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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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The Awesome Opossum

The opossum is another multi-talented critter when it comes to the art of defense. Like the skunk, it can eject a fluid that is so pungently rancid, most predators wouldn’t dare come near it. It can also foam at the mouth at will in an attempt to convince its attackers that its diseased, or perhaps just way to LOCO to even mess with. But finally it is an expert at playing dead, so much so that it’s actually not “playing dead” at all. When opossums display this behavior, it’s not a put on; they are actually falling into a semi-comatose state due to fear.

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, nature, weird science

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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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