What would you do if you found a family of bears living in your car? I think I'd have to find a new car. A family vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee found just that when they got to their car from their cabin. They screamed for their son to come to the cabin while the bears took over the family vehicle.
Can you imagine seeing an anaconda cross the road, right in the middle of traffic and everyone trying to get to where they're going? It's an outrageous thought, yet it's something that people in some parts of the world have to deal with. Where I live, the real danger is hitting a deer or smaller animal--sometimes a coyote or fox. But an anaconda! I can't even dream of it.
While you might already be familiar with the ghost or spirit bear, did you already know that the animal itself is a real creature? Kermode bears are black bears that are white instead of black, and there's a video of a beautiful "ghost bear" mom with her black bear cubs in this BBC Earth video. She's doing normal mama bear things like teaching her cubs to fish, but she looks amazingly striking next to her cubs. Then a surprise second kermode bear appears!
If a creature with 45 tentacled feet approached me, I think I'd high-tail it out of the ocean. Even if it was as small as a big spider, it definitely sounds like a creature out of one's nightmares. Because of the way it resembled HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu, the ancient monster has been named Sollasina cthulhu. Don't worry, there aren't any more of these creatures living today; the fossils found are 430 million years old.
How weird is it when we cross of a species of animal as extinct only to be proven wrong years later? We keep hearing stories like these and it makes me want to go Inigo Montoya on some scientists: You keep using that word, extinct, but I don't think it means what you think it means. It's a nice surprise to find out when we're wrong about these animals!
I don't know about you, but when I picture hermit crabs changing their shells I usually think of them finding a discarded shell here or there as they outgrow their old ones. I never dreamed that they might organize their own shell swap meet, but apparently it happens!
Many of us have seen our own x-rays after breaking a bone or having a bad car accident, but what about animal x-rays? The skeletal systems of animals might amaze you if you've never seen them before and the London Zoo took it upon themselves to release some incredibly cool images of x-rayed animals to the public.
Death is the great equalizer, and eventually we all end up a bug buffet. The same goes for nature's most enormous creatures, like whales, who sink to the bottom of the ocean floor and become food for countless animals. While it's sad to ever think of whales dying, just as it is to think of any majestic animal passing way, it's amazing to see how many animals actually eat the carcasses of whales, completing the circle of life.
That headline sounds like an international travel warning against coming to America where, let's face it, people love their guns more than they love children or their families, but it's actually in relation to what happens to protected wildlife at Yellowstone National Park if they step a foot outside the park. That's what happened to poor Spitfire, a gorgeous wolf who was well-known at the park for many years before some trophy hunter just took her out last year.