The Christmas Island red crabs (Gecarcoidea natalis) climb over an overpass to cross a road on Christmas Island during their migration.
These crabs live in burrows in the rainforest and when the wet season starts and the tide is right, over 65 million crabs start their mass synchronized 8km migration to lay their eggs in the sea. The crabs are single minded on their mission, with little care for obstacles such as car wheels. Handy then that they are getting a little help :)
Meet the tailless whipscorpion, the little-known arachnid
Everyone knows about spiders and scorpions, but there are plenty other strange members of the arachnids you’ve probably never heard of. Take the tailless whip scorpion, for example. As far as humans are concerned, hey don’t produce toxins or venom, don’t bite or sting, don’t transmit any sort of disease, and don’t cause problems as pests. Unfortunately, probably due to some accident of evolution, nothing about the appearance of the tailless whip scorpion communicates the message, “I am incapable of harming you; I’m actually quite a nice creature; Seriously, don’t freak out.” Yeah, they look pretty terrifying.
Here are some more facts about tailless whip scorpions. Their lineage can be traced to nearly 300 million years ago, and they remain relatively unchanged throughout evolutionary history. Of the 150 or so species that are known, most prefer to stick to the tropics, although one notable species is found in Florida (and can stay submerged in water for over 8 hours!). Tailless whip scorpions are both passionate hunters and lovers. Their mating rituals can take hours and include slow dancing, tender contact, and even hand-holding.
This news is a bit dated, but certainly worth checking out. If you saw Napoleon Dynamite, then you know that a liger is a hybrid cross between a male lion and a female tiger. Ligers are actually relatively common, and when the territories of lions and tigers historically overlapped, ligers were probably found. A liliger, however, takes the hybridization one step further - it’s the offspring of a hybrid female liger and a male lion. Pictured above is the world’s first liliger, Kiara, who was born in August in Russia’s Novosibirsk Zoo. What she lacks in genealogical cleanliness, she more than makes up for in cuteness.
If your appetite for the incredible isn’t whetted by the simple arrival of a liliger, then keep paying attention. Kiara’s mother, the liger, couldn’t produce enough milk to sustain her - possibly as a result of her hybrid genes. Therefore, Kiara is being raised by Dasha, an ordinary house cat.
I wonder what the people against gay marriage would think about this double-hybrid interspecies adoptive single-mother family. I think maybe we just won’t tell them.