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Powerful jaws make the Odontomachus brunneus ant a skilled escape artist.
The vampire squid again defies its sensationalist name with a life in the slow lane.
Coco de mer palms scrimp, save and take not quite forever creating the world’s largest seeds.
For this spider, extreme motherhood ends with a fatal family feast.
We don’t know the playful side of crocodiles perhaps only because we haven’t looked.
Northern quolls run like crazy to find mates.
Among outrageously flirtatious birds called houbara bustards, old males may pay a penalty for years of extreme display.
Carnivorous pitcher plant traps rarely catch much, but their lackadaisical hunting turns out not to be so lame after all.
A tails-up swimmer makes rare moves.
Ground squirrels twist and dodge fast enough to have a decent chance of escaping rattlesnake attacks.
In nighttime flying duels, Mexican free-tailed bats make short, wavering sirenlike sounds that jam each other’s sonar.
Tiny Tetragonula bees don’t sting but have strong jaws. The bees fight by biting a combatant and not letting go.
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