10 Wacky Animal Stories of 2011

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Live Science has this very entertaining write-up about the bizarre animal discoveries of the past year. The quote below may remind readers of the slow loris, whose toxic strategies I mentioned here a while back.

10 Wacky Animal Stories of 2011 | LiveScience:

"By utilizing the same plants that African tribesmen use to poison their arrows, the furry fury known as the African crested rat can incapacitate and even kill predators many times its size, research published in August found. The rat chews poisonous bark and spits the poison onto its furt coat, which has specialized hairs with pores to absorb the animal's poisonous spit, which protects them against predators like dogs."


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