of that, you’re advised not to try and smoke them out or otherwise provoke them, since they could swarm. Did you know that throughout North America, these critters are often identified as yellowjackets?
Did you know that our planet could be on the verge of a sixth mass extinction event … and it looks like human activity is to blame. That is according to several studies published recently. Researchers around the world have examined the present and future threats to biodiversity. And they’ve come to a grim conclusion — almost a quarter of all mammal species are at risk of becoming extinct … likewise about 13 percent of the bird population. Close to 400 species of large mammals in Asia, Africa, and South America are deemed the most threatened animals according to some experts. And the mammals at risk could easily include we humans. Habitat destruction, overhunting and the introduction of invasive non-native species are threatening the plants and animals we depend upon to survive. As human populations continue to expand, demand for food, water, and living space will increase. Researchers say that a drastic change in farming methods and habitat preservation for the majority of remaining species could help reverse the trend.
More than 2,000 years ago, the Romans used weapons that had the stopping force equal to that of a .44 magnum revolver. Romans employed slings during the second century AD, which shot bullets made of lead at their enemies. More than 400 of the deadly projectiles were recently found just west of Dumfries (dum-FREES), in Scotland. Archaeologists were surprised to discover small holes bored into the sling bullets. At first, experts thought the openings were filled with poison. But further research has revealed that the projectiles were drilled so they would make a kind of buzzing noise as they flew through the air. The noise would have been similar to that of an angry wasp, which served to terrify the enemy … and was likely an early form of psychological warfare practiced by the Romans. Experts say that when Scottish clansmen fought with swords, they would have been mowed down by a hail of bullets that could hurtle at speeds up to 100 miles per hour … which would likely take one’s head clean off, to paraphrase Dirty Harry Callahan.
You know the old saying about biting off more than you can chew, right? A bottlenose dolphin in Western Australia obviously did not. The careless cetacean was found dead on a beach near Bunbury after having tried to swallow an entire Maori octopus that weighed more than 4.5 pounds. In fact, a post-mortem found that the crafty cephalopod managed to jam one tentacle down the dolphin’s esophagus … and the other seven limbs were clogging the back of the throat. This could nearly be a scene from “Alien” … The slimy gray tentacles almost looked like some sort of extraterrestrial life form that has invaded the dolphin’s throat and mutated there. Add the sight of the dolphin’s flesh peeled apart for inspection, and it looks like the octopus could have exploded out of the dolphin! We’re told the incident actually took place in 2015, but the postmortem report was only recently published.