Animals That Might Surprise You

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Animals That Might Surprise You

Have you ever stepped on a bug scampering across your driveway?  Well chances are that bug has a family to take care of and has to take care of  their young.  Did you know, attentive polar bear mothers usually give birth to twin cubs that stick by her for about two years to learn the necessary survival skills in the cold climate? There are a lot more animal mothers that die to keep their infants safe, so next time you think about stepping on a bug, think about family. They have families that they need to care for.

  1.  Toxeus magnus

Toxeus magnus has been found to suckle its babies with a rather nutritious fluid made by its own body. This is unusual for bugs.  This liquid contains many healthy substances, like sugars, fats and protein.

  1.    Japanese Red Bug

Some animals, such as turtles, lay their eggs on a beach then leave them to mature on their own, but the Japanese Red Bug goes through life with their young until it eventually dies.  The Japanese red bug mother spends her days trudging through wet leaves and avoiding predators just to search for a rare fruit to feed her young or “nymphs.” She rolls the fruit back to the nest, tired and exhausted.  Once the nymphs devour the fruit she goes back out and goes through the whole looking process again, and again until she gets too tired to move on. With her last effort at helping her young she dies of tiredness and exhaustion. 

  1. Octopus

Bruce Robinson sent a submersible into an underwater canyon in California’s Monterey Bay.  He spotted a female octopus 1400 metres below the surface. He sent the sub again thirty eight days later and found the exact same female octopus he had found before. They could tell it was her by her scars, but now she lays guarding 160 milk white eggs. A mother octopus must fend off predators from the precious eggs and constantly keep them warm until the end.  Through the process of caring for the eggs the octopus never leaves and never eats. She gently wafts water currents to the eggs because in order to hatch, they need a constant supply of fresh oxygenated water.  She does this for fifty three months then dies right when the eggs start hatching.


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