History KillerRabbit / RealLife

11th Aug '17 8:24:44 AM CosmicFerret
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* The Secretary Bird of Africa looks beautiful and seems relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], look no further than this.

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* The Secretary Bird of Africa looks beautiful and seems relatively harmless at first, but they are actually ferocious predators. They very closely resemble [[RaptorAttack the small predatory dinosaurs known as raptors]] that lived millions of years ago, such as Velociraptor and Troodon. They are endowed with a sharp, curved beak and razor-sharp claws on their feet. Their kicks are very powerful, and they regularly prey on snakes. They snap the snake's spinal cord with their kicks, and then proceed to tear up its body with their claws and beak and eat it. They've been known to take on Black Mambas and ''win''. They can be very aggressive towards humans sometimes, and they can allegedly shatter a human hand with a kick. In other words, if you're looking for a living, real-life [[JurassicPark Jurassic Park]], Franchise/JurassicPark, look no further than this.
31st Jul '17 1:30:38 PM Sharlee
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* The more brightly-colored and striking an animal is, [[BrightIsNotGood the more poisonous its skin is likely to be]]. This applies to insects, fish, amphibians and reptiles. Its theorized that these bright, striking colors act as a warning for predators that says "do not eat me, I'm poisonous". Some species, such as the king snake, go so far as to imitate this look despite not being poisonous themselves.



* The more brightly-colored and striking an amphibian is, [[BrightIsNotGood the more poisonous its skin is likely to be]]. This also applies to insects, fish and reptiles. Its theorized that these bright, striking colors act as a warning for predators that says "do not eat me, I'm poisonous". Some species, such as the king snake, go so far as to imitate this look despite not being poisonous themselves.
31st Jul '17 1:25:58 PM Sharlee
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** They're sneaky bastards, too. Another captive octopus lived in a separate laboratory aquarium on a shelf opposite another one with fish and crabs. Nobody could figure out where the crabs were disappearing to each night, because it always returned to its own tank before morning....

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** They're sneaky bastards, too. Another captive octopus lived in a separate laboratory aquarium on a shelf opposite another one with fish and crabs. Nobody could figure out where the crabs were disappearing to each night, because it always returned to its own tank before morning....
31st Jul '17 1:25:18 PM Sharlee
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** They're sneaky bastards, too. Another captive octopus lived in a separate laboratory aquarium on a shelf opposite another one with fish and crabs. Nobody could figure out where the crabs were disappearing to each night, because it always returned to its own tank before morning....
15th Jul '17 9:07:01 PM karstovich2
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* Domesticated dogs and cats still have hunter's instincts, and will often attack small animals they come across even if they're not hungry. Cats in particular, due to their mobility and stealthiness, are well equipped to hunt down various small animals such as birds and rodents that might be lurking in your back yard. Because they don't need the food, cats will often just play with their catches rather than eat them. For an added bonus, cats have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, which can make their bites surprisingly nasty - second only to that of a human being, in terms of infectiousness. (If you are bit by a cat, ''go get medical treatment!!'') Cats were largely domesticated because their ancestors' presence was tolerated due to them being very good at pest control, which became extremely important around 10,000 years ago when humans decided to settle down and take up agriculture.

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* Domesticated dogs and cats still have hunter's instincts, and will often attack small animals they come across even if they're not hungry. Cats in particular, due to their mobility and stealthiness, are well equipped to hunt down various small animals such as birds and rodents that might be lurking in your back yard. Because they don't need the food, cats will often just play with their catches rather than eat them. For an added bonus, cats have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, which can make their bites surprisingly nasty - second only to that of a human being, in terms of infectiousness. (If you are bit by a cat, cat bites you, and the bite leaves more than a scratch, ''go get medical treatment!!'') Cats were largely domesticated because their ancestors' presence was tolerated due to them being very good at pest control, which became extremely important around 10,000 years ago when humans decided to settle down and take up agriculture.
9th Jul '17 3:51:20 PM jayharrison
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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wombat#Wombats_and_humans Wombats]] can do a fair amount of damage too - one naturalist ended up with a 2cm deep bite in his leg. Through a gumboot, trousers, and thick socks. And if they get some speed up (40km/hr at maximum, despite being generally slow) they can knock grown men over. This being [[DeathWorld Australia]], their main defence against predators is to hide in a hole and use their cartilage-heavy, armour-plated arse to keep themselves from serious harm [[note]]The source of the "drop-=bear" urban myth made famous by Terry Pratchett in the ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''[[/note]] -- and their modified pelvic bone that forms the aforementioned armor-plating is sturdy enough to crush a dingo's skull, if one manages to get its head into the hole before it's completely blocked off. Australia is potholed to DeathWorld for a reason.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wombat#Wombats_and_humans Wombats]] can do a fair amount of damage too - one naturalist ended up with a 2cm (3/4 inch) deep bite in his leg. Through a gumboot, trousers, and thick socks. And if they get some speed up (40km/hr (40 kmh/24.85 mph at maximum, despite being generally slow) they can knock grown men over. This being [[DeathWorld Australia]], their main defence against predators is to hide in a hole and use their cartilage-heavy, armour-plated arse to keep themselves from serious harm [[note]]The source of the "drop-=bear" urban myth made famous by Terry Pratchett in the ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''[[/note]] -- and their modified pelvic bone that forms the aforementioned armor-plating is sturdy enough to crush a dingo's skull, if one manages to get its head into the hole before it's completely blocked off. Australia is potholed to DeathWorld for a reason.



** Wolverines, in particular, are ''dangerous'' little bastards. Grizzly bears are known to give these things a wide berth. ''Grizzly bears.'' Wolverines can also climb a 13000 foot peak in just one and a half hours. In the middle of January in fifteen feet of snow.

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** Wolverines, in particular, are ''dangerous'' little bastards. Grizzly bears are known to give these things a wide berth. ''Grizzly bears.'' Wolverines can also climb a 13000 13,000 foot (3.96 km) peak in just one and a half hours. In the middle of January in fifteen feet of snow.



* The Giant Panda. Another contender for "cutest bear" (it ''is'' a card-carrying member of the bear family, as shown by molecular genetics), a truly ridiculous amount of time, effort, and money has gone into saving these fat and lazy animals. Some people might think pandas are vegetarians because they only eat bamboo. They only eat bamboo because it's one of the only things that can't outrun them, being plants. Give an adult 200 pound panda a chance, and it will kill and eat small animals, possibly including children. Fun fact: Pandas actually have a carnivore digestive system. Its round face is the result of powerful jaw muscles, which attach from the top of the head to the jaw.

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* The Giant Panda. Another contender for "cutest bear" (it ''is'' a card-carrying member of the bear family, as shown by molecular genetics), a truly ridiculous amount of time, effort, and money has gone into saving these fat and lazy animals. Some people might think pandas are vegetarians because they only eat bamboo. They only eat bamboo because it's one of the only things that can't outrun them, being plants. Give an adult 200 pound (90.7 kg) panda a chance, and it will kill and eat small animals, possibly including children. Fun fact: Pandas actually have a carnivore digestive system. Its round face is the result of powerful jaw muscles, which attach from the top of the head to the jaw.



* Chimpanzees. Most funny and human among the whole lot of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys funny monkeys]], right? In reality they are insanely strong (a 70 kg male can lift up to 300 kg; less surprising when you take a look at [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/3024567966_4ffe563ebd.jpg those muscles]]) and ''very'' dangerous when pissed off. Some have killed adult people and even kidnapped and eaten human babies. Intra-species murder, wars between bands, and even cannibalism aren't unknown in them either. And yet people still think worse of the comparatively [[GentleGiant harmless gorilla]]...

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* Chimpanzees. Most funny and human among the whole lot of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys funny monkeys]], right? In reality they are insanely strong (a 70 kg kg/154 lb male can lift up to 300 kg; kg/661.4 lbs; less surprising when you take a look at [[http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/3024567966_4ffe563ebd.jpg those muscles]]) and ''very'' dangerous when pissed off. Some have killed adult people and even kidnapped and eaten human babies. Intra-species murder, wars between bands, and even cannibalism aren't unknown in them either. And yet people still think worse of the comparatively [[GentleGiant harmless gorilla]]...



* Tasmanian devils. They're actually much cuter [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Young_tasmanian_devil.jpg in real life]] than the cartoon character, but they are obligate carnivores with the strongest bite of any mammal, able to take down prey as large as a kangaroo. Not to mention they're ''extremely'' temperamental and loud.

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* Tasmanian devils. They're actually much cuter [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f0/Young_tasmanian_devil.jpg in real life]] than [[WesternAnimation/TazMania the cartoon character, character]], but they are obligate carnivores with the strongest bite of any mammal, able to take down prey as large as a kangaroo. Not to mention they're ''extremely'' temperamental and loud.



** Their jaws can open to almost 180 degrees and their teeth, which are razor sharp and can grow to the size of bowling pins, can bite down with a force of over 8000 Newtons. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu They have been known to bite crocodiles in half.]]
** Their skin is six inches thick and can stop large caliber bullets. It makes up one-quarter of its body weight. It also sweats a blood red liquid. [[MoodWhiplash That it uses as sunscreen.]]

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** Their jaws can open to almost 180 degrees and their teeth, which are razor sharp and can grow to the size of bowling pins, can bite down with a force of over 8000 8,000 Newtons. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu They have been known to bite crocodiles in half.]]
** Their skin is six inches (15 cm) thick and can stop large caliber bullets. It makes up one-quarter of its body weight. It also sweats a blood red liquid. liquid [[MoodWhiplash That that it uses as sunscreen.]]



** And without hippos, the rivers where they live would die. Large animals produce large amounts of fertilizer. Hippos produce over 120 lbs '''a day'''. They also distribute it by means of twirling their tails at high speed. A case of shit literally hitting the fan.
** They are also considered very unpredictable, attacking people whenever they feel like it. They can't swim so they just stand at the bottom of the rivers and can just pop up out of no where and go after a boat
** Hippos are also faster than you'd originally think, so imagine a 3,000 pound beast with a giant mouth and teeth charging toward you at 25 mph.
** While the rule always counts, it is especially true for hippos: never, '''EVER''' get close to a baby hippo. ''Especially'' not if you don't see mama. [[MamaBear And god help you, if you are too close]].

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** And without hippos, the rivers where they live would die. Large animals produce large amounts of fertilizer. Hippos produce over 120 lbs lbs. (54.4 kg) '''a day'''. They also distribute it by means of twirling their tails at high speed. A case of shit literally hitting the fan.
** They are also considered very unpredictable, attacking people whenever they feel like it. They can't swim so they just stand at the bottom of the rivers and can just pop up out of no where and go after a boat
boat.
** Hippos are also faster than you'd originally think, so imagine a 3,000 pound (1,361 kg) beast with a giant mouth and teeth charging toward you at 25 mph.
** While the rule always counts, it is especially true for hippos: never, '''EVER''' get close to a baby hippo. ''Especially'' not if you don't see mama. [[MamaBear And god help you, you if you are too close]].



** And humans also deserve bonus points for also being dangerous to the itty-bitty microrganisms/zombie-like almost-organisms (viruses) of the world too. We've managed to destroy wild smallpox virus and now it's all but extinct (with a couple of reservoirs in some hopefully very well-guarded labs floating about.) The only reason why some viruses even exist is because of the modern phenomena of non-vaccinating, otherwise we could easily kill viruses that are centuries old ''in less than a decade''. Polio is the next virus that is most likely to forever disappear.[[WhosLaughingNow Buahaha!]]

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** And humans also deserve bonus points for also being dangerous to the itty-bitty microrganisms/zombie-like almost-organisms (viruses) of the world too. We've managed to destroy wild smallpox virus and now it's all but extinct (with a couple of reservoirs in some hopefully very well-guarded labs floating about.) The only reason why some viruses even exist is because of the modern phenomena of non-vaccinating, otherwise we could easily kill viruses that are centuries old ''in less than a decade''. Polio is the next virus that is most likely to forever disappear. [[WhosLaughingNow Buahaha!]]



* [[PricklyPorcupine Porcupines]] also deserve a mention. Most people assume that porcupines are just a bunch of pudgy, clumsy looking rodents who only managed to avoid being a predator's meal by virtue of being too spiky to eat. However, old-World porcupines will take the offensive by turning around and running towards persistent attackers with their spiny backsides, hoping to stab them. The Indian Crested Porcupine does this so effectively that brushes with predators like leopards and tigers often result in death or severe injury. The lucky ones that manage to survive often are forced to become man-eaters because of their injuries. It's for this reason that porcupines have very few predators.

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* [[PricklyPorcupine Porcupines]] also deserve a mention. Most people assume that porcupines are just a bunch of pudgy, clumsy looking rodents who only managed to avoid being a predator's meal by virtue of being too spiky to eat. However, old-World porcupines will take the offensive by turning around and running towards persistent attackers with their spiny backsides, hoping to stab them. The Indian Crested Porcupine does this so effectively that brushes with predators like leopards and tigers often result in death or severe injury.injury or even death. The lucky ones that manage to survive often are forced to become man-eaters because of their injuries. It's for this reason that porcupines have very few predators.



* Orangutans may appear to be docile and peaceful animals (and for the most part, they are), but that's mostly just the females and youngsters. A full grown male is 200lbs of muscle that could very easily rip you limb from limb if they feel threatened by you. There's a reason why you never see people interact with the males in shows filmed at Orangutan rehabilitation centers. They're just too dangerous. Creator/TerryPratchett did his research on this one - the Librarian of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Unseen University is frequently described as looking like a 300lb burlap sack... but [[BerserkButton never call him a monkey]] or you'll find out that it's a sack filled with muscle.

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* Orangutans may appear to be docile and peaceful animals (and for the most part, they are), but that's mostly just the females and youngsters. A full grown male is 200lbs 200 lbs (90.7 kg) of muscle that could very easily rip you limb from limb if they feel threatened by you. There's a reason why you never see people interact with the males in shows filmed at Orangutan rehabilitation centers. They're just too dangerous. Creator/TerryPratchett did his research on this one - the Librarian of Literature/{{Discworld}}'s Unseen University is frequently described as looking like a 300lb (136.1 kg) burlap sack... but [[BerserkButton never call him a monkey]] or you'll find out that it's a sack filled with muscle.



* The Irukandji Jellyfish. They are the smallest jellyfish (the biggest is 25cm with at most 1m long tentacles) and also own the title of ''most venomous jellyfish''. Most jellyfish will kill or burn you with their venom, but the Irukandji Jellyfish does not (unless you have a weak condition or weak heart). It's venom creates the Irukandji syndrom. To quote, the symptoms are "excruciating muscle cramps in the arms and legs, severe pain in the back and kidneys, a burning sensation of the skin and face, headaches, nausea, restlessness, sweating, vomiting, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and psychological phenomena such as the feeling of impending doom". People that get stung by a Irukandji Jellyfish have 10-30 minutes to get to land before they have to suffer through ''the worst pain of their entire life''. And the venom lasts for ''weeks'' and there is ''no antidote'' other than giving extreme painkillers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tax5JR63E5s Here is a short video of two divers explaining their pure agony]].

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* The Irukandji Jellyfish. They are the smallest jellyfish (the biggest is 25cm 25cm/10 in. with at most 1m 1m/3-foot long tentacles) and also own the title of ''most venomous jellyfish''. Most jellyfish will kill or burn you with their venom, but the Irukandji Jellyfish does not (unless you have a weak condition or weak heart). It's venom creates the Irukandji syndrom. To quote, the symptoms are "excruciating muscle cramps in the arms and legs, severe pain in the back and kidneys, a burning sensation of the skin and face, headaches, nausea, restlessness, sweating, vomiting, an increase in heart rate and blood pressure, and psychological phenomena such as the feeling of impending doom". People that get stung by a Irukandji Jellyfish have 10-30 minutes to get to land before they have to suffer through ''the worst pain of their entire life''. And the venom lasts for ''weeks'' and there is ''no antidote'' other than giving extreme painkillers. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tax5JR63E5s Here is a short video of two divers explaining their pure agony]].



* The Lionfish is a small(only around a foot and a half at longest), colorful, harmless looking fish. However, it is also extremely poisonous, and can easily give divers intense pain if they touch its spikes. They are also a massive invasive species in the East coast of the United States and Caribbean as their poison protects them from most predators.

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* The Lionfish is a small(only small (only around a foot and a half 18 inches/46 cm at longest), colorful, harmless looking fish. However, it is also extremely poisonous, and can easily give divers intense pain if they touch its spikes. They are also a massive invasive species in the East coast of the United States and Caribbean as their poison protects them from most predators.



* Inverted with the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, the largest caterpillar in North America and larval form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis regal or royal walnut moth]]. It's five inches long, covered in menacing-looking spines from head to end, and yet it's completely and totally harmless.

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* Inverted with the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar, the largest caterpillar in North America and larval form of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citheronia_regalis regal or royal walnut moth]]. It's five inches (12.5 cm) long, covered in menacing-looking spines from head to end, and yet it's completely and totally harmless.
7th Jul '17 4:36:17 PM Titus88
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* Sea Otters might look cute, but they are extremely vicious. Firstly, their mating regularly involves biting their mates so badly that it sometimes kills them. They've been known to [[NightmareFuel rape baby seals to death, holding its head under water until it drowns]] and also commit [[ILoveTheDead necrophilia]].

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* Sea Otters might look cute, but they are extremely vicious. Firstly, their mating regularly involves biting their mates so badly that it sometimes kills them. They've been known to [[NightmareFuel rape baby seals to death, holding its head their heads under water until it drowns]] and they drown]]. They also commit [[ILoveTheDead necrophilia]].
7th Jul '17 4:32:00 PM Titus88
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* Sea Otters might look cute, but they are extremely vicious. Firstly, their mating regularly involves biting their mates so badly that it sometimes kills them. They've been known to [[NightmareFuel rape baby seals to death, holding its head under water until it drowns]] and also commit [[ILoveTheDead necrophilia]].
7th Jul '17 11:39:58 AM schoi30
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** Orcas or killer whales. They're beautiful and majestic and adorable if you see videos of them interacting with humans. But these guys are the top predator in every ocean, even the Arctic. They use their brains and massive size to take down prey, which is basically anything in the ocean. They even eat sharks (including great white sharks, which ''flee for miles'' when orcas are in their presence), rays, dolphins and whales. Not just smaller ones like narwhals but also they go after large ones like humpback whales.

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** Orcas or killer whales. They're beautiful and majestic and adorable if you see videos of them interacting with humans. But these guys are the top predator in every ocean, even the Arctic. They use their brains and massive size to take down prey, which is basically anything in the ocean. They even eat sharks (including great white sharks, which ''flee for miles'' are known to ''flee'' when orcas are in their presence), rays, dolphins and whales. Not just smaller ones like narwhals but also they go after large ones like humpback whales.
7th Jul '17 11:31:57 AM schoi30
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** Orcas or killer whales. They're beautiful and majestic and adorable if you see videos of them interacting with humans. But these guys are the top predator in every ocean, even the Arctic. They use their brains and massive size to take down prey, which is basically anything in the ocean. They even eat sharks, rays, dolphins and whales. Not just smaller ones like narwhals but also they go after large ones like humpback whales.

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** Orcas or killer whales. They're beautiful and majestic and adorable if you see videos of them interacting with humans. But these guys are the top predator in every ocean, even the Arctic. They use their brains and massive size to take down prey, which is basically anything in the ocean. They even eat sharks (including great white sharks, which ''flee for miles'' when orcas are in their presence), rays, dolphins and whales. Not just smaller ones like narwhals but also they go after large ones like humpback whales.
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