animal defenses
Climate Change Has Forced Mussels to Toughen Up
Blue mussels have evolved stronger shells to protect themselves against rising acid levels in the Baltic Sea.... READ ON
Scientists Find Potential Diabetes Drug in Platypus Venom
A long-lasting chemical compound in the venom of platypuses and echidnas helps regulate blood sugar.... READ ON
Crow Attacks on Humans Are on the Rise in Australia
They picked up the nasty behavior from magpies.... READ ON
Watch Animals Defend Themselves by Puking
Some animals' vomit is downright dangerous.... READ ON
12 Biting Facts About Gila Monsters
Crustaceans Fake Out Predators With Glare-Resistant Coating
Absorbing light instead of reflecting it camouflages amphipods from their wide-eyed predators.... READ ON
Noise Keeps Animals From Recognizing the Scent of Danger
Dwarf mongooses exposed to traffic noise in an experiment failed to pick up on, and react to, predator cues.... READ ON
Why Do Lizards Lose Their Tails and Regrow New Ones?
Scientists looking at geckos under a microscope have found out that some parts of the tail are weaker than other parts.... READ ON
Moths Use Their Long Tails to Confuse Bat Sonar
Crafty!... READ ON
RIP Monster, the Beloved Sloth Who Inspired a Scientist
A star of our story and video about zoologist Sam Trull's work with sloths, Monster was recently killed by an ocelot.... READ ON
Watch Giant Spider Crabs Form a Thick, Living Carpet
Every year, hundreds of thousands of giant spider crabs descend on Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay to shed their shells.... READ ON
The Tasselled Anglerfish Is Devious in More Ways Than One
The Australian fish relies on extreme camouflage and wiggles a fake worm attached to its head to lure its prey.... READ ON
Scientists Are Studying Crocodiles to Find More Effective Antibiotic Treatments
Researchers are studying crocodile genes to combat the future of antibiotic resistance.... READ ON
Toxic Moths Use Sonar Signals to Tell Bats to Stay Away
Like protective coloration, the moths’ “don’t eat me” sounds keep hungry bats from biting.... READ ON
See the Horned Lizard’s Bloody Defense Mechanism in Slo-Mo
If you can't beat 'em, squirt 'em.... READ ON
Crows Form, Nurse, and Share Grudges Against People
The birds never forget a face, or how it has wronged them.... READ ON

It took three people to compose “The Hokey Pokey." Roland Lawrence “Larry” LaPrise, Charles Macack, and Taft Baker wrote the tune in 1949 to entertain tired skiers at nightclubs in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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