21 Horrific Facts About Adorable Animals

Aw, these animals are so cute and sweet...until you learn anything about the horrors of their natural behaviors. Read on to learn 21 ways that Mother Nature is sick and twisted.


PENGUINS WILL KIDNAP OTHER PENGUINS' CHICKS. Emperor penguins whose chicks have died will kidnap other penguins' offspring. CRACKED.CON Source: Journal of Experimental Biology


SLOTHS TAKE ONE REALLY LONG POOP ONCE A WEEK. Pooping is extremely dangerous for sloths as it requires them to take a (slow) trip to the ground where Source: Mental Floss


RING-TAILED LEMURS HAVE STINK FIGHTS. Male lemurs have scent glands on their wrists and shoulders and use their tails to flick their scent at sexual cSource: Duke


EURASIAN ROLLER CHICKS PROJECTILE VOMIT TO DEFEND AGAINST PREDATORS. The smell discourages being eaten and alerts the parents. CRACKEDCON Source: Daily Mail


ARMADILLOS CAN SPREAD LEPROSY. They're the only other animal known to get the disease. 95% of people are immune to leprosy So it's not too worrisome. Source: Mental Floss


INSTEAD OF VOMITTING, FROGS TURN THEIR STOMACHS INSIDE OUT. They eject their stomachs from their mouths and flip it inside out like a pocket. CRACKEDCSource: Science Facts


HIPPOS MARK THEIR TERRITORY BY HELICOPTERING THEIR POOP. Hippos will spin their tails while pooping in order scatter it farther.


YOU CAN SEE PENGUIN POOP FROM SPACE Researchers are using satellite photos of poop to study and track colonies. CRACKEDCON Source: Vox


CAPUCHIN MONKEYS WASH THEIR BODIES WITH THEIR URINE. This process attracts mates. Marcel on Friends was grosser than you thought. Source: BBC


BUTTERFLIES WILL EAT BLOOD, SWEAT, TEARS, URINE, POOP, AND ROTTING FLESH. These not-picky-eaters will also consume mud. CRACKEDCON Source: Mental Floss


MURDER IS COMMON AMONG CHIMPANZEES. Aside from planned murders of adult males, mother chimpanzees may have to hide while giving birth in order to prevSources: BBC and Science Alert


SEAGULLS EAT THE EYES OF NEWBORN SEALS. Kelp gulls will wait for the blinded seal to die and then come back for its remains. Source: Discover


CLOWNFISH WILL EAT THE EGGS OF ANY DEFORMED OFFSPRING. A truthful Finding Nemo would be extremely dark. CRACKEDCON Source: Florida Museum


THE SLOW LORIS CAN KILL YOU WITH ITS POISON. The only known venomous primate releases toxins from its inner arm. Some researchers believe it has evolvSource: BMC


MARGAYS MIMIC THE CRIES OF INFANTS TO LURE ITS PREY. These large cats have been observed imitating the vocalizations of its prey species in order to aSource: Lamar


PETTING A BIRD AROUSES THEM. A bird's sexual hormones are stimulated when it gets pet on its back. Some vets advise you to only pet the head and feet Source: Best Friends


MALE DOLPHINS WILL MURDER BABY DOLPHINS IN ORDER TO MATE WITH THE MOTHER. A new mother is unavailable for mating for years while she cares for her youSource: BBC


RABBITS EAT THEIR OWN POOP Rabbits need to digest their food a second time in order to absorb the nutrients they need for survival. CRACKEDCOr Source: McGill


OTTERS ARE KNOWN TO KILL BABY SEALS THROUGH INTERCOURSE In addition, they have been reported to have violent, forced sex with dogs. Males have also beSource: Snopes


LADYBUGS ARE CANNIBALS 2-spot larvae will eat their siblings in order to develop faster and create less competition for survival. CRACKEDCON Source: BBC


BABY KOALAS EAT THEIR MOM'S POOP Joeys initially breastfeed, but for several weeks it will peek its head out of its mom's poach to feast from its mom'Source: PBS