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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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The Dormouse

Ok, here’s a little break from the cavalcade of grossness you’ve been subjected to so far. The dormouse is similar to most mice and similar rodents of its size, but it has one odd little defense mechanism that its bros don’t have. Like many reptiles, the dormouse is able to detach its tail at will, a handy trick if it happens to be snatched by its tail by a swooping owl, for instance. Unfortunately, unlike reptiles, the dormouse’s tail will not grow back, so this little fella can only pull out that party trick once.

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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