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10 More Terrifying Real Life Monsters

By Vadim Newquist May 30, 2013

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Pitohui

This tiny creature endemic to Papua New Guinea is pretty much the world's only poisonous bird, with a powerful neurotoxin that covers its skin and feathers that is not unlike the poison secreted from the South American dart frog. The bird, however, does not produce the chemical naturally; it is created due to its consumption of the beetle genu choresine, a large part of the bird's diet. The poison is believed to be a chemical defense against ectoparasites and common predators such as snakes and raptors. Either way, this is definitely a case of a bird in hand NOT being better than two in the bush.

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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