On Saturday, the Netherlands annihilated 190,000 ducks in response to an avian flu outbreak, an epidemic that's broken out throughout much of Northern Europe. Since mid-November, the particularly pathogenic H5N8 strain of the virus has found its way to Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, and now the Netherlands as well.
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Video: Yeah, he just did that. This fearless snake whisperer released 285 snakes back into the wild by dumping out a bag full of them and then rubbing the snakes on the ground to make them all slither away. It's so gross looking because they just start shooting off in every direction, and absolutely frightening because it's, like, the scariest nightmare happening in real life.
Man, this Costa's hummingbird legitimately looks like it has a shiny purple baby octopus attached to its face like the facehugger in Alien. I mean, look at how wacky it looks, it almost seems as if the octopus was digitally slapped onto the face. But it's not. It looks that way because male Costa's hummingbirds have a beautiful purple cap of feathers that stretch over their head and onto their throat that flares out when they try to court females.
Ocean-dwelling creatures like whales, seals and walruses don't freeze in the icy waters thanks to their thick layers of insulating blubber. But how do scrawny sea otters stay warm? Their furry coats trap air which also works as an insulator, and researchers at MIT think that approach could help keep humans warmer under water, too.