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The Spider-tailed Horned Viper

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In western Iran there lives an endangered snake that preys on birds, and carries its own lure at the end of its tail. The Spider-tailed Horned Viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) has an appendage that looks just like a spider. The rest of its body is camouflage colored, particularly the thin end of its tail leading to the “spider,” as you can see in the above video.

The first specimen was collected in 1968, but the spider tail was thought to have been a defect or a tumor. Then in 2001, another was found just like it. The new species was finally described in 2006. Let’s get a closeup view, shall we?

Just one more reason to be scared of spiders and snakes, now that they’re combined into one animal. -via Yonatan Zunger


Where Are The Unicorns?

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This ad for the French cable channel Canal+ from the ad agency BETC Paris gives a little twist to the old story of why there are no unicorns in existence today. Yeah, the setting is still Noah’s Ark. Read more about this minute-long epic film at AdFreak. About one second of the video may be NSFW, but fine by barnyard standards. I hope that doesn’t give away too much. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


Water-loving Cats

This cat is named Nico "El guapo," and he has his own Instagram account. Not only does he have wonderfully expressive eyes, he loves a good bath. That is a little odd for a housecat, as most cat owners will tell you. But while Nico is in the minority, he’s not alone. Buzzfeed rounded up pictures of 17 Cats Who Actually Love Being In The Water. You’ll enjoy seeing the rest of them, too.


A House for Cats

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Peter Cohen is a home builder, so he can fix his house any way he wants to. What he wanted was to make his cats safe, healthy, and happy. One thing led to another, and now he has 15 cats and a house custom-designed for their pleasure. There are catwalks, tunnels, staircases, beds, a koi pond, ventilated litter box closets, and Roombas. So far, he’s spent almost $40,000. These cats have it made! -via Tastefully Offensive


Confused Frogs Try to Catch Worms on a Smart Phone


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The poor frogs don't understand why the worms taste like plastic and won't go in their mouths. Everyone takes at least one turn trying, though.

A question for readers: what is the human equivalent of the above experience?

-via io9


Bears Saves Crow from Drowning

A few days ago, I posted a video of a dog trying to save a fish's life. It was an amazing act of empathy between different animals, and it got me wondering how many other times this or something like it has happened between animals of different species. I showed a friend the video of the dog, and the next day I got this video in my email. As you will see, it is the same kind of thing. A bear sees a crow fly into his area in the zoo by mistake, and it lands in the water. The bear can clearly see the crow struggling, and what it does next is the last thing you expect to see from a bear.

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What is most remarkable is not just the fact that the bear saves the crow from drowning, but that you can see it is trying to be delicate and not hurt the crow when he removes him from the water. For a minute, you think the crow may have gotten messed up, then it just hops up and does its thing and the bear goes back to just being a bear.

Again, you ever think we could learn some humanity from animals? Ironic, I know. But also pretty amazing.


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