9 Animals That Break the Rules of Nature to Survive

Some animals have amazing tricks that are crazy enough to actually work. These are the animal kingdom's wild cards.
Ishaan Govardhan May 10, 2019
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Sneaky Octopus

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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If you can’t tell: This video of a hummingbird is actually in slow-motion. They’re the only birds that can flap their wings 80 times a second! This incredible speed enables them to hover in the air and even fly backwards.

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An Egg-laying Mammal (Platypus)

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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 tiny creatures can live for ages without food. It’s because they can slow down their metabolism to withstand a wide range of extreme living conditions, including the vacuum of space!

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Walking Fish (Mudskippers)

But… it’s a fish...

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Honorable Mention: Venus Flytrap Plant

OK, we know it’s not an animal. But just look at this plant go!