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The Cutest Animals You've Never Heard Of

The Wooly Bear Caterpillar

Much like the tardigrade, the wooly bear caterpillar is seriously tough despite its small stature. It's the larval form of the tiger moth, a lepidopteran very well suited to colder temperatures (thus the furry coat). Astonishingly, this caterpillar is frozen solid during the winter, but survives the chill by secreting its own antifreeze! Depending on your region, you may have heard of this little trooper before: Woollybear Festivals celebrating the industrious creature are common in some parts of North America.

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