The animals that prove mother nature is truly disgusting

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Saturday 16 August 2014 10:40
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Parasitic wasp Larvae

Parasitic wasp larvae are nature's worst guests ever. They can lay up to 80 eggs a time in caterpillars and once hatched, they feed off the caterpillar's bodily fluids before eventually eating through its skin. The ichneumon wasp shook Charles Darwin's Christian faith more than anything else he encountered writing On The Origin Of Species:

I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created parasitic wasps with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars.

The horror frog

The hairy frog of central Africa - also known as the horror frog - breaks its own bones to produce claws that emerge when it is threatened. We imagine this looks a little bit like X-Men's Wolverine.

Surinam toad

Surinam sea toads give birth through holes in their backs, in a process which looks as bad as it sounds and is virtually guaranteed to make your skin crawl.

Spotted hyena

Spotted hyenas have super-strong stomachs and have been known to eat anthrax-ridden animals without suffering any ill-effects.

Sea cucumber

Sea cucumbers are starfish-like creatures. If under threat, a sea cucumber will expel its internal organs through its anus. The missing body parts are then regenerated.

Exploding termites

highly toxic ‘backpacks’ of explosives.

Turkey vultures

Turkey vultures have an odd method of self defence - vomiting. If under attack the birds - also known as turkey buzzards - will regurgitate semi-digested meat in an attempt to put off predators through smell.

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