Once upon a time, animals were absolutely enormous. As humans and other predators began to roam the earth, animals began to decrease from their once colossal sizes. Nowadays, you can find giant animals mostly on islands, where animals live in isolation from humans and their impact. They are able to grow to their full size thanks to a lack of predators and because they have greater access to more resources, like food and water. While you would expect animals this big to eat a lot of food, many of them actually eat the same amount of food as their regular size counterparts. Dinosaurs may no longer be in existence, but there are still some modern-day monsters, say you will, that are roaming our earth.
Dozens of native corella birds have died overnight after they fell from the sky in an Adelaide outer suburb. Australia
Bleeding from their eyes and beaks, more than 50 gravely ill birds began falling from the sky at a soccer oval in One Tree Hill, a suburb on the outskirts of Adelaide, about 2.30pm yesterday.
Volunteers from Casper’s Bird Rescue, founded by Sarah King, desperately tried to help the long-billed corellas, running to the oval and calling out for extra help on Facebook.
Ms King originally received a tip the birds had been shot, but vets working on the birds suspect they may have been poisoned.
KANGAROOS are known for their fighting skills but one Queensland family knows all too well the calculation behind some of their moves.
The Bulmer family from Kywong Station, south of Julia Creek in mid-northern Queensland, lost their beloved dog Banjo last week after it was believed to have been drowned by a kangaroo.
Banjo, a Rhodesian ridgeback-cross, and their other dog, a foxy called Pepe, chased the kangaroo. It led them to a dam where it is believed to have waited in waist-deep water for Banjo to swim to before grabbing the dog and holding him under water until Banjo drowned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin ‘to blame’ for Giant Hogweed invading UK
RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin is to blame for the spread of the toxic Giant Hogweed plant in the UK, it has been claimed.
A scientist claims Russia is to blame for the UK being unable to deal with giant hogweed
Despite decades of research biologists are yet to find an effective weapon agains the invasive species, whose poisonous sap recently hospitalised a dog walker and a ten-year-old girl.
But they believe a rust fungus found in Georgia, where the weed originally comes from, may hold the answer to stopping the plant which can cause severe burns, blisters and even blindness.
In the early 2000s scientists went to Georgia but their efforts were hampered by conflict with Russia, where Putin had just become president for the first time.
A quintessentially Australian photo which could only have come from WA’s Kimberley has gone viral, as social media across the world marvelled at a python playing pick-up to a bunch of amorous cane toads.
Helicopter pilot Paul Mock snapped the photo of the olive python — named Monty, of course — onboard was a contingent of cane toads on its back in the wake of an inundation of 68mm rain at his Kununurra WA property on Monday.
Mr Mock doesn’t have social media but decided to send the picture on to his brother Andrew, who quickly uploaded it to Twitter where it caused a storm.
This population of tiger snakes looks to be having a rough time of it.
Many have head injuries and one in 10 are totally blind, but this does not seem to get in the way of them finding a good meal.
The snakes live near a colony of silver gulls that breeds throughout the year so their chicks provide the snakes with a constant supply of fresh meat.
But the gulls are valiant defenders of their chicks. Their stabbing beaks are powerful and strong and they always go straight for the snake’s head.
Even with the loss of sight, these hungry snakes are still able to pick off a tasty chick or two thanks to their impressive forked tongues which they use to follow smells.
Watch the moment Sir David Attenborough and BBC filmmakers captured these impressive hunters for the series Life In Cold Blood.
What killed the dinosaurs? It’s a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from school children to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos’ demise.
Japanese researchers at Tohuku University and the Meteorological Research Institute authored a recent study in the research journal Scientific Reports suggesting that a meteor impact 66 million years ago on an oil rich region of Yucatan Peninsula led to the death of the dinosaurs. When the asteroid hit the vast oil deposits of Mexico, it sent thick black smoke into the atmosphere, changing the climate around the world. That soot blocked out the sun leading to a significant cooling of the planet. Equally importantly, it also led to a substantial drought around the world.
The asteroid in question was roughly 6 miles wide and its impacted created the 110 mile wide crater that exists in the Yucatan today – the third largest crater on Earth. The impact was the equivalent of roughly 1 billion atomic bombs of the equivalent power to what struck Hiroshima at the end of World War 2.
The researchers calculate that the amount of soot released would have lowered sunlight exposure by 85 percent and reduced rainfall by 80 percent. That would have had a significant impact on plant growth, which in turn would have limited food options for most dinosaurs. In addition, the soot cooled the Earth by 16 degrees Celsius (about 28.8 degrees Fahrenheit) over the course of just 3 years. Think of the event as the reverse of global warming – and on steroids.
Against this backdrop it is not surprising that dinosaurs all died out. Only smaller mammals that could live underground would have survived. In fact, the fossil record suggests that only 12 percent of the pre-asteroid life was able to survive after the impact. It was not just dinosaurs that died either, contrary to myths about the Ice Age – around 93 percent of mammal species were killed off as well, according to a separate research study by scientists at the University of Bath. The largest animals that would have survived the extinction event were about the size of a house cat.
Still, life bounced back “fairly quickly” researchers say, with about twice as many species existing 300,000 years after the event versus before it. Of course, given that the course of human history only goes back around 25,000 years, three-hundred thousand years is still a long period of time. It reflects the reality that the asteroid strike had a significant enough impact that its effects took tens of thousands of years to dissipate. It was the adaptability of mammals after the strike versus various reptiles that led the mammals to ultimately come to dominate the planet. Dinosaurs were in decline for millions of years before the asteroid strike, but that event aided by the oil rich soil of the Yucatan finished them off.
It’s ironic that oil, so fundamental for modern human life was ultimately the catalyst that wiped out the dinosaurs. Had the asteroid stuck in a less oil rich region, back of the envelope calculations suggest its impact would have only been around one-third as devastating. It’s impossible to say if that would have allowed any of the dinosaurs to live or not, but it is at least a possibility. Perhaps if not for the existence of oil, none of us would have cars, but maybe we would all have a pet brontosaurus.
Coming to large animals, few like the elephant, whale, shark, etc. come to our mind immediately. However, some certain animals have also grown exceptionally large and gigantic compared to their species’ average sizes. Check out these awesome huge and facinating animals. Hard to believe they actually exist, especially the last monster
1. Moose the horse
This majestic beast is one of the largest horses out there, standing at an impressive 19 ft.
2. Big Cow Chilli
This gentle giant is a 6-foot 6-inch bovine, weighing well over a ton
3. Gibson the great dane dog
Standing at 7 feet and around 170 pounds, Gibson, the Great Dane, is the tallest dog in the world.
4. Coconut Crab
The oversized crab is the largest living arthropod in the world, growing to a length of 3 ft and weighing at 9 lbs.
This devastatingly large creature is 7 ft wide and long with a 10 ft tail.
7. Big Jake the horse
Big Jake is an immensely tall horse, standing at an impressive 6’9” and weighing in at 2,600 pounds.
8. African Giant Snail
The African Giant Snail is the largest species of snail, growing to lengths of about 20 cm.
9. Giant George The Great Dane
George the Giant, weighing 245 lbs, is a massive Great Dane that can arguably be classified as a pony.
10. Giant Catfish
This incredibly large catfish in the Mekong River, is reportedly the largest freshwater fish to be recorded, measuring at 6.5 feet long and weighing in at about 646 lbs.
11. Blossom the very tall cow
Blossom is the world’s tallest cow, standing at a height of 6’4” and weighing in at 2,000 pounds.
This giant hog was measured at 9 feet and weighed a whopping 1,051 pounds in weight.
13. Darius the big rabbit
This cuddly bunny stands at an impressive 52 inches, making him the owner of the Guinness World Record for the tallest bunny.
14. Hercules Moth
With a measured wingspan of about 10 inches, this moth is one of the largest moths in the world.
15. Giant Bird Eating Spider
These bird-eating spiders in Laos weighing up to 41 lbs have long been a horrific nightmare for those who have crossed paths with these unthinkable crawlers.
16. Field Marshall the worlds largest bull
This gentle giant standing at 6’5” and weighing more than 3500 lbs is the largest bull in the world.
17. Hercules The Cat
This unique cat, commonly mistaken for a tiger or lion, is known as the hybrid Liger. Weighing in around 900 pounds, it’s the world’s largest cat.
18. Hercules The English Mastif-Dog
This huge English Mastiff is the proud owner of the Guinness Record for the World’s Biggest Dog, weighing in at 282 pounds with a 38-inch circumference neck.
19. Oar Fish Extraordinaire
This terribly giant oarfish was so long that it had to be held by 10 people at one time.
THERE WE HAVE IT. A COMPENDIUM OF HUGE ANIMALS THAT WILL MAKE YOU GASP-ENJOY & PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Nature can be a brutal place, but sometimes the unexpected behaviour of animals can shock us all.
This is the moment a lioness grabbed a female baboon by the scruff of the neck while her baby clung onto her limp body.
With the mother baboon now dead, the baby attempted to make a break for the tree, but was too weak to climb.
The lioness watched in disbelief, seemingly eyeing up her next snack.
Things looked bad for the tiny monkey, who looked as if he was about to be gobbled up by the bloodthirsty lioness.
But remarkably, just as it looked as if the lioness was about to take a fatal swipe, something incredible happened.
The lioness started playing with the baboon and, after a while, picked up the tiny primate softly in her mouth before settling down with the baby between her paws.
Then, in a strange behavioural twist, the baboon started to try and suckle the lioness.
The baby was safe, for now, as the lioness was as gentle and tender as the baboon was unafraid.
But then, just as it seemed the ordeal was over, something even more remarkable happened.
Two male lions arrived on the scene to examine the baboon, but were met with aggression by the lioness, who chased them away in an unexpected show of compassion.
However, during the fracas, a male baboon – who had been watching from a nearby tree – saw an opportunity to save the baby from the clutches of the lions.
He swooped down undetected and whisked the baby to safety in the tree tops.
Back safely in the trees, the father cuddled the baby after his heroic rescue mission.