The horror genre is one of mankind’s greatest accomplishments( right next to the moon landing and nacho cheese) because it proves that the human mind is the scariest place on Earth. Or so we would like to think. But no, it turns out that Mother Nature is still the undisputed queen of horror. Just look at …
You Have No Idea How Big Wasp Nests Get
Wasps, like Beyonce fans, are tireless workers who will readily lay down their lives for their queen. They also won’t hesitate to stab your ass for looking at them wrong. As such, one English homeowner find herself abruptly short a pair of pants when she walked into her spare bedroom to find this writhing mess gazing her in the face 😛 TAGEND
No, these aren’t some scary new breed of “fast zombie” wasps. The bedroom window had been left open, and the room hadn’t been entered for several months, which seems like the real story here. If you have so many bedrooms that you completely forget about one of them for the better part of a year, perhaps donate a few to charity or something. Regardless, after all was said and done, 5, 000 wasps were removed from the three-foot nest. That included 700 queens, because wasps have some weird ideas about royalty.
A three-foot-wide nest is pretty impressive, but wasps can do better. Much better 😛 TAGEND
That’s a 22-foot-wide nest which authorities found inside an abandoned home in San Sebastian de La Gomera, the capital of the Canarian island of La Gomera. Police estimated that the house was swarming with at least a few million wasps, and somehow seemed puzzled that they couldn’t find the homeowner. Don’t they understand? That home belongs to the wasps now.
Even Tiny Sea Fleas Are Bloodthirsty Maniacs
After a long day of football and trying not to get eaten by mutant kangaroos, 16 -year-old Australian Sam Kanizay dipped his sore legs into the cool water at Melbourne’s Brighton Beach. It wasn’t until he got out that he noticed hundreds of little punctures on his lower legs. That was cause enough for concern, but then the bleed started. A lot of bleeding. Like, this much “a lot” 😛 TAGEND
Kanizay’s parents obviously took him to the hospital, where physicians stopped the bleed but couldn’t explain the injury. Sam’s father returned to the beach armed with a pool net and a juicy steak, hoping to catch whatever needled his son. His rig actually managed to bring in the perpetrator: sea fleas. Imagine living on a continent packed with the most horrific fauna possible, and it’s these little bastards that get you.
It’s weird because these guys don’t usually chomp on humans. The leading theory is that Kanizay strayed too close to a herd of feeding sea fleas, and like Minnesotans at a buffet, they maintained right on chowing down on whatever was placed in front of them without looking or even pausing.
Snowy Owls Build Horrifying Death Nests
The Harry Potter movies turned snowy owl into lovable pets, but in real life, Hedwig would have been one cold-blooded bitch. Snowy owls routinely and easily eat animals much bigger than they are, but their favorite snack is adorable, adorable lemmings. They’ll eat as many as five of those honkers in a day. Back in 2013, researchers studying snowy owls in northern Quebec stumbled upon a surprisingly grisly scene: an owl nest constructed from 70 lemming corpses.
It seems this happens way more often than anyone would like, usually in years when the lemming population reaches critical mass. Their numbers fluctuate in four-year cycles, and reached an all-time peak in 2014, which explains why the lucky snowy owl in question was able to line up all those lemming carcass like bodies in Hitman .
Cows Can Be Carnivorous, And It’s Really Unsettling To Watch
In 2007 India, a farmer and his family lost 48 chickens in one month. They decided to investigate, convinced that the neighborhood dogs were to blame, and found something much more unsettling. The family’s calf, which they had affectionately named Lal, snuck up on a chicken and ate it alive.
The local vet suggested that the cow’s strange behavior was caused by a lack of nutrients in its diet, leaving it deficient in certain vital minerals. That resulted Lal to seek out other sources of food to get the vitamins he needed, which apparently included Vitamin Horror. Others took a more reasonable position, and explained that the cow, a sacred animal in Hinduism, had obviously been a tiger in his previous life. Either route, you can watch him in action if you want to do that … for some reason.
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Lal isn’t the only one who suffers from a bloodthirsty “vitamin deficiency, ” either.( We’re so utilizing that as an excuse when we finally snap .) During a drought in Kenya, a cow ate an entire sheep after mauling it to death. Believing that the cow was simply hungry, its owner tried dedicating him more of his usual food and water, but like a bovine Audrey II, it merely wanted blood.
Don’t feel too bad for the sheep here; they aren’t innocent either. Scottish sheep have been observed biting the legs off living Arctic tern chicks, so perhaps the woolly bastards have it coming.
Orcas Are Messed-Up Psychopaths
Orca whales aren’t as kind and gentle as they’re depicted in movies like Free Willy and Free Willy 2: Willy Harder . They’re called “killer whales” for a reason. They’re aquatic sadists who seem to enjoy toying with their prey, as witnessed by this no doubt traumatized whale watching tour off the coast of Victoria, BC.
Yup, that’s an orca punting a seal 80 -odd feet into the air like a Nerf ball on Christmas morning. This must somehow be necessary to the feeding process, or at least some elaborated mating ritual, right? Nope ! Orcas are perfectly capable of subduing prey with their flukes, so it seems this is just how they get their jollies. That’s not the only route orcas are the serial killers of the sea. They’re also capable of beaching themselves and dragging their unsuspecting victims into the water.
So if you assure Shamu lying “helplessly” in the tide one day, don’t fall for it. He’ll kick your head clean off, the bastard.
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