Animals That Actually Self-Destruct

Animals That Actually Self-Destruct

Here are some of the weirdest ways how animals
actually self-destruct! 9 – Male phascogales
Spread around the coasts of Australia, phascogales are insectivorous and carnivorous marsupials
that have gotten kind of popular based mainly on their terribly tragic mating life! Most of the phascogale population has migrated
to South Western Australia because of deforestation, but of course, they’re not gonna let a little
change in scenery stop them from mating and reproducing. Nature has been a little unfair to male phascogales
with their lifespan, as females live an average 3 years, while males only live around a year
or so. So why is that? Well…’s because they wear themselves
out? But how?! It turns out male phascogales develop a strange
fixation during their last few months – a fixation so powerful that they reach a state
that’s the reason for their ultimate demise. It seems that their libido is raised to a
level that deprives them of their will to eat! They get into a famine-induced state where
their only interest is mating! Once they get into this state, their organs
become so deteriorated within days and stress induced diseases get to them. Why do the males have to do this? Scientists just don’t have a good reason. They do know that the male phascogale’s
testosterone is through the roof during this spell. At least it definitely benefits the females
and their young! The females and the youngsters have more resources,
as the males no longer compete for food and shelter. The craziest thing? There are no survivors for the males once
they start mating. 8 – Mutant Ants
Nature has a way of making animals work together in a big group. Nature still manages to demonstrate just how
powerful teamwork is for some species in the wild. Take for example ants. But not just any kind of ant, we’re talking
about the super mutant X-Men type of ants that live on the island of Borneo, southeast
Asia. And if you think we’re kidding about the whole
mutant thing, think again. The Colobopsis explodens ant give honor to
their name by, you guessed it, exploding! These ants can’t sting, nor do they have
sharp teeth or a powerful mandible. This is probably the reason why they developed
a protection technique that successfully guards them from any threat, although it’s a one
time deal for the ant involved. Whenever they feel the presence of a predator,
or any type of threat, they’ll explode themselves through an extraordinary muscular effort. This is in order to expel a yellow gooey substance
that’s highly toxic to the predator. These ants will first warn their predator
about their intentions, because c’mon, who wants to blow themselves up with a false alam? The ants lift up their butts in the air as
a signal that they’re ready to explode. If the would-be attacker doesn’t back off,
another ant will bite down on the ant in position, and that ant will flex so hard that their
abdomens burst at the seams! Supposedly, this lethal yellow goo has a distinct
and not unpleasant smell that’s strangely reminiscent of curry. Hey for these ants, it’s one for all and
all for one! 7 – Spider Moms
If you guys aren’t into spiders, warning, close your eyes for the next couple minutes! But you should still listen about these spiders,
because it’s really interesting! When it comes to sacrificing for kids, we
can probably all agree that no one makes a bigger sacrifice than a mom, as she’s the
one that has to carry the kids for quite a while. In certain species, that sacrifice can be
much more extreme. We’ve all heard about certain species in which
mothers go to extreme lengths to feed and protect their children. Well, this is one of those cases, but it’s
to the point of ridiculousness if you’re asking us! The female Desert Spider of the species Stegodyphus,
is a common inhabitant of the Mediterranean and Eurasia. It’s known for its characteristic anatomy
of bold contrasting colors and black lines on their backs. But their feeding ritual is the one that gets
the most attention, mainly because of how extreme it is! During breeding season, females develop more
enzymes, which makes them much more successful hunters. After eating enough food, the mom spider will
regurgitate her food for her kids so they can eat. But things get weird once her kids start eating. The babies will crawl all over their mom’s
face, trying to get get at the food coming from her mouth. Even before the spiderlings hatch, her abdominal
tissues break down, in order to make it easier for her kids to get fed! The spiderlings eventually find out mom’s
insides is all food, so they start going to town on their mom’s liquified insides! If that’s not sacrifice for your kids, we
don’t know what is! Okay, you guys can open your eyes now! 6 – Worker Termites We all know that we each have our special
role, whether it’s on a team for a project at work, or on a team for a sport. In the animal world, it’s not any different. Some animals are providers, some animals make
sure others are well fed, and some animals just explode with giant backpacks filled with
toxic liquid! Okay, maybe the last one is a bit unusual. However, this is the case of a very specific
kind of termite found in the rainforests of French Guiana. They’re known for their interesting way
of protecting their family. It’s um….…..explosive to say the least,
ha! Worker termites become less productive throughout
their lifetime, which means they become more sedentary and somewhat unable to find food
or help in other ways in the colony. Over time their mandibles wear down, preventing
them from biting and finding sources of nutrition. But what few people know is that throughout
their life they store highly toxic bluish looking crystals in a special pouch on their
abdomen, kind of like a backpack. These toxic backpacks are their secret weapon
for the colony whenever worker termites feel threatened or under attack. If these workers perceive a threat they’ll
essentially explode and spew the toxic compound all over their predator! The goo is strong enough to paralyze other
work termites, or even better yet, they’re just not gonna be moving anymore! 5 – Male Anglerfish It’s pretty clear how some male specimens
in the animal kingdom tend to be a bit extreme when it comes to mating. We get it, reproduction is crucial for the
survival of any species, but the way some of these animals go about it is what makes
us thankful we don’t have to go through the same process! The male anglerfish is a deep sea fish that
takes a very ‘Fatal Attraction’ approach when it comes to mating. The male deep sea anglerfish is much smaller
in size when compared to its female counterpart, but the size difference doesn’t stop the
male anglerfish from going all in during mating season. Literally. Using their keen sense of smell and sight,
males find their female mating partners by homing in on a chemical emitted by females. Once they find the female, they attach to
them. But if you’re thinking about a healthy, romantic
kind of attachment, yeahhhh, it’s not that. They start biting INTO the female’s body until
they’re actually able to be INSIDE of the female. Their bodies actually fuse into one, and they
begin sharing tissues and circulatory systems! And once this happens, the male loses pretty
much everything, from his eyes to his internal organs. He’s essentially stuck to the female for
the rest of her life, only serving as a sperm bank when she’s ready to spawn! . 4 – Mice The never-ending feud between cats and mice
has taken a dark turn worthy of any dystopian film! We all know how Tom and Jerry used to fight
like there was no tomorrow. Of course, we all know that Jerry would always
somehow escape, leaving Tom upset and confused. All fun and games aside, reality is a bit
different. Cats have the upper hand when it comes to
preying on mice. However, some mice just aren’t able to do
anything when they see a cat. It turns out that some mice have a parasite
that prevents them from doing anything when they face a cat! Wait, there are mice controlling parasites?! Yepppppp! In general, mice run away from anything; their
quickness allows them to do so successfully most of the time. But when a mouse is infected with a parasite
called Toxoplasma gondii, they’re unable to run away because they just don’t recognize
the cat as a threat. The parasite has turned off the mouse’s
innate fear of cats! The parasite has evolved to do this because
that way when the cat eats the mouse, the parasite reproduces. The worst part is, the infection can spread
to us as well, a disease called toxoplasmosis! 3 – Female octopus
We all have heard of postpartum depression, but the female octopus takes this to another
level. While she’s carrying her eggs, she becomes
the most protective animal as can be in nature. She’ll guard her eggs, stroking them and
occasionally blowing water at them. She won’t abandon them—not even for a
second. She’ll only grab a snack if the opportunity
presents itself, but she’ll eventually stop eating altogether. Once a female octopus lays her eggs, she starts
to starve herself. It’s almost as if there is something inside
her telling her it’s time to go. Some female octopuses have been reported to
eat part of their tentacles; others tear their own skin off. Some captive octopus go as far as to bang
their heads against the tank until they passed! Scientists have pointed out how octopus are
known for their self-harming tendency, so this is a natural way of preserving their
species, that way the mom won’t eat her babies. Other researchers point out that because octopuses
are capable of growing to enormous sizes, so this might be a built-in way to protect
the ecosystem from too many large, hungry adults. But the reality is, scientists still don’t
know why octopus do this. 2 – Worker honey bees Bees are popular for honey. NOT their annoying behavior of buzzing around
everything and everyone and then, to top it all off, stinging you because they see you
as a threat! While this is annoying, these little guys
are responsible for the production of honey, so a little sting here and there won’t hurt
anyone… unless you’re highly allergic, in which case, it really sucks. At the same time, have you actually thought
about the fact that that when they sting, honeybees have fulfilled their ultimate goal? While many people know about how a bee sting
is a heroic feat that bees do to defend their colonies, many people actually don’t know
the details. When a bee stings a target, their stinger
goes in so deep that the only thing a bee can do is to rip it off their own body. They do it so strongly, they rip off not only
the hook they used for stinging their victim, but part of their skeleton and even their
digestive tract! Although it’s an extreme measure, the bee’s
sacrifice allows for better protection of its colony and queen, which is in fact, what
it was born to do. 1 – Unhappy Times Although it’s perfectly plausible, not many
people know that mental health issues can affect animals as well. Several studies by veterinary and psychiatric
experts around the world show that animals do suffer mental issues just like humans do. There have been reports of animals who seemed
to be determined to end their lives willingly. Since stress and depression are also felt
by animals, it’s likely some of them may have done just that. Ancient journals that date back 2000 years
have served as proof of instances in which animals seemed to have ended their lives by
themselves. For example, back in Ancient Greece, Aristotle
reported how on one occasion a stallion threw itself into an abyss. There are also stories from the 19th century
where people said they saw various animals willingly end their lives. One of them was the case of a dog that appeared
on an issue of Illustrated London News in 1845. According to the magazine, the dog threw itself
into a river and, even when rescued, managed to throw himself in the river again. Here’s what’s next!

100 Replies to “Animals That Actually Self-Destruct”

  1. The male angler fish doesn't go 'inside' the female, he bites her & hangs on. His lips fuses to her & their circulation joins. He will become just a male gonad always ready to serve her.
    Most males never find a female & since they cannot feed themselves, they soon die.

  2. Your ridiculous active memes are insulting to the point of eclipsing the often interesting content if your videos. I'll not be watching ANY MORE!

  3. @Pablito’s Way NO NO, Don’t you just breeze past that clip @9:00 and just pretend like we’re supposed to know what that is!!! It looks like some kind of Penis Garden!!! Would you mind telling us what this Penile Garden is, before I scoop my eyeballs out and eat them???

  4. You forgot the siamese retreiver pidgeon from iraq. Its hand fed and trained since a hatchling. But more importantly, it blows up after its clever timer bomb runs out.

  5. If you don’t smack at a bee, it will work it’s stinger out of your skin without harm to itself.

  6. The octopus tentacle kinda has a brain of its own because of how the nervous system is distributed. Even after being severed they will attempt to find food and bring it back to its no-longer-existing mouth #Fact. So I assume they commit to cellf destruction because of that lol. Mind over matter fr fr eh?

  7. You wanna know why My family doesn't give my big bro taco bell?
    He has explosive diarrhea and breaks the toilet every time and we have to install a new toilet
    And is it normal for humans to have their index finger as their thumb making them have 4 fingers?
    cause I have 8 fingers like cartoon characters and which finger would be my middle finger?

  8. Can't you just avoid stupid comments speaking in the video? It's quite annoying listening to stupid and useless ironic bullshits and such

  9. Bee's don't have to die after stinging. If you let them be they will work the stinger out and live on. Most people don't know that, most people think that it's a death sentence for the bee.

  10. it's actually a myth that honey bees are "meant to die" when they sting.  they can actually sting over and over again with out losing their lives.  the only reason they die when they sting people is because our skin is fairly thick, so they can't pull out their stingers with out causing them selves so much bodily damage that they die.

  11. The reason a bee looses part of its body with the stinger is more to do with its design….the stinger is designed to sting hard tissue of other insects not the soft human tissue and so the stinger gets stuck in human flesh not out of instinctive sacrifice

  12. Unless that mom happens to be a liberal and a feminist…in which case the only sacrifice is the amount of time spent getting an abortion…then blaming anything with a penis for their malicious contempt

    And I must say, animals aren't that different from us.We just evolve faster, so no one should be surprised that animals can have mental problems.

  14. All these asshole who can’t take the time to find the thing/animal they’re talking about, seriously it would take less time to type these facts in to google and get a actual picture to what they’re trying to learn about. These guys should honestly be ashamed of the poor video image they’re putting out like it’s a form of misleading information

  15. Very disappointed in this video. Cool facts, but not showing enough of what you're talking about. You didn't even show a female, Male-embedded Ang kml or fish.

  16. Actually, the honey bees' stinger doesn't go in very far. It stays in the skin because the stinger is barbed. When stinging an invading honey bee, the bee's stinger doesn't stay in the other bee because of how stiff and thin the exoskeleton is. But on a human, our skin is so elastic that the barbed stinger can't come out. Therefore, the bee's stinger stays in the skin when it tries to leave. This pulls out the poison sack and some other organs, killing the bee. The upside of this for the bees is that, if the animal really is a threat to the hive, the poison sack will continue to pump poison into the enemy.

  17. One thing to note about bees is that their stingers can remain attached to their bodies if the bee doesn't see you as a threat after having just stung you. If you don't retaliate, the bee can wrench its stinger out of you and go on its way.

  18. did you know turtles can die from depression?! Dude if you take it away from where it was born it will seriously not eat until it dies. i just found this out! like tf!?

  19. Isis ants lol. and we all have this kind of toxoplasma in our brains. If the amount reaches a certain level you will experience a loss of fear and a decrease of inhibition threshold. Can happen when u eat a lot of raw meat.

  20. That spider warning was a bit late, and these videos dont show anything but pointless screen filler of stock images and unrelated video.

  21. Whales and dolphins in places like sea world are recorded as attempting to kill themelves and succeeding at times.

  22. I always thought that exploding Arabs were ants. How else would you get to your virgins? I heard that their virgins can glue them back together.

  23. Self destructing after mating is not a smart idea on evolutions end. If the male sticks around, he could fertilize tons and tons of females. But since he dies after mating, he’s not gonna be able to do that.

  24. The male angler fish should be renamed the "dangler" fish, destined to be a surrogate ball sack. Does the female feel pain if she's kicked in the nards?

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