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9 Animals That Break the Rules of Nature to Survive

Some animals have amazing tricks, crazy enough to actually work. These are the animal kingdom's wild cards.

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Sneaky Octopus
Octopuses can manipulate their special skin cells and muscle texture to alter their color and opacity. This enables them to blend in among the corals, or even mimic certain fish.

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Freeloading Cuckoos
Dropped by its lazy mother into a Reed Warbler’s nest, this cuckoo chick is taking advantage of its unsuspecting new “mother”.

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Pregnant Male Seahorses
That’s right.
It’s the male seahorse that carries the eggs in its pouch, ultimately giving birth.

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Water Striders (aka Jesus Bugs)
Just an insect that’s figured out how to walk on water. No big deal.

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Solar-Powered Hornets

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Equipped with special yellow pigments, the Oriental Hornet’s photovoltaic cells can literally convert solar radiation to electric potential!

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Hovering Hummingbirds
This video of a hummingbird is actually in slow-motion. They’re the only birds that can flap wings 80 times a second! This speed enables them to hover in the air and fly backwards.

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An Egg-laying Mammal (Platypus)
Initially, the platypus was thought to be an elaborate hoax by some in the scientific community. After all – it looks weird, lays eggs, and feeds its young ones milk.

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Indestructible Tardigrades

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These can live for ages without food as they can slow down their metabolism to bear with extreme living conditions, including the vacuum of space!

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Walking Fish (Mudskippers)
But… it’s a fish...

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OK, we know it’s not an animal. But just look at this plant go!
Honorable Mention: Venus Flytrap Plant

 Ishaan Govardhan

May 7, 2021
Credits
Mateus Campos Felipe, Janayara Machado, David Clode, Christian Bisbo Johnsen, hao wang, Candi Foltz